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Old 06-26-2011, 02:53 PM   #1
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Campsite noise - what's OK with you?

Sewerrat's quote is from the generator discussion:

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Who needs all them electric gadgets like a coffe maker, blenders for the slushy drinks etc. we go camping for peace and quiet. I find it actually very anoying when there are generators running all the time, to me might as well stay home and listen to all the lawnmowers that go off in the neighbourhood. One lawnmower shuts off and another one on the other side starts up and that seems the same with generators at campground. sorry for the rant.
You are right! Campgrounds can be really noisy. I have come to the conclusion that we're not going camping for the peace and quiet or being out in nature - more nature and quiet at home (moose, bobcat, deer wandering through the woods next to the house, frogs, geese on the pond etc.) Neighbor sounds are infrequent.

I'm used to falling asleep with the windows open and the woodsy night sounds and wind through the trees. Campgrounds are noisy - someone else's party, and other people sounds.

When the sites don't have power we've sometimes used the generator for short duration (brewing that coffee e.g.) but it makes less noise than a pick up driving through the loop.

So what is everyone's take on how much noise is OK at a campsite? Should you be able to hear someone else's radio station from across the loop? From the site next to you? What about voices? Children? noisy gadges (the margarita machine?)
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Old 06-26-2011, 03:24 PM   #2
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I enjoy a radio if I'm going to barbeque at the picnic table, but I always walk to the edges of my campsite to see if I can hear it. Seems like I'm thinking about others(campers) as much as myself. I even hate it if my campfire smoke invades other camp sites because of the wind sometimes too! And I have always kept the campground host number just in case of rowdys!
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Old 06-26-2011, 03:33 PM   #3
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Where we camp is mostly a "family vacation" campsite, so there will be some children playing and occasionally someone working on their boat motor. I took my kids camping to and I am sure that they got on someone's nerves now and then. Usually will not hear any generators because there is electricity at all campsites. My main rant is the people who feel the need to use their blower at 6:00am every morning. I am sure some may have medical problems that require them to blow off their "patio" and picnic table. But I see some folks blowing the pine straw off the entire campsite. I would have thought the Corp of Engineers would not allow this to prevent errosion problems, but obviously, I am wrong. What I feel at the time this is happening is "If you don't like having pine straw on the ground, why didn't you just STAY HOME". Sorry folks, but I wish they would BAN blowers at the campground!

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I've never been to a campground that didn't have electric, so I can't comment on generator noise. I am, however, conscious of others in the campground at all times. I enjoy having the radio on, but always check the noise level from the perimeter of my site. I know everyones taste in music is not always the same as mine. I try to keep it as low as possible for our enjoyment, but not others. We don't have any others "gadgets" that make any noise. I take that back. We take our corn toss game with us and it tends to make noise when the bags hit he board. Nobody has complained yet! And anyone is welcome to come over and join in the jun if they wish. We get a lot of peple stopping to ask what he game is actually. Surprised it is not more well known. Fun game! We also try to keep things out of the fire that will put off a lot of unnecessary smoke, especially if the winds are blowing directly into our neighbors site.
My biggest "pet peeve" is pets themselves. I love dogs, but not the ones that bark constantly.....and especially those that bark constantly when their owners leave the site and leave them tied up outside the camper.
I don't go camping expecting it to be quiet, so I don't mind the noise too much. I do mind it if it is after quiet hours though! Everyone just needs to be a little more respectful of their neighbors and we can all enjoy the weekend more.
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Old 06-26-2011, 06:13 PM   #5
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Noise & campgrounds goes hand-in-hand. However, noise should be kept to a reasonable minimum which can vary at times. The campground is not a library so there will be noise but neither is it an amusement park so there shouldn't be ongoing noise for hours on end either.

Generally speaking too much noise is when someone else's noise is louder than mine within my campsite. It's one thing to hear my noise while walking by my site and it's another to hear my noise at another site.

I like the buzzing sounds of a campgroung so I tend to take walks & see what's going on. However, I don't like it when another cg site sounds are forced on me and over takes over my space. A couple examples would be not being able to hear my TV inside my trailer or not being able to sleep because of a party at another site.

If you need to run the generator I'm ok with it but not after the stated hours. Same with "Quiet Hours" - time to lower voices and keep the noise down. I'm surprised on what all people talk about late at night without making an effort to keep their voices down.

Most likely there will be times you will hear me and I will hear you. The key is to consider other campers and respect their space.
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Old 06-26-2011, 06:34 PM   #6
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So its Sunday afternoon, sun is out for once, geese on the grass, fish jumping, cold beer in hand, great campsite and I can hear at least two lawnmowers, a strimmer, two chainsaws for sure and a hotrod or dragster in the distance doing burnouts.
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Old 06-26-2011, 06:53 PM   #7
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Generally speaking too much noise is when someone else's noise is louder than mine within my campsite. It's one thing to hear my noise while walking by my site and it's another to hear my noise at another site.

Reminds me of the definition of an aggressive driver.

Someone who is driving faster and crazier than you.

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Reminds me of the definition of an aggressive driver.

Someone who is driving faster and crazier than you.

I know that the above comment is meant as humor - got it.

But now I'm wondering if I didn't explain my view correctly. My point was that I should be able to enjoy my camping site - maybe listen to a little of my music, watch TV or have quiet time & take in the view. With that said I don't think my TV, music or whatever should be able to be heard away from my site.

In a nutshell - If anyones noise is too loud to tune out then it's too loud to start with. On the odd side - generators don't brother me because they usually don't run for hours on ends where I camp.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:53 PM   #9
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Having just returned from camping a few hours ago, my only objection to noise would be whooping and hollering from a neighboring campsite, or constant screeching of the girls at said site.

I was very concerned Friday night when my own dogs were yelping when I walked out of site while setting up camp. this was one dogs first ( and last ) camping adventure. the other would be ok, he's done this a few times. the younger one kept us up all night constantly whining and yipping, due to strange new place I guess. I was pretty concerned it was effecting others, I took them home Saturday morning ( 45min ride to the house ) they were both in the camper with us, so I'm kinda confused as to what the issue was.

This was a practice run for a beach trip end of next month, we wanted to take them on that, with a 2.5hr ferry ride to get to the campground ( 3hrs to ferry ) not a chance I'm gonna deal with them on that trip.

Our neighboring camp said they couldn't hear the dogs, but I think they were being nice.
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To those who walk to the edge of their campsite to check the volume of a radio or stereo - thank you! To those who do all they can to keep their dog quiet in the middle of the night - thank you! To those who know to "tone it down" while sitting at a campfire during quiet hours - thank you! To those who run their generators at the proper times - thank you! To those parents who are mindful of what their children are doing and teach them good campground manners - thank you!

Being considerate of others doesn't cost you anything. Unfortunately we all witness others who don't feel this is important. All we can do is the best we can and be good examples to others. If you camp near me someday and I am doing something that annoys you, just come over and in a polite way, let me know.

Happy and peaceful camping everyone!
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