Yappy dogs, loud music, headlights aimed at other campers? These are among the seven things not to do at a campground that tent camper Dave Seminara lists at a blog. Nearly all apply to RV camping, though some would be more intrusive and thus annoying for a tent camper.
In his first, he says don't come in late at night. Getting set up can be noisy and often bright lights are shining right into your tent or windows. Others have to do with quiet hours, yappy dogs and things like music and TVs. Dave does not mention this, but a pet peeve for most RVers is have someone start up their noisy diesel engine and let it run and run and run. Contrary to what many think, a diesel does not need that long to warm up. You can start it, get your truck in position and then shut it off until you are ready to leave.
Another noise-related pet peeve is being parked near someone who runs their generator for hours and often before or after quiet hours. Give the rest of us a break! I'll never forget two generator instances. One was at the Salt River in Phoenix on the parking lot they open (or used to) to winter RV campers. One man had a noisy portable generator like is used on construction sites, which he aimed away from his ears and towards the rest of us parked on the lot. He was very upset when he did turn it off after running it for several hours and we all cheered! Very rude of him. And, that reminds me - just as we were leaving, fortunately, a man choose out of the whole lot to park right in front of us with a huge industrial-sized generator on a trailer aimed right at us. He could have parked anywhere!
The other incident was at the Escapee park in Wickenberg. Another man had a rather large generator on the back of his truck. He ran that thing all night though quiet hours started at 10 p.m. While we guessed that his wife needed oxygen, he could have done two things to improve the situation: 1. park away from everyone else and 2. let his neighbors know he had a medical situation that required the generator. (And, he could have paid for a hookup space - that would have been even better.) Again, very inconsiderate. We were down a few spaces but could barely sleep for the noise.
Do people not think about the impact their actions have on someone else? Or do they think that since they paid a fee, they should be able to do what they want? One can only hope they are on the receiving end of such noise or behavior sometime so they can experience what it is like. :-) Jaimie Hall Bruzenak