Thursday, September 16, 2021
Thursday, September 16, 2021

My rude, noisy neighbor. Good riddance!

By Chuck Woodbury
At about 8:30 Thursday morning, my neighbor fired up his very loud diesel-powered Dodge Ram pickup. He was preparing to leave the campground. He was accompanying the owner of a fifth wheel trailer. Altogether, there were about eight people.

His pickup was parked close to my motorhome, maybe 12 feet away.

Some guys with diesel pickups think they need to warm their engines for an eternity. Not so, but don’t tell them that.

He idled his engine for 25 minutes! After 10 minutes Gail told me, “Tell him to stop.” And I would normally have done that. But I responded, “No, I want to see how long he will continue being rude.” Plus, there were eight of them and one of me. I figured it would be an opportunity for me to climb on my soapbox, as I have here, and complain about rude people. People get ruder every year, I swear.

Oh, did I mention that it was lovely sucking diesel fumes involuntarily into my lungs.

Finally, the owner of the noisy truck pulled out to follow the fifth wheeler (I think its owner idled his engine for about two minutes).

But “Mr. Rude” was also “Mr. Stupid.” Instead of backing out of his parking space he drove forward, slamming into the picnic table which buckled against a tree stump. The table was a goner.

I called the park office to report the damage. The park owner, came by 10 minutes later. He said the man had not stopped to report that he had destroyed the table. He said it would be nice to get reimbursed for the damage, but he didn’t think it was likely.

Humanity: Ninety percent respectful, 8 percent rude, 2 percent worthless.

##RVT930

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Mark B
2 months ago

I thought it was just me getting older getting more intolerant to the “me” generation, but I guess not. It seems that some people just don’t have common sense anymore, or think about how their actions affect others.

Richard
2 months ago

In the smokies last month for 5 days..beautiful camp site two rental RV’s come in behind us with six dogs..two small yappers that barked 15 hours a day. After three days I asked them to stop they said sorry can’t do anything about it that’s the way they are. Spoke to the ranger he came over still nothing..when they left the campground cheered…

Rolling Coal
2 months ago

Revenge is a dish best served early in the morning…… we had the noisy diesel pick up truck neighbor who would start his engine before 7:30 am every morning, let idle for 15 to 20 minutes each time before leaving his campsite. On the day of our departure, I fired up my Cat C7 at 5 am! I let it idle long enough to bring in the 4 slides, lift the jacks and fill the air bags…… about 15 minutes. The real reason for the early departure was to get on the road to our next destination before the daily temperature got too high.

Brian
2 months ago

Idling a modern diesel with exhaust after treatment systems is not good for them at all. Of course a lot of owners “delete” the emissions system. It amazes me how these same people who delete their emissions systems have kids and grandkids growing up into the same environment they are selfishly polluting.

Richard
2 months ago

Oh, BTW…. My air bags fully inflate within 5 minutes. Cummins says extended idling is harmful. “Truckers do it” is not a valid argument. I’ve delayed leaving campsites because my exhaust was pointed at the neighbor.
The world is full of idiots… Don’t be one.

Richard
2 months ago

“Society is controlled by the Lunatic Fringe”
All the issues mentioned below, at some point, will trigger someone to “Make a law” to stop it. One person does something stupid and a Politician will decide to gain votes by making an issue out of one incident.
My bid – A couple that parked next to us seasonally for a few weeks would leave every morning before 8am. They would take 27,000 items with them each day, placing each item individually in the car, slamming the door to the coach coming out, slamming the car door shut, slamming the coach door going back inside…with each item…every time…regardless of the weather conditions…within 6ft of our bedroom slide.

Marvin
2 months ago

I’ll pull my soapbox up next to yours. Diesel engines and their exhaust systems produced in the last fifteen years are not all that loud. Shade-tree boneheads spend a lot of time and money altering these systems in the name of supposed gains in horsepower and freedom from the tyranny of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF).

I recently stayed at an RV park where one driver – a resident – owned a diesel that was so loud, you could hear it from the other side of the park.

The other offenders are the “rollin’ coal” morons, who take great pride in their ability to spew vast clouds of black smoke. Sometimes these subsets overlap. I asked one of these miscreants why he modified his truck’s systems. “I get a lot more horsepower!” The truck didn’t even have any kind of hitch installed and the bed was pristine. I guess he used his extra horses to go to the grocery store.

Finally, I start my nice, quiet, well-maintained, Duramax, drop it into D, and go. Warming an engine is a waste of time and fuel.

John Macatee
2 months ago

Least he wasn’t blasting the radio too!!

Danny Cram
2 months ago

I agree, the percentage is way off. We once had a neighbor that told us “ I’m getting an early start tomorrow “ he fired up the diesel at 3:30 am….then started packing up, all the while yelling back and forth to his partner instructions on what to do.
I think this subject should be a daily voice, maybe a few, of the idiots will read it and see themselves.

