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Old 02-12-2014, 08:44 AM   #29
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I think the tenter should of just unplugged your power instead of waking you up.
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My take - Life is short and so are many folks tempers these days - and many of them are armed. Despite my tendency of the past I've come to the conclusion it's better to simply comply with any reasonable request of a fellow human and move on. Things escalate very quickly, much faster than you can imagine - look at the recent movie theater incident - young father now dead and 63 year old probably (should be headed) to the remainder of his life in jail - over texting.
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I would be reasonably compliant. Heat, I Have an alternative, A/C I don't. I think it's more about attitude than noise. I run the fan on unit all night just to minimize outside noise and it works for us. In this case I would have been p'd off just to be awakened, and more p'd off if someone touched the power supply.

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Old 02-12-2014, 09:09 AM   #32
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My take - Life is short and so are many folks tempers these days - and many of them are armed.
Life is too short to allow myself to live in fear of armed whack-jobs. But hopefully I'm not stubborn enough to die for my convictions in an issue that shouldn't have been life-or-death to begin with, either.

If someone insisted that I comply with their unreasonable request and the issue escalated to drawn weapons— or even the just threat of fisticuffs— then I would comply with their stupid request for exactly as long as it took to summon law enforcement and swear out a complaint against them, and not one second longer.
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:23 AM   #33
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If you want to camp in tent and don't want to hear AC units etc then camp in the primitive camping areas or better yet backpack.

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Old 02-12-2014, 10:21 AM   #34
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New experience for us. Tenters in next campsite asked us to turn off the heat pump because it is keeping them awake at night. I know they are loud but I sleep right through the noise until there is loud banging at the trailer door.

This is a state park with good sized sites. Turned on the propane furnace to be a good neighbor.
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The thing about the noise from heat pumps is that it changes as the unit cycles to melt accumulated ice. The valve klunks, the fan changes speeds, the compressor turns on and off. I can see how it would keep someone awake.

Like many other posters I don't ordinarily use the heat pump and instead rely on resistance heat and the propane furnace. Much of the reason is noise. I have a permanently installed, wall mounted electric heater for use on cool nights when electricity is available.

Campground policies and layouts vary widely. Around here the state parks have electric and nonelectric sites, and both are open to RVs and tents alike. Many times tent campers will chose an electric site. That doesn't mean they are in the "RV section."
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That doesn't mean they are in the "RV section."
Well, it does to the extent that RVs aren't allowed anywhere else in the park, unlike tents that are also allowed in primitive areas. But you're right to the extent that a real "RV section" wouldn't allow tents in the first place.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:48 AM   #36
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Fisticuffs? Bullets?

Sorry, but in Canada, even if you knocked on your neighbour's igloo (or RV, sorry) and found your sorry spouse in bed enjoying the "heat pump," this is the only thing that would be exchanged.

We're just too polite.....sorry.

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Protagonist --

Perhaps that's how it works where you travel.

In the state park system here, all sites are open to both tents and RVs. RVs can stay in the non-electric section (subject to length limitations), and some do either out of preference or because no electric sites are available. I have in fact done so myself. And some tent campers stay in electric sites, usually because they have a camping style based on using electric cooking appliances. The only individual campsites in Minnesota state parks that are closed to RVs are the "camper cabins" and, at a minority of parks, a handful of sites (usually 3-5 out of a total of 60 or more sites) without road access.
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I see tent only sites everywhere here.
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PerryG hit it on the head..tent camping near RV pads is silly on many levels. I get that sometimes there is no option...overflow/excess sleepers. But folks, these are RV's..they make all kinds of noises. They are not primative in any way...find a spot where you can hear nature...i get it. But i'm in a portable house basically...sorry, it's a decision many of us have made for the obvious reasons. Enough said.
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Wow. When in doubt about whether or not to complain in a campground, try asking yourself if your take on the situation would be different if that were your aged mother or infant grandchild in the next campsite. We once had to break camp - tent- in the wee hours of the morning, because of a death in the family. There were phone calls, doors, engine noises, and I knew everyone in the cg was cursing us because they had no idea what had just happened. You never know what someone else's situation is - try to be tolerant, please.
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We're just too polite.....sorry.
That belongs in the late, lamented "Differences between the US and Canada" thread; Americans wouldn't even conceive of apologizing for being too polite.
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:24 PM   #42
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If the heat pumps have all these cycles and constantly change pitch and clunk and buzz like the residential heats pumps I can sorta see the point of the tent campers. If it is just a fan noise like an AC unit makes then that is different. Any random change in noise is going to be annoying to someone in a tent. I do like having walls for this reason. We had a pop up slide in camper at one time and I liked the portability of it, but it was kinda noisy while sleeping because the over cab bed was in the pop up tent part. Weekends seem to bring out the worst in campers. There are lots of self involved younger folks that are not really tuned in to how what they do effects others. Most folks with kids and dogs are so use to noise that they don't even think when they bring all that noise along with them to a place where it is supposed to be quiet. I remember the last time I went to Desoto State park, there was a young couple with kids and two or three yap yap dogs. The dogs stayed in the camper but they never shut up and they were annoying even inside the trailer across the street. Why on earth would someone want to go camping with all that mess going on. What is relaxing about that.

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