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Old 04-19-2015, 03:18 PM   #21
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I've found that what I mostly see when I shine a light out the window is my reflection and not much else.
The obvious solution is to open the window. Another technique that helps -depending on the design of the flashlight - is to place it right against the glass.

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... Secondly I think that there's a huge variation in places where people are located for an overnight stop. If I was only stopping in RV parks and public camp grounds I probably wouldn't bother adding extra lighting. But for overnighting in some other areas, to me, it's worth knowing what's out there before you open your door.
My guess is that you're talking about truck stops, rest stop, and random spots at the side of the road. There's not much better way to wreck the experience of a natural area than flooding it with light.
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Old 04-19-2015, 03:24 PM   #22
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I can see having lights on all sides, with inside switches. I can even see the appeal of an all-lights "panic" switch, but having them all come on together every time makes no sense to me. Whatever motivates turning on all the lights is somewhere, not everywhere.

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I have had requests to turn off the d/side lights, in some campgrounds, which of course, I did. I have since switched out the d/s lights to have those manual switches, so as not to bother others. I can leave the rest on (non-offending) and still feel a bit safer.
I think it's reasonable to assume that for every time another camper has requests that a light be turned off, there are many other times that other campers have been annoyed but chose not to say anything.
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Old 04-19-2015, 03:45 PM   #23
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The hope is that lights would be a deterrent for undesirables, especially in sparsely populated spots. This of course assumes one would not wish to be observed. You do have a point Brian, and now when in places with neighbors near, those lights are off.
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Old 04-19-2015, 04:42 PM   #24
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On my build sheet, I'm requesting inside switches for outside lights .... one in the front, D/S, one in the rear and the porch light. My question is since all of these lights have switches integral to the light fixture, are they of sufficient quality to withstand driving rain at freeway speeds? Mostly concerned about the front light w/switch.


I guess too after reading this post, are they bright enough to be useful for dealing with the hitch on a really dark night? From living in Alaska in the winter, I have a semi permanent "growth" on my forehead that serves as a headlight. Maybe be better to eliminate the light (especially in the front) and its corresponding wire hole in the shell? What do you think?
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:00 PM   #25
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I can see having lights on all sides, with inside switches. I can even see the appeal of an all-lights "panic" switch, but having them all come on together every time makes no sense to me. Whatever motivates turning on all the lights is somewhere, not everywhere.
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My curb side light is independent of the others. The other 3 are switched together. It may not make sense to you but if I hear something unusual in close proximity to me and it's pitch black out there the lights go on.

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Old 04-19-2015, 06:03 PM   #26
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My question is since all of these lights have switches integral to the light fixture, are they of sufficient quality to withstand driving rain at freeway speeds? Mostly concerned about the front light w/switch.
Short answer, no, especially for the front facing light. They are lower quality lights compared to higher level lights. The plastic lenses just snaps in and is not in the least waterproof for driven rain. A higher quality light has the lense held on with screws against a gasket. That's what I have for my front light.

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Old 04-19-2015, 06:23 PM   #27
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Short answer, no, especially for the front facing light. They are lower quality lights compared to higher level lights. The plastic lenses just snaps in and is not in the least waterproof for driven rain. A higher quality light has the lense held on with screws against a gasket. That's what I have for my front light.

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Ron, we debated whether or not to have the front light and have a friend who opted out, for just the reason you stated. We ultimately decided to have a light put above the storage box. Dumb question here--but should the original light/lens leak, can this unit be replaced with the higher quality light? Thanks~
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:09 PM   #28
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In almost countless years of RVing, I have never had anyone outside my various trailers at night that caused me concern, so I do not consider it a concern at this time. Obviously, there is always a first time but I'm not going to become a paranoid looking over my shoulder and turning on my lights every time I hear a noise or a raccoon walks by.
My thinking is along what yours is, Carl. I have heard lots of things over the years outside of trailers, and the thought of lighting things up never even came to mind. I have a light on the driver's side of the trailer (I think ), that has never been used. Even the front one has seen next to no use. If it is dark, and I am docking the trailer, the tail lights seem to do the trick.

And I am with baglo, if my intent is to scare someone/something, I will hit the panic button on the tow key fob.

I do intend to mount a 3-way switch in my passenger side porch light, and one inside, as Jon did. I have had the stuff for over a year, and just have to find the time.
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:09 PM   #29
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It could but it might take a little extra work. The footprint of my waterproof front light is a little smaller than the factory light. That light has 4 mounting holes plus a hole for the power wires. It might be difficult to find a waterproof light that could use the existing holes. An adaptor plate might be needed to cover the old holes if any aren't covered by a new fixture. Or look for one large enough to cover the existing holes. Or find a marine rated one and send it to ETI.

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Old 04-19-2015, 07:11 PM   #30
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Secret for the front light, drill 2 small drain holes in the bottom of lens, stays dry now.
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