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Old 01-04-2008, 11:44 AM   #1
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Lodi A.S. loses awning

I was just watching the on going news coverage of the "massive storm" now pounding Calif. The reporter says an Airstream located in Lodi had it's awning ripped off in the wind that we are all experiencing now. He went on to report that the residents are seeking a hotel to stay in. Is this one of us Forum members? I have to believe that we members are smart enough to reel in awnings in such storms. But I have to say I did have that happen to me with 2 SOB's we've had. The wind is very strong here up past Placerville. Our storage shed lost it's roofing. The portable garage housing our convertible is bouncing back and forth held in place by the ropes to a fence on one side and my truck on the other that I put in place yesterday. I tethered the 'garage' that the Trade Wind is under on the RV pad but the weather is too nasty now to venture up the driveway to check.
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:54 AM   #2
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It sounds like you folks are really getting pounded with this storm. We got it Nov 11 and it took down 3 huge maple trees out back. They fell right where I usually "camp" with my Flying Cloud in the summer months. I'm darned glad I put it away in it's Air-port for the winter.

Those darn portable garages do not do well in high wind, particularly if they don't have a front and back door on them. Only one end done just doesn't cut it. I had mine weighted down with cement blocks and also tied to large trees as anchors and the darned pole on one end still managed to get a hard rub on the side of the trailer. This year I installed a commercial unit that's attached to the side of my shop to eliminate that concern.

Good luck with the weather and hope nothing gets wounded. Stay safe and warm,

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Old 01-04-2008, 11:58 AM   #3
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The reporter says an Airstream located in Lodi had it's awning ripped off in the wind that we are all experiencing now.
Hopefully not Doorgunner. (I doubt it)
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:13 PM   #4
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Neil, we're pulling for you! Do they have a prediction for how much snow you might get?

Tim sits at 999 posts. I hope his next one is boring & without news to report.
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Old 01-04-2008, 03:43 PM   #5
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We are situated at 3000' and do get snow occassionally and usually just a few inches. In fact the snowman our grandson built with his dad last Saturday just disappeared. Today this wild weather which continues at this writting is warm so snow levels are above 5000'. I anchor my portable garages as well as I can but today they are really being buffeted. I did drive up the driveway to the trailer and though the 'garage' sides are flapping everything is ok for now. When we have snow more than a few inches, such as last Feb. (see avatar) I need to get out every few hours and knock the snow fron the garage's roof. The Trade Wind in the avatar is where my convertible is today. That is across from our house and was there because I was doing some repair on it last Feb.

We have seen doorgunner's setup and it is 'sweet'. But his location is very prone to high winds in the winter. He is savy enough to not have an awning extended unless he is entertaining at a Rally!
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Well it started about 5 am today:-( I was awake most of the nite, listening to the rain and wind ever increasing in strength.At 5 am I made myself my morning Latte, the 110 was flickering on and off, thankfully my stove is propane, I can drink in the dark, the Marine Corps even "learned " me how to sleep standing up.The wind was increasing steadily about 30 mph at this time.I turned on the tube to try and get some weather info, but the intermittent power was not cooperative. I switched to 12 V radio. At 7 am things were starting to get interesting, BIG wind, I wished I had not moved the small AS (73) so close to the excella.I settled into a nice breakfast of 2 eggs over easy with a slab of left over prime rib, and a brandy eggnog.Then it looked as if all was going to be ok, winds steady at 30 mph, no leaks, but the trailer was noticably rocking with the wind gusts.I was listening to the radio and heard about the 4 semi trucks that were blown over on hwy 5 around Woodland, geez I thought.At 9am the wind had increased to a steady 40 mph gusting to 50 something, That's when it happened. A HUGE gust tipped the small 29' Ambassador on it's side, right into the Excella.Windows popping out and torrential rain blowin sideways at 50 mph soaked me and everything inside!The propane line to the water heater was severed and immediately ignited. Both trailers burned to the ground, I'm typing this from the moho, my only remaining airstream product.
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Old 01-04-2008, 06:32 PM   #7
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Doorgunner - Ya got me.

Man, I was taking deep breaths and thinking oh man, that poor poor man.

So, did you get the tickets?

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Doorgunner,

What a totally crappy day for you. Losing 2 favorite "kids" would be tough for anybody to take. I was in Stockton this morning and the drive there was awful even in my 3/4 ton Ford. At least the storm is abating and you have the MoHo left.

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Well it started about 5 am today:-( I was awake most of the nite, listening to the rain and wind ever increasing in strength.At 5 am I made myself my morning Latte, the 110 was flickering on and off, thankfully my stove is propane, I can drink in the dark, the Marine Corps even "learned " me how to sleep standing up.The wind was increasing steadily about 30 mph at this time.I turned on the tube to try and get some weather info, but the intermittent power was not cooperative. I switched to 12 V radio. At 7 am things were starting to get interesting, BIG wind, I wished I had not moved the small AS (73) so close to the excella.I settled into a nice breakfast of 2 eggs over easy with a slab of left over prime rib, and a brandy eggnog.Then it looked as if all was going to be ok, winds steady at 30 mph, no leaks, but the trailer was noticably rocking with the wind gusts.I was listening to the radio and heard about the 4 semi trucks that were blown over on hwy 5 around Woodland, geez I thought.At 9am the wind had increased to a steady 40 mph gusting to 50 something, That's when it happened. A HUGE gust tipped the small 29' Ambassador on it's side, right into the Excella.Windows popping out and torrential rain blowin sideways at 50 mph soaked me and everything inside!The propane line to the water heater was severed and immediately ignited. Both trailers burned to the ground, I'm typing this from the moho, my only remaining airstream product.
That's what I wrote trying to get tickets to the montana banana contest. The real info to follow in another post, DG
YA, SEE.....I knew doorgunner would have sumtin' big to write for his 1000th post!
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OK Tim, ya had me hook line and sinker there for a minute. I hadn't quite finished reading it when I said to my DW, "I wonder if this is all a joke, I don't know his sense of humor" - then I read the last line.
Good one Tim, ya got me.
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Nice tale.

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Yep, I was on the same line, getting reeled in with the rest of 'em. Glad it was fiction.

BTW Tim, the bubble wrap was a great idea.
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But since this started out to be about losing an awning, I'll tell you about pulling onto the DC Beltway on Monday and seeing the aft end of my street-side awning deploy on our 31 foot International. I pulled over as soon as I could and secured it as well as possible (The spring that rolls it up seems busted.)

I was annoyed about that, and paranoid that it might happen again, so I was towing even more slowly than usual once I got back onto the Beltway. I'm grateful, because a Yugo (probably the last one still on the road) made a spectacular 3 lane dive from the extreme left side into the exit ramp on the right, passing directly in front of me in the process. I did a full-blown maximum effort slam on the brakes. If I'd been carrying any more speed I would have smashed him like a bug.

Thank goodness for that stupid awning.
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