By Chuck Woodbury
In this day and age of RV parks with tightly packed campsites, unwanted noise can be irritating, or worse keep you awake at night.
Here are a few ways to get rid of unwanted noise or at least mask it.
•If the noise is from your neighbors, ask them politely to talk softer or turn down their music (or outdoor TV). If the noise is well beyond what should be acceptable, notify the park management or camp hosts.
If that fails, here are a few ways to mask unwanted noise:
•Close your windows if you don’t need them open. Or at least close them on the side of your RV where the sound is originating.
•Wear earplugs. This is probably best only at bedtime. Alas, some people don’t like anything in their ears, so this option won’t work for them. Wax earplugs that mold into your ear work best.
•In the summer, use your air conditioner to mask outdoor sounds. Other times, use its fan-only option. An overhead exhaust fan will also mask some noise.
•A portable fan can also provide white noise.
•If you enjoy sleeping to the sound of a TV or music, that can drown out other sounds. Wear earphones at night or even other times.
•There are many apps, some free, that work on your mobile phone to provide soothing sounds to mask noise. I have two on my iPhone —Sleep Pillow and Sleep Bug. Most free apps will include the sound of a pounding surf, gentle rain or a crackling fireplace. Pay a few dollars and get more exotic sounds. One night I overhead my neighbor’s app: it sounded like his RV was infested with crickets.
White noise machines are available at big box stores and online. I use one from LectroFan that provides 20 different sound combinations, all based on either white noise or the sound of a fan. I’m a light sleeper: the sound from the machine has helped me sleep soundly many a noisy night.
If you have other methods of combating unwanted sound, please leave a comment. I’m sure there are many ways that I didn’t mention here.