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Worleydownunder

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Hi,
Seem to be getting water in the two front lights, just wondering how to take the plastic cover off to get the water out. And any suggestions on how to stop the water getting in.
Cheers regards Coleen.
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William the Conqueror

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Hi Coleen

I also have water getting into my clearance lights (both front and side). They are a sealed unit (at least the lens is) which clips into the black holder and only the lens and holder can be separated. The lens itself is not serviceable.

I spoke to an expert (at least as expert as you can get - an auto electrician) and he said that it is not uncommon problem and he believes it is caused by air in the lens warming up during the day, expanding and then sucking cold, moist air back in at night. Whilst it may look unsightly, he said it won't affect the performance and they will dry out in warmer weather.

In terms of a simple quick repair, once they are dried out, is to use super glue to seal all the joints and edges of the lens. We did this on our boat trailer and while it works for a while, it is not a permanent solution as the super glue eventuall degrades in the weather.

I am in the process of replacing mine with ones that are IP78 (waterproof/submersible) rating, but the downside is they are more expensive than the ones fitted on the trailers.

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Anthony


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Worleydownunder

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Thanks Anthony,
Will give the super glue a go. Once it dries out.
Cheers Coleen.
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PnJ

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Currently in the last stages of an 8 week trip that has included Cape York, across the Gulf, up through Limmen National Park and then into Darwin, before heading back toward SE Qld.  An awesome trip that really tested out the van's capabilities.  Our only real gripe is the dust that unavoidably falls inside when the back door is opened.

2 days ago while camping out from Isisford, I rolled up the flexible LED light that came with our 440 as per usual and heard an unusual cracking noise.  Last night, only the first 3 LEDs in the strip were working and it seems that one of the plastic bars in the light has broken, severing the electrical connections.

Does anyone know if these are repairable or is it U/S? We've had the van (and light) a bit over 3 years.  I wouldn't really expect that a flexible LED strip should break so easily.
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PnJ, I'd expect that a led strip is a disposable item. If you have warranty you may get it replaced, otherwise a visit to a Jaycar store or online electronics website is probably your best and cheapest option.
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PnJ

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Thanks 4fun. I'd more or less reached the same conclusion. Looks like the 2nd light that came with the van won't last much longer either.
I might try to get new strips that have a tinge of yellow in them so they're not so attractive to the bugs.
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Todd

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Hi PnJ,

Same happened to mine. You can buy new ones for $30 - https://www.4wdsupacentre.com.au/products/led-camping-lights/illuminator-max-led-strip-light.html

The quality is not too bad, though they do have the larger cigarette lighter plug. You can salvage the smaller plug from your broken LED strip to replace the larger plug.

Cheers, Todd
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Hi Pnj

Had the same drama with our flexible LED lights. If your handy with a soldering iron it's posible to repair them.

I cut/sliced one side of the plastic protective strip close to were the the lights stopped working and fed the LED strip out.
Looking closely i found the copper conductive strip had broken. I soldered it back together and after sliding the lights back into place
then slide a piece of paddle pop stick or something similar underneath the LED to help protect the join.

Not saying this is a permanent fix but my lights are still working.

Cheers

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PnJ

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Thanks Dave & Tricia

I might give that a try when I get a spare moment.  I like a challenge...
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