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Old 09-18-2007, 01:07 PM   #1
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I do have the option of adding a battery to make the existing 12V lights work, but since the lights are not in optimal locations and that's ALL the battery would power, I'm thinking of auxiliary lighting.

My thoughts: a lantern with rechargeable battery to hang centrally in the trailer for general lighting, and some kind of reading light, maybe a book light or headlamp.

So looking for lanterns, I find several options.

I've found some rechargeable lanterns that can be recharged in the sun. This might be a reasonable option since when it is cold I can use the Coleman propane lamp. They are pricey, though, does anyone know of an inexpensive version? And do they provide enough light?

Or there are lamps with rechargeable batteries, like Coleman lanterns. I'd want one that provided about 12 hrs of light on a charge. Any recommendations?

Right now I am using a Ryobi spotlight that runs plenty long on a battery, but it doesn't hang up and is pretty heavy.

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Personally, I love my headlamp for moving around my campground at night.

I, too, would like a battery-operated light that can be on for long periods (one of my dogs is afraid of the dark and needs a night light - but I hate using the camper battery for that - and mostly, she sleeps in the car).
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Personally, I love my headlamp for moving around my campground at night.

I, too, would like a battery-operated light that can be on for long periods (one of my dogs is afraid of the dark and needs a night light - but I hate using the camper battery for that - and mostly, she sleeps in the car).
I'm thinking of max three nights of maybe four hours of light each. I would think in your case a simple solar garden light might work- just place it in the car where it gets light by day and it would glow at night. (Not enough light to read by, though.)

I also found this at Target (online.)

Solar lantern

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I'm thinking of max three nights of maybe four hours of light each. I would think in your case a simple solar garden light might work- just place it in the car where it gets light by day and it would glow at night. (Not enough light to read by, though.)

I also found this at Target (online.)

Solar lantern

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I really like that idea
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I also just saw this one at Fresno's brand new REI store.

Lantern from REI

This one recharges and winds up if the charge runs out. That might be perfect.

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Old 09-19-2007, 05:40 AM   #6
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Right now I am using a Ryobi spotlight that runs plenty long on a battery, but it doesn't hang up and is pretty heavy.

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I picked up a spot light from Norm Thompson's Salutions Store that is made to light up outside area such as shrubs or as in my case a flag.
But these are heavy too and have to retro fitted to hang because they just come with a stake to drive into the ground.
I plan to get more for the camper for next year though.
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