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Old 11-16-2008, 04:35 PM   #1
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We live in a fire zone and I am so happy we have our airstream. In case of fire we will now load her up with all of our stuff and head down the hill. We do not have a pickup truck and to think how much she can hold in a hurry. Then one step further we unload our stuff and we have a place to hang our hats for a few days. Just in Case!
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Old 11-16-2008, 04:43 PM   #2
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Best wishes to all of you in or near that coastal fire storm. We are watching the news and it all sounds so frightening. Our hearts go out to everyone, your property, and pets caught in the paths of these fires. I can see that the AS would be a great escape pod...much like people used them who were affected by the gulf coast hurricanes. Please keep us posted...G
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Old 11-16-2008, 05:01 PM   #3
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We live in a fire zone and I am so happy we have our airstream. In case of fire we will now load her up with all of our stuff and head down the hill. We do not have a pickup truck and to think how much she can hold in a hurry. Then one step further we unload our stuff and we have a place to hang our hats for a few days. Just in Case!
My brother lives in Simi so I know of what you speak.

He has sent me pictures of his house in the hills, that we here in the East would call a beautiful sunset.....except.

Good luck, hope the orange glow stays far away.
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:15 AM   #4
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Some think of RV's as only a luxury, an item unneeded. While it may, in principle, I think there are a good number of us who have them with the understanding that fire, hurricane and other disasters can make a suitable RV THE way to bridge the gap between pre-disaster and post-disaster.

Since Hurricane Ike made it's fateful turn farther up the coast from us I have been reading, and collecting, news items about survivors trying to make ends meet afterwards. It appears that the trade-off between significant discomfort and distance in settled in favor of the former due to reasons of time and money. That is, living in a tent or minivan until a FEMA trailer is delivered, as the job cannot bear a 200-mile commute. Hotels, apartments and the like are booked a great distance out.

I would think that, and hope not to test, electricity for a trailer would be reasonably easy to come by, even if plumbing is not. One can bridge that with a generator for a while.

At least, with a trailer and pickup one can salvage as much as possible beforehand, and be on site in a reasonable time to have one's house rebuilt, even if the trailer is a few miles away. One's own trailer -- self-contained -- can be moved any number of times as favorable opportunities arise.

Otherwise, one may be stuck in an apartment or hotel that is anything but convenient, or in a FEMA trailer with less than desirable neighbors.

An RV gives choices, and if that isn't luxury -- in a different, or broader sense -- then it is worth sacrificing for when one lives in an area prone to weather-related problems.
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I live in San Diego and we have had our share of large fires. The 03 fire burned over 250,000 acres, some 2,500 + homes. The 07 fire was also quite bad. We were evacuated for the 07 fire. I didn't have the AS yet however i did have a Pop-up tent trailer that we loaded up with the cat & dog and left for a safer area. We all made it out just fine.
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We live in San Diego too, we keep our A/S ready and our TV fueled- we did have to evacuate last fire. It really is a secure feeling to have an excape pod.
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