Sunday, January 29, 2023


How would you feel about being in the campsite next to a lit-up RV?

Take a look at the photo in the poll below, or the photo above. What do you think about the lights on those RVs? Do you like them? Dislike them? Really, really, passionately hate them? Or, is that what your RV looks like?

In an article last year, Tony Barthel looks at these bright outdoor RV LED lights and answers the question, “Are they affecting your sleep?” Read that article here—it’s fascinating.

Anyway, tell us what you think about these lights if you were in a campsite right next to them. If you really disliked them or they really bothered you, would you threaten to move or contact the campground management?

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Laurel Tornes
1 month ago

The lights are sort of pretty but at night I think they showed turned off at like 10 o’clock. But the thing is there shou.d be a low dim light for dog walks which my be late, last minute potty walks ornate at night walks. I th8nk respect for others is needed…. I have been camping ince I was 16 and 8n tents to campers…. just sying.

Tom M
1 month ago

Some food for thought to those who say they leave them on at night in case they need to go outside with the dogs. I’ve read this reason many, many, times. This logic puzzles me because it’s my understanding that all exterior light have an on and off switch. It takes half a second to turn them on, and another half second to turn them off when you come back in. No one would say they leave the bathroom faucet running all night in case they get up and want a drink, but somehow lights are thought of differently. I think of lights the same as any other utility or resource. Use it when it’s needed, turn it off or put it away when it’s not.

Same with the idea of leaving them on for safety or security. When camping you are surrounded by people who have the same interests, to enjoy nature and have a good time. What are the odds that a fellow camper is going to accost you or steal your stuff? I feel safer in a campground than I do walking down a city street at night. Something to think about.

Tom M
1 month ago

It really bothers me when people leave bright lights on all night, but then I’m a special case. I’ve been an amateur astronomer for almost 60 years so dark skies are important to me. When working I often dreamed of retiring and taking my telescopes on the road in my RV to get away from city lights. In 2020 that’s exactly what we did. I’ve been dragging 4 telescopes around with me while traveling the US since then. However, LED lighting and now lithium batteries are making dark skies very rare in campgrounds. I like to say today’s campers bring their neighborhoods with them. One way to escape the lights is to boondock, but thanks to powerful lithium batteries, I’m seeing more and more boondockers leaving lights on all night.

Because of a general lack of enforcement, I even see too many lights in Designated Dark Sky parks. Some are better than others. In one, even the camp host had lights on after the 8pm cut off time. I only use lighting when it’s needed, then it goes off.

1 month ago

I could see using them at night when everyone is tucked in so if you need to go out in the middle of the night or to keep theft down . But the purpose of camping is to sit by the fire in the dark not sit by the fire with all your glamour lights on saying hey look at me .

1 month ago

Campground I am at has a rule that all bright lights are turned off at 10 and quiet time starts.

Babs Evers
1 month ago

As long as they turn it off when they go to bed, I wouldn’t mind. Decorative External lighting should be subject to “quiet hours.”

1 month ago

I usually leave the outside lights on until everyone is inside for the night , then the lights go off for courtesy to my neighbors. It should be dark and not reflect on neighboring campsites.

1 month ago

It’s very rude to light up, pull your blinds down and go to bed while others endure the barn lights glaring all night. I thought the idea of it all was to escape all the bright lights. Ohhhh but of course you have, it’s the campers around you that are in the city. Rude rude rude.

1 month ago

I have loved camping in the dark for many years. I am an amateur astronomer and the nightsky is so beautiful. These carnival LED lights are just awful & everywhere now. Its really ruining camping for me. I wish those using them would be more considerate of neighbors who dont use them hint hint.

1 month ago

I usually adopt the policy of live & let live. I am sure I do SOMETHING that bothers at least one of my neighbors! Plus, I am at a campground with potentially hundreds of my “closest friends”-we all gotta get along, right?

However one neighbor had strobe effect lights coming right into our window day and night. I asked if he could please do something so my epileptic child wouldn’t inadvertently have a seizure(it can happen).

He explained that the rope under rig lights are for the rodents, hmmm, learned something new. He also slowed down the strobe effect and then I was alright. It was still bright(it was an odd spot catty corner-just enough gap in the shade to let it in), but at least liveable 🙂

Btw-we have since considered them for under the rig….but no way do we want strobe or anything too bright, just enough to keep the critters from invading-if it really does work 🤔

Happy Adventures to all!!!

Capt. TS
1 month ago

The only exterior lights my RV has are the lights along the awning where it meets at the Hull of the RV. We keep them on because when we take the dogs out or if we’re coming back late we don’t want to trip over anything and injure ourselves

Ron Sprinkle
1 month ago

I’ve been a camper for about 60 years. Part of the reason I love camping is to sky watch. It cannot be done near one of these carnival rigs. If there is a festival going on, then light up, but at 10 pm lights out! Respect your neighbors.

