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  1. For whatever reason if nothing more than to communicate how I completed this portion of my project using the open 3-sided channel found on the upper inside of the rear wheel well to run my wiring; In completing this project, I returned to the subject area and used some aerosol spray expanding foam insulation to fill the channel and thus encapsulate the 1/2" split loom. By doing this and using the spray foam, the 1/2" loom is now fully secured in place inside the channel and further protected from wheel wash from the drive or tag axle. Once I allowed the foam to harden in place, I went back with a long edged razor knife trimmed off the excess foam (that had seeped out from the channel after drying) and then followed up by covering it all with some 3M spray undercoating. The wire loom is now fully secure and concealed along with being protected. This was the easiest way to secure the loom without having to pull both rear tires (drive & tag) in order to be able to get to the inside of the wheel well area. By attaching a 2 ft. extension of 3/8" plastic tubing to the expanding form aerosol can, I was able to reach inside of the wheel well (from outside of the coach) above the tires and direct the flow of the foam down and along the channel opening providing a uniform and full end to end gap fill. The under coating I applied after which was likely not needed but will serve as additional strengthening and security for the wire loom. It also provided a nice clean finish to the rough edges of the dried spray foam. Hope all of this helps anyone considering a similar LED lighting installation project.
  2. Boogey Lights

    My DIY installation of Boogey Lights' Under Glow full surround LEDs.
  3. Just sharing my latest project which is to hard-plumb/pipe my Thetford Sanicon Sewer discharge dump line from inside my wet bay to the exterior/underside of my 45' DP for anyone interested in such a project. This project came about owing to a number of factors, 1) For whatever reason (yet to be explained by Newmar), my coach was supplied with a 1-1/2" wide channel exit profile on the outward face of the wet bay basement door apparently intended as a space for the Sanicon hose to exit the bay while allowing the bay door to be closed. When doing so, I found that the profile was too narrow and often resulted in pinching, thus breaking, the hose requiring me to replace it. In addition (and again yet to be explained by Newmar), my coach was not provided with a sewer compartment floor access hatch for routing either the conventional/standard 3"OD or the Sanicon 1-1/2" OD sewer dump hose(s) through. 2) On occasions, I have needed to extend the length of the Sanicon hose in order to reach camp site dump receptacles. This was not easily done and often had me switch back to using my conventional 3" sewer dump system. This modification will enable doing so by using a 2nd section of the Sanicon hose with male/female cam lever coupling fittings attached. 3) When "camped" it is my desire to be able to fully close my wet bay compartment door including such times when the gray water dump valve remains in the open position. Prior to this mod, such was not possible due to closing of the door would result in the pinching off or crimping of either size dump hose. A work in still in progress i'm now awaiting delivery of special ordered PVC fittings and clamp/hangers to connect a clear section of hose to (between Sanicon drain outlet and new Valterra slip gate valve) as well as some strap/clamps I plan to use to secure the piping and cam lever coupler in place. Completion of this project will include making up a separate/spare section of the 1-1/2" Sanicon hose with male/female Cam Lever connections that will permit me to add an additional length up to 21ft when needed. The purpose of the small section of 1-1/2" clear spiral hose is to enable me to witness when dumping is completed (be evidence of clear water).Noteworthy of adding, the Sanicon hose is normally "wet" (retains some fluid likely due to a small amount of internal bypass) so adding the slip gate valve downstream of it is intended to allow my connecting the dump hose by means of the cam-lever couplings without coming into contact with the waste water. It is also being positioned in such a way that appropriate road clearance will be maintained.Meanwhile, here are a few photos of this project....
  4. Curious what others here do in terms of maintaining their slide seals (rubber extrusions that are attached to and seat between slide and coach body). Do you periodically apply something to your slide seals? if yes, what product do you use and how frequently do you use it?
  5. Boogey Lights Under Glow

    Jim, no worries. I (we, my wife & I) are duly respectful RV enthusiasts and equally have our expectations when it comes to personal privacy and peacefulness. Same topic equally applies to loud music or worse, the ever increasing and annoying volume of human speech when induced by alcohol consumption - both of which are "put offs" for us.
  6. Boogey Lights Under Glow

