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Old 10-17-2016, 08:06 AM   #15
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Sounds like an olds wives tale. Anecdotal tales are rarely worth paying attention.

Here in the west, having wiring and/or hoses eaten by rodents while people are backpacking with their cars left parked for a week or more in remote lots happens often enough to be a concern. Most people just leave their cars anyway and hope for the best. Haven't heard that lights help, and not sure that it is something that only happens at night anyway. Would be difficult to rig timers/batteries to run the lights under a vehicle during extended absences. My best plan is to use my wife's old car rather than my new truck. Would be less hassle to replace chewed wires and/or the car if stolen, and she doesn't seem to mind.


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Old 10-17-2016, 08:09 AM   #16
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I have been told while camping in bear country, any lighting will "discourage" bears from coming around your rig. Don't know if it's true.
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Old 10-17-2016, 09:59 AM   #17
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We pulled into a campground a few weeks ago well after dark. It literally looked like a carnival was in town. It really struck me pulling in and seeing all the lights. I personally dont care for it but to each his/her own. Not quite sure why folks want to bring the lights of the city out into the woods.
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Old 10-17-2016, 10:59 AM   #18
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So many who live in the city are used to having street lights, security lights, and porch lights on all night that they have become afraid of the dark.

And no, lights do not discourage bears if they can smell food or garbage.
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Old 10-17-2016, 11:12 AM   #19
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Rope lights are common in the COE campgrounds around Table Rock Lake where we mostly camp but not abusive. I have not interest in owning those lights. We are thinking of getting some solar powered LED strings for hanging on our awning. However, I always pull my awning in after sunset so maybe its not worth it. Luckily rope lights are not common in the national park campgrounds due to most being dry camping. We used to have large bowl awning lights but we sold the string in a garage sale because they took up too much space to store and we rarely used them.

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Old 10-17-2016, 11:21 AM   #20
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I hang them because I LIKE them. And they're nice when you sit outside. A little light without being too much. Maybe Ithose who like lights should complain about the light from all the campfires which are much brighter.
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Old 10-17-2016, 12:00 PM   #21
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I have rope lights inside my Airstream (factory-installed on Interstates), so I don't need them outside.

Outside, I want just enough light to see my way without stumbling over tree roots and such, which illumination is usually provided in an elegant manner by an old-fashioned brass hurricane lantern that runs on lamp oil.
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Old 10-17-2016, 12:01 PM   #22
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I hang them because I LIKE them. And they're nice when you sit outside. A little light without being too much. Maybe Ithose who like lights should complain about the light from all the campfires which are much brighter.
I don't mind the light from a camp fire, but I do mind the smoke, and the problem is if the wind if right, you can't get away from it. I gets inside your camper and stinks the whole thing up.
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Old 10-17-2016, 12:09 PM   #23
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Okay folks my husband asked why we had our outside lights( i.e. rope lights) on as we return to our camper after dark.
I pointed to the snake that was coiled up at the foot of our door just at the stairs. And I said that is why. He couldn't believe the timing. No argument there.
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Old 10-17-2016, 01:45 PM   #24
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Okay folks my husband asked why we had our outside lights( i.e. rope lights) on as we return to our camper after dark.
I pointed to the snake that was coiled up at the foot of our door just at the stairs. And I said that is why. He couldn't believe the timing. No argument there.

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Old 10-17-2016, 01:58 PM   #25
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I am not offended by anyone's exterior lights. I close my curtains and eyes, then sleep just fine. I also don't mind smoke. I really never thought I would read about people complaining about campfires in campgrounds, but this isn't the first place for that either. I don't care if a little woodsmoke gets in the trailer. A faint whiff of it when the trailer is laid up during the dead of winter brings back good memories.
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Unless, like in my case, wife is allergic to woodsmoke. She can only tolerate a little for a short time. That gets tricky to handle, as she also loves campfires....


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It's been a quiet week in Lake Woebegon. The talk at the Sidetrack Tap has been full of speculation about why Pastor Ingqvist would hang a chain of rope lights over the rectory porch in the middle of October. They just sort of sprung up there without any explanation. He had a perfectly good porch light already, and a string of rope lights really seems like gilding the lily to a lot of people.....


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Here in the west, having wiring and/or hoses eaten by rodents while people are backpacking with their cars left parked for a week or more in remote lots happens often enough to be a concern. Most people just leave their cars anyway and hope for the best. Haven't heard that lights help, and not sure that it is something that only happens at night anyway. Would be difficult to rig timers/batteries to run the lights under a vehicle during extended absences. My best plan is to use my wife's old car rather than my new truck. Would be less hassle to replace chewed wires and/or the car if stolen, and she doesn't seem to mind.


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Oh don't get me wrong, I know rodents eating wires is a real problem. I'm just saying a bright rope light on the ground on all night I doubt is any real answer.

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We pulled into a campground a few weeks ago well after dark. It literally looked like a carnival was in town. It really struck me pulling in and seeing all the lights. I personally dont care for it but to each his/her own. Not quite sure why folks want to bring the lights of the city out into the woods.
This! Exactly my point.

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It's been a quiet week in Lake Woebegon. The talk at the Sidetrack Tap has been full of speculation about why Pastor Ingqvist would hang a chain of rope lights over the rectory porch in the middle of October. They just sort of sprung up there without any explanation. He had a perfectly good porch light already, and a string of rope lights really seems like gilding the lily to a lot of people.....
I think this is a "this guy has one so I need one" fad. Just like the one-upsman-ship that goes on in neighborhoods over who has the best Christmas lights. At least that lasts only a month. Carnival lit up RV's seem to be around all year.

Light pollution is a very real thing:

http://darksky.org/light-pollution/
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