Bob
2 months ago

People who warm up their diesel trucks and rv’s for more than just a couple of minutes are not only being inconsiderate but stupid. They are wasting fuel and polluting our atmosphere at the same time. I had a neighbor in an rv park a few years ago who had been running his diesel motor coach for like 25 – 30 minutes early one morning. I told him he was being inconsiderate and to either turn it off or get out of the park. Stupid is as stupid does!!

Claudia
2 months ago

Of course, it’s not just diesel engines; it’s also the people who have to talk in outside voices before 8 am right next to you. Had a neighbor in a park once who talked on her phone, outside on her patio, at 6:30 every morning, right beside our bedroom. I’m the early riser, but married to a very grumpy don’t-wake-me-before-9-or-my-day-is-ruined spouse. I would leap out of bed and turn on the A/C to drown her out so I didn’t have to deal with the fall out.

Thom C.
2 months ago

I think your percentages are off a bit.

The Lazy Q
2 months ago
Reply to  Thom C.

Ditto, more like 90% rude if not more. Last year I made a post on fakebook about this class a diesel getting ready to leave, idled a good 40 minutes…oh boy did all the haters come out of the woods with every absurd comment about why they must idle so long lol yeah right. By the time I got around to looking at my post again the moderator had cut off comments, guess they thought my feelings were hurt or something, not, but dangit, I wasn’t able to hurt their wittle feelings with a response.

Irv
2 months ago

One of the worst campers we’ve run into was the camp host.
Noisy grandkid with what sounded like a cap gun, a smoky campfire from 3pm until evening, loud talking, a dog that barked at every passing car or walker.

Howard Malpass
1 year ago

I have had the misfortune of dealing with these “dead beat” campers. They do not care about anyone or anything. Normally leave without paying or “repaying” for damages done!

Safe travels…………..

Howard

CandaceCB
1 year ago

It could be much worse. If you were living in a bricks and mortar house and he was your neighbor you’d be stuck with him forever.

As full-time travelers, we find that such annoyances are short-lived. Either they leave or we leave with a day or so.

Johnm405
2 months ago
Reply to  CandaceCB

I live by one of those people that have to start their truck and let it warm up before leaving. Today is a good example 80 outside but he had to start up the truck and idle it for 30 minutes before he drove away

Montgomery Bonner
1 year ago

Chuck and all. If you are familiar with Newmar Motorhomes, since about 2015 or so, they have to be started to put air into the air bags because the company requires the coach to be at “ride height” for the slides to come in correctly. That also allows you to retract the hydraulic jacks. Since when you extend the jacks, the coach dumps all the air, it can take several (as long as 10) minutes to get the system back to it’s recommended height/level. Food for thought. Dog owners make me the maddest, why, no one needs 6 of the things barking all the time, and leash rules apply to all owners, even those who don’t think it does. Trust me I will talk to the office every time I see your dog off the leash period.

Robert Cross
2 months ago

But pickups do not need to idle for any where near that long. Building air pressure is one thing. Thats not minded. But to do it while getting ready is not acceptable!

dcook
2 months ago

Every dog owner seems to have several now, I had one tell me “If you would stay in your camper he wont bark at you. if he cant see you he wont bark at you” pitiful pet owners. Its really not bad pets but terrible pet owners.

Rick
2 months ago

We had a Newmar mountain air. You can bypass the dumping of the air bags by “manually” deploying your jacks instead of just hitting the auto level. Comes in handy many times. Try it.

Bluebird Bob
1 year ago

In our travels, when we have rigs on either side of us and I know I will be leaving around 8am or so in the morning, I will tell the people on either side that my Detroit 6v92 will be making some noise in the am.
Normally, the evening before, I start the bus and air up so it doesn’t take me but a few minutes in the am to get on the road.
This is how we have been doing this fulltime now for 17 years.

Gregory R Ballantyne
1 year ago

I always warm up my vehicle in cold weather. But warming up my Tesla is quiet, and it never produces any stinking poisonous exhaust. Won’t all this be so much nicer when we stop burning all this stinking stuff just to move around?
And the moving around is a lot nicer in an EV – quiet, quick when you want to be, clean. When I leave my spot in my Cybertruck you won’t even wake up 12 feet away.

Darrel
1 year ago

Good luck towing a RV with that. Or do you own a motorhome and thus your claims are pretty much null and void?

Jesse James
1 year ago

And just how are you going to provide electricity with no diesel generator?

Buck
10 months ago
Reply to  Jesse James

He will use windmills (which require enormous expenditure of energy to manufacture and install) and will also use unicorn farts.

John Wilkins
2 months ago
Reply to  Buck

Right, and let’s see how many birds we can kill with those windmills. Oh, and let’s see how many farms can be converted to solar fields so we can’t grow our own food anymore. And, I like the way the way the beautiful views from the beaches are being destroyed by windmill farms offshore, along with the once well managed fisheries. The list goes on and on. Best of all is no more fossil fuel and nuclear electric generation, so we only have barely enough electric supply on the sunniest cool days and none at night. Where is all the electric supposed to come from to power a nation with only electric vehicles? I know, we can run giant underwater cables to China and Russian, and import our electric from them! That way all the bad stuff can stay in their countries instead of ours. We’ll import all of our food and energy. Don’t get me started! Oh, I already am!

