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Old 10-23-2014, 08:43 AM   #1
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Noisey Neighbors

Have you ever been bothered with noisey camping neighbors? And how did you handle the situation?

Last weekend we were camping at a state park. Went to bed early, at about 10:30PM was awakened with the sounds of parting. Looked out to discover a group (15 to 20 people, five vehicles, and 6 tents) had moved into the tent site near my RV site. The talking and laughing was not an issue. The problem was the sound system playing the music. It was one of those sound systems on a vehicle were the bass not only can be heard from a great distance, but can also be felt.

Let me add, the state park 40 miles from the nearest town, has no resident ranger or employee thus visitors are "on their on" when it comes to security.

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Old 10-23-2014, 08:54 AM   #2
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This past summer I was a host at a state park in Florida. After 11:00pm there is no ranger on duty most nights, but the park does have posted quiet times which is also given to the campers when they check in. At 2:30am one morning a camper knocked on my door to complain about a loud camper. He said they were beating on drums, loud music, chanting, etc. I told him I would call the county sheriff which was my procedure. The noise stopped in a few minutes since the sheriff showed up. The next morning the loud campers were asked to leave.

I can't imagine the park you were in has no law enforcement by anyone even in the middle of the night. It might take them longer than a few minutes to arrive, but I'll bet some law enforcement agency has responsibility for the area you were in.

I'm a firm believer that law enforcement doesn't just write tickets. They are there for us in many other situations, we just have to not hesitate to call them.
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Old 10-23-2014, 08:56 AM   #3
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There really isn't much you can do in that situation other than ask them to quiet down or ignore it. Last camping trip our friends got to listen to A group of people in a tent for a few hours have a real good time if you catch my drift, lol. With all the noises coming from there, and not quiet ones, you kind of scratch your head and wonder how stupid a person has to be to not realize a tent isn't sound proof?
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:23 AM   #4
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There really isn't much you can do in that situation other than ask them to quiet down or ignore it. Last camping trip our friends got to listen to A group of people in a tent for a few hours have a real good time if you catch my drift, lol. With all the noises coming from there, and not quiet ones, you kind of scratch your head and wonder how stupid a person has to be to not realize a tent isn't sound proof?
I would have got the iPhone out and recorded the sounds from that tent. The recording would have ended up on the Bob & Tom show.
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:33 AM   #5
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That's one of the reasons we hated the Hybrid. With a hard sided camper and the AC on, even just if its blowing air, is good for most noisy neighbors..The Hybrid, we found, is even worse than tent camping because you are up higher and hear even low talking..
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:35 AM   #6
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I have (no kidding) taken a CD of Gregorian Chant and turned the volume up to full. Play that for about 5 minutes and it pretty much lets them know your feelings.. It's also fun to move your vehicle so that the lights are shining right into the middle of their campsite. Then when they come over you tell them you'll turn the lights off if they turn their music off. Politely of course...
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I would have waited until they went to bed. Give it another hour to make sure they are in a deep sleep. Pull you truck right up to their tent and lay on the horn for about 10 seconds. Or better yet, go pick up a portable air horn so you can blast their tent and make a quick get away.
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:45 AM   #8
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Usually parks like that rely on the local sheriff or police dept. for law enforcement. The fact that a group showed up late and had a party tells me that this is a normal occurrence there, and that it already has a reputation as a "party park". All you can do is call the local law enforcement and see what what happens.

After the fact, you can post a review on rvparkreviews.com and send an e-mail to the DNR or what ever agency governs the state parks in your state.
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Last weekend we experienced something similar, just not quite as late. After sitting around the campfire for about 1.5 hours listening to boom boom boom, with the beat of old classic rock. I got tired of it around 8:30, got up walked on over and had a nice chat with the RV owner. His DW got up and turned off the radio in their Pickup. I was surprised, it was actually country music. In their side of the truck it was nice quiet music, my side it was not. An hour or so later he came by apologized, and we talked for a few hours. The rest of the weekend was just fine.
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Last weekend we experienced something similar, just not quite as late. After sitting around the campfire for about 1.5 hours listening to boom boom boom, with the beat of old classic rock. I got tired of it around 8:30, got up walked on over and had a nice chat with the RV owner. His DW got up and turned off the radio in their Pickup. I was surprised, it was actually country music. In their side of the truck it was nice quiet music, my side it was not. An hour or so later he came by apologized, and we talked for a few hours. The rest of the weekend was just fine.
Always nice when 2 people can work it out like adults
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