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Old 11-29-2016, 11:16 AM   #71
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Rope lights, eh? Must look nto this.

No, seriously, I don't mind lights. At a campground, we kind of go with the flow. If someone likes rope lights, more power to 'em.

I did notice, someone said you could plug something into the trailer umbilical to turn on the running lights?

Is that a DIY or a part I can buy or what?
A little late but anyway....we got this tip from a couple from Florida that we met on one of our first trips in our AS

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Old 11-29-2016, 11:20 AM   #72
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The threat of obnoxious noise can be used effectively to deter unwanted campground neighbors. Just place a tuba in an obvious place next to your trailer.

Best. Idea. Ever.
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Old 12-01-2016, 08:35 PM   #73
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Gee whiz. What's next? The noise made by my air conditioner offends you? Most of the campgrounds present you with a list of rules upon check-in. If lights aren't on the list of don'ts, then campers are in the clear to display them. I do my best to respect those camping around me but it is impossible to anticipate everything that might offend someone. I'm not bothered by others' lights but don't care for dogs that bark when I walk by them. I consider barking another form of noise pollution. I can either live with it or stop camping around other people. It is unrealistic to expect everything to suit you all of the time.
Those are some pretty poor comparisons. It also has nothing to do with "offending". Offending and annoying are two different things.

An air conditioner is something that is installed on like 99.99% of RV's as you simply cannot live in some areas without one. They also make a constant low hum, not like music and bass that catches your attention. HUGE difference between a low steady hum and thumping beats.

A dog barking once and a while when you walk past is called nature and part of everyday life. Dogs and humans pair like no other and an occasional bark isn't egregious. This is a social norm.

Bright rope lights and other extraneous lights left on and lighting the campground up like a circus is COMPLETELY optional. You go out of your way to announce yourselves with "look at me".

Comparing an air conditioner or an occasional dark bark when you walk by to lighting up the side of your neighbors trailer with circus light refraction is completely ridiculous.
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Old 12-01-2016, 09:53 PM   #74
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Question on the Harbor Freight solar rope lights, about how long would you say they last of an evening? (After a days charge, I mean). Or do they have a timer?

Going to head over to my local HF tomorrow to take a look at them.

Great thread!
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Rope light fetish?

The question on running lights. Goes back more than fifty years. Having the trailer battery-set run this load if broken down on edge of the highway is highly preferable to having the TV starter battery do the job.

It's also a nice (temporary) way to help someone find your site.

In conjunction with turning on scare lights it should leave no doubt someone is home.

LED strings sound useful enough if for a party. Not so much for an RV park or government campground.

But you want irritation, try some of these drivers with their worn out rigs lit up all night like a clown car at the truck stops. Most of us carry window blinds willingly or not.
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Question on the Harbor Freight solar rope lights, about how long would you say they last of an evening? (After a days charge, I mean). Or do they have a timer?

Going to head over to my local HF tomorrow to take a look at them.

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They only lasted part of the evening. They have no timer. Mine didn't last long before going to the dumpster.
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They only lasted part of the evening. They have no timer. Mine didn't last long before going to the dumpster.

Thanks, I'm a big fan of HF for certain things (I like their nitrile gloves for tank dump duty on the RV) but don't go there looking for longest lasting/highest quality merchandise.

I bought a mini-grease gun there that was worse than useless, tried to get it to pump a number of times. Gave up and chucked it in the trash.
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Old 12-02-2016, 09:33 AM   #78
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Exterior lights on rigs at rv parks are ubiquitous. Every RV supply store sells them. Railing about them isn't going to make them go away, and for some, they are a safety/visibility issue at night.

As for me, I'm still searching for the perfect set of awning lights for my AS. Until I find that set, I'll turn on my running lights so I can easily find my way home in the dark.

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I have a couple of strings of the HF solar lights. I put them out under the trailer when I remember with the solar cells stuck on top of the propane box. They are not very bright but add a nice warm indirect glow. They do have an on/off, slow flash/solid switch. I try to turn them off at bed time as to not offend the easily offended. Not sure how long the charge last but at least 5 hours in my experience.
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We use a set of awning lights and a rope light welcome mat that my mother in law made for us, all of which are shut off at bed time. We also run our over the door porch light and it stays on all night. If someone wants to run their rope lights all night, I reckon they have that right as they paid for their spot just as I did. I would hope that if I am doing something to annoy my neighbors they would be grown up enough to talk to me about it, if not to heck with them they can sit there and stew about it like a 10 year old. Picture of my welcome mat attached.
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Until I find that set, I'll turn on my running lights so I can easily find my way home in the dark.

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Just arrived at Usery Mt Park in Mesa AZ. Took a walk...and the trailers with the brightest rope lights and outside scare lights were all Airstreams. Perhaps they think the lights will keep the rattlesnakes away.

Anyway, there is enough ambient city-light reflection to light up the entire desert. Do you really need to leave lights on while you sit inside your trailer and watch TV?
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Oh I've got a flashlight. But it's really bright. And I wouldn't want to annoy anyone.

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Fashion or function? If it's fashion, then there is no answer. Some like rope lights and others don't; case closed.

Function is another issue. I put rope lights on the pad under my MH after 5 years of field mice intrusion. One incident resulted in mice chewing the vacuum hose that hooked to the heater and A/C flow control. The cost to dismantle much of the engine to reach and replace the hose was $1,500.

Two years of rope lights and no mice intrusion. Did they move next door? No, they still entered the shed where I keep a tractor (no lights of any kind).

It's not baseless anecdote to understand that field mice are light sensitive. That's the primary reason why we rarely see them outside during the day. When night falls, they move about looking for food, water and shelter; and some look for rubber to chew on.

Light sources = ocular pain in field mice. Rope (or any other) lights cause them to find a less uncomfortable place to hang out in. It ain't rocket science.

But, if you don't like parking near a trailer with rope lights, no amount of knowing that the occupants are field mouse free is likely to make you feel better.
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