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#1Flyboy

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Posted: 07/13/20 07:40am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you leave a Porch Light on is it to scare away any bears? Or are you expecting late night visitors? Or an Amazon midnight delivery? ..... We have often wondered about the purpose behind leaving the porch light on while camping in public lands... We might put the porch light on when loading up the truck camper on a dark evening; otherwise it stays off at night .... (We enjoy campfires and watching shooting stars & satellites, reason we leave lights off).... Would love to hear some responses please...

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Posted: 07/13/20 07:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There's a porch light?

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if are camping where bears are a problem A) DON'T CAMP THERE of B) get a portable electric fence.

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IF there are any lights on my camper overnight... It's because I FORGOT to turn them off... [emoticon]


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I also don't get it. Same as people who wire their rigs so the clearance/marker lights stay on all night. Why?
It's understandable to leave the lights on if you're out walking or expecting a visitor. But, not all night.
Maybe some people like to get away but, want their site to resemble Times Square because they're uncomfortable in the dark?

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Often, we camp by rivers and streams. We leave the porch light on so we can attract the biting flies and mosquitoes into the area. That way, when we go hiking along the shorelines, the bugs won't feel any thicker than at the RV site and we won't be tempted to return early.

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I think the main reason is the total lack of consideration for others. Chuck

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I think the main reason is to give busy bodies something to complain about. My camper has blinds that close when I go to bed and then I also close my eyes. Thus, it's dark.. Unless a neighbor has a spotlight aiming at my camper I don't have a problem.

I do turn of my outdoor lights as it makes it harder for opportunistic thieves to see what I may have left out under the awning.


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schlep1967 wrote:

I think the main reason is to give busy bodies something to complain about. My camper has blinds that close when I go to bed and then I also close my eyes. Thus, it's dark.. Unless a neighbor has a spotlight aiming at my camper I don't have a problem.

I do turn of my outdoor lights as it makes it harder for opportunistic thieves to see what I may have left out under the awning.


Yea. And it makes it easier for you see their flashlight when they are fishing around outside, whispering like a couple of drunk high school kids.
Turn out the lights. The party is over.

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Leaving the porch light on, for some people, might be from the habit of keeping a light on outside their door at home for security reasons. The thinking is that a burglar will not want to be seen (by neighbors or a passing cop car) fiddling with the doorknob, and a peeping tom won't want to be seen peeking into a window. My home has outdoor lights at night for this reason.

Some campers, more likely newbie ones, don't realize that light pollution is most unwelcome when RVs are parked close together. A word spoken in kindness to 'enlighten' them will often result in a 'de-light-ful' result. [emoticon]


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