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Old 08-24-2011, 11:03 PM   #1
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Irene... Where you gonna go when the Tornado Blow?

...original lyric was "volcano" blow... Hurricane just doesn't fit.

So I want to head inland and upland. TOMORROW. I've got to head back to work to hold the fort so anyone with a good idea of where I should stash the stream until Irene passes, CHIME IN.

I figure that I want to be west of Richmond on high ground (not near a river or damn) with NO trees, but somewhat sheltered from wind. IDEAS PLEASE. I could head for Virginia Highland Haven or Meadows of Dan but that's over 6 hours of driving and I'd prefer 3-4.

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Old 08-24-2011, 11:21 PM   #2
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Big discussion on Joe Bastardi weather today....with all the wet weather in the North East in the recent weeks...a major problem will be falling trees. So...don't leave you Airstream under or near trees.
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We are near Yorktown and may not have the opportunity to move our 19 ft Bambi. I'll be moving it to higher ground, but wonder should I leave attached to the tow vehicle (small SUV) and risk the SUV getting dragged around by winds hitting the trailer? We are (currently) at the outside edge of hurricane force winds.
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Go west, I have mine sitting on a mountain west of Gettysburg, PA.
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Old 08-25-2011, 06:35 AM   #6
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So this may turn into a hurriquake? Or maybe an earthicane?

Somewhere in the hills West of I-95 would probably be best.
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:18 AM   #7
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Paula,
You might be interested in Misty Mountain here near us. Our Unit is going to be there for a planning meeting for the Virginia Commonwealth Rally this weekend. They have some new sites out from the trees, labeled Vendor 1, Vendor 2, etc. Call them to ask about it if you're interested. I-64 West, Exit 107 Crozet.

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Old 08-25-2011, 01:12 PM   #8
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Come park it on our place. We're farther east than you want, but we are zero flood chance and I can park you out of range of anything that may fly. Next to mine, even (an honor in itself!)

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Old 08-25-2011, 01:13 PM   #9
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We were headed next toward Jamestown, VA, but have decided to move inland a bit until Irene does whatever she's going to do. Sounds like the Outer Banks are going to get hit hard.

Found a spot at Stony Creek Resort in Greenville, VA, til Sunday am, and are headed for there as I type. Looks to be very pretty, in the foothills and takes Passport America to boot.

Going to do some reading, perhaps have a campfire or two and go by Monticello when we head east again.

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Paula,

I've been wondering what you were going to do and hope you have left by now.

Latest estimates are it may go right over Norfolk area and may still be a Cat. 3 at that point. But some estimates are as far west as central Va. I wouldn't worry about going back to work after stashing the trailer, but would consider Kentucky as a destination. Estimates are sometimes wrong.

Floods are the most destructive parts of a hurricane and can hit far from the path. When hurricanes where common in the middle Atlantic states and the NE from the late '30's to the '60's, floods were the worst of it.

Traffic will soon be worse than usual and the time to go is now.

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Old 08-25-2011, 01:58 PM   #11
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We are near Yorktown and may not have the opportunity to move our 19 ft Bambi. I'll be moving it to higher ground, but wonder should I leave attached to the tow vehicle (small SUV) and risk the SUV getting dragged around by winds hitting the trailer? We are (currently) at the outside edge of hurricane force winds.

Probably more risk from flying debris. If you have to leave the TV somewhere anyway leave it hooked. All jacks down and if you can get some swamp anchors in the ground strap the frame down.

If you are on the edge you should be ok, the rounded side of the trailer is a benefit. Best of luck and do not put yourself in danger to save a trailer. Insurance will cover any loss.

I live in New Orleans and we hook the trailer up and leave and take a mini vacation when we have to evacuate. We spent 2 weeks at Fort Wilderness for Katrina. It is the smartest thing to do. Empty the ice box into the trailer and go. Check back and when the power is restored return.

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Thought y'all might be interested in the report from Gringo, Airstream owner who rode out the storm in the Turks and Caicos Islands. As has already been noted, their AS is safe and sound in AC splendor in a Texas warehouse, but this is pretty nice reporting from the aftermath of the storm.

Their internet is spotty or I'm sure he would have already checked in here himself.... so I'll take the liberty.

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Old 08-25-2011, 09:34 PM   #13
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Ours is sitting in storage here in Jersey. Maybe I'll go over tomorrow and put down the stabilizers. Wish I had the generators now.
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Old 09-03-2011, 03:47 PM   #14
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There and back

I ended up at a campground near Appomattox - the trailer was perfectly safe until I went to pick it up and bring it back to Virginia Beach. I stopped for lunch near Petersburg and when I came back to the trailer the rear bumper was dinged and there's some damage to the bottom two segments. (foul language)

After I finally got back to my campground I made two discoveries - I DO have some leaks remaining around the back windows, and the damage to the lower segments came from the floor being punky. (more foul language)

Then to add insult to injury I found that there's a local storage place that would have rented me a space for the duration of the hurricane for $25. Next storm, that's where I'll be.

I'm planning to go to Montreal on Sept 18, but the floor damage will only get worse if I don't hit it hard NOW. Thought I had this solved months ago. So back to the storage facility - they gave me a good weekly rate - so I'll have power to run the saws, and a place to stow the dinette while I do a frame ON replacement of the back 2 to 3 feet of plywood. I'll Rot Doctor the replacement piece until hell won't have it.

Lettuce spray? (horrible pun - think about it.)

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