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Old 08-28-2016, 08:00 PM   #1
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Question Best 12v drop for exterior LED light strip?

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Best 12v drop location for exterior LED light strip?

2017 21'

I know it will be over kitchen (?)

Above stove?

Above sink?

Or above passenger dinette?

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Above sink and above the stove are the same in a 21, it is one large cabinet with 2 doors, over the dinette would not help, too far in back. I'd pick one. You can always splice or add wire if you change your mind.
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Exterior light strip? I'm confused..........
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I apologize, I thought it was for an exterior light. Okay, in BlackJack I installed a led light strip under the awning, see here post #164 Planned modifications to BlackJack….
I installed my switch over the curb side dinette, but in retrospect over the kitchen closest to the door will allow you to stick your head out and observe the light.
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Exterior light strip? I'm confused..........
Under the awning

Exterior LED light strip. A long one

Like the $170 CAD ETI one

Except a 3rd party one that will do red (keeps night vision) or orange (fewer bugs, some places)

In addition to white.

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Put a drop in the rear passenger side overhead cabinet. That's where the wiring for the LED strip will enter the trailer. Did that on my 19, and it worked out well. Plus, I have an RGBW strip and an RF remote with a total cost of less than $40.

Just make sure your LED strip is waterproof. The hole for the wiring to enter the shell only needs to be 1/8", and a dab of Proflex or Lexel is all that's required to seal it.

Lastly, I recommend a controller/remote that's RF and not IR. You'll be able to control the lighting from a longer distance, and there's no need to point it at a sensor.
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Reace installed an LED strip light under the awning of a trailer he brought to the rally. He'd probably know where to put a drop.
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Reace installed an LED strip light under the awning of a trailer he brought to the rally. He'd probably know where to put a drop.
While the factory strip is a little different from the ones installed by owners afterwards, the entry point to the interior is the same -- passenger side rear. If the OP wants to install one on their own, that's the logical place. But, you could also run it the other direction and have the wiring enter the overhead cabinet at the front. There are really only two possible entry points for this.
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While the factory strip is a little different from the ones installed by owners afterwards, the entry point to the interior is the same -- passenger side rear. If the OP wants to install one on their own, that's the logical place. But, you could also run it the other direction and have the wiring enter the overhead cabinet at the front. There are really only two possible entry points for this.
on a 21' the bathroom is passenger side front, so i guess passenger overhead cabinet rear is best for a 12v drop for external light LED strip.

thanks

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i'm assuming that if i ever wanted 12v above the sink, i could easily drill a small hole from passenger overhead cabinet rear and then run a wire up to the cabinet above sink? (passenger side middle-ish)


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on a 21' the bathroom is passenger side front, so i guess passenger overhead cabinet rear is best for a 12v drop for external light LED strip.

thanks

and

i'm assuming that if i ever wanted 12v above the sink, i could easily drill a small hole from passenger overhead cabinet rear and then run a wire up to the cabinet above sink? (passenger side middle-ish)


thanks.
Yeah, forgot about the bath location. Rear passenger side overhead then, just like all the ones I've seen, including mine.

As for 12v over the sink, my advice is to have Escape add drops where you think you'll need them eventually. Much easier than a DIY later, and a nominal cost.
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