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Old 01-18-2014, 09:50 AM   #11
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We typically don't have problems with noisy out of control neighbors at the Texas state parks that we visit short of one trip to Inks Lake.

We pulled up to our spot by the lake - a guy was all set up with tower speakers, audio equipment - Dj style right next to where I was to set up the trailer.

We along with our friends that camp with us headed back to the check in counter and found a couple of great spots down the way - never heard a peep and had an incredible time.

The point is, while we've only camped in our Roo for about a year now, we've either been lucky or it isn't an issue of mass proportions.

Good luck!
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:08 AM   #12
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Thanks for great info. We have owned 4 TT in the past so the hybrid experience will be new to us.
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Old 01-18-2014, 05:18 PM   #13
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We had a pop-up for 20 years and now our Roo, which we've had two summers now, so say 22 yrs camping. In our experience, only a few times did we really have any major issues with noisy neighbors and even then, they usually close up shop at the 10pm quiet time. Interestingly, it's not usually the kids that are noisy, but alcohol-drinking adults; usually when there's two or three RV's worth camping together.

The one memorable exception was when we made the unfortunate decision to stay at a "campground" in Jersey City, NJ the summer of 9/11. It's the only campground close to NYC and we wanted to do the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island tours. The campground is across the Hudson River from Manhattan, just across the Morris Canal north of Liberty State Park (easily seen on Google satellite). It's really just a corner of a very large parking lot where people park and take water taxis over to Manhattan and they store boats in the winter. Out on the "point" by the river is a bar/dance hall. Unfortunately, we were there during the weekend of Puerto Rico day, with 5 million Puerto Rican's in NYC for the parade. That night the bar was going with the music at major decibels until 4am. When the music stopped and the bar closed is when the fights in the parking lot began, with GUNFIRE, police, etc. Here we were in a canvas sided trailer with people shooting 100 yds away. Pretty scary!! Fortunately, there were 4 or 5 Class A's between us and them. I'd never go back there again.

That experience not withstanding, it's like going to the movies: every once in a while, you get stuck with a "talker," but most times, it's OK.
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:26 PM   #14
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We have 8 kids and a 233s. Yes, noise can be a factor but we found that using the little fan/light things in the tent ends and the roof vent provided "white noise" to block out some of the noise. Our littlest ones slept on the sofa or the dinette made into the bed so noise was never an issue for them. The tent ends are another story if you happen to have loud neighbors. Our older kids used head phones if it was really bothersome. I am not too bothered by the noise, actually some of our funniest memories were the "late night" talkers. It can be better than television! For us, there wasn't much choice. The 233s provided the space we needed for the weight we could tow. I am not in love with the tent ends and would eventually like to go to a travel trailer, but overall, I am pleased with the 233s. Not perfect, but seldom do I find anything that is!
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:27 PM   #15
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We had a pop-up for 20 years and now our Roo, which we've had two summers now, so say 22 yrs camping. In our experience, only a few times did we really have any major issues with noisy neighbors and even then, they usually close up shop at the 10pm quiet time. Interestingly, it's not usually the kids that are noisy, but alcohol-drinking adults; usually when there's two or three RV's worth camping together.

The one memorable exception was when we made the unfortunate decision to stay at a "campground" in Jersey City, NJ the summer of 9/11. It's the only campground close to NYC and we wanted to do the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island tours. The campground is across the Hudson River from Manhattan, just across the Morris Canal north of Liberty State Park (easily seen on Google satellite). It's really just a corner of a very large parking lot where people park and take water taxis over to Manhattan and they store boats in the winter. Out on the "point" by the river is a bar/dance hall. Unfortunately, we were there during the weekend of Puerto Rico day, with 5 million Puerto Rican's in NYC for the parade. That night the bar was going with the music at major decibels until 4am. When the music stopped and the bar closed is when the fights in the parking lot began, with GUNFIRE, police, etc. Here we were in a canvas sided trailer with people shooting 100 yds away. Pretty scary!! Fortunately, there were 4 or 5 Class A's between us and them. I'd never go back there again.

That experience not withstanding, it's like going to the movies: every once in a while, you get stuck with a "talker," but most times, it's OK.
WOW! That is quite the camping story!!
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:14 PM   #16
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Mom28, only a huge quad bunkhouse TT, could handle a family of your size.
And you'd need a 3/4 ton truck or van to tow it.
As you said, only a 3-bed hybrid could handle your family in a short and lightweight package.
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Mom28:

My brother has 8 kids (5 boys, 3 girls) and I can't imagine that crew in a 233s. You must be a saint!
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Mom28, only a huge quad bunkhouse TT, could handle a family of your size.
And you'd need a 3/4 ton truck or van to tow it.
As you said, only a 3-bed hybrid could handle your family in a short and lightweight package.

We pull a Quad bunkhouse with a 1/2 ton, mind you it's an ultralight. But even with that, it only sleeps 6 without dropping the dinette or the sofa. And when you drop the sofa, it almost touches the dinette effectively blocking the passageway.

Instead I'd recommend the approach my parents took when we camped. "This is our trailer. You go sleep in these tents."
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