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Old 04-03-2016, 10:21 AM   #1
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I'm not sure if this fits into a public service announcement, or a rant, or simply just complaining. But here we go-

Is anyone else bothered when performing the crucial parts of the set up or tear down process (think spotting into place, hitching/un-hitching) their RV and a chatty neighbor comes along and starts talking to them? I find this to be incredibly rude due to the potential of missing a step when trying to be polite and carry on a conversation.

While I am interested in talking with new people at some point, this is not the time. Just yesterday when my wife and I were hooking up our fiver to the second trailer a lady came over and started talking to my wife who was backing the truck. Wifey asked her to please wait until we were done twice and this very nice lady would just not stop! Wifey even said the third time "please stop distracting me, we can chat after I get hooked up" and her response was "I'm not distracting anyone!"

So please, while I do appreciate that you would like to have a conversation with the new resident/someone leaving, wait until they are done.

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Old 04-03-2016, 10:33 AM   #2
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In this case "ignorance is bliss". I just ignore them and go about my business as if they weren't even there hoping that they get the point and leave.

Usually after the third or so unanswered question or statement they usually just walk away or get run over by the rig.

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Old 04-03-2016, 06:08 PM   #3
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Jburg, I just went through this two days ago. I agree with you, there's a time and place for chit-chat, but NOT when I'm just off the road from traveling, and just want to get set up. Come talk to me when I've got an adult beverage in my hand, not when I'm trying to get set up. Just my opinion for what its worth.
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Old 04-03-2016, 07:15 PM   #4
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Very GOOD point and point well taken here as I have experienced this even from close friends. The other half and I have talked about this several times.
When this happens and its someone I don't know, I try to act as if I didn't hear. If its someone I know, I asked to let me get situated and we will talk later.
Its annoying - NO doubt.
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Old 04-03-2016, 07:24 PM   #5
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Jburg, I just went through this two days ago. I agree with you, there's a time and place for chit-chat, but NOT when I'm just off the road from traveling, and just want to get set up. Come talk to me when I've got an adult beverage in my hand, not when I'm trying to get set up. Just my opinion for what its worth.
The adult beverage is probably the best advice you can give. I usually just ignore other people as well. There is plenty of time for chatter once we have settled down and set everything up.
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Very good point JBurg ! I'm glad to see you and your wife have a "procedure" to setup/breakdown.. I pull doubles for a living,, so I know about having a set way of doing things... If I get distracted, I start all over so I don't miss anything....
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I also have a set up and take down procedure.
I do not want to be interrupted on either of them.

If a chatty neighbor wants to talk I politely inform them
I would like to talk to them "AFTER" I finish.
If they become annoyed, I guess I really do not want to
talk to them anyway.
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You're absolutely correct, it's very distracting, and I'm easily annoyed by chatty folks.
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Procedure, procedure, procedure, don't mess with my procedure! There's a method to my madness and it takes more time if you distract me or "help". When my madness has been concluded I'm more than willing to listen to advice or engage in conversation.

In all seriousness; the last big west coast power outage a few years ago was caused by a distraction. A lineman was following a written switching procedure and was interrupted twice by radio calls. He then skipped a critical step resulting in a cascading outage putting parts of Arizona, California, and Mexico in the dark for hours.
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I'll agree with Lanny,,, once I sit down,, set up,, Please say Hello.. We can talk.....
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Thanks for the input everyone. Wifey and I have decided we will go with the "ignorance is bliss route" in the future.

This particular occurrence was the first time ever that wifey didn't hear a signal on the radio. (And she does a very good job when it comes time to drive. Never an issue) She was backing the big trailer to get hooked up to the little guy and, as you can imagine, by the fourth "stop" that I requested with a trailer still moving I was basically getting out of a potential crush area and yelling "stop" into the radio. Which of course led to my beautiful wife thinking I was yelling at her, which has never happened in our short ten-year relationship. Besides the hurt feelings, no damage occurred and we carried on with life. From what she tells me this is when the polite requests to stop distracting her became more aggressive.
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I agree.

Possibly a bit of a tangent but I used to occasionally ask the person if they would like another set of eyes/hands if it appeared to be a challenging backup spot or they seemed to be having difficulty. This just seemed to annoy most folks so now I leave everyone alone.
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I agree.

Possibly a bit of a tangent but I used to occasionally ask the person if they would like another set of eyes/hands if it appeared to be a challenging backup spot or they seemed to be having difficulty. This just seemed to annoy most folks so now I leave everyone alone.

I certainly understand offering to help, and in the right scenario this is most appreciated, but still a complicated discussion.

In the above scenario this lady was simply just wanting to talk to my wife while she was operating the truck. And apparently she had an opinion about everything like how we should get a camera on the back of our fiver, the length of our rig going down the road, and some other things that weren't helpful to the task at hand.
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If I get distracted, I start all over so I don't miss anything....
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BTW, IMO the only correct time to stick your nose into another RVer's business is when they are about to cause damage to their RV, campground equipment, a kid, a dog or another RV.
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