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time2roll

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Posted: 09/26/21 12:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DC&MC wrote:

This drives us crazy. Nice night and we’d like to leave windows open for air but are forced to close shades tight because of a porch light aiming right at us. You’d think in the close quarters of most RV parks that people could be more considerate
What did they say when you asked them about it the next day?

Don't expect them to read your mind. Many leave the porch light on overnight in the city to deter mischief so they do the same at the RV park.


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Posted: 09/26/21 02:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fj12ryder wrote:

"I have never had this problem at a campground where the surrounding area is dark."

You must not get out much if you've never had light issues at a dark campground. I like a dark RV park/campground, but to judge by the number of lit up campers, I'm in a small, and getting smaller, minority.


I think it's more the campgrounds I visit. I rarely stay at campgrounds with hookups. If there are multiple campgrounds at a lake, I choose a smaller one with no boat ramp, store, playground, etc. That tends to weed out the partyers, social groups, and tv watchers.


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i am wondering who sleeps with there eyes open i thought that's what eye lids were for to block out light you close your eyes and go to sleep.

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shastagary wrote:

i am wondering who sleeps with there eyes open i thought that's what eye lids were for to block out light you close your eyes and go to sleep.


People's sleep habits are very personal. I can't sleep in a moving vehicle, whether it's a car, RV, plane, etc. Someone else can't sleep if there is any noise. And someone else can't sleep if it's not pitch black. I can sleep with light even if it's shining directly on the bed, but I can't sleep if the tv or radio is on, but moving water, birds, etc, don't bother me.

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An old irritation for many. I really can't see the point in leaving the door light, or any other outside light on for that matter.

The fashionable trend of bright LEDs on the front is particularly pointless & annoying if in an otherwise dark campground.


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time2roll wrote:

DC&MC wrote:

This drives us crazy. Nice night and we’d like to leave windows open for air but are forced to close shades tight because of a porch light aiming right at us. You’d think in the close quarters of most RV parks that people could be more considerate
What did they say when you asked them about it the next day?

Don't expect them to read your mind. Many leave the porch light on overnight in the city to deter mischief so they do the same at the RV park.


Most people will complain to others, but never talk to the 1 that is bothering them.

Did anybody ever talk to the criminals about outside lights? I think the idea that light stops crime started about the time air conditioning was becoming popular. Maybe it was a way to sell the unused generating capacity?

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JRscooby wrote:

I think the idea that light stops crime started about the time air conditioning was becoming popular. Maybe it was a way to sell the unused generating capacity?
I have seen the tweekers on camera at 2am.... the little motion light comes on and they immediately turn and go to the next house.

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time2roll wrote:

JRscooby wrote:

I think the idea that light stops crime started about the time air conditioning was becoming popular. Maybe it was a way to sell the unused generating capacity?
I have seen the tweekers on camera at 2am.... the little motion light comes on and they immediately turn and go to the next house.


Yes, a change in the amount of light in a area can work. But a light that stays on?

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Posted: 09/26/21 08:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've watched videos on Nextdoor and lights don't seem to have any effect on thieves regardless of whether they are motion detecting or not. To me, motion detecting lights are like car alarms - you pay attention at the beginning or after something happens, but after a while you ignore it. Thieves know this and tend to assume you will ignore it as that is more likely. If you are one to check it, they just saunter away.

Even cameras are ignored, or worse, stolen right off the wall.

Camping, I personally prefer using a lantern or two when hanging out and a flashlight when walking around. Both have the positive of being turned off when you go inside for the night.

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JoeH wrote:

How about those 5th wheels with the V shaped LED lights on the nose... very annoying
Exactly. This past year at Alamo Lake in AZ it was the camp host with his front cap LED's lighting up everything in front of him like a flood light, which is where I was parked. So much for seeing the stars above.


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