Sunline RV Forum
Sunline User Photos

Go Back   Sunline Coach Owner's Club > Model Specific Forums > Sunline Travel Trailers
Click Here to Login

Join Sunline Club Forums Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-08-2018, 04:42 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Florida
Posts: 15
SUN #10354
Boomer485 is an unknown quantity at this point
LED Lights in my Solaris

Today I finished replacing ALL the bulbs inside my 2653 Solaris. I found them on Amazon, and I am really pleased with the end results. The light is bright and uses much less electricity when you are on the battery. Also the bulbs generate little or no heat. I even replaced the bulb in the fan over the stove.

These are the bulbs I ordered.
Aucan 20pcs Super Bright RV Trailer T10 921 194 42-SMD 12V Car Backup Reverse LED Lights Bulbs Light Width Lamp Xenon White

They were Fifteen Dollars with Prime. Well worth every penny.



NOTE:** If you plug it in and it does not work, remove, rotate 180 degrees and plug in again.



When I turn all of them on the inside is bright and cheery! Just a suggestion to improve the lighting.
__________________

__________________
Boomer485 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2018, 05:19 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 2,915
SUN #2097
mainah is an unknown quantity at this point
When I bought my camper it had 13 1156 bulbs I turned them all on it drew 23 amps! I now have 15 LED's they draw 3.08 amps. If you are a off grid camper that's the first thing you should do.
__________________

__________________
mainah is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2018, 08:19 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Thomascine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Virginia
Posts: 740
SUN #8893
Thomascine is an unknown quantity at this point
After reading many posts here on the subject, I too replaced all of the interior bulbs with LEDs. Does make a big difference. Not ready for off grid camping but with not much experience, not sure how often campgrounds lose power.
__________________
Thomascine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2018, 10:57 PM   #4
Moderator
 
JohnB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 9,950
SUN #89
JohnB is on a distinguished road
Yes, it is almost a must now a days to convert to LED's if you are off grid camping. We did ours a good while back. Took 3 years to change them all. Cost$$$$ back then there were a "lot" more costly then they are now.

You did the whole camper for $15. Back when I was getting them that was about pre bulb...
__________________
Current Sunlines: 2004 T310SR, 2004 T1950, 2004 T2475, 2007 T2499
Prior Sunlines: 2004 T2499 - Fern Blue
2005 Ford F350 Lariat, 6.8L V10 W/ 4.10 rear axle, CC, Short Bed, SRW. Reese HP trunnion bar hitch W/ HP DC

Google Custom Search For Sunline Owners Club
JohnB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2018, 05:15 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 2,915
SUN #2097
mainah is an unknown quantity at this point
The old bulbs made far better heaters than lights. Even if you do not camp off grid the LED's make light in one direction unlike the bulbs that scatter light everywhere giving you more light in the direction you need it the most. For us old guys the higher color temp LED's make it easier to see for those that like a homey effect go with a lower color temp LED. They have become ridiculously cheap and won't burn up the lens on vintage fixtures so what's not to like? Best bet is on line buying I was in an RV shop yesterday and could not believe the price they were asking for them I could have bought a bag of them for what they wanted for one!
__________________
mainah is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2018, 10:28 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Florida
Posts: 15
SUN #10354
Boomer485 is an unknown quantity at this point
I will be doing some off grid camping, as it is cheaper. I also bought a Ryobi 900 watt generator that runs off propane. I can get about 3.5 hours on a one pound canister, and it came with the adapter hose to connect it to a 20 pound tank. This combined with the solar panel I have will keep the battery fresh and up to snuff for me. My Solaris has a fiber glass awning for the front window. I mounted the solar panel to that. It looks nice and is very functional. Plus when the girl is parked the sunshine keeps the battery in good shape. One of several projects I have for my Solaris.
__________________
Boomer485 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2018, 05:09 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 2,915
SUN #2097
mainah is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally Posted by Boomer485 View Post
I will be doing some off grid camping, as it is cheaper. I also bought a Ryobi 900 watt generator that runs off propane. I can get about 3.5 hours on a one pound canister, and it came with the adapter hose to connect it to a 20 pound tank. This combined with the solar panel I have will keep the battery fresh and up to snuff for me. My Solaris has a fiber glass awning for the front window. I mounted the solar panel to that. It looks nice and is very functional. Plus when the girl is parked the sunshine keeps the battery in good shape. One of several projects I have for my Solaris.
Don't mean spoil your fun but how do you protect your panel from stones? Does it come off for transport? The ideal is good because you can actually elevate it to capture max sunlight but they are fairly fragile.
__________________
mainah is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2018, 12:47 AM   #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Florida
Posts: 15
SUN #10354
Boomer485 is an unknown quantity at this point
I have a good friend who is kind of a weird genius with this solar panel stuff who is helping. I added a piece of clear plexiglass over the entire panel, which I am sure I will have to replace in a couple of years as it yellows. My tow vehicle is an older Chevy Tahoe and I have mud flaps. So my fingers are crossed that I do not have any damage from debris. No it does not come off easily. I suppose if I needed to I could pull it in 30 minutes or so. I suppose I am taking a leap of faith here in that it will not get damaged. They are not quite as fragile as they used to be.
__________________
Boomer485 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2018, 05:57 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 2,915
SUN #2097
mainah is an unknown quantity at this point
Yeah they are not plastic just for that reason you stated it will darken thus reducing the output it doesn't take much. Most are tempered glass. Maybe you could fabricate a removable cover for transport. The window cover is there to protect the front windows from stone damage. I use a home built frame for my 100 watt panel that allows me to elevate and rotate my panel the entire rig folds up flat and I put it on the bed when I travel. For a little piece of mind I pad lock it to the safety chains if I leave the camp ground.
__________________
mainah is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2018, 06:39 AM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Florida
Posts: 15
SUN #10354
Boomer485 is an unknown quantity at this point
You have to pad lock it to the safety chains? Wow. Well I suppose we need to keep the honest people honest. Sigh. I am going with the recommendation from a couple of friends to use braided cable to secure the battery box and LP tanks for the same reason. I mounted the solar panel directly to window cover. Drilled holes in it, put in rubber grommets to protect the window panel so the holes don't get bigger. Sad the state of the world is such that we have to take these measures. The previous owners put small steel plates by the door locks so the doors to the trailer could not be pried open.
__________________
Boomer485 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2018, 08:07 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 2,915
SUN #2097
mainah is an unknown quantity at this point
I often park in things like parking lots then head out in the pickup do do radio coms for events mainly auto racing otherwise I wouldn't worry about it. It is highly portable and only weighs about 18# so it's an easy target. Yeah my friend owns a small motor home from NY and it has plated locks.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_1807 (683x1024).jpg (96.3 KB, 6 views)
__________________
mainah is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2018, 09:13 AM   #12
Moderator
 
