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Old 07-18-2016, 09:49 PM   #1
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Campground etiquette what would you have done?

My DH and I just returned from a wonderful week of camping. The start of our vacation brought up a topic for discussion and we never got the chance to come to a conclusion. The couple next to us left their outside light on 24 hours a day. It was a very large light and they did not put out their awning to shade it. The light being on was not a problem until it got dark. Then the light shown brightly through the canvas. We have the 183 model and the bright light came through all of the bunks. We could not decide if we should say something or not. We came up with some options to deal with the light:

1) kindly ask them to turn it off at a reasonable hour
2) just wait it out and they may leave soon
3) have another glass of wine and then it won't matter

The couple left 2 days after we arrived and we never came to a conclusion so we decided to ask the forum instead.

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Old 07-18-2016, 10:09 PM   #2
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My suggestion would be to keep your eyes out for them the next day and ask if they would please turn off their outside light around 11:00 PM or so. Further suggest you should have let them know their light was very bright and shown onto your unit making it difficult to sleep.

I had someone approach me earlier this year asking me to turn of my outside LED lights on my Class A. I had neglected to turn them off when we went to bed as I normally do. Even though the people were in excess of 200 feet away form us, I apologized and made a special effort to be a good neighbor.

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Old 07-18-2016, 10:17 PM   #3
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Some campgrounds will require bright lights and even outside TV's be off during quiet hours. Report it to your campground host so they can deliver the message. If they get pissy with you after the host talks to them then you know that going to the host was the right way to go.
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Old 07-19-2016, 04:07 AM   #4
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My suggestion would be to keep your eyes out for them the next day and ask if they would please turn off their outside light around 11:00 PM or so. Further suggest you should have let them know their light was very bright and shown onto your unit making it difficult to sleep.
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Old 07-19-2016, 04:17 AM   #5
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I wouldve asked them to turn it off the following day. I've found that usually people don't even think about or realize what they're doing that may be bothering others.
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Old 07-19-2016, 06:38 AM   #6
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i leave mine on all night if i have power hook up, its yellow, not too bright and my awning is out if the weather is ok. So dont think it would bother anyone. Most often my next door neighbor is family and they have never said anything to me.

My GF is a light sleeper so just people talking at a campfire can keep her up even with noise from a fan and or A/C. I always suggest another glass of wine to her so i like that option

Honestly thought, if i was the one with the light on, politely ask me to turn it off, i would rather hear it from you than the park ranger/staff. If i was to say deal with it ok tell the park on me but most wouldnt say that, just think its friendlier to ask direct that to rat someone out to the park

Our trip this past weekend, at 8 pm we had a neighbor across the road a few sites down ask us to turn our radio down, he said it wasnt that loud but pointing in their direction made it seem loud. Well it was not pointed at him but even though it was only 8 we turned it down since he was nice about it. just turning it down a few notches we could barely hear it which made me realize it was not that loud. So we grumbled a bit, turned it off and used a small hand held radio close to us at the family circle while the kids played in the field. Needless to say, the rest of the night, till probably mid night we could hear their radio and their loud laughter, which any other time is fine but not after telling us to turn it down. Needless to say, we had the radio on the next night, about the same volume till quiet hour. Had he asked again it would have been a polite no.
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Old 07-19-2016, 06:48 AM   #7
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I just close my blinds and go to sleep. In my RV you could turn your headlights on me I not see them.

I don't leave my outside light on but I'm sure I forgot it at times. He won't be there next week. Enjoy you camping trip.

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I don't think it would of hurt to say something. Any considerate person would understand the situation after it is brought to their attention and i would only hope they would respect you for saying something and shut the light over at a decent time.

If they don't respect your concerns then you go over and pull the bulb when they aren't around.
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Old 07-19-2016, 07:20 AM   #9
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I would have done your three options in this order.

I would have done number one first. If your neighbors refused your request then I would do number three followed by number two.

I was going to post a dirty trick to pull on jerks but then my post probably would have been deleted.

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Old 07-19-2016, 07:22 AM   #10
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X 4 or 5 with the "Politely ask them first" and then go to the Host/Office if needed.
Pretty much what I try to do with any "issues" we have with fellow campers.


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