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Old 09-12-2016, 04:41 AM   #1
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Been one full month on the road and loving it...

I purchased a 1997 Ford Hurricane Thor Motorcoach from a friend.

Loving it...but, 1997 was a long time ago and it's time for some upgrades.

What have you done to modernize your used coach?

I'm thinking LED lights are going to be first on the project list.

Who's done a retro-fit with LED?

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Old 09-13-2016, 12:03 AM   #2
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I converted all my interior lights to LEDs...

Choice is to replace bulbs - or entire fixtures. I found replacing bulbs to be significantly cheaper.

Need to match the kinds of bulbs you need - I had 4 different types - one for the pancake lights (a LOT of these); one for the bathroom fixture (bulbs not fully enclosed); one for the outside 'porch' light; and one for the range hood (110v).

Look for bulbs rated HIGHER than 12v - remember your fully charged battery or plugged in unit will put out close to 14v on those circuits. A 12v bulb can overheat. Mine were all rated 12-24v (except the range hood of course).
The pancake replacement bulbs needed a little care inserting to not bend.
Only replaced one bulb from the lot in over a year (ordered a few extras to have on hand).

'Color' temperature is a personal preference - I went with a warm white (not the harsh 'near blue')...

Also added LED light strips for indirect lighting - a mix of soft white and RGB - inside and on my awning.

I'll look for links to what I bought and post when I find them...

Everything runs MUCH cooler.... and reduced battery draw.
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Old 09-13-2016, 12:14 AM   #3
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On our old 5th wheel I replaced all the fixtures with LED ones. Yeah it wasn't that cheap: Waited for camping world to have a sale on the fixtures and replaced them in batches of 3 or 4. When I was finally finished I had calculated that all of the new fixtures used less total current than a single one of the old ones.
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:56 AM   #4
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Good info- thanks

Good info- thanks

I can already tell this forum will be helpful as a new (used) owner
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