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Offline lostagain

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Docking lights
« on: June 09, 2014, 06:54:21 AM »
Often recently, I have had to back up in the dark when pulling in somewhere at night. I would like some lighting on the side of the bus so I can see what's there so I don't swing into things. What is available in recessed docking lights? Another option is work lights that could be bolted to the side of the bus. Or attached to the mirrors. Although I don't really want the bus to start looking like a dump truck. LED would be best. I have looked on a few lighting sites, but haven't found much.

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Re: Docking lights
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2014, 07:19:33 AM »
Build your own JC have Matt (saddleup) send a photo of the ones I made for his bus you don't want the plastic stuff on a good looking 5 like yours. I had the housing made of S/S on a angle and recessed behind the siding and used 3x5 lights with a S/S bezel County Coach like it so much they started doing on their bus conversions  
 
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Re: Docking lights
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2014, 07:48:53 AM »
I have seen several motorhomes with three or four RV porch lights mounted along the roof line on each side.  The advantage of having the lights higher up is that taller obstructions like trees and power lines will be lit instead only seeing the bottom two feet of obstructions.

You can get either white or amber lenses.  There are quite a few LED bulb options that vary from nightlight to spotlight.



Another option is sealed automotive fog lights mounted both on the roof and under the bays.  You can buy fog lights as small as 1.5" round.  They accomplish the same thing as the porch lights, but can be mounted much higher up and out of the line of sight of people standing near the bus.
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Offline Cary and Don

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Re: Docking lights
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2014, 08:22:23 AM »
Our Eagle has recessed lights on the front and rear bay doors.  They light up like day when on. They also are great for getting around the bus when parked at night.

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Re: Docking lights
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2014, 08:27:21 AM »
 
JC,
I have two ,new in box, some day to install, down on the list,
A round tu-it type job.

Optronics Inc.
Porch/docking lights
Model 691
part # 69100101
Bulb # 30000112
12vdc

These are white plastic, 8 x 9 in. units, with 5x5 in. ss backer for light.
Light is 4 in. round.
My friend Al, installed them in his mci 5 and they looked good.

Bob
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Re: Docking lights
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2014, 09:52:27 AM »
   Here's another choice, although have no personal experience with then. They look nice and compact. How about an infared back up camera instead? No lights needed with them.   

http://www.imarineusa.com/innovativelightingdockinghullback-uplights-white.aspx

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Re: Docking lights
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2014, 10:23:06 AM »
Just go on ebay.  I already ordered mine since I had the exact same idea.

Search for "docking lights"

You can get flush mount that should direct the lights into the appropriate area if you want a sleek installation.

Here's what I got...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AQUA-SIGNAL-85101-1-WHITE-OVAL-PLASTIC-BOAT-DOCKING-LIGHTS-PAIR-/190902000268?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item2c72a55a8c&vxp=mtr

I've had a lot more boats than RV's and I wouldn't be surprised if I put as much marine stuff in my rig as RV stuff.

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Re: Docking lights
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2014, 11:01:24 AM »
Those things with mounting frames look tacky on a bus with siding sticking out over the siding JMO
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Re: Docking lights
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2014, 11:50:46 AM »
Go to this site-they have all sorts of exterior rated bright LED's. I've ordered from them and are prompt with delivery. http://www.superbrightleds.com/ Good Luck, TomC
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Re: Docking lights
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2014, 12:07:40 PM »
luvrbus or saddleup - I would really like to see some pictures of what you built.

Another thought--  You could mount fog lights inside the radiator air intake grilles on each side.  The light could be mounted completely out of sight.  I will post a diagram of what I am thinking below:

 

Edit: You could even mount lights up inside the wheel wells with some sort of expanded metal housing to protect the lights from rocks.
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Re: Docking lights
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2014, 02:33:24 PM »
I have the stock docking cornering lights from Prevost (came with shell) I agree with Clifford If it were not having the holes to deal with they would be changed. That said one is located it the lower entrance door . 1  driver side below ticket window close to bottom in front of steer wheel.   1 each in front of the drive axle L & R  A switch on the dash turn all on or you can control with your turn signals for cornering. I do like location and function.   Bob
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Offline Charles in SC

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Re: Docking lights
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2014, 07:05:41 PM »
I always wanted to mount an old timey police car spot light on the drivers corner.
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Re: Docking lights
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2014, 08:13:51 PM »
luvrbus or saddleup - I would really like to see some pictures of what you built.

I'll second that. 

Been looking to do this for a while now, but haven't found anything classy enough that I feel good cutting a hole in the side of the bus.
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Re: Docking lights
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2014, 08:23:31 PM »
Matt will be along this board is just to damn hard for me to post photos now FB is a cake walk for me
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Re: Docking lights
« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2014, 06:13:16 AM »
now that the suns up...on a side note how the hell i retreve my password to get in the E=mag...tryied every password i ever had..
top pic driverside front....and a rear driver side

and yes this bus needs a washin and a polishin...
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