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View Poll Results: Is background noise an issue for you?
Yes, it makes parks much less enjoyable. 3 12.00%
It can be an occasional issue. 8 32.00%
Not really a problem. 8 32.00%
What noise, I don't hear any noise... 6 24.00%
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:49 AM   #1
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Smile Blocking out background noise.

Is background noise a problem for any of you? Do you have any of the following issues?
Trouble sleeping at parks.
Other campers noisy neighbors.
Need to sooth a child or pet.
Want to increase focus or block out annoyances.

I work with a company that builds electronic parts for Airstream and we would like to know if the addition of a noise masking sound generator would be an helpful for Airstream users?

Please let us know if sound blocking would be helpful. Your help and stories are welcome!

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Old 04-22-2012, 08:57 AM   #2
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I like to use the air conditioner on fan, AC or the heat pump to conceal noise especially squealing and shouting kids, roller skates, big wheels etc. Early morning lawn mowers are a nuisance as well. I use it to drown out outside noise to sleep and also to keep the dog from being tempted to bark at noises he hears and to muffle his occassional bark. On the road I put on the radio's rear speakers in the bedroom to be less distracted from truck and road noise but that doesn't work as well. There are also times, but not as often, that I have to listen to my music just to keep from hearing someone else's.

Interesting idea Matt.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:00 AM   #3
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I am a shift worker and sometimes am bothered by those things. I think you have a good idea, but I'm not sure there is a lot of room for innovation. There are already options like running the fan, using the stereo for noise... and gizmos you can buy and plug in like you propose.

I'd be interested on hearing your thoughts on how you'd improve on this...
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:02 AM   #4
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Noise Masking

We find the Dometic 15K AC/heat pump is so loud it masks almost all outside noise when running in either AC or heat pump mode. It also masks the television and stereo system sound output! It is the most significant noise irritant we experience with the Airstream, particularly as it cycles on and off during the night. The LP furnace fan and water pump are also extremely loud.

In this owner's opinion Airstream should focus on reducing the noise output from the internal appliances before worrying about masking noise outside the trailer. If the internal appliances were quieter, I'd be able to hear the outside noise and perhaps then be interested in a white noise or some other sound suppression system.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:03 AM   #5
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The use of the vent or AC fan is a good white noise generator. There are also white noise/soothing sounds CD's available, if one needs them.

I would hate to see a gadget added that duplicates the functions of other items, that would increase costs for an already costly item.

I think that what most want is the highest quality workmanship in what are already beautiful units.


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Old 04-22-2012, 09:06 AM   #6
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For me I've been quite impressed how quiet it is. Generally quieter than motels I stay in. The RV'ers tend to go to bed early.

Once in a great while I'll be camped next to a scout group etc. which can get noisy. But at least for me, that has been infrequently.

My Dometic AC white noise will cover just about anything. But I haven't yet used it for that purpose.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:14 AM   #7
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Interesting concept but as others have pointed out, it may be redundant.

If the AC is running, it's a hot day/night which = exhaustion (like most Canadians, I don't handle the heat very well) and I could sleep through an atomic blast!

I have only stayed in one RV park and if that's any indication (as tpi wrote) RVers do go to bed early. When I walked the dog at 10:30 pm, I was the only one up! I think the state/provincial campgrounds attract the late-night party types.
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I lost 82 percent hearing in one ear and 80 percent in the other. The more hearing loss, the more sensitive one becomes to noise, regardless of the source. Ones ability to make sense of it all is compoundedly difficult as the number of sound sources increase.

So adding white noise for the sake of white noise is not something I would want... If I wanted white noise, I would look for something like a portable Hepa system that at least provides a service with the loss of quietness.

If I really want to deal with noise, and could afford it, I would subscribe to Lyric hearing aids (Lyric Hearing Aid - Extended Wear Hearing Aids - Invisible Hearing Aids), which makes everything go dead silent when turned off!
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These werk well for me, with the added benefit of musik.


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Rarely does outside noise bother us. The noisy furnace, A/C, stove fan, Fantastic Fans and water pump are more of a problem and Airstream should deal with that, but they won't. A simple white noise generator would solve any problems for light sleepers. There are plenty of CD's with nature sounds that could also mask noise.

I think you would have to sell Airstream on this and since they cut costs all the time, it would have to be really cheap and use the standard sound system.

You might also look at a thread where people are saying they are having lots of trouble making the sound system, BluRay player and TV work together. If you are supplying those electronics, maybe you need to solve those problems. One of them: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f353...ml#post1136972 I think this is showing up elsewhere, but I couldn't find it.

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Blocking out background noise.

My home is located on a very busy county highway, and unfortunately, my partents chose to build the home much too close to that highway so almost any campground is quieter than my home. There have only been two times since 1995 when I have been parked in a location where masking the exterior noise would have been beneficial and both of those times I was parked in unknown campgrounds and my neighbors were having beer bashes . . . I was just relieved that I was only staying overnight in each of those locations.

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Old 04-22-2012, 11:20 AM   #12
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I use Bose headphones with a book on tape on low volume. Once I am asleep the noise doesn't bother me. I've also used a pillow over the ears.
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I'm an apartment dweller when I'm not camping. Campgrounds, including the state parks I've visited, have uniformly been quieter and more restful than staying home!
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Is it those constant ocean breakers that are hard to sleep through?

I would not want to add any artificial noise to my camping experience. After a while your mind tunes out what is not of concern but still allows the unusual to be heard. (eg camping gear walking off, or increase in wind, or animals, etc.)

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Is it those constant ocean breakers that are hard to sleep through?

I would not want to add any artificial noise to my camping experience. After a while your mind tunes out what is not of concern but still allows the unusual to be heard. (eg camping gear walking off, or increase in wind, or animals, etc.)

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No, no----love the sounds of the ocean. Like a baby being sung a lullaby.


We now have Lily to alert us to anything going on outside. She can smell things we can't even see.




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Blocking out background noise.

Greetings Maggie!

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No, no----love the sounds of the ocean. Like a baby being sung a lullaby.


We now have Lily to alert us to anything going on outside. She can smell things we can't even see.

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I think that you may have just identified one of the reasons that external noises don't bother me much while traveling. Throughout my travels, I have always had at least one Chihuahua as a traveling companion . . . one of which usually slept beside me (2.5 pounds has been the largest). Each one has been quick to alert me to impending storms, prowlers about (animal as well as human) and any unusual noises or smells from within or outside of the coach. Precious, my traveling Chihuahua companion has been with me for ten years now and her hearing is failing so her early warning for storms isn't quite as precise but she still alerts me to anything she considers worrisome . . . . licks my hand as a first indicator that she is worried . . . growls lowly if the level of alarm is greater . . . . yammers (combination of quiet growl/howl) if there is greater alarm . . . and begins a constant bark to say danger is imminent.

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Thank you all for your great input. You have excellent ideas and suggestions based on real world experience. Please keep them coming. Every bit helps us make better informed decisions!

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Maybe something to mask the noise of the background noise generator?
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I will post more information when I have it for you. Thanks,

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We're long-time tent campers, so I can't imagine anything being louder than those thin walls.
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