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Old 10-03-2007, 12:49 PM   #1
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Add an Exterior Door Light?

My '72 Argosy 22 has no exterior light near the entry door. I was thinking a first project might be to add one. Does anyone know what, where, how? I am not married to originality so something new might be fine with me.

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Old 10-03-2007, 01:18 PM   #2
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My '72 Argosy 22 has no exterior light near the entry door. I was thinking a first project might be to add one. Does anyone know what, where, how? I am not married to originality so something new might be fine with me.

I'll appreciate any input.
Liz and I have been thinking the same thing. Have you looked at the lights available at Camping World? They had a couple of good looking candidates.
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Old 10-03-2007, 01:22 PM   #3
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Are you talking "Scare" light or "Over the Door" light? For scare lights - VTS has them and so do most truck stops - I put one in on my Caravel - no problem. Over the door light presents some issues with panel removal to have access to pull wires and add a switch. Airstream should still carry them in the modern varient and that should mount no problem to your trailer.
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Old 10-03-2007, 01:34 PM   #4
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There are two on the Camping World site, an inexpensive "running light" looking thing (that would work) and a 500W recessed unit. But not really fond of either.

I do not know what a scare light is, although that 500W unit scares me just thinking about it. I do not want an over the door light, I'm thinking more next to the door, near the lock/handle.
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A scare light is a white or amber light used as a porch light, usually mounted on the side panel next to the door.. I don't know where exactly the name came from.


Here is a link to a source. If you look further, there are LED models that are much better on power usage and heat (they won't melt the lense).

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Skip, how about contacting someone on the Fourm that salvages ASs and get an origanal porch light from a wreck? Just a thought. LJH 6196
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We are looking at the same problem with our 1999 Excella. There's a step light but it doesn't do much! It's a DC light ... is there a replacement unit that is DC but would be quite a bit brighter??

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I had Airstream install one over the door when I ordered my 25" Classic. that give me three outside lights on seperate switches.
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I saw that exact light at a rally this weekend. That's the one I want!!
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Try WEST MARINE Go for the LED lights.
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Originally Posted by thatismytruc
My '72 Argosy 22 has no exterior light near the entry door. I was thinking a first project might be to add one. Does anyone know what, where, how? I am not married to originality so something new might be fine with me.

I'll appreciate any input.
I camped for the first time in a "new to me" Argosy 26' 1977 this past weekend. I noticed several places that were deficient in lighting. I do have a factory installed over the door light, but it was very dim. I'll be looking to install additional outdoor lighting as well.

I shop at a truck/freight trailer repair facility. The prices are reasonable and they are closer than a camping center to me. They have a good selection of trailer, truck, and speciality LED lights as well.
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A scare light is a white or amber light used as a porch light, usually mounted on the side panel next to the door.. I don't know where exactly the name came from.


Here is a link to a source. If you look further, there are LED models that are much better on power usage and heat (they won't melt the lense).

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Here is a website that has a scare light on sale for $20: Surface Mount RV Scare LIght
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It scares me that I don't know why this thing is called a scare light. Surely someone by now knows...???
Recessed as it is; seems to me, makes it almost useless for dispersing much light down around the area where it seems it would be wanted..?
Someone please tell just what kind of illumination it gives and to what.
Is there a cone reflector behind the lens and bulb (like in a flashlight) or is this just some oddly conceived marker lamp?
I've got one on my trailer, but have given it no thought as it is apparently burnt out or not working. In fact I don't even recall the toggle switch.
I am assuming it is 12 volt only? or is it dual?
I think I recall a coach type porch light that is removable and screws into a covered (screw-capped) exterior receptacle on older mobile homes. I guess that type receptacle (not sure if it was duplex) could be mounted where the "scare" light is now, with some skin patching.
Whachya think?
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