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Old 10-31-2016, 05:07 PM   #1
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2016 (or earlier) Thor ACE owners - what have you done?

2016 (and presumably earlier) Thor ACE owners - what have you done about lack of lights in the cab area and step area? I know what Thor has done as of 2017 - put lights there. But we bought a new 2016 30.1 recently - just couldn't see spending $20,000 more for a few lights.

For cab area, I'm talking both about map lights and about area lighting, like when it's night and you're going to drive and you want to be able to see your way into the cab.

For step area, yes, we could turn on the six overhead lights in the living area from the door, but we'd rather not. We've grown accustomed to being able to turn on a single light over the steps.

For that matter, home about light for the overcab bed?
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Old 10-31-2016, 08:19 PM   #2
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Lights

Went to Harbor Freight and bought two led battery operated lights. One for drivers and one for over head bunk area. Attached with Velcro
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Old 10-31-2016, 11:33 PM   #3
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Lights

We have a 2015 30.2, and understand where you are coming from.
Foe the cab area we purchased two LEd strip lights (12-15 inches) came as a two pack at one of the big box stores. They can be used as photo cells with auto on off, or as on/off lighted that are dimmable. Battery operated, but shoud last a long time. Mounted above the armrest they work well when traveling at night or as lighting in that area when bed is down.

Our moveable bed has an LED light opposite the slide end, so that was not an issue for us.

In the stairwell we had an LED light mounted using velcro, but the easier option was to keep the LED light in the shoe bin on all the time and the bin door open---nightlight and stair light.

In our RV not all the lights were LED's--the basement bulbs were not, we had to convert them, same for above the stove . I can't remember about the shoe bin, but I think by 2016 all the bulbs were LED?
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Old 11-08-2016, 09:25 PM   #4
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We have a 2016 30.1

Added sound bar and wireless headphone
Added 1.7 cuft refridge in rear compartment
Added gutters and spouts to both sides of roof
Added glass back splash to galley wall
Added quick connect propane line behind right rear tire.
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Old 02-07-2017, 01:34 PM   #5
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On my 2014 ACE 27.1 I ran a 110 volt wire to the right side of the camper into the small cabinet behind the passenger seat. I installed the 110 outlet and then put a night light in. I also installed a pair of map lights that I installed in the upholstery panel above the side windows. as soon as I can figure out how to add a photo or 2 I will post them as well
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Old 02-07-2017, 05:37 PM   #6
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Hi All,
Not got around to the map reading lights yet but I did add LED strips the entry well. Picked up a couple of amber color strips from Autozone, ran the wires into the shoe cupboard (one wire runs under the kick plate) then outside. Spliced the wires into the step light circuit, the LED's come on as you open the screen door. They also go auto off after a predetermined time if the screen door is left open....

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Old 02-09-2017, 04:14 PM   #7
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We installed map lights on the side overhead panels
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Old 02-10-2017, 02:27 PM   #8
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Great idea. Question - How did you attach the lights to the outside of the rig?
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Old 02-10-2017, 03:18 PM   #9
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Great idea. Question - How did you attach the lights to the outside of the rig?
Morning,
If you mean how did I connect the wires, I simply used quick splice connectors into the 2 step lamp wires.

The strip LED's have a self adhesive backing.

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Old 02-10-2017, 05:46 PM   #10
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We purchased our 27.1 last September since then we incorporated the following mods.

Table leg floor mounts replaced with flush mounts (no more stubbed toes)
Awing LED lights
Front cab area 2 speakers installed
Front cab side map lights
Replacing JRV212T media player with JRV9000 plus adding a small amp to drive additional front speakers
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Old 02-11-2017, 01:33 AM   #11
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LED light timer

Where did you purchase the timer for your LED lights and do you have a part number




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Hi All,
Not got around to the map reading lights yet but I did add LED strips the entry well. Picked up a couple of amber color strips from Autozone, ran the wires into the shoe cupboard (one wire runs under the kick plate) then outside. Spliced the wires into the step light circuit, the LED's come on as you open the screen door. They also go auto off after a predetermined time if the screen door is left open....

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Old 02-11-2017, 01:49 AM   #12
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Where did you purchase the timer for your LED lights and do you have a part number
Sorry for the confusion, the timer (auto off) is part of the original step mechanism... well at least on mine. The light under the step will go off after a delay if the screen door is left open.

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Old 02-11-2017, 10:43 AM   #13
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stairwell light

I have a Windsport 27K which is similar I used a license plate light installed it on the front side wall and hooked it up to the switch for the outside light so both come on, also works for a good night light and keeps stairwell lit during the night so you don't accidentally fall in the hole wondering around LOL
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Old 02-11-2017, 12:57 PM   #14
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Timer

Ok thanks yes we have same setup, really like your idea with led lights. We have some led's left over may have to try this



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Sorry for the confusion, the timer (auto off) is part of the original step mechanism... well at least on mine. The light under the step will go off after a delay if the screen door is left open.

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