Noise Noise Noise

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 10:44
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Stayed at Moorook over the festive season.
Moorook is on the river murray is sa.
There always has to be one person that isnt switched on at all.
At this campsite where there were quite a few people camping he kept his generator going all night till 7am because he said it was too hot for his kids in the van.
It was very noisy so he had it behind my car on a long lead away from his van..
I was gobsmacked that he did this,,,, looking at it from the point of view that it will annoy people and it did and almost caused fights.....
I used to see people write about this subject and i thought they were over reacting because i had never seen such a display and thought no one could be so awful..
But there you go...... Amazing...
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Reply By: Cooper Creek King - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 10:55

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 10:55
Unfortunately this is all too much a common problem.
Decent people don't run generators near others. I bet this guy would be a pain to live next to as well.
Anyway, why on earth do you even need a generator when you go camping, this is the million dollar question.
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 10:57

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 10:57
Just go and turn it off.
After a couple of times he would soon get the message.

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Reply By: rooster350 - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 11:11

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 11:11
I would have "accidentally" ran over it...what a selfish moron...if the kids could not cope with the heat they should not have been there...plenty of places further south that would have been cooler for the little darlings...cheers
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 11:14

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 11:14
Bad probably didn't feel much like a holiday at all.
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Reply By: Ruffy-Dan - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 11:49

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 11:49
'Accidently' spilling a small amount of sugar into the fuel tank will solve an issue like that.....
Of course there is no need to be walking around with sugar until you have politely asked if the generator can be switched off after hours. Sometimes communication is the key to success. If you don't ask he may think there is no problem. (not saying this was the case).

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Reply By: Member - DW Lennox Head(NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 12:22

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 12:22
The generator could have been cooled off in the Murray River. I have seen it done in the Kimberleys to very good effect.
There are some thoughtless people around.
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 12:29

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 12:29
Reminds me of the night at Georgia Bore where someone ran a generator all night until it ran out of fuel about 5 in the morning. Or at Rocky Pool the neighbours ran one for a couple of hours so they could bake a loaf of bread - when they had a fire going and a camp oven handy!

Guess some people just dont stop to think...


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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 13:01

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 13:01
If the kids can't take the heat, then perhaps the family shouldn't have been out there!
It's not just individuals - I had a tour bus driver set up his genny right next to my tent once. Ok, I was in the camping area right adjacent to the tour camping, but he still could have put it elsewhere. It was switched off by mid-evening, thankfully.

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 13:04

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 13:04
HI Voxson

Sorry to hear about your noisy neighbours. That is the only problem when there are lots of people around, there always seem to be one in every crowd. If it was by your car, I would have taken it back to his camp site and let him have it by his car.

It does put a real dampener to a great part of the Riverland.

All the Best for 2011



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Reply By: Voxson - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 13:56

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 13:56
Yeah, every bit of feedback was thought of at some stage....
I was pretty angry and then on the other hand it gave me something to look forward to for the morning...
I had all these plans of getting up at 5am and idling my noisy 1hz right next to his caravan,,, but having said that i still couldnt even do that because his missus and his kids would have been effected when it prob wasnt even their fault....
I guess it is good to see and meet these people along the way so we will not be bitten too bad when it really matters.....because we will notice them a mile away...
This may just be a way of hightening our senses to rectums.....
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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 16:38

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 16:38
Hi Voxson, I, like you have read where these things happen but had never had the problem until last year after leaving the Birdsville races, we were camped at Avon Downs, (three vehicles in our group) just about to sit down to our evening meal when this guy pulls in with 22ft van right next to our vehicle, lovely warm evening, listening to the birds and evening sounds we were, when within 5 minutes the genny came out, he started it up and left it go right next to us. It's not as if there wasn't any more room further up the camp area, no....he had to park right next to us. That was the end of the sounds of the evening. Anyway that genny kept going until about 10pm when he switched it off, of course I do have a visit from the devil at times and he makes me do silly things, when the genny went off a Yeaaahhhhhh noise seemed to slip out of my mouth, one of our friends decided to give a clap, (may I say we were in bed at this point), what did out neighbour do, yep, you have probably guessed it, he started the genny up again and left it go for another 1/2 hour then switched it off. The devil was still with me but hubby said "don't you dare" but with my thinking I figured that he used more fuel than he needed so I feel I had a bit of a win.
At least it wasn't all night but it could have if Hubby didn't stop me. LOL