Dave
2 months ago
Reply to  John Wilkins

Reading a variety of research articles from neutral sources will calm your fears. This is all fake news and scare tactics.

dcook
2 months ago
Reply to  John Wilkins

You are delusional man, get help, now!

Bill
2 months ago
Reply to  John Wilkins

There, there, … take a deep breath and enjoy being in the less than 1/1000% of people in the world that can afford an RV.

cee
2 months ago
Reply to  John Wilkins

Have you always been a complainer? And how do you feel about global warming?

Michael Gardner
2 months ago
Reply to  John Wilkins

There’s tons of non-farmable land for solar. They are also experimenting with veggies that tolerate some shade planted WITH solar panels. Food? Global warming is drying up most of our irrigated farm land. Burning more oil won’t fix that.

Byker bob
2 months ago

And how much do you pay to support the roads you drive on?

Joe
2 months ago

I am somewhat in favor of electrical vehicles however they do come with some limitations. Currently where is the energy coming from to charge your vehicle? Most people don’t care or think about it, they have their blinders on and only care about the pollution to make plastic and build the batteries and charge them is not in their back yard!
Renewable energy in the U.S. is lacking and has some big issues in growing more. With a little research one will find that we trade one pollution for another, mining for the elements that are in electrical vehicles and solar panels is a filthy business.

The USA gets apx 20% of its power from renewables. Solar 3%(filthy to build and dispose, can be undependable also the electrical grid has issues due to an electrical condition called VARS however technology is being developed to somewhat correct it), wind 8.4% (not dependable), Geothermal .4% (regional and hard to expand upon due to drilling laws), hydro 6.6% (new dams? I don’t think so), biomass 1.4% (requires burning plant type fuel). Drive your Tesla but remember currently 80% of the energy to charge it comes from fossil and nuclear power, both are filthy!

Bill
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

What’s dirty about nuclear? Zero carbon emissions and the spent fuel can be buried underground and in the mountains of federally owned land in the desert west. Nuclear power is what has powered our aircraft carriers and submarines for over fifty years with no accidents or problems for their crews.

Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  Bill

I live within the immediate area of 3 Mile Island in south central Pennsylvania. (Harrisburg Penna) I have many friends and also my wife were employees of the plant for many years. Some of them including my wife were very involved in the operation and cleanup after of the accident. I also was employed in the power production business for 40 years. Currently there is no central storage facility for the high level radioactive waste from power plants which is stored on each site in dry caskets. Not only is there an issue with the high level waste but also with the lower level waste that comes from material that was used inside the containment building such as protective suits, respirators and etc, water filtration media from reactor water, the list goes on and on. So yes nuclear power does come with it’s filthy garbage and high level waste that the government keeps kicking the can down the road!

Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Bill, I forgot to ask you, how do they burn high level radioactive waste?

Crowman
2 months ago

Your Tesla pollution you don’t see because it’s in China where they process the lithium minerals. It’s the most polluting mining process there is with 100’s of square miles of scorched earth with the leeching process. There is no free lunch.

Joe
2 months ago

Just think that 80% + of the power to charge your Tesla comes from the filthy fossil fuel and nuclear power plants, not exactly driving a clean energy vehicle! Mining for your batteries also comes from a filthy process and mostly not in our back yards, plastic for many parts comes from oil.
Mostly trading one pollution for another but it makes people feel good since they don’t see or care about issues of providing materials for their electrical vehicles from other countries outside their back doors

wanderer
2 months ago

I know the post is a year old, but, that’s cute how Gregory thinks his Tesla makes energy out of sunshine and rainbows. That electrical juice comes from a stinking coal plant, nat gas plant, or nuclear reactor. Or maybe some hydro dam that’s dried up a Western river?

I’m all for alternative energy but let’s not kid ourselves.

Dave
1 year ago

I have a diesel and I do warm it up, just like I would if it was a gasser. But NEVER more than five minutes. Ever. I hope that’s not considered rude.

Darrel
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave

Warm up 2 minutes or less and pull out in a pickup truck. Air brake coaches have to idle until air pressure builds enough to pull out – so that is understandable.

John P Macatee
1 year ago

I hear this all to often, that cars and trucks need to warm up. Well, they don’t and anyone with a modicum of common sense would know this. I could see warming up my car if it’s below freezing as you need the windshield!!! But that’s 2 minutes. I live in the mountains and even with a foot of snow on my truck two minutes is enough. It’s called CONSIDERATION, and the concept of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” seems to be lost.

Bill
2 months ago
Reply to  John P Macatee

I’m with you John … so many people still follow Grandpa’s advice to warm up your engine … no gas engine with fuel injection since the late 80s needs to “warm up”. That advice was originally intended to warm up carburetors that need to be a little warm to function properly.

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