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Danny D RV Tips: Outdoor Table Custom Camping Light


Its No Fun Eating in the Dark: Better Get a Camping Light

When it comes to sitting outdoors while RV’ing, few activities have become more notorious and ingrained in the camping culture than sitting down for a meal at a picnic table. Unfortunately most people don’t just serve lunch. They serve dinner, play cards, and chat as well.  Often most of these activities get into full swing in the light of darkness. It tends to get dark around dinner time (don’t bother looking into fixing this I already have, no solution) and that presents a problem if you enjoy using the area outside the lighted area that your awning lights or RV may provide.  Since its important to fend off critters, bugs and just to generally see what your doing many RV’ers make the decision to buy or create some kind of outdoor camping light.

There are many ways to tackle this problem but Danny D put together a custom solution modified after seeing a similar idea.  He came up with a very clever and unique approach to keep a well lit dining area through the use of two pieces of plastic pipe and a set of string holiday lights.

As you can see from the pictures the setup simply uses c-clamps to secure the pipe to each side of the table and the lights are strung across the  tops of the two pipes. The design is adjustable to any size table as the unused portion of lights can be tucked away inside the support pipes which have caps installed.  The end result is a custom scalable outdoor camping light system. This great RV idea can be fabricated from simple and low cost materials which also breaks down quickly for storage.

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Part 1 – Building the Danny D RV Tips: Outdoor Table Custom Camping Light


Part 2 – See the Completed Danny D RV Tips: Outdoor Table Custom Camping Light



Materials Needed for Danny D RV Tips: Outdoor Table Custom Camping Light

  • 2 – 48″ pieces of 3″ PVC
  • 4 – 3″ End Caps  (2 Round, 2 Flat)
  • 1 – Set of Lights of your preference. String lights are best for easy storage of excess length.
  • 1- Set of 3″  C-Clamps
  • 1- PVC/ABS Cement and Cleaner  (Instructions for Applying Cement to PVC)

Because of the overwhelming response to many of our showcased RV mods many have asked for more detailed instructions. If your interested in building one of the Danny D RV Tips: Outdoor Table Custom Camping Lights yourself we have put together a detailed down-loadable PDF document that you can print and use as a guide for building your very own Outdoor Table Custom Camping Light. 

As always if you decide to try this for yourself please be sure to send over photos and show off your work!

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5 thoughts on “Danny D RV Tips: Outdoor Table Custom Camping Light”

  1. Awesome! Very neat idea, I think I am going to build one for our trip this summer. I will update you on my progress.

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