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Reply By: Nutta - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 21:15

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 21:15
We were out at leslie dam warwick a few years back and this goof had his genny running at night.
I had to wander over to have a look and his missus was sitting under a lamp reading a book!
And this genny was over near the other campers on a 20 metre ext lead to my amazement!

Fortunately later in the night, probably under instruction from his father one of the kids must have threw a handfull of sand in the tank, it spluttered a bit and died the the ar$e!

Half the camp stood up to clap and it was easter so it was packed, the guy didnt say boo.

Not to long after we could hear another come to a spluttering halt to the joy of campers.

There certainly are some selfish buggers around, and they usually are the aggressive ones too!

Cheers, wayne.
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Reply By: Member - GREENDOG - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 23:09

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 23:09
Mate that was me parked up long side ya,it was'nt the the Gennie,it was me runnin the bloody truck all night LOL, GD P.S i went passed there on Monday afternoon and there was still a few campers in there.
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Follow Up By: Voxson - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 23:31

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 23:31
Funny you should say that,,, they looked jusy like your clan mateeeeeeeeeeeeee....
Happy New Year...
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 23:33

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 23:33
Last June we were camped at Calliope, down on the grassy areas of the north bank while everyone else was up on the road in sight of the river.

A converted bus drove down to set up camp near us and put his genny out with the bus between it and us.

We thought that was fairly considerate until he decided it was time to walk up the slope and visit his friends. He wanted to keep the genny in sight so he moved it around on our side of his bus and walked away.

We could not believe it.

So we walked over and picked the thing up and put it back on the other side of his bus. All in full view of the owner and his friends. We got some huge dirty looks but I'm sure he got the message.

He would not have enjoyed our response if he had complained.

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Reply By: BadgerOne - Sunday, Jan 09, 2011 at 21:07

Sunday, Jan 09, 2011 at 21:07
We never carry our genny when touring, only when "camping" on the Murray for a week or more in the one spot. Sometimes we get there and others are camped a little ways off (not on top of each other) but I still keep the genny nearer us, and make a point of visiting the camp sites and saying that if the genny's a problem give us a "hoy". It goes off before 10pm which is not a problem as generally the other camps are still up after that anyway (and yes, SWMBO and I may be under a light reading while the kids are in the river drowning each other). Sometimes the next day the other people will say they didn't even notice the noise. Other times, others will arrive after us and look to set up and I'll point out where our genny is. Again, never had a problem.

I too wonder what these inconsiderate people are like to live next door to at their homes; or is it just the mentality like when people are cocooned in their cars, their demeanour changes from that of a mild pedestrian to a rude finger-gesticulating driving maniac? Would these people carry on like ratbags in a hotel, to get the knock on the door from management? I think not - so why do common manners go out the door when camping?

Last time camping on the Murray a couple of years ago, a group of 20+ year olds carried on till after 2am. In my usual calm demeanour (yeah, right) I strolled over at 7am to their tents and roused them to ask them politely if they could mind keeping the noise down at night. They apologised and were in fact well behaved after that.

The only "trouble" we've had in that camping area was a few years back when some 12+ year old boys continually used our large annex area as a walkway to the rope swing, even after asking them to simply walk behind the van instead. Little smart-alecs. Wiped the smiles off their faces as they tripped on the low guys someone had placed "in their way". We left to go home before them, and as we we drove off the little darlings stood their giving us "the bird". I give up.
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