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Old 08-13-2013, 05:46 PM   #171
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I plan on using these Waterproof SMD Bar in the cabinets,bed, table seats in bright white with these Adjustable Door / Hood Pin Switch. I am debating under trailer lighting for night time backing and setting up / breaking down at night your crouched down doing connections and leveling and the lights on the sides and front are above you. I really don't like yelling at myself to get out of my light people stop and stare and such. :}

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I had considered similar switches, but half the time the lights are not needed, and often when loading up the doors are left open for a while, and I did not want to waste energy.
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I did suggest to Tammy that they consider cabinet lighting as an option, but they were concerned about them being left on with the cabinet closed - possible fire problem
Boy, I have tried touching mine after they have been on for a while, and there is not much heat there, I would describe them as being very warm at best. Also, if the light is left on, then it is pretty obvious even with the door closed, as the light shines out the gap between the door and cabinet quite brightly. This would be a good argument for the switches activated by opening the door though.
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:41 PM   #172
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The one option I wish was offered was clear coating before the windows, doors etc. were attached as this would put an end to the gelcoat oxidizing over time and would make for a nicer finish when washed and waxed for a lot of years.
Is this an option that is offered?
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:15 PM   #173
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Asked about this topic before picking up in April 2013. Not something Escape does.
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:13 PM   #174
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I had considered similar switches, but half the time the lights are not needed, and often when loading up the doors are left open for a while, and I did not want to waste energy.

Boy, I have tried touching mine after they have been on for a while, and there is not much heat there, I would describe them as being very warm at best. Also, if the light is left on, then it is pretty obvious even with the door closed, as the light shines out the gap between the door and cabinet quite brightly. This would be a good argument for the switches activated by opening the door though.
Another reason for using regular switches rather than versions that switch with the opening & closing of the cabinet doors is I often leave the cabinet doors open at night to keep stuff inside warm or cool (depending on the outside weather & trailer heat/AC. If they are open you are going to have a lot of light shining out at you.

As to heat, not a problem with the low power LEDs I'm using - I've left them on for hours without them getting warm to the touch.
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:32 PM   #175
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Clear coat is not the end-all folks expect. It's really nothing more than paint. Whether gel coat or paint everything you want to protect from UVs require a good wax. The big difference is wax can be removed with wax remover (everyone that's removed wax from a kitchen floor know about this!) vs. removing paint.

I'm not impressed with clear coat (based on my motor vehicles). I'd rather take care (maintenace) with a quality wax product on new gel coat. YMMV
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:29 AM   #176
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paint?

Back in the 1950's the Corvettes were painted and they had a terrible time with paint cracking, more recently I believe they went to gelcoat and reduced the problem if not eliminate it. I have painted a number of cars but have not used clear coat as I'm too old school, but I do remember sanding a 57 vette to get rid of the paint cracks.
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:47 PM   #177
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Back in the 1950's the Corvettes were painted and they had a terrible time with paint cracking, more recently I believe they went to gelcoat and reduced the problem if not eliminate it.
I suppose it's possible that Corvettes had gelcoat as the final surface layer at some point in their history, but I'm sure they are painted now and have been for a long time - probably always. I doubt it would be possible to meet modern expectations of automotive finish with gelcoat as the surface, and it probably isn't even found between the fiberglass and the paint in a Corvette as it comes from the factory.
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:06 PM   #178
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Just thought I would update all of you after initially starting this thread over 2 years ago.
Our kids are enjoying my trailer immensely. They like all the modifications you suggested and I paid for.
I hope to use it again soon.
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:36 PM   #179
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Don your thread was really helpful when we designed our trailer. But are you really not using it?
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I just read a bit of this thread. I MUST have the combo dish washer/clothes washer!
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