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How To Remove RV Light Covers

In this article, I will teach you how to remove RV light covers when camping, and it promises to be explanatory.


I want you to know that is possible for you to remove RV light covers, however, it depends on the model of the recreational vehicle you are using. 

You already know that RV light covers are mounted onto lighting fixtures using a fastening mechanism like screws or clipping to hold them in place, tightly.

In addition to this, when you are learning how to remove RV light covers when camping, you must put into consideration the type of lighting fixtures installed in the RV interior.

While some RV light covers require some mechanical assistance others require that you slide or gently pinch both sides and pull it out with your bare hand.

At the end of this article, I expect you to know the following:

  • Reasons why it is expedient for campers to remove their RV light covers,
  • The required tools needed for removing RV light covers,
  • How to remove the light from the ceiling and change the light
  • Safety measures to take when removing RV light covers, and lots more.

Why You Should Remove An RV Light Cover

You should know that various lighting fixtures and displays are present in the interior of recreational vehicles.

Also, it is the several lighting fixtures that help to heighten the visibility inside the RV.

Furthermore, one of the reasons most campers choose to learn how to remove these RV light covers is so that they can experience the complete illumination of their installed lighting fixtures since the RV usually comes with a covering that shields them from any form of damage.

Additionally, it could be because the RV light cover got damaged or broken so a replacement is needed and they have to remove the RV light cover before they can do this while it could also be so that they can effectively clean it.

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What Are The Required Tools Needed To Remove RV Light Covers?

Below are some of the tools you need before you can successfully remove RV light covers that are kept together by a mechanical fastener, and they are:

  • Pliers
  • A pair of electrical hand gloves
  • Scrapers
  • Screwdrivers

Please note that the essence of including a pair of electrical hand gloves is so that it will protect you from getting injured while using one of the other two sharp tools or any leaking current.

As soon as you can figure out the mechanisms holding your RV lighting fixtures strongly, the next step you should take is to get rid of the lighting covers.

How To Remove The Light From The Ceiling And Change The Light

Below are tips on how you can remove the light from the ceiling, don’t fret, I will explain these tips comprehensively.

  1. Put off the power to the light you are changing by simply reversing the switch
  2. Get rid of the light cover, you can simply use your fingers to pull it down from the ceiling.
  3. If the bulb had been on for some time, allow it to cool for a minimum of 5 minutes before making contact with it unless it’s a LED bulb that is usually not heated.
  4. Get rid of the screws
  5. Get rid of the plastic tubes
  6. Disconnect and rewire
  7. Push the wires up the opening and place the cover back 

Before you start anything, get all your materials as I have earlier mentioned ready.

To achieve this, you need a plier, flathead screwdriver, and a stepladder. Also, there is a need for you to wear gloves unless you are changing a burned-out bulb, and as long as you saw it burn out, then not wearing gloves won’t be an issue.

That being said;

  • The first thing you need to do is to flip the light switch of the light you want to replace to cut power.
  • Secondly, you should take out the light cover, and you can do this by simply twisting it counter-clockwise, and you will see it come off.
  • Thirdly, get rid of the screws using a screwdriver to remove the screws.

You can only do this if it’s the type that has screws holding the fixture in position to the ceiling.

Aside from screws, two other types hold it to the ceiling which are pressure clips and a Spring latch.

All you need to do is simply pull it down firmly and you will see it come out.

  • The fourth step is to discard the plastic tubes.

Since the individual LEDs can’t be removed, you can replace them by buying another one.

You will discover that it has two wires, partially covered with what you could refer to as a small plastic tube. 

What you need to do is to use the plier to pull off the plastic tube, then keep the tube safely because you will need it soonest.

  • The fifth step is to disconnect the previous lines of wires and rewire them.

To achieve this is not hard but to crack, just “untwist” the wires on both lines, after which you should connect the wires of the new puck of LEDs. 

While doing so, take note that the white line is reconnected to the white line on top, and the black line is reconnected to the brown line on top.

After doing this, the plastic tubes back on to shield where the wires have been joined together. 

Furthermore, after putting the wires inside the tubes, grip them with a plier to ensure that you have kept them in place.

  • Finally,  carefully tug the wires up into the opening from where they were removed and using a screwdriver,  put the screws back on the puck. 

To ensure that the cover is in place, twist and press the cover.

Was it difficult? I doubt it!

It’s time for us to find out how to change older incandescent light bulbs for LEDs.

Before I proceed, I am wondering why you want to replace them since LEDs are known to last longer, are more efficient, and produce less heat.

That being said, to change older incandescent light bulbs for LEDs, you just have to pull out the incandescent light bulbs and plug them into the LEDs. 

Interestingly, you don’t need any form of tool or even steps you can follow to achieve this.

A Few Safety Measures To Apply When Removing RV Light Covers

The first safety prevention you must take when removing RV light covers is to wear your gloves.

Another one is to ensure that the bulb has cooled off completely before unscrewing it. So, if the light has been on for a while, know that the bulb will be too hot to handle, and you may burn your fingers.

In a case where it is an overhead light that you are dealing with, use a steady step ladder to enable you to reach the bulb without falling off.

Lastly, how you dispose of the bulb matters a lot.

You must get rid of them safely because they are fragile, so throwing them into the trash can haphazardly be the wrong way to go about it.

Try to wrap them up in either the new bulb’s packaging or in the old newspaper since the shards can be cut.  

Keep them out of the reach of children.

It’s also important that you note that glass bulbs cannot be recycled because the filaments, as well as other metal components, are difficult to pick out.

Final Thoughts

I will always advise that you always look at the instructions on the RV lighting manual because it is considered the best step to take when learning how to remove RV light covers during camping.  

I suggested this because there are particular tools and methods which you can find listed on the RV lighting company’s website that can assist you with this operation.

That being said, I have exhausted all that I have for you as regards this article. 

I would love to know in the comment section if I was able to tackle the major difficulty you face when removing the RV light covers.

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