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Old 08-23-2011, 02:53 PM   #1
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Have you been in an AS during a earthquake?

Hello,

I was in the AS during today's 5.8 today, it felt as if the trailer was going up and down, not sideways. It was a shock since NC has few if any quakes.
The jacks were not down.

No damage, that was a feeling I do not want to experience again.

I bet our West Coast friends are just grinning.
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:55 PM   #2
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i bet our west coast friends are just grinning.

Indeed
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:58 PM   #3
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Guess you don't need new axles. Sounds like they absorbed it just fine. No popped rivets?
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:05 PM   #4
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:08 PM   #5
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Sweeeeeet...otherwise you'd not only have popped rivets, but rear end sag, waterleaks, walls separated, drawers opening.....etc....during an earthquake. Must have been a Boy Scout, as you were prepared.

Seriously, I guess I can joke around, as so far there are no reports of injury or significant damage. Hope it stays that way.
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Don't know how it read on the scale where you were, but in Charlotte, it was a very gentle, long rolling quake. I grew up in California, so this was more surprising than scary - you just don't expect quakes here. The guy I was in the room with is from Long Island and he asked me if we needed to run.
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I've had that sensation too, but I think the cause was too much wine and forgetting to extend the stabilizing jacks...

Glad no significant injuries reported in U.S. or Canada!
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:44 PM   #8
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We were just outside our Interstate during the earthquake today. We had driven through DC earlier, and were really glad we were not on an overpass or underpass during that experience.

We had just settled into a very nice county campground south of Alexandria, VA, were sitting outside looking at the maps and pondering the next couple of days. First our chairs were shaking as if someone had hold of them. Then, the Interstate began rocking back and forth---pretty wild to see and feel.

By the time we realized what it was, it was over. Yikes!!

On to Mt. Vernon tomorrow.


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We were just outside our Interstate during the earthquake today. We had driven through DC earlier, and were really glad we were not on an overpass or underpass during that experience.

We had just settled into a very nice county campground south of Alexandria, VA, were sitting outside looking at the maps and pondering the next couple of days. First our chairs were shaking as if someone had hold of them. Then, the Interstate began rocking back and forth---pretty wild to see and feel.

By the time we realized what it was, it was over. Yikes!!

On to Mt. Vernon tomorrow.


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Old 08-23-2011, 06:14 PM   #10
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It would take quite a bit of shaking to damage a vehicle or trailer... for all the damage an earthquake can cause, yoy're actually dealing with some fairly slow movement of the earth. Your trailer easily absorbs that energy, and converts it into bouncing (the springs).

Old structures that can't absorb or convert the energy in swaying are the dangers... as long as nothing falls on your trailer, it would be one of the safest places to be.
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It would take quite a bit of shaking to damage a vehicle or trailer... for all the damage an earthquake can cause, yoy're actually dealing with some fairly slow movement of the earth. Your trailer easily absorbs that energy, and converts it into bouncing (the springs).

Old structures that can't absorb or convert the energy in swaying are the dangers... as long as nothing falls on your trailer, it would be one of the safest places to be.
Old structures like vintage Airstreams? Really, it was a (not too good) reference to how "vibrations" are unkind to Airstreams due to out of balance running gear and worn out axles.
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Oh My God! I was in my AS this afternoon in Silver Spring, Maryland! I was in pulling out bulbs to take and compare to LED's when it started rocking.... I thought someone was outside playing around.... then I realized I was alone and got a strange feeling in the pit of my stomach. Suddenly, I felt pretty helpless.....
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Yes, its a weird sensation!
I was outside leaning against my Jeep when the roller M7.2 hit 100 miles south of us in Mexico last year... and I too thought someone was messing with me... Heard the Jeeps transmission click-click-click-click as it rolled forward and back against the Parking pawl...
I would rather be in a trailer or motorhome out in the open when the big one happens... and if I am not, I will be there soon after... its our emergency plan!
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