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Old 03-09-2006, 07:29 AM   #1
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This really is not a "mod" per-sey, but I thought it worth posting. I have swiped the $8 Home Depot solar lights from my yard and attached them at six points around my 13 Scamp. Two are held securely by the gravel shield clips (as shown) two are slid through the caribeanor clips (used for yet another mod) at the end of my awning (shown). The final two are simply stuck in the ground at at legs of the awning (not shown). Keep in mind that any solar unit needs direct sunlight (not just ambient light) for at least two hours to fully charge. If your camp location is not in direct light, simply take the solar lights to a sunny location to charge. Now I have to replace the lights in my yard.
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Old 03-09-2006, 08:45 AM   #2
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Great Idea with the Solar lights!!
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Old 03-10-2006, 09:14 AM   #3
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Great idea!
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Old 03-11-2006, 10:25 AM   #4
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Cool idea. Sorry, but now my mind is starting to shift into the extrapolation mode.

How about providing some method to carry them on the outside of the coach so they could charge up all day, then bring them inside to light up the coach during the evening?
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Old 03-12-2006, 09:22 AM   #5
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Cool idea. Sorry, but now my mind is starting to shift into the extrapolation mode.

How about providing some method to carry them on the outside of the coach so they could charge up all day, then bring them inside to light up the coach during the evening?
I was thinking something similar too Loren...how about some sort of box so the light's stay upright and put the box in the trailer, in a window?? Or something mounted on the hitch area, or back bumper???
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Old 03-12-2006, 09:51 AM   #6
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I'm thinking even further to bring the lights inside. What if you were to cannibalize the lights and permanently mount the top solar cover to the roof of the rig and ceiling mount the other half inside. Throw a switch on there and you have some inexpensive rechargeable ambient light in the unit.
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Old 03-12-2006, 08:02 PM   #7
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... What if you were to cannibalize the lights and permanently mount the top solar cover to the roof of the rig and ceiling mount the other half inside...
This is an interesting idea: in the end you have (tiny) solar panels on the roof, (little NiCd) batteries being charged, and low-voltage DC lights (likely LED) - a whole solar-powered system in miniature, and cheap. The full-scale version is to roof-mount a panel, charge the trailer battery with it, and power high-efficiency lights inside from the battery.
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:47 PM   #8
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Then, while you are at it, get a solar battery charger from Walmart, (used to be $16) and then you can replenish your battery the next day.
Or like Brian said, go whole hog, and get a solar panel for your roof !
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:58 PM   #9
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If you want your solar light setup for the inside already split into two units, with the panel outside and a light with battery inside, check out the Mini Everlite Solar Light. The light fixture is perhaps more optimal for trailer use than the usual garden lights. It is a lot more than $8, but less than a full-blown solar setup.

Don't blame me... Rob started this!
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Old 03-14-2006, 11:20 AM   #10
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The appearance would be similar to barnacles on a whale's back.

So nasty! So naughty! So nautical!!!

There! That's what I really meant to say!
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Old 03-14-2006, 12:17 PM   #11
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Remember those adjustable flag holders mounted on the side of the trailer for awning poles?????? Now there's a solution for you light holders.
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