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rgatijnet1

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Posted: 10/12/18 04:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

LED lights do not attract near as many bugs, no matter what color the lens. Very little heat and no UV rays.

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Posted: 10/12/18 09:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I replaced mine with a Starlight’s smart light, led, motion detector.
I got a very early unit that had lens problems but they made good on it.
Uses you existing switch, you can turn it on or toggle the switch and it’s in motion detect mode. $56.
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I replaced mine with a clear lens and an amber LED bulb. Went with a low lumen output so as not to annoy any neighbors. The amber LED light under the steps provides all the illumination we need to get in and out at night. The porch light is more of an "Accepting Visitors" indicator than a source of illumination.


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Posted: 10/12/18 10:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My last camper had both a white light and an amber light on the passenger side. Either could be turned on independently. The amber colored was nearest the door. When both were on at the same time, the white always had more bugs flying around it. However, when the white went out, they navigated to the amber anyway. I think they like the white better. So, when using the outside light, we always flipped on the white one because it was farther away from the door and bugs stayed away from the door, hovering around the light.

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ArchHoagland wrote:

I put clear on mine the last time because it provides more usable light.

Didn't pay any attention to the bugs and couldn't tell you if there are more or less with it.


X2 I threw my amber cover in a drawer somewhere and put a clear one on.

Especially important if you've upgrade to LED bulbs.


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DutchmenSport wrote:

My last camper had both a white light and an amber light on the passenger side. Either could be turned on independently. The amber colored was nearest the door. When both were on at the same time, the white always had more bugs flying around it. However, when the white went out, they navigated to the amber anyway. I think they like the white better. So, when using the outside light, we always flipped on the white one because it was farther away from the door and bugs stayed away from the door, hovering around the light.


I have never understood why people put outside lights so close to the door. They work just as well several feet away without drawing the bugs in so close. My old camper had a light built into the assist handle for getting in. It was great if you wanted to get your hand covered in bugs.
The amber lens or coating on an incandescent bulb just filters out other wavelengths, destroying efficiency. On the other hand, colored LEDs just make the desired wavelength, improving their relative efficiency vs incandescent bulbs.

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either light does attract bugs, white does give a better view outside, I have been using the tri coloured led strip more than the single light, then it can be any colour I wish or brightness, from a remote control.. I find the led strip is not as bad for bugs though, maybe less light in a single spot, but just more spots..?

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Big Katuna wrote:

I replaced mine with a Starlight’s smart light, led, motion detector.
I got a very early unit that had lens problems but they made good on it.
Uses you existing switch, you can turn it on or toggle the switch and it’s in motion detect mode. $56.
Amazon.


I like that idea. I will look into it. I want the light most for when entering in the dark it does have a step light but it is not very bright and only comes on after the door is open which doesn't help for putting the key in the door. My remote door openers must need new batteries.

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I battled wind for most of the trip the wind pushes it around but not terrible like my last coach but still something you need to pay attention to. Having driven big trucks it doesn't bother me. Mileage doesn't seem too good the computer says average 7.5 MPG I will check that when I fuel up in the morning to head home. I filled up before I left and we have driven 385 miles I have about 3/8 of a tank left. The trip has some grades but nothing big and we are not towing anything but we seemed to buck the wind a fair amount but most of the wind was a cross wind.

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Gundog what chassis/ engine do you have? 7.5 mpg sounds fine to me.


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Posted: 10/15/18 08:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

7.5 is about all you will see.

The remotes. If the red led flashes when u push a button the battery is fine..

They have become unsynched.

Under the dash behind the swing out door drink holder thing, (has your hinges failed yet?) there is the remote lock controller. It has a led you can barely see and a push button you can barely get to.

You have to push the button (three?) times so fast it’s silly and get the led to blink or change colors (I forget), then you push the lock button on the remote.
Repeat for the other fob.

It lost synch so often I gave up trying to use it.
Got locked out once before I learned how unreliable it was.

Maybe you will have better luck.

There is also a 12V fuse panel back there.

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