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Old 08-30-2016, 11:49 PM   #11
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Your story reminds me of a navigation exercise we did when I was in the military Dave. Simple chart and compass. It works.

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Old 08-30-2016, 11:52 PM   #12
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The North Pole never let me down on starry nights.
I hear you on that, Dave. The north star at night has lent me guidance many a night.

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Old 08-31-2016, 12:27 AM   #13
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Put one of these up on a pole and you can find your trailer at night with a flashlight.......

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Your story reminds me of a navigation exercise we did when I was in the military Dave. Simple chart and compass. It works.

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Gets even more interesting navigating while scuba diving. No chart, just the compass.
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Old 08-31-2016, 12:37 AM   #15
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Thanks everyone for all the web links to durable, inexpensive collapsible flag poles.



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This has, somehow, turned into a very entertaining thread.





actually Zardoz did suggest a possible cheaper pole concept.
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Old 08-31-2016, 06:00 AM   #16
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How about a trail of bread crumbs?
Or perhaps a very long string tied to the bumper.........

Seriously, with all the threads regarding campground etiquette and one of the frequently mentioned pet peeves being individuals who leave porch lights on all night or even part of the night which can reduce one's ability to see stars or just enjoy the light of a campfire why is there consideration of something akin to a "lighthouse?" I cannot remember any news stories or personal accounts of individuals roaming around camping areas for days or even hours unable to find their campsite. While this degree of confusion might be associated with or attributable to excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, I would submit that not exceeding one's limits would be the better way to find one's way "home." We should all take into consideration how our own personal wants, needs, or "innovative" modifications might affect the enjoyment of others in our vicinity.
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Here's what I used: Unger 8-20 ft. Aluminum Telescopic Pole with Connect and Clean Locking Cone and PRO Locking Collar-962780 - The Home Depot
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While this degree of confusion might be associated with or attributable to excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, I would submit that not exceeding one's limits would be the better way to find one's way "home."
And some good folk are quite capable of finding their trailer after said alcoholic beverage consumption, right Carl? I know I can too.

But, I completely agree with your post, thus the reason for my ignored post with a simpler, free, and very effective way of finding your trailer should this be a problem for you.
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Old 08-31-2016, 08:59 AM   #19
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well i guess i could go for a solar globe.....

less obtrusive, less to worry about, and turns itself on and off

and cheaper.

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the other option would be a 12v 2' LED light stick (camp locator) with a long cord on it and a cigarette plug on the end.

Does not do animations, but $33 total (no controller or remote needed or possible)

I'd get something like orange... then it could still do occasional double duty as a light that does not attract bugs.

LED light, LED beacon, Flag pole light

Thanks for the cell phone based options, but when i'm camping i'm doing all I can to *not* be looking at my cell phone / email, as much as possible.

So.... back to the point of the thread.... any suggestions for a cheaper than $75 flag pole and mount for any of these things?

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This is what I use. I like it because the color shifts are subtle, and the batteries die around 1:00AM & it goes out. Not so bright that it annoys neighbors.

Bought it in Quartzsite at a booth that sold $150.00 poles. I skipped the pole, went to Ace Hardware & bought a 3 piece aluminum flagpole for $7.50. It is only 7' tall, and doesn't come with any attachment devices, but I'm cheap! I use a couple of Velcro cable ties to attach it to the awning rails.

I'd have to find a new way with the new awnings...
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Old 08-31-2016, 09:07 AM   #20
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What happens when everyone in the campground has a tall pole with a light on it?
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