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Old 02-11-2014, 11:01 PM   #15
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Ridgerunner3 did the right thing. It's always good to extend a courtesy to your fellow campers. We were full-timers for six years and had a couple of similar experiences. A neighbor trying to entertain the whole park with his TV was the worst. For heat we relied primarily on our catalytic heater. No fan - no noise. Ran the cube heater and furnace during the day. Never had any heater on while sleeping.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:30 PM   #16
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We haven't used the heat pump for years, but I do remember it was very noisy, maybe noisier than the A/C for reasons I don't understand. We use the electric catalytic heater whenever possible and the furnace otherwise. I'll turn the furnace on when the temp goes below 50˚ inside. The furnace does make noise, but not the loud rattling noises of the heat pump when it starts up or stops.

Tents and RV's are mixed in some campgrounds and it doesn't always work well sometimes. I try to be considerate of others no matter who got there first. I remember how much I didn't like noisy RV'ers when we tent camped. When we make reservations at a public CG, I try to stay away from the tenters to avoid conflicts, but you can't always insure that. No need to look for problems.

Tenters tend to be younger, stay up late, have big bonfires and be noisy late into the night. In the early morning their kids with high pitched voices are no fun either.

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Old 02-12-2014, 06:11 AM   #17
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I would estimate no one agrees to use an alternate device in the summer with the box on the roof is making the same amount of noise to make cold air.
In general, in those situations, everyone is using the A/C so it doesn't matter.

We were at a campground in Michigan back in 2009 with some tenters next door to us. In general the temperature was nice enough that we didn't need the A/C at night, but the one night we did need it. I felt bad for the noise, though they never said anything.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:14 AM   #18
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In general, in those situations, everyone is using the A/C so it doesn't matter.

I have seen a few air conditioned tents, but not many.



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Old 02-12-2014, 06:26 AM   #19
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The furnace is so much more efficient. Why use a heat pump u less you are afraid of propane or low on gas. Jim
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:37 AM   #20
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The really annoying noise is a water heater going on and off during the night
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:40 AM   #21
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A reason to use the heat pump is that the electric is already paid for with the site. That said, I tend to follow the quiet time rules in the cold weather...no heat pump after 10pm. I don't bother in the summer, with all the SOB AC Units blasting away as well.
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Maybe I am hard of hearing, anyway, but-
The heat pump doesn't seem much louder than the propane furnace or the water heater.
For sure it isn't any louder than an old school diesel idling or a Bubba truck with Flowmasters and echo tips, or a family in the heat of a domestic dispute or a bunch of teenage boys playing football at 11 PM by the bath house light, or a bunch of loud drunk people playing dominoes and slamming the bones down hard on one of them concrete state park tables, or someone's dog being left in a trailer all day and barking incessantly, or a Harley with pipes- just sayin'
All of these noises are more noticeable in a tent than in a trailer.
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Ah, one of the many advantages of getting old. Once you go deaf, it doesn't bother you anymore. But seriously…

I've been an apartment-dweller all my adult life. The common-courtesy rules of apartment living aren't a lot different from the common-courtesy rules of campground living. If my neighbor needs to run the air conditioner to keep from sweating in bed, or needs a heat pump or furnace to keep from shivering, I'm not going to complain because I'll probably be doing the same. But when it comes to loud entertainment, apartment rules should apply there, too. In New Orleans, at least, if you can hear the party, you're automatically invited to join the party. So if my campground neighbors were blasting their television during quiet hours, I'd knock on their door and say, "Since I can hear it, I must be invited to come over and watch it as well, right?"

Many parks that allow tent camping have tent-only areas. Anyone who elects to pitch a tent in an RV camping area is making a conscious decision to put up with RVers next door in exchange for being able to park right next to the tent or have ready access to electricity and running water that they don't have in the tent-only area. In my opinion, a tenter in an RV campsite has the right to complain about loud entertainment next door, but not about the sound of air conditioning, heaters, or other comfort appliances. If we wanted to sweat or shiver in our sleep, we'd be in a tent, too, not in an RV, and they just have to accept that.
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I'm not saying the OP didn't do the right thing, I'm saying the tent camper was rude. Since when is it right to think it is everyone else's job to make us happy.
I was taught it was my job to feed, clothe, house, and keep me and mine happy.
After 50+ years of such I am tired of pleasing other people who think I should cater to their every whim. Yes, I can be a grumpy old man, I've earned it.
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I'm not saying the OP didn't do the right thing, I'm saying the tent camper was rude. Since when is it right to think it is everyone else's job to make us happy.
I was taught it was my job to feed, clothe, house, and keep me and mine happy.
After 50+ years of such I am tired of pleasing other people who think I should cater to their every whim. Yes, I can be a grumpy old man, I've earned it.
Yes! And I think I'll start carrying some of those cheap foam ear plugs with us in the trailer should something like this ever happen to us. I'll just hand them some ear plugs. :-)
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:21 AM   #26
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I have never heard a trailer heat pump but I can't imagine one creating that much noise. I prefer the noise of the AC fan over music and dogs barking. I don't see how tent campers even sleep in a park now days with all the dogs barking in parks these days. The tent campers with dogs seem to be the worse because their dogs are outside and they bark constantly. Most of the old folks that have dogs keep them under control. I actually turn my AC fan on to block other noise sources. I have even used white noise generating MP3's in hotel rooms to cover up noise. I did have a heat pump at my house replaced with a quieter unit because the original one sounded like a diesel truck running outside the house.

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I have never heard a trailer heat pump but I can't imagine one creating that much noise. I prefer the noise of the AC fan over music and dogs barking. I don't see how tent campers even sleep in a park now days with all the dogs barking in parks these days. The tent campers with dogs seem to be the worse because their dogs are outside and they bark constantly. Most of the old folks that have dogs keep them under control. I actually turn my AC fan on to block other noise sources. I have even used white noise generating MP3's in hotel rooms to cover up noise. I did have a heat pump at my house replaced with a quieter unit because the original one sounded like a diesel truck running outside the house.

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Our trailer has two of them, and they make the same type and level of noise as when they are running as air conditioners. It's the same unit, only there is a valve in the refrigerant system that reverses the flow.

I'm actually thinking the tenter was a little pissed because he was cold and knew the people in the Airstream next to him were warm.
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I have never been to a campground that allows dogs to bark all night. Barking dogs are a reason to be kicked out, just like loud music or loud talking after quiet hours start. Jim
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