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Old 02-12-2014, 12:38 PM   #43
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They only make all of the noises when going into and out of defrost mode, which is when it is nearing freezing temps outside. At those temps, I run the furnace because it's more efficient at heating, and protects the pipes if the temps do go down to or below freezing. Just the way I do it, but when I can, I heat on the campground's nickel.
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:52 PM   #44
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We just installed a new Dometic 15K HP replacing the carrier AC unit. Our intent would be not to upset anyone with the use of these "comfort" items that are common to camping in an RV. We still would be considerate to use the propane furnace or a heater if the surroundings were crowded with a variety of campers, like tenters who decided to camp in an RV area, maybe due to no choice. Like many stories have been written, this is the difference between the boating types and rving types like a Yacht compared to a canoe type. We all have a common ground, no pun intended.
I can't tell you how many times we've had tenters stay under our awning when a down pour would come and wipe out their camp site. They had no problem with the noise of the AC when we would invite them inside the Airstream to dry out when the humidity hit before re-establishing their campsite.

Yep, we all need to be aware, however, we all have our lifestyles that drive what we live in and locations we stay at. Something that maybe when signing into a campground the question can be asked about the folks next door.

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Old 02-12-2014, 12:54 PM   #45
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I guess I have mixed feelings. If I am in a park with electrical hookups with sites that can accommodate RV's, I would think that normal operational sounds from these RV accessories are part of the things you have to accept. My heat pump sounds no different than when it is in the air conditioner mode and in my opinion seems to be less obnoxious than the furnace. If the person asked me, I'd probably agree but would note to them that I am going to switch to the gas furnace.

Now if you want to talk about obnoxious then consider the folks who start their diesel vehicles up and let them idle and "warm up" before they drive away. Especially loud are the Cummins diesels found on the Dodge trucks. It seems to be a frequent occurrence.

I also remember the folks who decide to go to bed and leave all the lights on…not just a trailer patio or step light, but the ground lights, the awning lights, and every other light they bring which makes the site look like a shopping center parking lot. One I saw at a government park last year had spot lights behind the trailer aimed towards the road in front of the site. I was walking the dogs and felt that if I had stepped on their site the sirens would go off and the search lights might go on.

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Old 02-12-2014, 12:59 PM   #46
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Yes. My sentiments, exactly.

One shouldn't be deliberately noisy, but neither should tenters expect RV'ers to be silent-running.

There are also earplugs.


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Now if you want to talk about obnoxious then consider the folks who start their diesel vehicles up and let them idle and "warm up" before they drive away. Especially loud are the Cummins diesels found on the Dodge trucks. It seems to be a frequent occurrence.
My "favorite" in that regard was the camper across the way from me at one park who arrived with a horse trailer with living quarters in the front end, and a Harley Davidson motorcycle where the horse would be. Even stock Harleys aren't quiet by any stretch of the imagination, but whatever this guy did to his muffler made it sould even louder than straight pipes. You haven't really been rudely awakened until someone fires up a Harley fifteen feet from your front window and revs it up for fifteen minutes at o-dark-thirty in the morning before roaring off to wherever Harley riders go before the crack of dawn.
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I expect to here noise when I camp, it is always that way. If it happens to be quiet I am truly impressed. Only place I never heard excessive noise was Top of Geogia and at my brother in laws farm. If you expect the worse you are seldom disappointed. Jim
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I would have had a talking to this guy. No sense in that. No sense in bringing something that noisy into a camp ground. Harley's are one of my pet peeves.

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My "favorite" in that regard was the camper across the way from me at one park who arrived with a horse trailer with living quarters in the front end, and a Harley Davidson motorcycle where the horse would be. Even stock Harleys aren't quiet by any stretch of the imagination, but whatever this guy did to his muffler made it sould even louder than straight pipes. You haven't really been rudely awakened until someone fires up a Harley fifteen feet from your front window and revs it up for fifteen minutes at o-dark-thirty in the morning before roaring off to wherever Harley riders go before the crack of dawn.
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I can't hear you....

Now if you want to talk about obnoxious then consider the folks who start their diesel vehicles up and let them idle and "warm up" before they drive away. Especially loud are the Cummins diesels found on the Dodge trucks. It seems to be a frequent occurrence.

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That is the guy who volunteers to go for donuts at 4 am... and they turn on the Baja lights to boot while gunning the engine.

This thread has wandered some, but, I agree that noise is noise. The tenter, though, sounds as if he was unreasonable rude. If he had asked more nicely, then that would be a more answerable request.

When we have had loud neighbors, we have asked, nicely, that they turn their stereo down, as we could not hear our radio. Usually they comply, but we have gotten some dirty looks while they notch it down a tenth of a decibel. We ask a second time, and if that doesn't work, then it is report to the ranger or campground host. That visit from an official usually works.

For what it's worth, I have heard my A/C in heat pump mode from outside, and it isn't a noisy unit, it's much quieter than what I have heard on SOBs.
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Quite honestly if there is unreasonable noise going on, I would rather report it to campground owners or if a public facility, to those who are responsible for managing the facility. I'd rather not confront the person creating the noise. Way too many overly sensitive folks out there these days. Let the folks paid to do that job do it. Many campgrounds have an after hours number to report problems to. Personally I don't put air conditioners or heat pumps in that criteria. Usually campground rules pretty much define quiet hours and in most cases if an appliance is that bad, I'd probably say something to the campground authorities the next day and have them come by and see what they think.

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I have found that in most state parks complaining about noise is basically falling on deaf ears. Private camp grounds may be more responsive to these issues because their livelihood depends on it. Many times noisy neighbors will retaliate if the ranger comes and talks to them about noise. They know it had to be someone close. So my attitude is keep your mouth shut or go and talk to them about it. If they are rude or abusive then go to the ranger. This is assuming that they are not doing something dangerous or outright stupid. If that is the case call the ranger.

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Quite honestly if there is unreasonable noise going on, I would rather report it to campground owners or if a public facility, to those who are responsible for managing the facility. I'd rather not confront the person creating the noise. Way too many overly sensitive folks out there these days. Let the folks paid to do that job do it. Many campgrounds have an after hours number to report problems to. Personally I don't put air conditioners or heat pumps in that criteria. Usually campground rules pretty much define quiet hours and in most cases if an appliance is that bad, I'd probably say something to the campground authorities the next day and have them come by and see what they think.

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maybe the tenters just wanted the furnace fired up to enjoy the heat it throws outside :-)
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:35 PM   #54
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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.

Good of you! The heat pump Is loud and inefficient - I never use it at night. The furnace is much quieter and more effective.
I respect the environment of a campground, yet was surprised by a knock on the door one night at Navajo Nat'l Monument by neighboring tent campers asking me if I was going to "run that machine all night". It was the refrigerator fan that was bothering them! I disconnected the fan - no problem.

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You could have asked him if he was going to run his mouth all night, but that would have confrontational and not accomplished anything. Jim
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I respect the environment of a campground, yet was surprised by a knock on the door one night at Navajo Nat'l Monument by neighboring tent campers asking me if I was going to "run that machine all night". It was the refrigerator fan that was bothering them! I disconnected the fan - no problem.
You, sir, are a better man than I am. In the same situation, I would have asked, "Will you replace the food that spoils because I shut off my fridge for you?"
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