    Herman, Thanks again. My next planned addition will be the auto self-washing spray nozzles and automated squeegees that will mount on the roof top and wash my coach as I drive down the road so no worrying . As to the temps. well that's a bit unexpected weather when comparing our winter this year to the last one. It was 14℉ here in Lake Charles, LA this morning. I also recall we had one cold week-end in Jan. of 2017 and that pretty much took care of winter in the great States of Texas & Louisiana. On the same topic, prior to retiring from ExxonMobil in 2016 (after 37 1/2 years), I was living in Anchorage (where the temp today is 35℉), and made a few business trips to our project site up on the North Slope. During one of those visits in December, I called my wife and was speaking with her when we determined there was a 100℉ difference in the temperature between where she was (in Houston,TX @ 57℉ above) and where I was (Point Thomson, AK @ -57℉ below). I can attest to the fact that once it gets -50℉ below, anything lower doesn't matter. Rule of Thumb for our construction workers on the N. Slope during such temps, was 20-minutes outside + 40 mins. inside - not to mention the time it takes to suit up in all that Arctic Gear.
  7. Boogey Lights Under Glow

    I feel no need to further justify my personal choice to install the ground effects LEDS other than to point to my comment (below) which is stated in the original post. [Used with discretion, these LEDs provide both lighting accent to the coach while at the same time offer increased safety when moving about the outside perimeter at night such as when needing to access the wet or electrical bays. Expectation is we will not "always" use these but on occasion do so while respecting the privacy of our fellow RV neighbors when in commercial parks.]
  8. Boogey Lights Under Glow

    Sharing photos of my recent DIY installation of Boogey Lights "Under Glow" surround ground effects LED lighting. As shown, the LEDs were installed beneath the motor coach on all sides (F&R, Driver and Passenger sides including underneath the entrance door steps). Installation is relatively simple and easy to do but does require some pre-planning in terms of placement and wiring. I choose to direct wire my LEDs to the coach' 12vDC circuitry which is Boogey Lights recommended practice (in lieu of using a 110vAC converter which are available). Located the main junction box and LED controller inside the passenger/door side basement compartment just ahead of my wet tank basement and then ran a single 14-AWG power (Pos +) wire to my electrical bay located on the driver's side and connected to a spare fuse terminal on the main 12vDC fuse panel together with the use of a 20-amp fuse. Materials required for the installation included 1) Boogey Lights (basic) RV Under Glow kit (which includes 2-ea 16' pre-measured LED lighting strips, a controller and wiring accessory kit) together with additional pre-measured LED light strips in 8', 4' and 3' sections along with their optional HD-M7 RF controller, aluminum channel extrusions (for mounting the LEDs strips as well as the light diffusers panels which "snap on" to the aluminum channel housing the LEDs), 2) additional materials and supplies used for my DIY installation which included 16 AWG wire, tie-wraps, #8 self tapping screws, black RVT silicone, some 3/4" x 3/4" x 8ft aluminum angle extrusions as well as some 1/4" x 1" x 8 ft. aluminum flat bar) along with other misc. parts and supplies. As shown, I particularly selected Boogey Lights single color "soft white" LEDs while they do offer a multi-color version (basically R,B,G which along with their optional controllers can be "tuned" to produce millions of color variations if so desired and can also be controlled by their cell phone app). I also upgraded to their HD-M& RF controller that includes a dimming feature (as well as other lighting control features) which further allows me to adjust the LED lighting illumination to align/match with my existing OEM installed LEDs located beneath the 2-two passenger side slides as well as on my 3 Girard Canopy Awnings. Used with discretion, these LEDs provide both lighting accent to the coach while at the same time offer increased safety when moving about the outside perimeter at night such as when needing to access the wet or electrical bays. Expectation is we will not "always" use these but on occasion do so while respecting the privacy of our fellow RV neighbors when in commercial parks. Additional information and photos of the actual installation can be found in at under RV Forums > RV Systems and Tech > Gear Discussions; I'd like to also mention and recommend Boogey Lights if your interested or contemplating a similar installation yourself. Boogey Lights Inc. is widely recognized as a supplier of high quality (and not the cheapest) LEDs particularly for recreational use applications, i.e. Automobiles, Motorcycles, Boats & RVs. The material composition and quality of their lights are apparent when you see them and even more so when you install and use them. They also offer the best warranty in terms of the lights themselves and are available to provide assistance (by phone or email) when it comes to planning or actually installing them. Don''t second guess yourself - you can easily "do it yourself (DIY)". No rocket science involved but does require that you do some "pre-planning" as to (a) where you want to install them, (b) what type of lights you want (single or multi-color), (c) the lengths of LED lighting you'll need or want, (d) where you will mount your controller (e) and whether you want to do direct 12vDC or use a 110v AC adapter - then its all a matter of labor from that point forward. On a coach the size of mine (45' DP) it was some what a labor of love that lasted more than 10-days to complete (albeit when I work for myself, I tend to call it a day and come and go as I please), hence the installation could have been quicker, I just wanted to take my time and work on them when I felt like it. Why DIY one might ask (vs. having them done for you)?, Well I obtained numerous quotes that ranged from $3,700 to as much as $4,500 for the supply and installation of the LEDs. By doing it myself I have calculated that my total cost (excluding my personal labor) was <$1,000 (which included the LEDs and supplied materials purchased from Boogey Lights at a total cost off $589.00). Hope you enjoy the photos.
  9. Making it Personal - Do you have an RV Motto?

