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Old 08-25-2016, 07:07 AM   #1
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Hi, Recently bought a 1981 13' Scamp. Pretty new to camping. Put out some nice string lights around our awning last time we camped and before long...seemed like 1000's of bugs. Quite a few (mainly gnats) got in "Scampi". Not a huge deal but kind of irritating.
So wondering if anybody had some good ideas/tips concerning keeping bugs away.
Thanks!
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Old 08-25-2016, 07:49 AM   #2
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You're going to hear all SORTS of opinions on incandescents vs LEDs/clear vs amber. Hot vs cool bulbs. I found the amber lens on my porch light (to which we burn VERY little...too close to the door and bugs) DOES help a little and by keeping my lights off in my Scamp when I'm in and out a lot helps as well.

The wife and I finally settled on the "Tiffany" cups that Camping World use to sell. I was very skeptical about them having the incandescent C7 bulbs. What I wound up doing was going to Lowes and picking up a "dimmer". When the bugs are raging, I simply turn the dimmer down and so far, it's helped a 100%. Not a total fix but it does help and it should help for ANY ac incandescent bulb. Plus, this dimmer had "toned" down our area from the C7 brightness. Again, we've really been happy with this setup.

Here's the link to the dimmer I bought. You would have to check and see if they're compatible with LED's if that's what you're using.

http://www.lowes.com/pd/Lutron-Crede...Dimmer/3189447
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Old 08-25-2016, 01:13 PM   #3
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Thanks Darral, appreciate it. Definitely sounds like it's worth a try.
I was just looking at mosquito netting as well. I might try that...not to make it super secure but just to use as a curtain to help keep some out.

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Hi, Recently bought a 1981 13' Scamp. Pretty new to camping. Put out some nice string lights around our awning last time we camped and before long...seemed like 1000's of bugs. Quite a few (mainly gnats) got in "Scampi". Not a huge deal but kind of irritating.
So wondering if anybody had some good ideas/tips concerning keeping bugs away.
Thanks!
Hi: jzaman1... Don't feed them... and for heavens sake don't give them a drink!!!
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Old 08-25-2016, 02:50 PM   #5
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But we're so friendly here in the Midwest
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Old 08-26-2016, 04:04 PM   #6
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Turn on your fan in the trailer blowing in assuming you have a roof fan. That way when you open the door the outgoing pressure keeps the small air patrol out. Can also use a circulating fan under the awning. Small flying critters don't like turbulent air.
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Old 08-26-2016, 07:10 PM   #7
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Come and camp in the mountains and further west! We never have bugs when we are camping

I grew up in Nebraska, so I COMPLETELY understand the bug issue! We've only camped back there once since getting our Scamp, and I had forgotten how bad they can get. Great suggestions you are getting!
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If you have a fan, aim it at the area you don't want bugs. We use a 12V fan to blow across the picnic table area during dinner, then at our chairs while relaxing with a glass of wine. No bug problems - their little wings don't stand a chance in a gentle breeze.
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I turn a light on inside the trailer that's as far away from the door or any open window as I can get. It helps keep the bugs on the outside...
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Old 08-26-2016, 08:39 PM   #10
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This DOES work. Earlier this year at the first of June in Alabama, we were experiencing this with mosquitos especially in the evening! I carry a "box" fan with us and at night, I would turn it on when we were sitting outside- not just for bugs either! But as yall have mentioned, the small lightweights cant handle the strong air currents.

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If you have a fan, aim it at the area you don't want bugs. We use a 12V fan to blow across the picnic table area during dinner, then at our chairs while relaxing with a glass of wine. No bug problems - their little wings don't stand a chance in a gentle breeze.
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Old 08-27-2016, 08:22 AM   #11
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Thanks so much. A lot of good ideas. I'm also considering fashioning some sort of screen door from light grade PVC and mosquito netting, but need to figure that out. 😕
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Old 08-27-2016, 08:40 AM   #12
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I had good luck using one of those
" as seen on tv screens"
Used some velcro ( heavy duty)
Above the door it had magnets to close the 2 halves worked well
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Old 08-27-2016, 09:21 AM   #13
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I just checked out some videos of MagicMesh. Looks good. Wonder what modifications would be needed to fit Scamp door? Thanks for the tip!
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Old 08-27-2016, 05:45 PM   #14
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I had mine on a 13' perris pacer
The only mod was shortening it


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