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Old 08-24-2005, 08:21 PM   #15
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I believe during last years hurricane season, Andy from Inland RV stated that an Airstream can be pulled up to 115 MPH. I wouldn't try it though. But, that being said, it is safe to say that you could possibly hook up your tow vehicle and face it into the wind. That is what I did during Frances and Jeanne and had no problems.
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Old 08-24-2005, 08:25 PM   #16
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Best advice: Leave ahead of the storm. Your trailer may not blow away, but a 2x4 travelling through the air at 50-60 mph will probably go right through your trailer. Much of the damage from storms isn't from wind, it's from flying debris. I've been through seven typhoons in the South Pacific, and right near (closer than I'd liked) several tornadoes over the years. Neither are worth sticking around for.

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Old 08-24-2005, 09:41 PM   #17
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Actually, I just remembered seeing a picture titled 'hurricane tie downs' on the Project: Vintage Thunder gallery

http://www.pbase.com/airstreamlife/image/40920125

It probably won't keep it from flying away in a very high wind, but it might keep it from bouncing around in the wind.

The strap was a standard 10000 LB tow strap. The VT Project trailer was parked next to my house, with another house 10 feet away. The issue I was most concerned about was that the trailer was sitting on top of a retaining wall with a 16-20 inch drop off at the rear. I knew the wall would be fine since it normally was holding up my 12000 LB motorhome. What I did not want to happen was to have the wind push the trailer back off the wall. I put down all 3 working stabilizers, chocked the wheels on the other side from the strap and strapped it down. The strap ran behind the backing plates that are behind the wheels and I wrapped it around one axle.

When we had the 3 in a row I also waited until the last reasonable time and pointed my MH into the wind and snuggled it up to the house. I figured getting the smallest cross section into the wind was as good as I could do. Besides if the power failed, or I needed a hot shower post storm I had all I could ask for in the MH.

I know sneakingup got the screw in type used for a mobile home and strapped his down across the A frame in front and the rear bumper in back using metal straps.
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Old 08-26-2005, 06:07 PM   #18
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I guess you are in the same situation as i am.We are watching this new storm approaching and dont know where it is going to land once it gets in the gulf.If it is coming this way like it is showing i will be the first to evacuate being that i live on the beach.This is normal though and you get used to it.Great thing is i now have a brand new Airstream to evacuate in.No more going to parents house and looking for hotels.
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Old 08-26-2005, 08:00 PM   #19
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Greetings from Cutler Ridge, South Dade County Florida, visited just last night by Ms. Katrina and her winds and rain!

1. My 31' Sovereign never budged. No dings, no dents.

2. However, did get water past the A/C gasket and had a puddle underneah about 24" in circumference.

3. Had the reefer fired up and the A/C going (I have a 30A outlet on the outside of my garage) just in case the house power went down -- can run the whole trailer on 2 EU2000i's (especially with the reefer on propane) not so the stick house. Turned out we didn't need it but it looks like we wil be taking it over to the mother-in-law's tomorrow and planting it in her front yard -- she has no power or fresh water.

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Old 08-26-2005, 08:17 PM   #20
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With the way everything is going.I will have to evacuate.If what they are saying about it becoming a cat 4 hurricane,We will get cat 1 winds and the bridge will be closed down.That is the only way for us to get off the beach where i live unless we want to drive towards the hurricane to leave.(Yea right.)Mabey this will give you an idea of where i live and the trouble i always face when we have something like this.Here is my neigborhood.
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Old 08-28-2005, 07:09 PM   #21
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Could be worse Devo. My inlaws and extended family live in New Orleans. They grabbed everything they could and got out to Lafayette. They may not be able to go back for weeks.
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Old 08-28-2005, 07:13 PM   #22
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PS - we just got back from camping out in the boonies just few hours ago only to find this hurricane mess. We are not happy.
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Old 08-28-2005, 08:05 PM   #23
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From the New Orleans NWS office: (Yes it's real!!)

EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE KATRINA CONTINUES TO APPROACH THE
MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA

DEVASTATING DAMAGE EXPECTED

MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS...PERHAPS LONGER. AT
LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF AND WALL
FAILURE. ALL GABLED ROOFS WILL FAIL...LEAVING THOSE HOMES SEVERELY
DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.

