Until I learned another reason for them. I have long said that you learn something everyday in this lifestyle. There is more to the 'bling than meets the eye. While engaged in conversation at an infrequent happy hour (for us) at Marj and George's. Rick and Cath talked about all the damage that he had on his truck due to rodents.
Some rascals crawled up under his truck and chewed on some wires and it was a mess. Before it was all over, it caused several thousand dollars worth of damage.
The conversation moved to LED lights under the truck and how that would keep the rodents from climbing up into the harness and wiring and all.
I thought LED lights under the vehicles and rig were for cosmetic purposes primarily.
I was lamenting about our neighbors lights a few weeks ago while we were camped at Catalina State Park. They were across from us with the majestic Catalinas in the background. I was prepared to enjoy the sunset bouncing off the spectacular Catalina Mountains when I noticed our neighbors had raised the hood on their car and hung a mechanics light.
And it was right in line with our sight of view of the mountains!
Ugh! What was going on there? So much for that idea!
Fast forward a couple of weeks later to our time here in Agave Gulch Campground (otherwise know as the Davis-Monthan AFB FamCamp, and we were at one of those infrequent but fun happy hours with friends.
Rick was talking about how badly some rodents had crawled up under his Ford F-150 and chewed us a wiring harness. It was pretty bad. As in $2500 bad. It cost him that much to get it fixed at dealer. Since then he and another friend we were with - George - have both used LED lights to ward off rodents.
I told my brother about it and he was a bit skeptical. So much so that he said, "No rodents now and probably no elephants...?". Right. But then he wasn't paying to get the wiring redone on his F-150.
It got us to thinking and the light bulb went on. After all these years, I thought the rope LED lights under RV's were just the latest bling on the market. I didn't realize they served a useful purpose.
After coming to that realization we started talking about doing a rope LED perimeter for our coach to keep the buggers (and rodents away. I started at Amazon and found a number of varieties. Pam was a Costco and sent a picture of this to me.
I kept the boxes and the parts that came with it. Each box had a bag of rope light holders to attach it to a surface like a fence or building or something of that nature. I didn't need any of those to spread it out on the ground.
It also came with a controller and a remote. I had a five foot extension cord to plug it into the pedestal and then connect the controller which was connected to the first rope light extension.
Shortly before dark, we turned on the lights and set them to the strobe mode. It looked pretty cool. Pam looked out the window after about 30 minutes and notice the light beams bouncing off the side of our neighbors' RV's. Not too sure how much they were appreciating that, so I quickly got the remote and set it to a constant light.
Another consideration then became how to store them when we pack up and move. We looked for some type of cord reel at Home Depot and came up with this:
Hopefully we will not see any rodents under the Roadrunner.
Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!