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So far so good....

Unread postby pwall on Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:10 pm

It's such a nice day here today I took at drive over to the storage yard to check out the trailer.
No signs of water damage anyways, everything looks the same as it did in October when it was put away.
I got to get to the park...........May Long Weekend is coming.....
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Re: So far so good....

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:28 pm

Yep, I looked at mine a few days ago for the first time since early December. It's very unusual for us to leave ours that long without attention as we have actually used it at least once every of the last 3 winters, but this year because of the melt over Christmas, it sat.

I opened the door and cringed when I opened it, almost scared to look. I had no real reason to be concerned, but none the less, I'm always worried.

Other then a few mouse droppings in the bathroom, nothing to be worried about. No food left in the trailer so the mice apparently didn't hang around.

Now, I'm waiting for my LED lighting retrofit kits to arrive and I'll be over there getting the cobwebs off. :)
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Unread postby pwall on Sat Mar 19, 2011 5:00 pm

So far I've always been fortunate.....never any signs of mice. :)

Like you, I'll be retro-fitting my lighting to LED. I picked up the kits at a recent RV show in Toronto back in January. :)
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Unread postby PrivatePilot on Sat Mar 19, 2011 5:09 pm

I ordered all mine on eBay - 36 SMD panels with multiple adapters for $7 each. Less then half of what I could them for locally.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... MEWNX%3AIT

Has been a few weeks and they haven't arrived yet (not surprising from China), but I figure they'll be here by the end of this coming week.

I plan on installing one in every "double" light fixture throughout the trailer, leaving one incandescent bulb in there for when current draw isn't a concern - I suspect the original incandescent bulbs will still put out a more natural/bright light versus the SMD LED's so I want the best of both worlds. When we want to minimize draw while dry camping I'll just flip each individual light switch on the ceiling to the "middle" position which will cut out the incandecent bulb and run the LED's only.

I also bought a set of 10 of the T10 LED conversions for my exterior lights. $1.88 for 10!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... K:MEWNX:IT
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Unread postby pwall on Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:06 pm

Those are exactly what I purchased in TO....but a little more expensive. :(

And we have the same plan....I'll be changing out just one of the bulbs in each double light. When I'm dry camping (several weekends each summer), I can use just the LEDs, however, when on shore-power, can use the regular bulbs.
I did have other LED lights in before, but as they were more automotive style, the light was not pointed downwards. They worked, but I'm sure the panel of LEDs will be much better.
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Unread postby PrivatePilot on Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:11 pm

I only ordered 7 for the time being - that gives me 3 for the main living room, 1 for the kids bunk room, 1 for the upstairs hall, 1 for our bedroom upstairs, and 1 for the outside porch light, assuming it fits. (I hope it does, this is one of the lights I most want to retrofit with LED since it would allow us to keep it on while dry camping in pitch black areas...)

If they prove to be good, I'll probably order another batch to retrofit many of the other lights - there's about a zillion 12v lights in our trailer. :)
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Unread postby Little Kopit on Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:14 pm

Back to the mice question.

I've found that bounce sheets really do help.

& there is Juicy Fruit gum, the old fashioned kind of sticks with sugar. Look at drawers where you may keep maps or other paper. Break gum stick in two, give it 5 or so chews, remove from mouth and attach to outside of container. Each 5 inches. I use this for basement containers where I start seedings (tomatoes, peppers.,....) for the garden.

I've heard of mint on wheels, but my camper is a TC on a wooden stand, not the same.

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Re: So far so good....

Unread postby SCCamper on Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:37 pm

The LED lights is a good idea. Is this something that is not available at the dealership or Camping World yet? Or is it just cheaper to get them off Ebay?
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Unread postby pwall on Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:22 pm

Much cheaper off ebay.
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Unread postby pwall on Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:23 pm

If I actually remember, I'll post before/after pictures, but that won't be for a month or so until I get the trailer home for cleaning.
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Unread postby mikhen on Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:31 am

We are letting my wife's aunt store their brand new hybrid in our driveway. I checked theirs and ours after some heavy rain last week, and both show no signs of leakage.
LED lighting is on my list for this year. 1st switch position would be LED and second would be LED and existing incandescent.
I just picked up a battery powered, LED motion detector at Walmart for $7 on clearance. Too bad it was the last one. Now I need to figure out exactly where to put it.
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Unread postby mikhen on Mon Mar 21, 2011 2:31 pm

Patrick...
That's quite a find on Ebay. When I check the link, it shows $1.00 each plus shipping for the 36 smd's.. As far as the t10's,I believe that's what my outside lights take at home, so I may have to get some. I'm heading out to the RV right now to see what interior bulbs I need.
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Unread postby mikhen on Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:28 pm

pwall...
Did you get your LED's yet? I just ordered mine. Now I need to find clear lenses for my lights.
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Unread postby pwall on Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:03 pm

It was PrivatePilot that posted the link to ebay. ;)
I purchased the LED lights I have at a RV show this past winter. However, I paid $15 each, so it's much cheaper on ebay.
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Unread postby mikhen on Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:06 pm

My bad...sorry about that.
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Unread postby pwall on Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:49 pm

No worries...just didn't want to take credit. ;)

Most of the snow is gone now where I am.....it's so tempting to bring the trailer home for spring cleaning. Not to mention trying out the new LED lights. :)
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