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Old 06-07-2013, 05:13 PM   #15
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I have about figured out the best way to ride out a hurricane in an Airstream...

First you get one of those big V-plow blades from up north where it snows...a lot! Then you mount it on a turntable and put the AS behind it, that allows the AS to vane into the wind and the blade can deflect all the debris.

Problem solved!

Interestingly enough I saw pictures of a campground/RV park after one of the hurricanes of 2005, there were a bunch of destroyed SOB's, there were a couple of Airstreams in the park. One had been rolled on it's side by the hurricane, they rolled it back on it's wheels and were still staying in it, everything else was too damaged to use. During Hurricane Katrina I was working in Mobile, AL, fortunately my AS was in NC, I bailed and went east to Jacksonville, FL and rode the storm out in a hotel.

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Lol you had me laughing. The tropical storm was not to bad. I was told to fill up my tanks and hook it up to my truck. I would hope it would not turn over with my truck with a category 3 . A category 4 I will leave.
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:34 PM   #16
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Even a TS can be a major hazard, not so much from the TS force winds but TORNADOES often associated with these systems. Case in point, the Tornado that hit Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, FL last evening. I have my 23 footer parked on the Island and a waterspout came on shore just a half mile away. It turned into an EF-1 and toppled quite a few trees. I keep my trailer on a paved lot pretty much devoid of trees, and am glad for that. I live about 7 miles inland and had no worries about this twister, until I remembered I had my trailer out there. Waterspouts are pretty common with these systems.

Like others, I plan on using it for evacuations and for living in after a major Hurricane, specially if the power is out for a sustained period of time, as I can run the AC and cook in the trailer. I also consider it my "Escape Pod", allowing me to evacuate and stay away from harm for an extended period. But Andrea was just too tame with max sustained winds of 40MPH to worry about moving it off the Island, so I thought. Lesson Learned!

There were no injures, but a good bit of damage to the old trees on the Island.
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:41 PM   #17
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Even a TS can be a major hazard, not so much from the TS force winds but TORNADOES often associated with these systems. Case in point, the Tornado that hit Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, FL last evening. I have my 23 footer parked on the Island and a waterspout came on shore just a half mile away. It turned into an EF-1 and toppled quite a few trees. I keep my trailer on a paved lot pretty much devoid of trees, and am glad for that. I live about 7 miles inland and had no worries about this twister, until I remembered I had my trailer out there. Waterspouts are pretty common with these systems.

Like others, I plan on using it for evacuations and for living in after a major Hurricane, specially if the power is out for a sustained period of time, as I can run the AC and cook in the trailer. I also consider it my "Escape Pod", allowing me to evacuate and stay away from harm for an extended period. But Andrea was just too tame with max sustained winds of 40MPH to worry about moving it off the Island, so I thought. Lesson Learned!

There were no injures, but a good bit of damage to the old trees on the Island.
Yes we had some a tornado touch down a couple of years ago about a half mile from my house. That would have been bad.
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:03 PM   #18
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Just an FYI, Bertha (our Sovereign) has successfully ridden out Hurricane Andrew and Hurricane Charlie. In 2004, It turned out to be the only RV that survived in the campground it was parked when Charlie passed almost directly over the park. I exercised the better part of valor, and rode that one out across the state in our Argosy. Bertha has also successfully traveled at highway speeds through hurricane-force (75mph) crosswinds.
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:22 PM   #19
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Just an FYI, Bertha (our Sovereign) has successfully ridden out Hurricane Andrew and Hurricane Charlie. In 2004, It turned out to be the only RV that survived in the campground it was parked when Charlie passed almost directly over the park. I exercised the better part of valor, and rode that one out across the state in our Argosy. Bertha has also successfully traveled at highway speeds through hurricane-force (75mph) crosswinds.
Wow that is good news!
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:12 PM   #20
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We prepped for sandy last year as others have described here. Full tanks, generators ready to go etc. but then we never even lost power in the house. We were kinda bummed.
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:31 PM   #21
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We prepped for sandy last year as others have described here. Full tanks, generators ready to go etc. but then we never even lost power in the house. We were kinda bummed.
We currently have family 45 miles up the road still without power after the storms that rolled through central NC on Thursday night... We have 4 generators on the property so I figure we will never be without power again.

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Old 06-17-2013, 07:08 PM   #22
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We currently have family 45 miles up the road still without power after the storms that rolled through central NC on Thursday night... We have 4 generators on the property so I figure we will never be without power again.

