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Old 12-23-2015, 01:14 PM   #15
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I have not heard the term scare light but it's nice to have an illumination light that gives that security needed when you here someone outside your door at 3 AM. My iPhone has a built in light that works just fine for finding the key hole or buy a pocket flash light, I hope that's the biggest Airstream complaint you ever have.
Oh, I have others!
Eg. Location of fresh tank drain;
-Windows that require two persons to open;
-A radio that is worse than that awful Farenheit;
-An East-West bed on the 25' that's very difficult to get in or out of.
That's one of the major reasons that I traded to a 30 footer.
For a start:
There are a number of items that I question Airstream sanity on; they certainly march to their own drummer!
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:17 PM   #16
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And if I DON'T leave the awning out due to weather? ??
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:19 PM   #17
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Working on it!
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:21 PM   #18
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Good Answer!
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:25 PM   #19
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My '70s trailers have a light above the door that shines down toward the step. I've replaced the incandescent bulb with LED and find that it's a very useful light in a dark campsite (my unit boondocks a lot, and both on our own and with the unit we also do a lot of dark state parks.) The "scare light" needs a deflector, I think. Since it's bright and right around eye-level it blinds you walking toward that side of the trailer. My '75 doesn't have one and I've never wished for one. The '76 has one and I have an LED replacement for it, but I'm also thinking about some sort of deflector to direct light more up and down rather than directly into the eyes.
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:37 PM   #20
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David, i have also had my eye out for a deflector hood for the "scare" light. I was looking at some stainless steel bowls the other day thinking if I could find one exactly the right diameter, I could cut out the bottom portion and leave the edge all around to serve as a bezel. Still it the thinking stage though.
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:45 PM   #21
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I put a blue lens on mine... my friends know it's OK to knock if the Party Light is on!
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:48 PM   #22
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LOL. Oh Airstream. So I am camping right now with 7 other Airstreamers, and just looked outside. The Classic and the FC don't have lights above the door. But all of us with Signatures do.
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:58 PM   #23
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I've always felt that AS missed the boat on lighting at the back side of the trailer.Most SOBs have a light up high that shines down on the utility area so you can troubleshoot water/electric and even sewer problems.
I agree that a light under the awning is a very helpful idea.
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That's interesting--our 2010 28' International does have a push button light over the sewer valve area that has been very helpful. Otherwise, we're camping guys--a good flashlight is a must, with the iPhone filling the bill if we're too lazy to go back inside to get it!
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My '70s trailers have a light above the door that shines down toward the step. I've replaced the incandescent bulb with LED and find that it's a very useful light in a dark campsite (my unit boondocks a lot, and both on our own and with the unit we also do a lot of dark state parks.) The "scare light" needs a deflector, I think. Since it's bright and right around eye-level it blinds you walking toward that side of the trailer. My '75 doesn't have one and I've never wished for one. The '76 has one and I have an LED replacement for it, but I'm also thinking about some sort of deflector to direct light more up and down rather than directly into the eyes.
Our 2010 28' International has the same light fixture. We switched it to LED, but the "bulb" emits very little light and is directed towards the trailer. We just found another online that looks much better--more LED's, and at least some directed downward away from the trailer.

Not only is this useful if you leave the LED's on before you leave so it's on when you come back after dark (the LED's draw very little power, of course), it's also a nice (you should excuse the expression) highlight and makes the Airstream look even more welcoming when you come back from a hard night out--say from a local restaurant!
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Re: light output of the fixture above the door: I wasn't impressed either, and found a big LED bulb that just barely fits and spray painted the inner surface of the fixture gloss white. It made a big difference.
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On ours the lens appears to be warped. At first, I thought the lens had melted but after seeing some other AS I think the lens focuses the light down at an angle, not straight out the side. It's very helpful if you're sitting outside under the awning, draws the bugs in quite well. If you're inside, leave it off until you hear the raccoons going through the cooler you left outside, then turn it on so you can see them eating all the chocolate your wife brought along. They didn't come back, we think 4 bags of chocolate may have done them in.

We're still learning. That was our first extended trip and now we know that a.) raccoons can get into your cooler and most other things you leave outside and b.) they aren't scared of your 'scare' light.
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