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Old 06-27-2011, 11:31 AM   #21
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A few years back we were camping at a very popular campground outside Ocean City MD. We were camping in our trailer and were there for a week. The group next to us was just there for the weekend. They were a little loud, but I have to admit, they were funny as could be. They were quieter after 10 at night and that was fine. When they left on Sunday afternoon the site stayed unoccupied. I figured we would have no noise from that side of the trailer. 7:30 the next morning, I'm sleeping in for a change, and got woke up by the grounds keeper mowing the grass on the unoccupied site. I know they try to do it when the sites are unoccupied but check in is 2:00 PM so 7:30 was just a bit too early for me.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:46 AM   #22
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All this reminds me of what my Dad told me years ago, "Your rights end where another's begin."
I try to keep that in mind at all times.

everyone!

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Old 06-28-2011, 01:30 PM   #23
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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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Old 06-28-2011, 01:36 PM   #24
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Well I will admit there was some whooping and hollaring from our campsite a couple weeks ago. Daddy unbolted the training wheels and my sweet little #1 son took off with a bit of a push and didn't look back. There was cheering from other sites as well. He was so happy he told nearly every one on the loop, and got high 5's from nearly everyone that day.
This would had been fun to watch! Brings back memories when I was six and learning to ride my bike without the training wheels. After I did it I ask dad to put them back.
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:37 PM   #25
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If you can enjoy yourself and you make a bit of noise, keep the music to a level that does not broadcast to the entire park, then thats probably ok, you your noise is because of bickering and yelling at kids, dogs that run free or bark when tied up then that is probably not ok.

Large campgrounds are bound to have noise, but if controlled to a non-obnoxious level that is ok.

I prefer forest service parks the most because in my region they seem to have more space between the campsites which allow people to enjoy theirselves without being obnoxious to others
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:38 AM   #26
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Let's see......

Leaf blowers (come one now, do you REALLY need to blow all the leaves off of your campsite? If you do, then perhaps you should camp in your driveway at home) LOL

Barking dogs. If your dog cannot be quiet while you're ON your site, what do you think he/she does when you LEAVE?

Crying/screaming kids. Okay, I know I'll take some heat for this one. But I'm childless by choice, and they just get on my nerves. I've actually been tolerating this a bit better lately.

Training wheels/Big Wheels. The other day this cute little girl rode by on her cute little pink bike with absolutely the world's LOUDEST training wheels I have ever heard, followed by her little brother riding his Big Wheel with the gigantic hollow plastic wheel. 'nuff said.

Slamming doors - that's why models with the outside kitchen are SO nice.

The sound of buckets full of gravel being thrown down the metal sliding board at the playground. Why are kids SO fascinated with this activity?

I can live with the other "white" noises - furnaces, air conditioners, etc. In fact, sometimes I find a campsite TOO quiet! Guess I'm just used to the city. And I myself are guilty of using my blender in my outside kitchen - what fun are margarita's if you can't blend them???
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:58 AM   #27
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This happened to us just last night and Tuesday night too. Quiet time at the park we are at currently is from 11:00pm to 7:00am. I'm not on vacation til next week, so I've been going to bed around 11:00pm. I've been working a normal 9 hour day every day this week getting up at 8:00am and working from the trailer.

Anyway, this Class A arrives Tuesday night along with a 2nd vehicle. They pull in around midnight and the occupants proceed to unload their golfcart, jet ski, coolers, etc even though the rules of this park state that anyone arriving after hours can only do "limited set up". Then last night, the same thing. I'm asleep, and these folks return to their rig a little after midnight from wherever they have been all day, and they proceed to unload their vehicle making multiple trips inside their unit, slamming the door of their Class A each time, not to mention, a gentleman fills up his multiple coolers with drinks and ice right outside our bedroom window, tossing drinks in, dumping and spreading ice around, then slamming the cooler tops shut as well. No courtesy whatsoever! Do they know that I have to work the next morning? Of course not, but all of this racket is taking place during "quiet hours" regardless, and any respectful camper should know better.
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Old 07-01-2011, 01:24 PM   #28
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Perhaps they're working this week and they're all on 2nd shift? Or they're all inconsiderate buffoons. It never ceases to amaze me how late some people choose to arrive at their campsite. Instead of just pulling in and getting some sleep, they decide to go through the rigamarole, thereby waking up the entire campsite. I just mark these people down as "clueless."
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Old 07-01-2011, 03:18 PM   #29
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Another thing that I consider... the type of campground I am at.

