Lafayette and LED Light Bar Mod

Current Location: Cajun Palms RV Resort, Henderson, Louisiana

We left Jellystone this morning after the office opened and headed west to Henderson (Lafayette) to the Cajun Palms RV Resort. When we were checking in, we were informed that they are booked solid this weekend for a Crawfish Festival. So, we have to leave out Friday morning instead of Saturday like we planned.

Our spot at Cajun Palms.

Our spot at Cajun Palms.

On our way to Lafayette, we stopped by Camping World and found the LED light bar we’ve been wanting to get to mount under our awning. After lunch, Malcolm set about to planning on how he would wire up everything and figured out a great way to do it.

Dometic LED Light Bar kit.

Dometic LED Light Bar kit.

Tracing where the wire for the awning entered the coach, he found the entry point inside the corner of our washer/dryer closet. He drilled another hole through the wall for the LED light wire and fished it down through the awning mount and inside. A generous dollop of silicone sealant and things were tidied up at the bottom.

Bottom entry point. White wire is LED lights, black is awning.

Bottom entry point. White wire is LED lights, black is awning.

The connection was made at the top of the awning support bracket, the covers were snapped back into place and the light strip stuck to the side of the trailer just under the awning mounting slot.

Hookup at end of light strip.

Hookup at end of light strip.

Once it was all wired up and tested, Malcolm coiled up the extra cord and control box and hid it in the corner of our washer/dryer closet. The 12V supply was plugged into one of the 110V outlets in the closet and laid in the floor of the closet off to the side. The lights are turned on and off with a little remote control that we may mount to the wall next to the door with a Command Strip.

Light test.

Light test.

We rolled up the awning before we left for the afternoon, which partially covers the LED strip and directs the light downwards. When we arrived back to the trailer after dark, we had a really nice glow on the ground that was perfect for making your way to the door and unlocking it to gain entry. It’s brighter than this picture makes it appear.

Welcome home!

Welcome home!

While Malcolm was working on the LED lights, he had some visitors drop by. They loved the water from the air conditioner that had dripped on the pad.

Mama and 10 baby Mallards.

Mama and 10 baby Mallards.

They had no fear, and mama was cautious but not too nervous to let them come right up to humans.

Investigating Malcolm's finger.

Investigating Malcolm’s finger.

They moved across the street when they saw our neighbors out talking to a mobile repairman who had come to work on their motorhome. The ducklings did a great job of overseeing the work.

We visited our friends Nick and Sheila this evening. They made us a dinner of red beans and rice. Yummy! We visited for several hours then headed back to the trailer later on. Since we have to leave a day early, Nick got approval from the manager of their apartments for us to park our trailer in the parking lot Friday evening so we can boondock there (our first boondocking). Should be fun.

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