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Note to self, stop using a sound machine set on thunderstorms

One of my favorite apps for my iPad is something called Rain, Rain which turns the tablet into a virtual sound machine, especially when Bluetooth-connected to my Bose SoundLink. It doesn’t matter if I am parked next to an Interstate highway, an airport or even a busy train track.

I open the app and select the thunderstorm setting and I’m usually out cold within minutes as the sound of rolling thunder and rain gently soothe me to sleep.

It’s a brilliant application and I highly recommend it.

Except that I’ve used that blasted device for more than a year to help fall asleep. So, what happens when it really storms?

In Arizona, it’s not an issue because it rarely rains.  Here in Wisconsin and the Midwest, it rains almost every day. And like Pavlov’s dog, as soon as my brain hears thunder or rain, it knows it’s time to sleep.

I don’t know what it is about RV roofs, but a gentle rain that I’d be perfectly fine walking around in, sounds like an all out heavenly water assault as it ping-ping-pings on the roof.  I get tired just thinking about it.

Today was supposed to be a catch up day before I hit the road again on Thursday. But, the only thing I caught up on was sleep because the rain and thunder have kept me running back and forth between the desk and the bedroom much of the day. Oh well, at least it’s exercise — an exercise in frustration.

There are many other very real sounds that come included with the paid version of the app, such as crackling fire, African jungle, birds in trees, crickets, frogs, seagulls, a waterfall, ocean waves, whistling blizzard, whales, an airline cabin, train, dishwasher, clothes dryer and even a ticking clock. But nothing works better or faster at helping me fall asleep than a good old-fashioned thunderstorm.

It’s gonna be a long weekend.






About Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is the editor of Let's RV and the editor of RV Daily Report. A Wisconsin native and father of three grown daughters, he is now based out of Arizona and travels the country in his Winnebago Adventurer motorhome interviewing industry professionals and interesting RVers alike. He can be reached at

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