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Old 09-23-2014, 01:29 PM   #1
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Under Carriage LED Rope Lighting

As I am continually modifying and maintaining my Scamp as a full-timer, this week's project was to install rope lighting underneath. It's not hard wired; the same extension cord that feeds the battery trickle charger is used to plug it in. Maybe I'll hard wire it in the near future!
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Old 09-23-2014, 01:41 PM   #2
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If you look at the power supply for the LED rope lights I'll almost bet that the output is 12VDC and you could just run them off of the battery when you don't have 120 VAC available..
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And the purpose is?
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adding unobtrusive lighting is an art....
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And the purpose is?

You mean the purpose of owning a trailer to go sleep in the woods when you have a perfectly good bed at home? Or accessorizing your FGRV for better enjoyment? I can dig it.
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And the purpose is?

Does everything have to have a purpose?


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And the purpose is?
While I do understand your questioning, as it is not for me either, I do understand how people want to glam up their trailer. Fun is fun, no matter how you find a way to do it.

I love lots of the decorating people do, as well as lots of the upgrades, but too much glaring light does tend to annoy some people.
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Thanks Bob, I'll look into that idea.
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I appreciate your perspective Jim. I got the idea after seeing several campers either lay rope lighting around their trailers directly on the ground, or they drape the lights on their trailers. I thought a more hassle-free approach would be in spirit, without more to set up and break down each time I moved camp.

Since I full-time, there are some situations the lights are festive and practical. I'm also looking into putting the ambient light on a dimmer, so it's not annoying neighbors, but gives enough indirect light to see my immediate outdoor living space.
I partially covered (painted) Scamp's outside utility light, because I find direct light in the eyes the most annoying and unthoughtful design…my avatar displays the results.
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Oh I do so like your lights! I have wanted to do something like that for years,with one exception I want those soft florescent lights( I want purple ones) like the kids put under trucks & cars. Had to give up on that,but DH has said he will install rope lights for me before next summer.I like the idea of a dimmer switch,too

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Like or don't it's a valid question.
When I was camped in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument there was a problem with pack rats. They made nests and chewed wiring and vacuum lines in tow vehicle. One of way to control them was light inside the engine compartment or in one case a string of LED Christmas lights on the ground under the engine. I saw the lights and asked almost the same question, which was answered as stated above.

Now really answer your question. YES everything you do has a purpose, it may or may not be a practical purpose. It may be just Raz pure whimzy, but that's still a purpose, in fact a valid purpose. "I think it looks cool" is also as good a purpose as any, it's still a purpose.
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The lights give it a nice extraterrestrial look. It would look good on Devil's Tower. The led's are popular on custom bike builds these days. (Harleys, not Schwinns)

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