JohnB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 9,950
SUN #89
JohnB is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by mainah View Post
It is highly portable and only weighs about 18# so it's an easy target. Yeah my friend owns a small motor home from NY and it has plated locks.
Mainah, that is one nice looking setup! Thanks for sharing. My mind is already racing to, OK when is the solar upgrade coming...

__________________
Current Sunlines: 2004 T310SR, 2004 T1950, 2004 T2475, 2007 T2499
Prior Sunlines: 2004 T2499 - Fern Blue
2005 Ford F350 Lariat, 6.8L V10 W/ 4.10 rear axle, CC, Short Bed, SRW. Reese HP trunnion bar hitch W/ HP DC

Google Custom Search For Sunline Owners Club
JohnB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2018, 11:49 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 2,915
SUN #2097
mainah is an unknown quantity at this point
Because the panel frame is very rugged all of the aluminum parts are very light weight and don't really add any structural value to the setup. The upright are drilled in increments to allow me to elevate it or lay it flat at high noon or to store it. All the hardware is stainless. The connector either plugs directly into the batteries or into a connector in the rear compartment connected to the converter/charger. Because I wanted portability and be able to use it to charge batteries other than the camper the charge controller is fixed to the panel assembly all it needs is a battery to function. The SG cord is a number 10 wire maybe 10-12 feet so I was not real concerned with voltage drop. My contention has always been why on the flat roof it will only get max output at noon when I can all day long dawn to dusk.
__________________
mainah is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2018, 07:22 PM   #14
Moderator
 
JohnB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 9,950
SUN #89
JohnB is on a distinguished road
Thanks Mainah
__________________

__________________
Current Sunlines: 2004 T310SR, 2004 T1950, 2004 T2475, 2007 T2499
Prior Sunlines: 2004 T2499 - Fern Blue
2005 Ford F350 Lariat, 6.8L V10 W/ 4.10 rear axle, CC, Short Bed, SRW. Reese HP trunnion bar hitch W/ HP DC

Google Custom Search For Sunline Owners Club
JohnB is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
lights--outside marker lights and tail lights marcom13 Repairs and Maintenance 23 07-10-2016 02:25 PM
LED Awning Lights Gliden07 Sunline Travel Trailers 8 03-11-2016 04:10 PM
led exterior lighting upgrade vmifan Modifications 13 03-17-2009 06:16 AM
Are LED lights "Legal" in Pa ???? Sunline1 Modifications 8 03-16-2009 10:39 AM
LED Tail lights ??? Sunline1 Modifications 3 09-20-2008 05:10 AM



Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sunline RV or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:09 AM.