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CrazyMike

Decorating a Trailer

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This was my first year so I went pretty light. One LOR controller and about two thousand lights. Nothing crazy.. a few mini tree's, some strobes. This was just a kind of proff of concept year.

Next time I want to go bigger. One of the things I'm struggling with is my dad's camping trailer that's in the driveway. If I don't do something with it, it's going to stand out like a big albatross. It sits such that from the front of the house you see the trailer's front.

Has anyone decorated a trailer or done something special with one? I'm struggling with idea's.

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This was my first year so I went pretty light. One LOR controller and about two thousand lights. Nothing crazy.. a few mini tree's, some strobes. This was just a kind of proff of concept year.

Next time I want to go bigger. One of the things I'm struggling with is my dad's camping trailer that's in the driveway. If I don't do something with it, it's going to stand out like a big albatross. It sits such that from the front of the house you see the trailer's front.

Has anyone decorated a trailer or done something special with one? I'm struggling with idea's.

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Make it look like Santas hideway... red lights... Ho Ho Ho on the side.... things like that...

Maybe put a reindeer in front of it like it is pulling it around....

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Make it look like Santas hideway... red lights... Ho Ho Ho on the side.... things like that...

Maybe put a reindeer in front of it like it is pulling it around....

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Well, all I can say is good use of space. I would never have thought of doing something like that with a trailer.

Rob

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Well, all I can say is good use of space. I would never have thought of doing something like that with a trailer.

Rob

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Thanks for the idea's folks. I like the idea of turning it into a big present since basically it's my dad's toy. :) It would be cool to do the trailer up with white lights and then create a red center stripe to make it look like ribbon. That would take a lot of lights though and I live in a small town with slim pickings for lights on sale.

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Thanks for the idea's folks. I like the idea of turning it into a big present since basically it's my dad's toy. :) It would be cool to do the trailer up with white lights and then create a red center stripe to make it look like ribbon. That would take a lot of lights though and I live in a small town with slim pickings for lights on sale.

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