A new take on the offensive neighbor in the RV park

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We found this comment on the Facebook group Full Time RV Living. We couldn’t resist passing it along.

Any RVer who’s spent any time in an RV park has had his or her share of obnoxious neighbors. They play their boomboxes late at night, watch Rambo movies on the outdoor TVs with the speakers cranked way up, or smoke their cigars right under your bedroom window.


But here’s a new one we suspect you’ve never heard before. The post reads:

“I’m not sure how to handle this. The trailer spot we were given for 15 days is next to a man that is feeding the sea gulls…. and I’m telling you it looks like an Alfred Hitchcock birds movie.

“The campground let us move to a different spot until Saturday but then we have to move back to the spot next to this guy. Any idea how to drive off the gulls he is feeding? There are about 100-130 birds. Maybe I’m being too sensitive but the birds are being aggressive, they are pooping all over the site, and I really don’t want a ton of it all over my new trailer especially on top of the slide. The campground seems unwilling to talk to him; also the spot is already paid for.”

What do you think? Please leave a comment.

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Andrea Elkins

The cigar one gets to me. I’m very sensitive to cigar smoke, and it can waft quite a long distance. We’ve had to retreat to the RV and close the windows on many an occasion. It’s really disappointing, but the smokers are within their rights so I do not approach them and just hope for a different prevailing wind on the morrow.

Bob

Go out and flip the switch on the electric post where they have their power supply. When asked, just say they were using too much power and the switch flipped OFF. I have done this a few times, the loud bangers seem to get to understand after a couple of times loosing power.

squeakytiki

This might be a good time to use those booming outside speakers that a lot of rigs seem to be equipped with now. Maybe play the 1812 overture or something?

Jan

What type of park is it? A year round or long-term park? You will probably be facing a loosing battle with management. Especially if he has a longer “lease” than you and has been there longer. You have a couple of options ( in no particular order): ask for your money back and move on down the road, talk with management about your concerns like you did in your comments above, call the health department about a health issue…if in fact there are 100-130 birds (can’t imagine the poop and mess), tell management you will call the health department ( be prepared for backlash), write a review on TripAdvisor, RV review, talk with neighbor and your concerns. Document what you’ve done.

Daisy

Maybe it’s his only joy. I try very hard to see behavior through the eyes and actions of the “offender” and have often been surprised by what is real. Maybe his DW is in the hospital and he is trying to manage without her. We don’t know why people do what they do. We can only control how we react to it. In this situation, if you are unhappy, realize that this is a temporary situation for you, and hopefully your next experience will not be as difficult for you to tolerate. Another option is to go out and adventure away from your camp site during the day.

Tom S.

I saw the same type of logic down in Zephyrhills Fl,. this winter. One person , in the back of the RV park , was feeding these huge birds that were crapping all over the place and stopping the cars for entrance and exiting. Needless to say, I did not choose that park.
In another park, that I stayed , it was animal friendly,which I did not know in advance. It reminded me of Animals before people. Even though leash laws were in force. People rudely let their dang dogs get close or next to complete strangers. I had to walk huge circles away from the walking areas to avoid these Canines. If I never hear “OH he/She won’t bite”, it will be soon enough. Total BS. Tell that to the thousands who get bit.

Tony

Oh, that’s easy. If you put the park on your credit card tell them you want you money back and leave the park. If they refuse to give you your money simply deny the charges on your card and contest them. Put this park in your rear-view mirror!

Vanessa Simmons

I was thinking owls or snakes so I googled it and found this:
Gulls don’t like bright, scary owl faces on masks or balloons (often called “terror eyes”), and some will also avoid wooden owls, kites shaped like hawks, and decoy coyotes. So if you don’t mind a few lawn ornaments, you can at least keep the annoying birds guessing.

Radio Dave

Throw a bunch of “gull food” on top of his rig whenever he’s not around. Works well for birds that pack at the ground for there food. Don’t know just how well it’ll work on gulls though.

Ross

You just have to bring your pet Coyote.

Ted

If feeding them is illegal, let park management know you’re reporting someone to proper authorities. If no help, audio gun shots, or fireworks, might scare the birds, and neighbor.

Ted

Is it illegal to feed them? If so, don’t waste time with Park management. Simply call the local Wildlife Management agency, and report the Park not enforcing the law. I bet it’s illegal to feed them. If you have a dog, use a longer lease, and let it bark. If you don’t have a dog, maybe you can borrow one. Find a cat that doesn’t like birds. Audio gun shots, or fireworks, might scare birds too.

I would also review the park on line, after you leave, and copy in Park management.

Peter C McDonald

Feeding wildlife is often a bad idea for myriad reasons. I would leave the campground or consider calling the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division or similar agency. As indicated, in the quantity described, that must be an unhealthy volume of food and poop. The health department may have something to say about it too.

If management really won’t refund the money, I would also not be shy about sharing on social media, the details of which park this is and the unwillingness to help

Primo Rudy's Roadhouse

I am surprised that the campground allows feeding of seagulls. On my frequent visits to the Texas Gulf Coast, I see many notices by businesses, not to feed the seagulls. It is a safety, enjoyment and health concern. I could suggest bringing a shotgun but that, also, would be wrong.

Patrick Granahan

The solution is simple…..move to another campground.

Karen Barrett

Feeding the birds/Seagulls …many places (especially here in Florida) have restrictions…”Do Not Feed the Wildlife” (that includes birds). The birds/animals
become dependent on that and when you leave, it leaves them looking for other sources–which can become a problem for the birds as well as people. it’s a great temptation to feed them, especially the beautiful cranes with the red heads –but, in the long run, not doing them a ‘favor’.

Jeff

First get on the internet and find out if its legal at your location. Assuming you’ve used comparisons, like this is similar to a barking dog, and exhausted all reasonable discussions with the management its time to subtly threaten: tell them you are considering calling the police or local animal control people, you are considering complaining to the town council, you will be posting online reviews, or you are moving out and will be canceling the credit card charges.

Bill Semion

Seagulls are known to attack and eat the young of other, endangered birds. There are signs all over the camps we are at, including this one at Ft. Pickens National Park. Please don’t feed gulls. They don’t need feeding.

Tommy Molnar

This is akin to those who feed pigeons. Yuk.

littleleftie

Seagulls are not only annoying, with their persistence and squawking, but are dirty. Their poop can carry salmonella bacteria…not exactly something we want around picnic tables and bbqs. If I were in this situation, I would check in with a local health officer and discuss the situation. Yes, you could leave and also leave your $ behind (you said you are paid up) however these birds aren’t going to stop coming once buddy leaves…maybe the health dept. can step in and talk to park mgt.