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Thunder Mountain

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Posted: 01/20/14 06:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ok, I have four solar lights that I put out near the door to light a pathway in and out to walk the dog. I've got some outside lights that we burn for a gathering. BUT some people are over the top.

Here is the reason for the rant. We were camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park outside Fountain Hills, AZ. Sure it is just over the hill from Scottsdale and the smogbowl, but it does have a nice night sky. Nothing like Ft. Davis or Natural Bridges, but still a nice sky.

This guy pulls in and lines his campsite in white ground lights. This guy's slides have "alien" lights under them and on his dash that change colors from red, to green, to blue... Ok, this is not a real problem as long as he is outside. But this guy let them run all night long. It reminded me of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

So, after three nights, I put a sticky note on his windshield while walking the dog at 5 a.m. It read, "Do you have any idea how obnoxious your lights are? Not to mention the light pollution or waste of energy. The least you could do is put your lights on a timer."

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted: 01/20/14 07:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Motto worry. That guy lives in the ME only world. I do not even carry extra outside lights anymore.


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Posted: 01/20/14 07:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What does a few decorative lights hurt…




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Posted: 01/20/14 07:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just another case of someone who goes camping to get away from it all, but they're afraid of the dark.

It's probably the same people who will boondock right beside you when there's acres of open area available.


Like rvten said, some people live in the "it's all about me world".

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Posted: 01/20/14 07:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bigred1cav wrote:

Did you turn off your camp fire and JD bottle?


No campfires. Wife can't take the smoke. JD doesn't glow in the dark.

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I guess my feeling is it could always be worse. as long as he is not being loud and obnoxious and they do not keep you awake at night and if they do pull your blinds. I am for lights around the rv makes it safer and less likely to have things borrowed and never returned. I guess if it is a real problem you could always move. Sorry but that is the way I feel. He is paying just like you are.

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Posted: 01/20/14 07:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thats one of the things I love about boondocking.
Just me and the wilds - no lights, no noise but the crickets and coyotes!
Ahhhhh


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Posted: 01/20/14 07:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just how is the mothership supposed to locate him, if he turns his Alien lights off ?

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Not that this will help you but I have seen recently when we check into some campgrounds that all exterior lights shall be off by 12:00 midnight. Reasonable and will help remind those people who leave all their lights on all night to turn then the hell off.


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24rules wrote:

I guess my feeling is it could always be worse. as long as he is not being loud and obnoxious and they do not keep you awake at night and if they do pull your blinds. I am for lights around the rv makes it safer and less likely to have things borrowed and never returned. I guess if it is a real problem you could always move. Sorry but that is the way I feel. He is paying just like you are.


Not so. Lights just make it easier for thieves to see what they want, Grab it, and not trip over anything as they run away.
They also pollute the night sky, and make the stars harder to see. And in fact destroy your night vision, so that IF you were to walk away from your RV. You would not be able to see anything.
And in truth. It is just inconsiderate to leave outside lights on all night. But, that goes back to the ME only thing. And they don't care if they do light your camper up like daylight. The bad bad dark demons won't get them. After all. If they are afraid of the dark. Got to overcompensate.


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