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Old 10-21-2014, 03:34 PM   #11
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I'd like to pick the power off my porch light switch and run it down the door frame to exit underneath near the step and add LED lights there.

Any hints on finding a clear path? I'm hoping the ETI doorway rocker switch just pop out and I'll find a vertical tunnel is part of the molding there.
I took the not so easy route. I wanted the "step light" to be switched with the outside light. So, I tapped in at the light switch, ran the wires over the top of the door and followed the path of existing wires down through the floor under the driver's side dinette seat. Once through the floor, I ran the wires over to a short section of LED strip lighting attached to the bottom of the trailer in the step area. I'm sure there were easier ways, but it worked for me.
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Old 10-21-2014, 03:57 PM   #12
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Don, do you recall what type of LED you used? Size, # of LEDs etc.
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Old 10-21-2014, 04:01 PM   #13
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I say go for it. I have done mods on my various campers that others would fail to see as practical, but I enjoyed doing the work and the thought that went into it. To me, lights on the step is no different than running a rope light around the perimeter of the trailer. Guess my attitude is if it makes you happy, then do it. I'm sure we have all seen mods that we wouldn't consider, yet to the owner, the mod makes perfect sense. In the case of a "step light," maybe it is not needed, but I bet the effect at night is rather cool looking!
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Old 10-21-2014, 04:43 PM   #14
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Don, does your trailer have any foam to contend with? That is my problem. I do not like turning on my porch light late at night, the little led on the step really would not disturb anyone away from the camp site.
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Old 10-21-2014, 05:05 PM   #15
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Don, does your trailer have any foam to contend with? That is my problem. I do not like turning on my porch light late at night, the little led on the step really would not disturb anyone away from the camp site.
We do not have the foam insulation on the bottom of our Escape.
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Don, do you recall what type of LED you used? Size, # of LEDs etc.
I used a short piece of this: Amazon.com: Triangle Bulbs 3528-IP65-White-60L Pure White LED Strip Light, Waterproof LED Flexible Light Strip 12V with 300 SMD LED: Home Improvement
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Old 10-21-2014, 06:40 PM   #17
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A bit of a Devils Advocate play here, but I see no reason to light the steps at all. 95% of my camping is away from electricity, and we have never once had an issue with entering the trailer without the step lit.

Just looking at things from a keeping it simple perspective, but I do understand the need to do things.
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Don't I know it. lol
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Don't I know it. lol
Jim, don't we all know it!!!!!
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