    Herman, et al...the steps are OEM and appear to be a Corian-type scratch resistant material (similar to countertop surface material). The steps do have a non-slip rubber mat insert in each of the steps albeit we had custom floor and entryway carpets made. The carpets we had made have a rubber, non-slip backing on them as well as having serged edges (similar to binding) which ensures they will not come unravelled. We had the made by making cardboard templates and taking them to North Texas Carpet Binding Inc. who has a large inventory of carpeting including remnants which work perfect for such a project and have been using them now for well over a year. All in, the large cockpit area & 3-interior steps mats (in a remnant color close to the color of our flooring) together with 3-exterior step carpet mats (in black) cost us $365.00 for the 7pcs. in total including shipping to our home. We really like them and they work well as they are easy to remove and clean and help to keep the rest of our flooring (all tiled) clean. Here are some photos of the complete set as well as with the rugs in use...
  10. Carl, I think its more the optics of the under-slide and canopy awnings being the direct line of sight of the phone camera lens. The LEDs are actually not that bright unless you look up directly at them (which my phone camera may have captured when taking the photos). As to the sports field appearance of the RV park - not really so...they have pedestal lights (normal), but other than that not so many pole lights. Its actually fairly dark out and about the resort at night. I think its just a matter of what my camera and its flash picked up when taking those photos. As to you're reference to having more stuff than me well all I can say is I'm happy for you and happier for me. Good on ya!
  11. Posting a few pictures of finished DIY project of installing Boogey Lights UnderGlow LEDs albeit the phone camera lens must have had some condensation on it as a few are a bit blurry. Some photos show the lights at full their brightness setting while being subdued in others (lowered illumination). I personally prefer the lower setting which I feel better compliments the OEM LEDs installed under the slides and on the canopy awnings as well as being more respectful to neighbors when being used. Having the lighting on the driver side of the coach is also a plus when considering the need to walk/work around it at night, i.e. wet bay, electrical cord reel bay, etc. Taken at Eastlake RV Resort Houston, TX. Hope you guys like them, We do.
  12. Have no's just stuff and once its gone you'll realize how little you miss it. Plus it will make room for new stuff. As to our having downsized the home, that deal came with my purchase of a commercial lot & 60' x 100' metal building that now serves as my shop and coach storage" which is about 6 miles from where we live.
  13. ps, should anyone want to know, all that stuff on the tables next to the coach is our 30+ year old collection of housewares, and misc. stuff, etc. that we intend to dispose of having downsized into a 2-hr Town Home now that the kids are grown, on their own and we're retired - its amazing how much "stuff" we all can amass after so many years and when you step back and look at it all realize how little you used a lot of it. Garage Sale anyone? We've got 1/2 by shop filled with this stuff and hoping to get a thrift store or someone with interest to come and buy it all for one lump sum offering.
  14. Here are a few photos of the finished product (Under Glow surround LEDs) taken from inside my shop. Brightness of the new Under Glow lights is adjustable using the RF Remote and such that we can near match the existing LEDs under the slides and on the canopy awnings. We chose to go with the single color soft white. Expectation is that these will look much better when the coach is in use (i.e. outdoors at an RV camp site or park) and will be used with discretion. (re: not intended as "bling" but moreso to provide soft light around the base perimeter of the coach particularly when walking around it at night).
  15. Do you have a RV Lifestyle Motto? Our RV lifestyle motto is "Finding the Roads that Await Us"...and after having seen the "Crown" emblem screen door signs Newmar places exclusively on it's King Aire model we liked the "idea" of it and had our own personal version made as shown below. Lydia came up with the idea of the compass which she found on-line then we just added the wording and had it made. The sign is laser cut mirror finish stainless steel adhered to the screen door frame using 3M double-sided tape and whereby the screen door remains fully functional.