We have had our motor home for over a year now, and since we take it out on average about once a month year-round, we are much more comfortable sleeping in it now than we were at first. But on our first few trips, I honestly did not sleep very well. I think the excitement and newness of it all factored into those first trips for me to a large extent. Those trips were also in colder weather months, and we were not able to run our rooftop air conditioners, which actually create a nice background noise when we are able to run them in warmer months. At home, we typically use a ceiling fan to keep the silence away, even running it on low during most winter months to circulate warm air. But on those first trips in our RV out in the state parks away from civilization and any kind of noise to speak of, it was just too quiet to go to sleep, if that makes any sense at all. We definitely missed some background noise to help lull us to sleep, and I had to resort to using my iPod and ear buds with some soft music until I got sleepy, something I don’t like to do at night as a general rule.
As the weather warmed up for our spring and summer trips, we had the air conditioners “sing” us to sleep at night, and it was great. In fact, I slept so well that I really looked forward to sleeping in our RV on those warm nights with the A/C running. However, on our first trip this fall, which was in late September, it was too cool at night to run the A/C. While we were on that trip, we discussed some options to create a background noise to help us go to sleep, and we came up with a great solution that I wanted to share. It is actually a solution that could also work nicely at home, too.
We have a great sound system in our RV with speakers throughout, but it was originally wired to run off of the truck battery, not the two house batteries. For that reason, we were hesitant to run the sound system for more than just a few minutes while parked at our campsite. We wanted to find a better solution to power our sound system anyway, but to implement our solution for the nighttime hours, we finally had to change the power supply over to the two house batteries. My husband was able to make the switch himself, and thankfully, it was not too terribly hard to do.
Next, I looked at some apps for both my Android phone and my iPod Touch, and I found a wonderful app called Ambiance. It is just $2.99, and it has some really nice options as far as background noises to download and carry directly on the device. So, I downloaded the app and several nice background sounds on my iPod Touch, and we gave it a try on our last camping trip a couple of weeks ago. We plugged the iPod into our newly wired sound system, selected a nice, gentle rainfall sound, and we absolutely loved the sound coming through all of the speakers throughout our RV. We were just amazed that it really sounded like a gentle rain was falling outside since it was coming though on all four speakers, and since it seldom rains where we live and travel, it was a real treat for us at night. In reality, the sound is a short loop that runs over and over, but the break was done so well that we really could not distinguish it while trying to go to sleep at night on that trip.
It is so nice to look forward to going to sleep in the RV now, even in the cooler weather months. It’s just amazing how little things can make such a big difference at times. After rewiring the sound system, we can also use it to play our tunes during the day without worrying about running down our truck’s battery, too. We love this solution and really cannot think of any other solution that would work better for us now.