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Old 11-13-2015, 12:45 PM   #1
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Hey folks,
I have Dutchmen Classic 260. It is in a good condition, but anyway, it needs some upgrade.
I like boondocking with my family. So a good battery is a must for us. I will change 45 lamps to LED. Who can give recommendations as for the price. Can the cheap LEDs be good? What will you advice for the outdoor light?

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Old 11-13-2015, 01:12 PM   #2
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Hey folks,
I have Dutchmen Classic 260. It is in a good condition, but anyway, it needs some upgrade.
I like boondocking with my family. So a good battery is a must for us. I will change 45 lamps to LED. Who can give recommendations as for the price. Can the cheap LEDs be good? What will you advice for the outdoor light?

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Welcome, Chris

I thought I would give the eBay stuff a try. I bought a set of ten off eBay, with free shipping from, yes, China. I went with the flat panel ones in daylight white light, easier on the eyes when reading for us old folks.

I tried the first set in our old Airstream and we liked the light and color temperature, so I replaced them all with the same thing, including the outside stair lights. They were still going strong 3 years after.

When we bought the Dutchmen, I did the same thing, plus the scare lights on both sides of the camper. Turn them suckers on and it's like noon at midnight.

I would recommend going to two 6V in series batteries and a solar charger, either portable or
hard wired.
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Old 11-13-2015, 11:38 PM   #3
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I use these from Amazon there is a cheaper set out there, but they are only rated for 12 volts and will burn up if used heavily.

LED is definitely the way to go.

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Thanks guys,
I found good LED lamps on Ebay. $20 each. I hope, I will not have problems with them.
Also, I very liked this lamp https://www.mrosupply.com/lighting/l...ab-lighting/.I think it could be good for outdoor light, but I do not know how to install it.
I do not want to pay additionally for the electrician. Maybe I will do without the outdoor light at all. the wife offers to buy a simple LED lantern.
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Thanks guys,
I found good LED lamps on Ebay. $20 each. I hope, I will not have problems with them.
Also, I very liked this lamp https://www.mrosupply.com/lighting/l...ab-lighting/.I think it could be good for outdoor light, but I do not know how to install it.
I do not want to pay additionally for the electrician. Maybe I will do without the outdoor light at all. the wife offers to buy a simple LED lantern.
$20 each? That's kind of high. Aaron's recommendation was $55 for a pack of 10. I am curious about your outdoor light, but the link doesn't work.
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sorry,
here is what I want to take for the outdoor light https://www.mrosupply.com/lighting/l..._rab-lighting/ (I could not find option to edit the post)

and here is what i found on ebay 20x 7000K White LED 1156 RV camper Trailer 1141 1003 Interior Light Bulbs 13 SMD | eBay
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Thanks guys,
I found good LED lamps on Ebay. $20 each. I hope, I will not have problems with them.
Also, I very liked this lamp https://www.mrosupply.com/lighting/l...ab-lighting/.I think it could be good for outdoor light, but I do not know how to install it.
I do not want to pay additionally for the electrician. Maybe I will do without the outdoor light at all. the wife offers to buy a simple LED lantern.
Chris,
I did not find any 12 volt lights at the MRO Supply website. Your trailer lighting is usually all 12 volt DC rather than the 120 volt AC like you have in a house. They make plenty of decent LED motion activated lights for the outside of the RV. The Starlights 1000 is one a lot of people seem to like. At ~$60 it isn't cheap but it is designed for RV use. I will probably cheap out an use a basic LED fixture like this one.

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sorry,
here is what I want to take for the outdoor light https://www.mrosupply.com/lighting/l..._rab-lighting/ (I could not find option to edit the post)

and here is what i found on ebay 20x 7000K White LED 1156 RV camper Trailer 1141 1003 Interior Light Bulbs 13 SMD | eBay
Them LEDs are going to make a big difference, at 7K they will have a bit of a blueish cast to them but they will be bright.

Try one of your new LEDs in your outside lights, I think you will be happy with the result. The benefit of the Light wahoonc showed is the motion activation. Nice if you go out for a walk night, your not burning lights your not using.
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I don't have much to contribute other than I had a vehicle catch fire due to china led dome lights. I used to be an led everywhere kind of guy, but most of the china stuff is not tested or regulated. Just something to think about.
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I don't have much to contribute other than I had a vehicle catch fire due to china led dome lights. I used to be an led everywhere kind of guy, but most of the china stuff is not tested or regulated. Just something to think about.
Guess what? A lot of the incandescent fixtures and bulbs are coming from China too. So I guess you are screwed no matter what you do.

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