1 month ago

What’s the difference between the exterior lights on a home and a camper / RV? It’s the individuals choice.

We have blackout shades for a reason.

If I choose to leave my lights on, suck it up buttercup and get a life Karen / Dave!

1 month ago

It’s an RV park….when you get into this lifestyle you do it knowing you will be close to your neighbors. And honestly, it’s their space and if they aren’t breaking campground rules, it’s ok. We have been next to lit up campers and it’s no big deal. We pull our shades and sleep. People need to just mind their own business and enjoy the lifestyle or move or stop RVing.

1 month ago
Reply to  Sue

I concur

1 month ago
Reply to  Sue

I agree, plus the lights help with security and tripping hazards. Makes it easier to see night predators. Plus adds a little flavor then looking at the same old stuff.

1 month ago

I’m parked next to one right now. For some reason they need to stay on all night?? I’m starting to think it’s some power trip they’re on because we’re in a smaller RV… We’ve put up blankets over the windows to dull the light, but it’s very annoying when you’re trying to get three kids to stay asleep through the night. Would I go talk to them about it? NO. They’re probably stubborn and dumb and not worth my time. Watch your own crap, don’t wait for others to come to you about it.

Just another reason RV life is not what it’s cracked up to be…

Sandra Dyl
1 month ago

We usually go to more rustic state parks to enjoy the outdoors. We have very bright, white patio lights, but we keep them off unless we briefly need to see something outside after dark. Even then we try to use the much dimmer blue lights or a flashlight.

We used to be able to enjoy the stars, the Milky Way, and aurora borealis at the more remote parks, but now we are lucky to see the brightest stars. A couple years ago we were camping when a comet was supposed to be visible, but we had to leave the campground to see it. We haven’t seen the August Atreides meteor shower in years. Sometimes our neighbor’s lights are so bright they glow through our room darkener shades even when we are in spots 60 feet wide.

Last summer a friend was staying in her tent a few spots from a large group that put a string of bright white lights around their camp spots and left them on all night. By the 3rd night she went and pulled the plug at 4 a.m. and chewed them out for being so rude.

1 month ago

I don’t care usually because I don’t camp where spaces are close together. However, I don’t know why people leave them on. I turn on my porch light if I’m going to the restroom, and it helps to find my way back and get back inside. Then shut it off. Lights on helps the thieves see what to steal. I don’t mind lights compared to a smoldering, smoky fire, screaming kids, barking dogs, people hollering loudly at dogs, dogs running loose, people traipsing through my space, playing guitar and caterwauling, etc. If the lights give them a thrill, they may be the same people who do the other inconsiderate things. Lights are the least of it.

steve Lawton
1 month ago
Reply to  Lorelei

Ya nothing worse than barking dogs. I had to turn into a Karen and recorded a dog barking next to me so I recorded it.playrd it all day while they were outside until finally they came over but of course he had the look that he wanted to fight I just laughed.then he realized it was a recording of his own dog.I think he got the message because never heard the dog again

John H
1 month ago

We dislike most lights in campgrounds, especially when they are not being used. We have a campfire most evenings, and feel that lighting detracts from our enjoyment when our spot is lit up from inconsiderate people who are not even outside. Sometimes it feels like they are saying look at me, aren’t we cool with our ground lights that change colors, our V-shaped bright LED lights on the front of our camper, our awning lights, and our super cool lights that we strung between the trees. If people are using the lights for a gathering, cooking, or something else that is fine. Otherwise, I feel that they are being very inconsiderate and it really ticks me off that they impose on my enjoyment.

Steven M
1 month ago
Reply to  John H

I find this to be well said.
We are ALL out here for a change from the regular things.
If we turn all the campgrounds into just like being back where we left from then there is no point to going.
The Camping Community has the opportunity to be an example of what people can do with some common courtesy and a commitment to not being a detriment to other’s experience.

Mike R
1 month ago

Depends on the campground. If I’m where I am now dry camping in Quartzite LTVA it’s disrespectful. A KOA might be different but that’s glamping to me won’t do it unless it’s a emergency. I like solitude and looking out and see the Stars. As for security they can get wireless cameras like Blink. I have them around my camper for security when I’m not home, to help protect the Ebike and Honda generator. It won’t stop all thieves but it helps catch them. A little 3M tape hold the little cameras to the glass they are easy to remove. And it doesn’t damage anything no holes. I guess having 1000w of solar, 600AH Lifepo batteries and Starlink running 24/7 helps with this I know not everyone can afford this but we went full time so it’s a investment.

Deborah Mason
1 month ago

I have trouble sleeping. “Extra” light makes it harder (RV park lights, neighbor lights, the little lights on things – detectors, TV, etc – when they are energized. Too much light from a neighbor RV is deadly on my sleep.

1 month ago
Reply to  Deborah Mason

Get better curtains or eye mask.

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