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Posted: 10/18/21 08:01am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

time2roll wrote:

I mostly see failure to offer assistance to those with less knowledge and experience.
What happened to helping others? Today most want to be angry at something.


Yeah, I'm pretty sure those not following the rules were far more experienced than me. And it was way more than one camper anyway. I'm new enough I still thought that campers might actually follow the rules.

And at 2:30am there isn't much anyone could have done except help them to pack up and give them directions to a warmer climate so they could camp in comfort.

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And another 4 pages of proof of how fickle some people can be….
Call LEOs at 2:30am because of a generator running? Seriously?
Was it rude? Yes, sounds like it.
Although 15deg with a wind could suck down a camper battery pretty quick if unprepared.
But then we’re not all the “perfectly prepared” campers that the rvnet royalty profess to be.
Would it be more palatable if you knew some of the gennys were running to keep someone’s newborn baby warm while the new parents were trying to experience camping? (This argument is like the wdh argument, can never be too safe, right? Lol)
Or would it be ok if it was a couple old folks who needed to stay warm or their cpap died? (Cpaps ARE figuratively the wdhs of the medical world…hahaha)

Or is it better to sit in anger and just “know” that some delinquent is running their genny just to ruin your night and they’re probably playing xbox at 2 am and that’s what used up their battery?

See, many different scenarios.
All are a rude reason, inherently, to disturb others, so maybe should call the cops!!

Maybe I’m blessed to be a heavy sleeper. Or maybe I just have more/more important things to worry about and occupy my time with. So maybe it’s just me…


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My cartoon bubble:

#1: Man did you hear all those generators last night cycling on and off? I hardly slept a wink.

#2 Uhh, that was our furnace fan cycling on and off all night.


In my rig the furnace cycling would be much louder than any generator noise sourced from "many" surrounding camp sites with the RV buttoned up to keep out the cold. In fact, I cannot imagine hearing a nearby generator from the inside of my RV in these conditions. Note that I am not a fan of generators in campgrounds even during the day.

As for the "rules are rules" folks, rules are at the discretion of the enforcing authority to enforce as they see fit.


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tommyznr wrote:

My cartoon bubble:

#1: Man did you hear all those generators last night cycling on and off? I hardly slept a wink.

#2 Uhh, that was our furnace fan cycling on and off all night.


In my rig the furnace cycling would be much louder than any generator noise sourced from "many" surrounding camp sites with the RV buttoned up to keep out the cold. In fact, I cannot imagine hearing a nearby generator from the inside of my RV in these conditions. Note that I am not a fan of generators in campgrounds even during the day.

As for the "rules are rules" folks, rules are at the discretion of the enforcing authority to enforce as they see fit.


I have to agree with you, two neighbouring trailers with furnaces cycling make more noise than my Honda 2k eu.

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tommyznr wrote:

My cartoon bubble:

#1: Man did you hear all those generators last night cycling on and off? I hardly slept a wink.

#2 Uhh, that was our furnace fan cycling on and off all night.





yup furnace is noisy, that is why we have a setback thermostat, set to 50F at night, set to 70 at 6:30AM as our "alarm clock" in 30 minutes trailer is then reasonably warm. Quilt keeps us comfy.

Personally I don't get a good nights sleep if the furnace is set to a temp that has it cycling during the night. Keeps waking me up.

But the outside noise from a furnace (at least both of our trailer furnaces) is NOT very loud at all, hard to hear even 10ft away. But nearby generator definitely can be heard inside the trailer.

IMHO in a designated campground running a generator at night is an extreme example of selfishness and inconsideration for others. It's an "I'm more important than you" message to me. Just plain rude.

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tommyznr wrote:

In my rig the furnace cycling would be much louder than any generator noise sourced from "many" surrounding camp sites with the RV buttoned up to keep out the cold.
Gas water heaters are also very loud, especially at 3am. When they initially fire up it sounds like an explosion. I don't know why people leave them on all the time, or if they even know they're on. They must be deaf.

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Posted: 10/18/21 03:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What “help” does someone need to follow the “no generators after 9 pm” rule?


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2oldman wrote:

tommyznr wrote:

In my rig the furnace cycling would be much louder than any generator noise sourced from "many" surrounding camp sites with the RV buttoned up to keep out the cold.
Gas water heaters are also very loud, especially at 3am. When they initially fire up it sounds like an explosion. I don't know why people leave them on all the time, or if they even know they're on. They must be deaf.


I leave mine on because when I have to get up and pee at 3 am, washing my hands in cold water is excruciating due to my arthritis. And waiting for a pot of water to heat up at 3 am so I can wash my hands is just not conducive to getting back to sleep quickly.

But I never run a furnace or a generator, I never leave lights on all night, I never have loud music or drunken parties or fights, etc.


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2oldman wrote:

tommyznr wrote:

In my rig the furnace cycling would be much louder than any generator noise sourced from "many" surrounding camp sites with the RV buttoned up to keep out the cold.
Gas water heaters are also very loud, especially at 3am. When they initially fire up it sounds like an explosion. I don't know why people leave them on all the time, or if they even know they're on. They must be deaf.


Yep, on all. Me, living in the mountains, and not used to much noise, insulated and sealed up old camper,so it is much warmer, AND put in a thermostat that I set to come on at 45, turn off at 65. Just last week, camping on the prairie,30 at night,sometimes wind, furnace would come on 1 time, 2 times when there was 30-60 mph winds.

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toedtoes wrote:

I leave mine on because ....
Even on hookups I'm surprised to hear those heaters. I guess some RVs are gas only.

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