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Postby ERV » Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:11 am

Darn Len,
Thats a nice collection of lanterns you have there. I only have about 10 or so. I also started getting oil lamps for in the house, so far have about 18 of those.
Can you make that pic a little bigger so I can drool some more? :)
My Grandfather got me started on them. He gave me my first one for camping about 50 years ago. Didn't think I should be usen white gas yet.

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Postby len19070 » Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:12 pm

ERV wrote:Darn Len,
Thats a nice collection of lanterns you have there. I only have about 10 or so. I also started getting oil lamps for in the house, so far have about 18 of those.
Can you make that pic a little bigger so I can drool some more? :)
My Grandfather got me started on them. He gave me my first one for camping about 50 years ago. Didn't think I should be usen white gas yet.

Erv :thumbsup:


Erv

I'll see what I can do with blowing the photo up.

If not I have all these lanterns and more hanging in the rafters of the room in the photo.

I'll take another photo.

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Postby slowcowboy » Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:57 pm

Great folks, Well done. No aruguing yet nor bickeriing and I got a nice idea on trailer tires that lighting it up so to see at dark to change a tire might even come in handy on a horsetrailer and my ranching bussness. Neat idea. Never thought about torch like ticki torches for bug control in a dry climate in wyoming they are tnever to much of a problem compared to the folks back east or in the southern parts of this country. unless you are camping at home and everyone has the irrgation water on puring irrgation water to all our alafa hay feilds., then it can get pretty bad on mesquitos with all the irrgation water running. Most of the time when we camp in the moutains the bugs arn't much of a problem due to the cooler temps. at our local flat land irrgation resvoirs now torches for bug control can come in handy real quick. Our flat land lakes can get so full of mesquitos and little black flies they will pack you off and dump you in the lake. Heee! I like all the great repiles on lighting. Gets real dark in the moutains and lights can come in handy in a camp in a big way. I am thinking my self of some old car fog lights to find stuff in my tongue box or on the sides of the teardrop. I always lay a flash light down and then can't find the dang thing. My thoughts Slowcowboy.
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Postby Mukilteo » Sat Apr 10, 2010 1:35 pm

I don't use any outside lights. When it gets dark I head in, read a bit & go to sleep.
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Postby Wolffarmer » Sat Apr 10, 2010 5:25 pm

At the "Glyphs" gathering last week it was rather chilly. I lit up my Coleman double mantle white gas lantern and crawled inside and cracked open a window and read for a few hours before turning in. Made it very comfortable in there.

For regular outside lights I have a dome light in the galley and a license plate light by the door so i can find the rig easier after a late night call.

Inside i have a 18 watt florescent light for warm weather reading and another license plate light that I use when I don't need all that florescent light.

Oh all lights are 12 volt.
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Postby Festus » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:13 am

Ditto on the headlamp, Arne. I've got an Energizer LED headlamp I got at Wally World a couple of years ago that I use all the time. It takes up almost no space and seems to run forever on a set of batteries. So, outside it is a campfire and the headlamp. I don't have any porch lights on my tear. I've got a 12v galley light and a waterproof battery powered LED mounted with velcro on the side of the galley. I've got a swiveling LED mounted in the cabinet with the battery, fusebox and 120v breaker box. In the cabin, I've got a 12v ceiling light and another swiveling LED on the forward cabinet. I don't have any 120v lights at all, but I do have a 120v receptacle in the cabin and one in the galley. I would probably put in some 120v lights if I were doing it over, but so far I haven't felt the need. I mainly put the 120v receptacles in to use a ceramic heater in the cabin, which I have not used yet, but I'm sure I will sometime. I built my tear to use battery power, since I am not a big campground person and prefer boondocking, so not having AC available is no big issue for me.
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Postby dakotamouse » Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:49 pm

We like to put a string of solar lights on our awning. They charge during the day and automatically come on at night. Ours are shaped like dragonflies. They really put out a nice glow and help you find your way back to the camper without messing up your view of the stars.
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Postby slowcowboy » Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:14 pm

Have any of you folks tried or use the 12 volt powered rope lights on sale at cabelas yet. I think they are in the boating section or camping section. Just curios? Slowcowboy.
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Postby bobhenry » Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:47 am

Man I forgot the best part of my barn build......

under the eves party lights.

At gatherings I can hardly wait for dark to show off my built in party lights. Red orange yellow green white and blue on each side. They started out life as a strand of large bulbed christmas lights a snip here and some wire added there and a little hot glue and they are installed .

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Postby tearhead » Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:20 pm

lit up my Coleman double mantle white gas lantern and crawled inside and cracked open a window and read for a few hours before turning in. Made it very comfortable in there.

Wolffarmer, that must be one big lantern, if you were able to crawl inside it! :D
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Postby Aaron Coffee » Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:01 pm

Usually camp at state campgroounds, and they have street lights ever so often, and then I camp near the shower/restroom so it is never pitch black. Use flashlight for look for things or propane lantern turned on low for a little bit of light.
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Postby hiker chick » Tue Apr 13, 2010 6:48 pm

Campfire, stars, moon.

Perhaps a candle lantern on the table during dinner.

Headlamp if I'm reading.

Gave my Coleman Duel-Fuel away years ago. Bug magnet.




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Postby Evil Skippy » Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:25 pm

bobhenry wrote:Man I forgot the best part of my barn build......

under the eves party lights.

At gatherings I can hardly wait for dark to show off my built in party lights. Red orange yellow green white and blue on each side. They started out life as a strand of large bulbed christmas lights a snip here and some wire added there and a little hot glue and they are installed .

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That is a sweet setup Bob. :thumbsup:

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Postby Miriam C. » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:17 am

I have both 120 ac and 12vdc inside. I also have florescent lights in the galley. When it is dark and I don't need a lot of light I use an amber rope light in the galley and clamped on the first up. I use mini-clamps from harbor freight. Just enough light without attracting bugs.

Oh we have flash lights too. ;)
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