When we go to San Diego we like to stay at Campland by the Bay, this park is very nice because it is secure, relatively clean, lots of grassy area, and it is a family friendly park. That said, it also caters to activities for kids, and often times gets pretty noisy, they also are very ontop of keeping quiet hours quiet, so this kind of noise is acceptable. On the other hand, it is often crowded and there is not much real estate between my spot and the next guy, so I have to make the choice.. is this acceptable or not?

If I am camping at a National forest campground, none of the above is acceptable for me, because I want more space for my campsite, less kid games (loud group games), I don't want to hear stereos and boom boxes, and I expect some common courtesy from the other campers. I like to teach my kids about outdoor adventure and respect for the great outdoors.

When I camp in the great outdoors, I expect to find others that want the same -- a feeling of being away from it all.
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Another thing that I consider... the type of campground I am at.

When we go to San Diego we like to stay at Campland by the Bay, this park is very nice because it is secure, relatively clean, lots of grassy area, and it is a family friendly park. That said, it also caters to activities for kids, and often times gets pretty noisy, they also are very ontop of keeping quiet hours quiet, so this kind of noise is acceptable. On the other hand, it is often crowded and there is not much real estate between my spot and the next guy, so I have to make the choice.. is this acceptable or not?

If I am camping at a National forest campground, none of the above is acceptable for me, because I want more space for my campsite, less kid games (loud group games), I don't want to hear stereos and boom boxes, and I expect some common courtesy from the other campers. I like to teach my kids about outdoor adventure and respect for the great outdoors.

When I camp in the great outdoors, I expect to find others that want the same -- a feeling of being away from it all.

Well said! Acceptable noise can vary based upon the factors listed above.
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...a feeling of being away from it all.
EXACTLY!!!

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Old 07-01-2011, 07:56 PM   #32
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Sounds like we all have had our share of experiences. I was always aware of the noise my 1999 Cummins made as one time I apologized to a fellow camper who was sitting under his awning watching me hookup to leave. He said he deliberately came out to watch me because he loved the sound of my engine. Should have sold him the truck.
When we started with a popup years ago, we were staying in a state park. As you know, a popup is just a tent on wheels, so you hear everything outside. The loop we were in had sites that backed up to each other. Behind us were 3-4 boys/men(I'll say that loosely) who spent more time tuning their car radios than in their tent. This went on till at least 3:00am the 1st night. After a day trip, we came back to the popup later in the afternoon, the music was back on. I immediately went to the ranger's station and told him I listened to the noise last night but was not going to tonight. Well, he beat me back to campground and we didn't hear a peep out of them the 2nd night!
Lastly, we pulled into a casino rv park site(they are generally nice) just about the same time the next site to us was pulling in. I was greeted by a Great Dane as he stood there looking into my truck window. Oh brother! As we were setting up, we kept noticing something from them. They had not only 1 dog but 6! Ranging from the great dane, german shephard to a chihuahua. Then they bring out a baby play pen for the smaller dogs. Six dogs, 4 adults, 26ft trailer. We didn't hear a sound from them!!
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:21 PM   #33
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A couple of years ago when I had my pop-up, there were some college aged kids across the road that talked, laughed, and carried on until the about 3 am or so. A little after daybreak, while the guy in the campsite beside was leaving in his truck, he stopped in front of their tent with his exhaust pipe a few feet from them, then revved his engine a few times....that puppy was loud. The next night the kids were quiet.
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:27 PM   #34
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A couple of years ago when I had my pop-up, there were some college aged kids across the road that talked, laughed, and carried on until the about 3 am or so. A little after daybreak, while the guy in the campsite beside was leaving in his truck, he stopped in front of their tent with his exhaust pipe a few feet from them, then revved his engine a few times....that puppy was loud. The next night the kids were quiet.
LOL! I like the way you think mtnguy!! Made me smile reading your post.
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:56 AM   #35
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About a year ago I was tent camping by myself. One site over was filled with a bus load of teenagers. It looked like they had several sites but like to use the site next to me as a gathering spot. There were several issues with this group as the day went on including one of the adult friends parking at my site space.

I finally went to sleep despite the noise level of teenage girls among teenage boys and likewise. Sometime after midnight I woke to find 5 or 6 teenagers sitting at my picnic table. They were just sitting there talking and laughing. I poke my head out the tent and something about them being confused...that this wasn't their site and to leave. They looked surprised but got up slowly and departed.
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Old 07-02-2011, 03:05 AM   #36
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I try my best to keep it quiet. My 2 labs both great dogs and rarely bark, guess they are to friendly lol. But I draw the line if I can have a margarita on my camping trip.... Lol in the evening.
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