Dear RV Shrink:
I think you need to schedule campground office hours. We just spent a night in Rocky Mountain National Park next to a couple in a large tent. Their campfire circle was directly out our motorhome bedroom window. They spent a few hours around the campfire discussing their relationship loud enough so that we could not help hearing the whole sordid mess very clearly. It was a warm night so they had to know everyone around them had their RV windows open.
I think they needed a confessional more than a couch. Things escalated into yelling. We were not going to pull out and move at midnight, but we were hoping we weren’t going to end up in the middle of a domestic violence scene.
I tell my husband we should stay in private campgrounds where the management might be on top of this type of drama before it gets out of hand. He says the parks have law enforcement, but I have never seen them ask a noisy group of people to quiet down.
Do you think I am overreacting to an uncommon event? I do use ear plugs but they don’t block out the loud voices or noises. Maybe we have just been in the wrong places at the wrong time in our short stint on the road so far. —Not fans of Rocky Mountain soap opera
Dear Non-Soap Fans:
I think your campfire confession couple is rare indeed. It is not uncommon to find a campsite neighbor that is annoying, but often it is just rude people making too much noise. I have recently commented on those with automotive alarm systems. Domestic disputes are less common and could become violent. They are also often alcohol fueled.
I would advise staying completely out of those situations. Moving would not be out of the question if the scene started looking ugly. Campground hosts have the ability to contact law enforcement as would private campground management. It is not a perfect world and those things do not always happen in government or private campgrounds.
You have to gauge your comfort level and make your own decisions to relocate or stand your ground. I can guarantee that these annoyances will be a small percentage of the campground experiences you will have in your travels. Most campgrounds will be filled with wonderful people, many of which will become lifelong friends. —Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink
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