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We wired the house for generators and we have not lost power yet. we can use that hook up on the airstream we just need to get a cable hookup made for it
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We prepped for sandy last year as others have described here. Full tanks, generators ready to go etc. but then we never even lost power in the house. We were kinda bummed.
Never be bummed about dodging the bullet! Take it from a Katrina survivor.

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Never be bummed about dodging the bullet! Take it from a Katrina survivor.

Hurricane preparation is the ultimate example of "Better to have it and not need it…"
Understood, as much of our town was underwater in 1938. Reference was to attaching a new level of significance to the beloved silver tube. Evacuation from Montauk would be damn near impossible. We live 100 feet above sea level so no storm surge problems. We would most likely HAVE to ride out the aftermath as home campers.
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Never be bummed about dodging the bullet! Take it from a Katrina survivor.

Hurricane preparation is the ultimate example of "Better to have it and not need it…"
I was working in Mobile, AL when Katrina came a calling. I left on Sunday morning and drove to Jacksonville, FL to ride it out. We had tropical force winds and rain in J'ville.

I live in the western edge of the Coastal Plain of NC, we do get the occasional hurricane or tropical force winds. Tornadoes, Derechos, and severe thunderstorms are the order of the day on a regular basis.

I sleep through the storms...

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In a Midwestern state that was known for severe storms, lived a farmer who had a herd of cattle which provided for his living. He wasn’t able
to pay large wages and found it difficult to keep trusty work hands.
He found himself in need of a competent worker who would see that
the animals were properly cared for and always be reliable in
doing his work.

One afternoon, a young man came by looking for a job. The farmer looked him over and thought he looked a bit young to have the qualification for the job, but he needed someone badly and decided to interview him. The first question to the young man was, “What are
your qualifications for this job?” The answer he got was, “I can sleep through a storm.” That didn’t make much sense to the farmer and alarmed him some, but he was desperate for help and hired the young man.

Not long afterward, a terrible storm came up during the middle of the night. The farmer decided he should go check on the barn doors and
see if everything was secure in the storm. Everything he checked was secure, nothing left undone; so he went looking for the young man
whose sleeping quarters were near the barn. No lights were on in his cabin and there was no evidence that he was up checking on things.
The farmer thought he probably made a mistake hiring one so young
who didn’t understand the responsibilities he had, but he knocked
on the cabin door and waited for a response from inside. Soon, a
sleepy eyed young man came to the door and asked the farmer what
was wrong. “Don’t you hear the storm raging out here? Why aren’t
you awake and taking care my animals?” “Oh, but I did, sir,” was the reply. “I took care of everything before the storm hit. All the animals have been fed, watered and locked securely in their stalls. I did everything to make them safe before I went to sleep.”

Then the farmer realized what the young man meant when he said he could “sleep through a storm.” He had made his preparation BEFORE the storm came, and he knew there was nothing to worry about. “What
a gem I have discovered!” thought the farmer as he made his way
back to the house, went to his own bed and soon fell asleep
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We prepped for sandy last year as others have described here. Full tanks, generators ready to go etc. but then we never even lost power in the house. We were kinda bummed.

We are 40+ miles inland from the coast in central New Jersey. We had 80+ MPH winds here. Lost seven large trees and were without power for eleven days. Nothing compared to some. Don't be bummed about missing the action, it wasn't any fun. If you want to practice just turn off the main breaker and have at it.
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...and while I have a good sized standby generator that runs on natural gas, I also have a Plan C...move into my Airstream. With my two Honda 2000's (and soon 300 W of solar panels), I figure I can ride out most natural (and unnatural) disasters.
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...and while I have a good sized standby generator that runs on natural gas, I also have a Plan C...move into my Airstream. With my two Honda 2000's (and soon 300 W of solar panels), I figure I can ride out most natural (and unnatural) disasters.
For me, Plan A is… well, I never bother with Plan A. Anybody who watches action/adventure movies knows that Plan A never works, so why even have one? My first plan is Plan B.

Plan B is, if the storm is Cat 1 or Cat 2, hunker down at home, but with the Airstream fully stocked so that I can move into it during the inevitable power outage after the storm has passed. Moving into it during the storm would not be comfortable or restful since an Interstate has no stabilizer jacks. But, if the storm is Cat 3 or higher, bug out with my Airstream Interstate and towing my Honda as soon as New Orleans is within the NWS "cone of uncertainty."

I don't have a Plan C, either, because Plan B covers the contingencies.
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