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Old 01-03-2014, 09:37 PM   #15
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I just got a new blue MagLite LED flashlight...
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:04 PM   #16
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I do too. I was googling that the other day thinking about 2 lighted strips to lay at a site for backing in like a lighted runway. How would they be powered?
How about an unpowered option? Highway reflectors. 2"4" white ones are available at Amazon for less than $2 each. Buy as many as you think you need, and your own vehicle/trailer lights will do the illuminating for you.

At work we use these things to mark approach walls at navigation locks, and towboat operators say they light up the approach walls like an airport runway, just by reflecting back the vessel's navigation lights. Automotive lights aren't as bright as a vessel's navigation lights, but then again you're not trying to see an obstruction from a thousand feet away, either, so the reflectors should look plenty bright enough for your purposes.

Amazon has these: Tapco PM-24 Plastic Double Sided Reflective Pavement Marker, 4" Length x 2" Width, White: Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific
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Old 01-04-2014, 05:54 AM   #17
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That's an interesting option, Protagonist. I wonder how much they'd pick up from just the tail lights of the trailer (without adding brighter white floods for backing up)? At that price, certainly worth experimenting! Thanks
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:25 AM   #18
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We try to stop and get settled in well before dark, but sometimes the best of plans take a detour and Old Man Murphy awaits in the dark to be sure that when we arrive, the only available site will be a dark spot and of course, in the rain. I carry a pair of battery lanterns that I can place on the ground at the back corners of where I want to stop and that has been helpful. My winter to-do list includes something I put on my previous TT that worked very well for me. I bought a pair of 12v tractor flood lights (similar to add on fog lights) from a local farm/ranch store and mounted them on the back of the rear axle where they are reasonably protected. I connected a relay that was picked by the backup lamp circuit to provide adequate current to operate the lamps from the available 12v supply. Their position lights up the ground below and behind the trailer without blinding your navigator or bystanders. I was able to use the mirrors to see the silhouette of my tires and trailer relative to the ground and any stumps, rocks and ruts that may be lurking in the darkness. I used the grey mounting tape followed up with long screw down hose clamps to secure the brackets to the axle. They conform to the square shape of the axle.
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Silver Goose - if you do that again, pics and installation instructions are a must :-)

Sounds like a great idea!
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I was in Home Depot earlier today, and saw these: The Hillman Group 48 in. Driveway Marker-848765 at The Home Depot. I bought a couple, and I'll try them out on my next camping trip. Not sure whether I'll put both on the driver's side, one at the rear of the space and one halfway to the front, or if I'll put one on each side at the rear of the space. Both on the driver's side seems like it would work better.

If they don't provide enough visibility, I'll still use them, but also get a couple of clip-on battery-operated lights to clip onto the top of the stakes.
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Old 01-09-2014, 06:01 PM   #21
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I was in Home Depot earlier today, and saw these: The Hillman Group 48 in. Driveway Marker-848765 at The Home Depot. I bought a couple, and I'll try them out on my next camping trip. Not sure whether I'll put both on the driver's side, one at the rear of the space and one halfway to the front, or if I'll put one on each side at the rear of the space. Both on the driver's side seems like it would work better.

If they don't provide enough visibility, I'll still use them, but also get a couple of clip-on battery-operated lights to clip onto the top of the stakes.
Oh - I have some of those and I bet they'd fit in the stinky slinky tube underneath (mine is in the bumper and I've veneer figured out what to carry in it instead). Have to try those. Thanks!
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Oh - I have some of those and I bet they'd fit in the stinky slinky tube underneath (mine is in the bumper and I've veneer figured out what to carry in it instead). Have to try those. Thanks!
My Interstate doesn't have a tube for a slinky since it's equipped with a macerator pump. That means I'll have to store them inside, probably stood up on end in the closet. Given how the driveway markers rattle together, it occurred to me this morning to get a pool noodle to cut in half and slip one half over each driveway marker to minimize the noise they make.

THEN it occurred to me that if the pool noodle is cut short enough to let me push in the stake with the pool noodle still on, and still leave the reflectors uncovered, I can improve the visibility of the markers even further for daytime use. Especially since pool noodles come in such a variety of bright colors. So today after work, it's off to Walmart to buy a bright orange pool noodle.
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I was in Home Depot earlier today, and saw these: The Hillman Group 48 in. Driveway Marker-848765 at The Home Depot. I bought a couple, and I'll try them out on my next camping trip. Not sure whether I'll put both on the driver's side, one at the rear of the space and one halfway to the front, or if I'll put one on each side at the rear of the space. Both on the driver's side seems like it would work better.



If they don't provide enough visibility, I'll still use them, but also get a couple of clip-on battery-operated lights to clip onto the top of the stakes.

There's a solar charged illuminated version of these available. I found them at Amazon. There is an On-Off-Blink switch on the bottom of the head. The only consideration is where to store them so that they are charged up and ready to go when you need them. 
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There's a solar charged illuminated version of these available. I found them at Amazon. There is an On-Off-Blink switch on the bottom of the head. The only consideration is where to store them so that they are charged up and ready to go when you need them. Attachment 203288
Thanks. My purchase of the reflector version was spur-of-the-moment when I saw them and figured they'd be usable. If I use them and find that they are the least bit beneficial, then I can look more closely at lighted ones. And if they prove not to be beneficial, then I'm only out a few bucks for the reflective ones.
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