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Old 03-12-2006, 11:20 PM   #15
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It has to be difficult to watch the active weather approach with concerns for the Airstreams. We saw a unit at International that had a hand hammered look to it and surmised that hail was at fault. Can hail damage pierce the skin and is that something that can be fixed? I read somewhere here in a post that small dings may pop back out after a season or two with expanding and contracting. Has anyone been through hail and the AS not suffer?
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Old 03-13-2006, 12:30 AM   #16
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We're under tornado, storm warnings till 4am also. We are getting some heavy downpours as I type this. Luckily, the Twinkinator is stored inside currently.

I have heard that small damage may look better than after the initial hit after the hot/cold temp changes, but I doubt it would ever be the same. It can be fixed, but the current methods I know of are either skin replacement or an overlay of skin on top of the damaged skin. Neither sound really good to me.
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Old 03-13-2006, 02:12 AM   #17
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Just peeking out--finally looks calm with nothing developing in Kansas to blast us here in Missouri. We had three distinct storms that produced hail and tornadoes. Pretty busy day.
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Old 03-13-2006, 05:47 AM   #18
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It has to be difficult to watch the active weather approach with concerns for the Airstreams. We saw a unit at International that had a hand hammered look to it and surmised that hail was at fault. Can hail damage pierce the skin and is that something that can be fixed? I read somewhere here in a post that small dings may pop back out after a season or two with expanding and contracting. Has anyone been through hail and the AS not suffer?
During the Fargo International some years ago, dozens of trailers were hammered with 1" and larger hail. They resembled oblong silver golf balls. Many were totalled, and the owners bought them back for a song. You could easily spot them going down the road. They were actually became known as "Fargo trailers". I haven't seen one in a long time. I suspect that after a number of years of freezing and heating that most of them have recovered at least to the point that they're not obviously hail victims any more.


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Old 03-13-2006, 08:13 AM   #19
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Well we dodged the storms last night. My weather radio seemed to be going off at least once an hour as the storms from midnight on rolled through the state. The local weather guys said some of these super cells showed up at 8 AM in Kansas on Sunday and were into Indiana after midnight last night. What's unbelievable is that the same super cell kept skipping tornadoes across Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. They said that this was an incredible series of storms. Normally a storm cell will deteriorate over time and distance. If you were a student of meteorology, this weekend provided a lot of fodder for class discussion this week.

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Old 03-13-2006, 08:20 AM   #20
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Jack, I was thinking of you as I watched this things develop and worsen from our side of the state to yours. I wonder how maxandgeorgia fared.

I just checked Icky. Glad to report no hail damage.
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Old 03-13-2006, 09:18 AM   #21
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Thanks for thinking about us, Laura. We got through the night okay, like Jack, but storms were popping up all around us. We had one brief hail spell, but it was over quickly here-incredible and ongoing wind and lightening, and like Jack, our weather alert kept waking us all ngiht long. I'm just glad we have it since we are pretty far out from a community siren. The morning news revealed some tragic situations. We were very lucky.
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Old 03-13-2006, 12:23 PM   #22
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and like Jack, our weather alert kept waking us all ngiht long. I'm just glad we have it since we are pretty far out from a community siren. The morning news revealed some tragic situations. We were very lucky.
This really brings up the idea of carrying a weather radio when out which is reallly important. The one I carry with me uses the SAME technology which allows you to put in county codes that will only allow alerts in the coded counties you load in.

Normally when I plan a trip, I'll use my Good Sam directory to find the county of each campground that I'll be staying in. Via the NOAA Internet site you can then find the county codes that match the county names.

Finally and dependent upon your weather radio, you can load the codes. In my case my radio holds up to six codes and can montor all six at the same time. This is important to me since I may stay at different sites each day, and don't want to bother having to activate or change out a code. The only thing I do is turn the radio on, find the local channel that provides the best reception, and then switch it to standby.

