Wednesday, September 28, 2022


A new take on the offensive neighbor in the RV park

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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2 years ago

Local health department should help. Feeding birds most probably is illegal. You might let the park owner know this.

2 years ago

Call the Local health Department for review of the unsanitary conditions the Park owner/manager allows to continue. If the gentleman wishes to feed the birds he can find an alternate location that doesn’t force the unsanitary condition to others.

2 years ago

If you can’t beat them , join them! get your self a bottle of Gin and a loaf of bread, crumble up a slice or two of the bread, dip the small pieces into the Gin, have your self a drink of choice, toss the pane in the butt birds a piece at a time into the air, sit back and watch a drunken air show!!

2 years ago
Reply to  Jim

I don’t know how true this is ,……
But I heard of two guys that placed dry ice inside pieces of bread and fed it to the gulls. The dry ice expanded gasses inside the gulls and they couldn’t fart…
They just blow up!

Julian T Adams
2 years ago

Put up a large plastic bird of prey like used in a Garden, it keeps the birds off the Rig on the land.

2 years ago

This is a rare case but my daughter saw a seagull swoop down and fly off with a beachgoer’s Chihuahua puppy! Yikes!

Noah Falstorys
2 years ago
Reply to  Sandy

About two seconds of research and I found this: “Kevin McGowan, a project manager at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, agrees that it’s very unlikely, as gulls don’t have talons like other birds of prey such as raptors. He added that since gulls and chihuahuas weigh around the same, it would be near impossible to accomplish such a feat.” So, I’d have to call B.S. on the claim she actually saw this happen. She probably heard the (not true) story about it.

2 years ago

Don’t most states have laws about feeding wildlife? If so, then the owner of the park had to bring it to the attention of the guilty camper.

Two Buck Chuck
2 years ago

That situation is for the birds. The first thing I would do is politely approach him about the problem and explain your concerns. While doing that you might also let him know that sea gull poo is dangerous.

90 percent of seagull feces contain Enterococcus, which causes antibiotic-resistant infections. Seagull droppings have been known to contaminate food and water when a diseased bird defecates into a human food or water source. Besides Just being around that much bird poop isn’t at all healthy.

If he continues I would go purchase an air horn like the ones you see at sporting events. Once the birds are gathered I would give it a short blast. Each time they re-gather I would give it a short blast. If he complains gently explain that you do not wish to be exposed to Enterococus and the horn is your way of insuring you are not exposed to infections. Or maybe tell him you are part of an air horn band and you are practicing? Nah, that probably won’t work.

Radical? Yes. I’d try diplomacy first.

2 years ago

How about just going over and talking to the guy. Like one other poster said maybe there is something going on in his life and feeds them because he is coping with something or just plain lonely. Especially if he is more senior than you. Maybe you will leave with a new friend.

Andrea Elkins
3 years ago

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.

3 years ago

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.

Keep Peace
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Why ask for a fight? That makes you just as bad as the other RVer.

3 years ago

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?

Alan Prochoroff
3 years ago
Reply to  squeakytiki

Or The Ride of the Valkyries, the music the Robert Duvall character played in Apocolypse Now ( before saying, “I Love The Smell of Napalm in the Morning”).

Keep Peace
2 years ago
Reply to  squeakytiki

Fighting fire with fire just makes a bigger fire. This is the wrong approach.

3 years ago

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.

3 years ago

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.

3 years ago
Reply to  Daisy

I agree Daisy, you never may know why he is doing this. Maybe you should just go over and talk to him and make friends. He probably does not realize that it is such a problem for you.

Tom S.
3 years ago

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.

3 years ago

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!

3 years ago
Reply to  Tony

Best idea. I pay for everything with a card now. Have been ripped off twice from merchants on line and the card company always sides with the consumer. If they get rude with you just tell them what you will do and suddenly their attitude changes and become cooperative.

Vanessa Simmons
3 years ago

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.

Sharon B
2 years ago

Good one. It’s more humane and less invasive dealing with the neighbor

Radio Dave
3 years ago

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.

Keep Peace
2 years ago
Reply to  Radio Dave

Being a jerk to pay back a jerk just makes two jerks in the park.

3 years ago

You just have to bring your pet Coyote.

3 years ago

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.

3 years ago

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.

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