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Old 01-01-2014, 10:38 PM   #1
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Question Too noisy to sleep

It's so noisy in here!

We've had our Columbus 320RLS for a month now and the biggest surprise is how poorly soundproofed it is. We've had four nights of rain and I can best describe sleeping in it in the rain as trying to sleep with your head in a metal bucket with the rain pinging off it. We also noticed how poorly soundproofed it is when we slept at a casino next to a highway and railway.

We don't have awnings on the slides and are wondering whether that would help at all. Tonight we will close the bedroom slide as it's significantly quieter that way. This isn't our first RV, but certainly the noisiest.
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:01 PM   #2
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The slide roof on my humble little TT is the same kind of rubber as the main roof. Rain noise is, at worst, a background white noise.
Perhaps a roll out rubber coating would alleviate your suffering.
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:07 PM   #3
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:31 PM   #4
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Yep, they aren't super soundproof for sure. Friends had a mid 2000's Winnebago class c and it was much more quiet, especially in the rain. Part of that was due in part to a carpet like ceiling material that absorbed most of the sound.

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Old 01-01-2014, 11:38 PM   #5
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Just wait till the Rain turns to Snow,it Very quiet! Youroo!!
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Just wait till the Rain turns to Snow,it Very quiet! Youroo!!
:-) very true!

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Old 01-02-2014, 07:48 AM   #7
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The roof and floor of new 5th wheel RV's have good insulation. The side walls are very thin however in comparison. Wait till you have pine cones or acorns drop on your roof in the fall season. Makes a loud bang noise when sleeping.

Lots of reports of Dometic low profile AC being super noisy in bedroom of Columbus and other similar brands such as Sabre and Puma by Palomino. The people on the Columbus facebook group complained about this last summer. Bad AC units with bent shafts, loose fans, installing grommet mount kits to help with loud AC, etc. Glad I live in the north were I don't need a bedroom AC.
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The roof and floor of new 5th wheel RV's have good insulation. The side walls are very thin however in comparison. Wait till you have pine cones or acorns drop on your roof in the fall season. Makes a loud bang noise when sleeping.

Lots of reports of Dometic low profile AC being super noisy in bedroom of Columbus and other similar brands such as Sabre and Puma by Palomino. The people on the Columbus facebook group complained about this last summer. Bad AC units with bent shafts, loose fans, installing grommet mount kits to help with loud AC, etc. Glad I live in the north were I don't need a bedroom AC.
So true about the acorns and pine cones, even worse are hickory and black walnuts. When they hit it sounds like a small explosion.

We turn off the bedroom A/C when we go to bed at night. By that time the outside temperatures have usually dropped enough that the A/C in the main living area is enough to keep the entire rig cool.
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Hope you (Never) find yourself in a (Hail) storm! We were in a (Golfball) size one,lucky no damage to unit or truck,but the (Geese) on the pond at the C/G thought I threw rocks at them! Youroo!!
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White noise on sound machine and turn it up. Probably, won't completely hide the rain noise but, will be more tolerable.
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It's interesting how some things are very annoying to some and not to others. Rain on the roof is "white noise" to me, soothing, and I sleep very well. It was the same when I was a tent camper. Certainly no insulation there! Maybe that's why I don't mind it on the RV because I got used to it after 45 years of roughing it in a tent. I never thought about it that way.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:09 AM   #12
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I guess one way to look at it would be, sleeping in your own bed tucked away in your own RV sure beats the heck out of paying $150 a night to sleep in a noisy hotel room with highway sounds, noisy neighbors next to your and a room full of active kids in the room above you.

In your RV, Mother Nature is simply reminding you why you chose to RV when the sounds are weather related. As for road noise, train station noise or Casino RV parks, you pick where you lay your head down at night so it once again is a matter of location, location, location.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:29 AM   #13
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I love rain through the night. There's been many a night that I've put my tent up and slept in it during a rain shower. I've been through some pretty good storms also.
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I love sleeping to the sound of the rain on the roof of our XLR.....just makes me smile. I agree that these are mot soundproof, but we knew that going in. If anyone is standing outside talking, I can hear every word!
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I love sleeping to the sound of the rain on the roof of our XLR.....just makes me smile. I agree that these are mot soundproof, but we knew that going in. If anyone is standing outside talking, I can hear every word!
Ooops. I guess you heard everything Ron and I were saying about you and Kenny then in Goshen.
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How about ear plugs.
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Ooops. I guess you heard everything Ron and I were saying about you and Kenny then in Goshen.
BwaaaaHaaaaHaaaaa!!
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Ooops. I guess you heard everything Ron and I were saying about you and Kenny then in Goshen.
Our recon will definitely need to be relocated......
I wonder if youroo heard us to.


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We always have the a/c fan running which lulls us to sleep.

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We always have the a/c fan running which lulls us to sleep.
Same here. We leave the A/C set at a nice cool temperature, but set the fan to "low". We found that before that, the sounds of the A/C jet engine, I mean fan, would take us up. If it's always on- it doesn't bother us.
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Like TURBS and ependydad, we always leave the AC fan running at least on low (summer or winter) to reduce outside noise (ie nearby street traffic noise at the casino or trains). My guess is that sound insulation is way down on the design criteria list. We love to hear the rain on the roof too...but even the AC fan will not shut out the sound of heavy rain. Bottom line is that yep, if it takes "no noise" for you to sleep, you better not RV in TTs and FWs. Hope you figure it out cause RVing/vacationing is no fun if you can't sleep.
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