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Old 06-21-2022, 02:48 PM   #1
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Under RV Lighting?

Good day;

We're on a trip and have noticed that quite a few RV's have a string of blue lighting under their rigs, sometimes attached to the rig, or sometimes just strung out under and around the rig. I even saw one with three small strobe lights under going off alternately.

Is this to keep critters from going under your RV at night?? If so, is it a good idea? Meaning do they really work??

Thanks - appreciate your thoughts on this..
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Old 06-21-2022, 03:32 PM   #2
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Pretty sure it's just sex appeal...

Our old three color (with remote controller) LED strips finally degraded and stopped working - bought a replacement for $30-40 and installed two strips with zip times - put them on a 120 VAC timer and plugged it into the PS front basement where there is an outlet. We run ours from dusk to about 10:00 and let the colors change...

We also have a long white-only LED rope light that we control with the same timer as the underbelly lights - used to be about 100 feet long and could demarcate our whole campsite until a campground lawnmower reduced it to around 20'.

We use the rope light to mark the front of the rig so we don't walk into the mirrors at night.
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Old 06-21-2022, 05:44 PM   #3
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I ordered my LED lights from Amazon. I got 2 sets with 2 extra LED rolls. I put on set under the awning to light up at night, cut to proper length. And another set with the extra roll under the RV. They are up high enough that you only see the glow of the lights. They have all different colors, as well as flashing, fade, and other settings. They are also dimmable. Looks great at night and gives just enough light to be useful for walking around the RV.
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I don't think under RV lights would scare any animals away but they do look nice. I leave mine on (very dim) at night which is just enough light to go out after dark and not break our necks. Awning and porch lights seem to annoy some prople if left on all night. Ground lights, not so much.
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Old 06-21-2022, 07:25 PM   #5
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I've always heard them referred to as pimp lights. Years ago boondockers would plug a turn signal flasher into the trailer cord to the tow vehicle to turn on clearance lights when they had an emergency so police or EMT's could find the RV.
I have seen trailers with lights underneath attract raccoons.
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Google Boogie lights, easy to install and great for adding light to awning area.
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We hate camping next to a pimped out rig. Ruins the ambiance of camping (especially in state, national, city, county and COE parks. Maybe they should be restricted to "RV resorts". Just my opinion.
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We hate camping next to a pimped out rig. Ruins the ambiance of camping (especially in state, national, city, county and COE parks. Maybe they should be restricted to "RV resorts". Just my opinion.
You would have been happy next to us in an RV park when we had our fifth wheel. Under led lights, spiral lights up a 30' fiberglass pol, and a flag pole with solar light on top. Also had marker lights on when out! I now put the under lights on a timer, off at eleven PM, on our diesel pusher. I still have the flag pole with the solar light, but only use it when staying a week or more. The under lights are dimmer than the awning lights for taking the dogs out at 10:30 PM as to not bother the neighbor. My awning lights are very bright and light up the world!
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Actually, a reasonable size and brightness of LED strip lights under the edge of the coach or a slide is much less intrusive than most patio or door lights. They shine down, giving you enough light to move around, yet don't affect the ambiance by shining in your eyes or at another campsite.
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Pretty sure it's just sex appeal...

Our old three color (with remote controller) LED strips finally degraded and stopped working - bought a replacement for $30-40 and installed two strips with zip times - put them on a 120 VAC timer and plugged it into the PS front basement where there is an outlet. We run ours from dusk to about 10:00 and let the colors change...

We also have a long white-only LED rope light that we control with the same timer as the underbelly lights - used to be about 100 feet long and could demarcate our whole campsite until a campground lawnmower reduced it to around 20'.

We use the rope light to mark the front of the rig so we don't walk into the mirrors at night.
That sex appeal thing is bogus. I had lights under my Ď49 Chevy truck and it didnít work. Go figure.
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I like the boogie lights. Not that I want a rolling disco, but I always put out LED string lights under my camper and surround my rig. They are not bright, but provide just enough light for us. Like everything else (dogs, Heat Pumps, Music, Kids...) I suppose they might ruin someone else's enjoyment. Oh well, can't please everyone.
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Scaring critters away is why I use mine. I put them in the back engine bay, and run them along the ground from front to back. They are LED rope lights that are not permanently mounted. They blink, strobe, and change color randomly.

Rodents have very sensitive vision, and dislike the lights. If I was parked for months, they would probably become less effective over time, however for the 1 to 4 weeks Iím in an area, Iím convinced they keep critters from coming over too close.
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I installed off-white LED strips under the right side of mine. The idea being something like theater lights. A warm light to let you see enough to not trip over things at night when no other lights were on. I have no illusions of them serving any other purpose.
I use a string of LED decorative bulb lights (also a warm off-white) on the canopy for when we actually want to see what we are doing out there.

I regard blue and bright white LED's as glaring and more looking for attention than being useful. Not into staying in a rolling jukebox either but to each his own. I've stayed places where they decorated with lights for Halloween and Christmas and for sure, why not join in? And we do. Looking like that year round though...not me.
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I've stayed places where they decorated with lights for Halloween and Christmas and for sure, why not join in? And we do. Looking like that year round though...not me.
Yea, we do Halloween and Christmas at Ft Wilderness as often as we can. Needless to say as hard as we try, lots of people always outdo us.
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