The cost of my radio was $35 on ebay and it runs on batteries or 110 volts.

Here's a picture of mine.

http://www2.oregonscientific.com/sho...cid=74&pid=278

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Glad to hear that all of you faired well thru the night, was thinking and praying for you all last night.
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Old 03-13-2006, 01:24 PM   #24
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Oh HAIL!

To a southerner "HAIL" is the ultimate abode of General William T. Sherman.

"Rye-cheer" is one's present location. (Right here...)

"ya'all" is singular... the correct plural is "all ya'all".

Anyway, I have actually seen someone use one of those little dent pullers on golf ball hit ding on the side of an Airstream. Popped it right out. Now if you have 500 little dings, you might want to park it in the sun and wait patiently for expansion and contraction to do it's thing.

Anyway, glad you made it through the night and are dry. Good luck with replacing your vents... And I would say to upgrade to at least one fan. They move a lot of air and make it very pleasant to be inside.

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Old 03-13-2006, 01:52 PM   #25
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Ya know, it's the strangest thing....We haven't had hail 'round these here parts in years 'till we drug that 'luminum bueaty home about 18 months ago. Since then, we've had three hail storms. Luckily, nothing bigger than dime sized stuff. No damage, thank goodness.

Good to hear everybody's o.k. It is springtime, so I supopose we've more of this to look forward to. 80 degrees in Atlanta right now and that stuff y'all had to deal with yesterday is headed our way by midnight.

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Old 03-13-2006, 02:36 PM   #26
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Our weather alert was given us as a Christmas gift by our son/family. I do not know the price, but it is by Midland, called All Hazards Alert Weather Radio, includes additional features such as an AMFM alarm clock with snooze, a calendar display of day, month, and year (good for me since I haven't kept a calendar since retirement last May!), color coded alert lights for 3 levels, a telescopic antenna for reception within 50 miles of an active NWS transmitter, and multiple kinds of warnings that can be issued. Like Jack says above, you code in the counties that concern you so that you can reload as you travel across the country. Another good feature is that it has accessory jacks for a plug in optional stobe light or pillow vibrator for the deaf or hard of hearing and also an external antenna jack for improved reception for inside concrete or metal buildings (Airstreams?), and has emergency battery back up (4 AA's). We are well pleased with its performance after last night. ~G
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Just an little update here in the Springtime in the Ozarks! Sunday night here we had tornado's popping up all around us. The owners of the RV Park came knocking on my door at 10:30 pm to tell me that a tornado was heading this way(I had been in bed with bad sinus++ all evening) and invited me to come into their shelter. Of course I did, and waited until the storm passed. While I was waiting the electricity got knocked out, and stayed off until @ 6am that morning. I came home about 11:15pm, and the wind blew hard all night. My tarp got blown off, but no rain got inside. I had to go to work yesterday, but I told my boss I needed today off to get up on the top of RV and measure for vents and cover them temporarily, the tarp is just too much, keeps blowing off. It was a good emergency fix, definately not a permanent solution. (smiling)

I am waiting for the sun to warm things up a bit before I climb on top. I have some materials to use to cover vents that should hold until I have more time to order vents. This head conjestion is not helping matters, but I still have to keep going, rain forecast again this weekend. Oh those March Winds and April Showers bring us those beautiful springtime flowers.
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I am waiting for the sun to warm things up a bit before I climb on top. I have some materials to use to cover vents that should hold until I have more time to order vents. This head conjestion is not helping matters, but I still have to keep going, rain forecast again this weekend. Oh those March Winds and April Showers bring us those beautiful springtime flowers.
You might be able to do a temp fix from the inside. Get a plywood square that will fit through the hole diagonally, then turn it 45 degrees and it should cover the vent. To secure it, just staple a loop of rope to the bottom, run a length of board or dowel rod through the loop and twist until it tightens to your inside roof. Cheap, quick and no roof climbing.

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