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Old 02-24-2016, 03:53 PM   #15
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Great advise to disconnect power during a thunderstorm. We have not done that in the past.
I didn't one time, and my surge protector 'died', saving the trailer.
A new one was $165 (In Canada); a lot cheaper than replacing electrical harness, and services.
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Old 02-24-2016, 05:48 PM   #16
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A few years ago, we were camped at Gulf Shores, AL, as a tornado was approaching. We left the trailer, a fifth-wheel then, and bugged out for the first substantial public building we saw. It was a CVS drug store. We hung out in the parking lot, listening to the radio as the tornado path was described. Fortunately, it veered north and caused no damage where we were camped. You just don't mess with Mother Nature!

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Old 02-24-2016, 06:21 PM   #17
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Oh the weather

Years ago while traveling in upper Michigan in October we pulled into a campground that was virtually empty. The Ranger at the Kiosk was closing up, kind of early but we thought what the heck he wants to go home.

He took our money and said any site was available but would suggest the rather large flat meadow at the end of the campground road. We thought we could see the stars better or something. Oh, he did mention that there was the possibility of snow, but we should be "ok".

Well that night as we slept the sky dumped about a foot of snow on the meadow and campground. There was a slight hill to get out, which of course was not plowed. We tried and tried, a "crewcab dually" has absolutely no traction in the snow (we did not have a posi-rearend) and could not make it up the slight grade!

We finally made it by going in large circles around the meadow to gain some speed then "hit" the hill at about 30mph and barely made it over the slight crest.

I am sure the ranger was expecting us to be stuck there in the morning when he returned, but I think we figured out why he pointed us to the meadow....all of the campsites were pull-thu's that were BELOW the campground roadway level. We would have never made it out of one of those!!!

Proceeded to head DIRECTLY SOUTH as the radio was broadcasting that the area had received the "earliest snow storm on record" that night!

Moral: Ask the Ranger why he is recommending a certain campsite!!
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Old 02-24-2016, 07:56 PM   #18
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We were thinking that if we were traveling and staying for the night, we would check into a sturdy hotel and let the bad weather pass by.
If only we could find a hotel with covered parking for our airstream.
Covered parking? Have you noticed what happens to most buildings during a tornado? Most hotels would provide minimal protection.
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Old 02-24-2016, 09:36 PM   #19
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Greetings,

So sorry for the folks that lost property or family during the recent storms. Our prayers are with them.

That said, when we left the Hill Country of Texas it was 46' and a north wind about 35MPH with dark overcast. We hardly had to use any fuel because of the tail wind.

Presently, it is 66', beautiful sunset and looking for the next four days to be sunny and a high of 72'.

Port Aransas Whooping Crain 20th Anniversary confab! Yall come on down!

We have a standard rule about the weather. If it is raining hard where you are or upstream get on high ground. If the road is covered with water, find a place to stop and wait. It will stop and dry off. And, never ever for any reason cross a low water crossing when water is running over the top of the road.

I have seen tractor trailer rigs moved off of a low water crossing with only 6in of water over it.

Finally, we live in wonderful times. We have complete weather information in the palm of our hands. Use it.

Trucks and trailers can be replaced, Airforums folks can not.

Now I will get off my soap box and return to gloating over the fantastic weather on the Texas Gulf Coast just now.

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Old 02-25-2016, 09:27 AM   #20
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I've been checking out video of the devastation at Sugar Hill RV Park in Convent, LA, only 50 miles from where I live. I'm struck by the fact that not one single vehicle was left unscathed. Not one RV, not one trailer, not one toad or tow vehicle survived intact. It's just pure dumb luck more people weren't killed there.

There's a lesson to be learned. Pay attention to the local weather forecast wherever you go, and if tornadoes watches are put into effect, find someplace else to be, so that by the time the watch becomes a warning, you're already safe.

A few months ago I downloaded the American Red Cross's mobile apps for various types of disasters that might occur where I live and/or camp. See http://www.redcross.org/get-help/pre...es/mobile-apps or go to your app store. You can select multiple locations to monitor, not only your own home or current camping location, but also the locations of loved ones anywhere in the US.

The Red Cross tornado app includes a warning tone that sounds for all the world like an old-time civil defense siren that I remember from my formative years in southwest Oklahoma, loud enough to wake the dead, so you're unlikely to sleep through a tornado warning. This is a good thing.

I have the apps for hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and floods on both my phone and tablet. I didn't feel like the earthquake app was worth downloading, because unlike other disasters, earthquakes come without warning. But I suppose it offers good advice for what to do in the aftermath…
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Old 02-25-2016, 11:10 AM   #21
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Well said Protagonist.

The tail end of that system came over Long Island NY last night and the thunder and lightening were profound. Can't imagine what it was like in that campground, as I saw the television coverage also. Condolences to everyone for their losses . . .

As you say, preparation is key, and something most of us, me included, do not take seriously enough. I got thinking about this in the middle of the night, as I watched the 15-minute updates of the local radar. We were spared the worst.

Mother Nature is powerful indeed . . .
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:44 PM   #22
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A number of homes in our area (Virginia) were hit really hard in yesterday's storms as well. I believe 3 separate tornados occurred, not to mention the winds and severe storms. You always need a plan of actions for weather events and planning in advance is always best. My wife and I have discussed plans for different events and what we would need to do. We were in different locations when the storms were predicted and when I texted to see what she was doing, she had already moved into action and had the dog and herself in our safe location for tornados. Was a huge relief to my peace of mind to know she was safe.

My prayers go out to those who were impacted by this storm in the many states that were impacted.
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The very first time we camped in our trailer, a park ranger came by in the rain and told us a tornado was 10 miles away and heading our way. He told us to go to the bath house for shelter. While we were struggling to put our awning away (the first time), the ranger came back. We thought we would be yelled at for not running to the bath house, but she told us the storm headed another direction and all was ok. It was quite the scare.
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The very first time we camped in our trailer, a park ranger came by in the rain and told us a tornado was 10 miles away and heading our way. He told us to go to the bath house for shelter. While we were struggling to put our awning away (the first time), the ranger came back.
Please tell me that next time you'll leave the awning alone and worry about saving your lives instead. If a tornado comes your way and doesn't swerve in another direction, your trailer will be crumpled like an empty beer can and it won't matter if the awning was put away first.
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Old 02-25-2016, 09:00 PM   #25
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Thoughts and prayers for those in the path of the storms this week.

First trip in camper...a 74 Apache hardshell popup - spent as much time in cement bathhouse due to tornados as in the camper ....they touched down a few miles away but never forget the winds and noise. Always head to bathhouse or shelter when tornado warnings. They still make Airstreams and parts.
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