THE MAJORITY OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WILL BECOME NON FUNCTIONAL.
PARTIAL TO COMPLETE WALL AND ROOF FAILURE IS EXPECTED. ALL WOOD
FRAMED LOW RISING APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL BE DESTROYED. CONCRETE
BLOCK LOW RISE APARTMENTS WILL SUSTAIN MAJOR DAMAGE...INCLUDING SOME
WALL AND ROOF FAILURE.

HIGH RISE OFFICE AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL SWAY DANGEROUSLY...A
FEW TO THE POINT OF TOTAL COLLAPSE. ALL WINDOWS WILL BLOW OUT.

AIRBORNE DEBRIS WILL BE WIDESPREAD...AND MAY INCLUDE HEAVY ITEMS SUCH
AS HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND EVEN LIGHT VEHICLES. SPORT UTILITY
VEHICLES AND LIGHT TRUCKS WILL BE MOVED. THE BLOWN DEBRIS WILL CREATE
ADDITIONAL DESTRUCTION. PERSONS...PETS...AND LIVESTOCK EXPOSED TO THE
WINDS WILL FACE CERTAIN DEATH IF STRUCK.

POWER OUTAGES WILL LAST FOR WEEKS...AS MOST POWER POLES WILL BE DOWN
AND TRANSFORMERS DESTROYED. WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING
INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF NATIVE TREES WILL BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ONLY
THE HEARTIEST WILL REMAIN STANDING...BUT BE TOTALLY DEFOLIATED. FEW
CROPS WILL REMAIN. LIVESTOCK LEFT EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL BE
KILLED.

AN INLAND HURRICANE WIND WATCH IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR
HURRICANE FORCE...OR FREQUENT GUSTS AT OR ABOVE HURRICANE FORCE...ARE
POSSIBLE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS.

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Old 08-28-2005, 09:19 PM   #24
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Wow ... I know the people are gonna have it really bad there.I am thinking that there will be nothing after this thing is over with.We are supposed to get 60+mph winds here.Now the beach is blown all out and the tidal surge is really high so no more going to the beach for a couple of days.I expect the beach to be messed up here and all the beach renurishment that they were doing is pretty much gone as well.I remember when Opal came through and i was not able to go back to my house for a week and a half.That was really hard.I had to show identification and get a pass to get there when they finally let us go to our homes.It is really gonna be very hard when they can not ever go back to there homes again for a long time.Not to be rude or anything but i have a feeling that since someof the people are staying,There might be quite a few deaths from this storm.
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The campground at Port O' Call in Melborne and a 4 point tie down. The chains crossed in the front and in the rear to anchor points embedded in the concrete. Anything more than a marginal cat 3 will see AS tail lights heading nortwest. Being on the coast just north of Hatteras and nags head we've seen enough of them to know not to be too brave. In 60 years I have never left home but we have never experienced an Andrew, Hugo or Camille and don't care to. Isabelle only had 90 mph winds here but it did a lot of damage.
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Old 08-28-2005, 11:10 PM   #26
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I think Mother Nature is trying to help raise gas prices...

There are a lot of oil rigs in that part of the Gulf, as well as refineries, and transloading facilities. It will make recovery even that much harder, having to ship in gas and diesel to the victims, as well as watching gas prices go up another 30 or so cents a gallon. This storm will obviously affect people a thousand miles away and more, not to mention the victims of the storm itself.
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I have been giving some thought to the Airstream in the Hurricane situation...I know thoughting is a dangerous process How about buiding a turntable, with an aerodynamic removable nose on it. You tow the AS onto the turn table install the nose protection and let er ride. As an added bonus you will have the best looking weather vane out there

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I have been giving some thought to the Airstream in the Hurricane situation...I know thoughting is a dangerous process How about buiding a turntable, with an aerodynamic removable nose on it. You tow the AS onto the turn table install the nose protection and let er ride. As an added bonus you will have the best looking weather vane out there

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And if it's blown away, you'll know you had some wind. Hey, not only a weathervane, but a rudimentary wind speed gauge, too! I like it!
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