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Old 06-04-2016, 04:51 PM   #29
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INsure it for agreed-value that you can live with and let the ins. co. do the worrying. Remember,... insurance isn't to keep bad things from happening to you. It's only to reduce the pain when it does. (To keep ins. premiums low... buy high deductible ins policy. Again,...it's not so you can avoid all risk. It's to avoid the kind of risk you can't afford!)
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Old 06-06-2016, 05:28 PM   #30
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This is what I'm talking about...

We're 20 miles south of this at the moment:

Issued by The National Weather Service
Pendleton, OR
4:08pm PDT, Mon Jun 6

SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 4:45PM PDT MON

... SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SOUTHWESTERN JEFFERSON AND NORTHWESTERN DESCHUTES COUNTIES UNTIL 445 PM PDT...

AT 408 PM PDT... DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A STRONG THUNDERSTORM OVER CAMP SHERMAN... OR 24 MILES NORTHWEST OF REDMOND... MOVING SOUTH AT 10 MPH.

HALF INCH HAIL AND WINDS IN EXCESS OF 40 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THIS STORM.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... CAMP SHERMAN AND BLACK BUTTE RANCH.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS ALSO OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM... AND MAY LEAD TO LOCALIZED FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.

PERSONS IN CAMPGROUNDS SHOULD CONSIDER SEEKING STURDY SHELTER UNTIL THIS STORM PASSES.
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Old 06-06-2016, 06:14 PM   #31
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I'm no expert, but I don't think 1/2" jail in 40 mph winds would be a problem.
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Old 06-06-2016, 06:33 PM   #32
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That's good to know. We just the flank of the storm - torrential rain and just a bit of hail. As my kids used to say, "Spaz down Dad.".
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Old 06-06-2016, 07:09 PM   #33
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I keep myself informed and have added the hail brief to my daily weather check (pilot).

http://hail.org/chance-of-hail-today/

The below document is enlightening:

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/publications...r/hailfreq.pdf

Kansas, Oklahoma, and Northern Texas, Hail alley! Good thing there is not much to see in that area, I won't be in those areas much at all.

Most of my time will be spent at the Rockies and West, which is fairly safe. Looking at the map, just to the East (downslope) of the Rockies like Denver/Colorado Springs is there the chances shoot up.

Very interesting topic.
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Old 06-06-2016, 07:34 PM   #34
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Zybane...

Those are very interesting resources. I flew as a private pilot in an earlier life and I've always noted a few similarities between flying and Airstreaming. Watching the weather is a factor in both activities, obviously much more important with flying than with trailering, but I do like to keep an eye on the weather when we're on the road. Here are a couple of specialty iOS apps that I use:

- NOAA Hi-Def Radar App
- WindAlert

I find the first one to be generally useful. I used the second one frequently during a months stay at Cape Blanco on the Oregon Coast as we closed the lighthouse when winds reached 50mph.

I'm going to add hail.org to my quiver of AS digital tools.

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Old 06-07-2016, 06:57 PM   #35
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Zybane...

Those are very interesting resources. I flew as a private pilot in an earlier life and I've always noted a few similarities between flying and Airstreaming. Watching the weather is a factor in both activities, obviously much more important with flying than with trailering, but I do like to keep an eye on the weather when we're on the road. Here are a couple of specialty iOS apps that I use:

- NOAA Hi-Def Radar App
- WindAlert

I find the first one to be generally useful. I used the second one frequently during a months stay at Cape Blanco on the Oregon Coast as we closed the lighthouse when winds reached 50mph.

I'm going to add hail.org to my quiver of AS digital tools.

John
Nice, I will add those!
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Old 06-08-2016, 10:09 AM   #36
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I keep myself informed...
Kansas, Oklahoma, and Northern Texas, Hail alley! Good thing there is not much to see in that area, .....
You'd be very incorrect about that.
In fact, a quite interesting rally is planned in N.TX for October near Quanah.
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Old 06-08-2016, 11:01 AM   #37
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This is what I have over my Airstream. The hail has been bouncing off it just fine this summer so far. Also, we had a blizzard after I put it up and the snow slid right off on it's own. It's high enough in the center that it allows me to get up on the roof of the Airstream as well. I hang my tire covers, cords, bungees etc... on the rails inside. I drilled down into the cement on the driveway and anchored it really well. It's rated for 40 pounds per square foot snow load and 95 mile per hour winds. It looks nice and I like it.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...1400_200411400
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In a pinch, try bubble wrap. That's what a major aircraft manufacturer uses in Kansas when they have limited hangar space and a major storm is imminent. You can generally buy it locally. In this case, they spiral wrap the wings. I don't see why you could not fabricate a rooftop cover, and on the fly, if necessary. Should be reusable and/or recyclable. It should be better than canvas or anything that is not "padded."

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My Greatest AS Worry: Hail

"Kansas, Oklahoma, and Northern Texas, Hail alley! Good thing there is not much to see in that area, I won't be in those areas much at all."

Yes, that is correct, you should stay away.

Wouldn't want to bore you with our dull, lack luster state.


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"Kansas, Oklahoma, and Northern Texas, Hail alley! Good thing there is not much to see in that area, I won't be in those areas much at all."

Yes, that is correct, you should stay away.

Wouldn't want to bore you with our dull, lack luster state.


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