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Old 02-02-2020, 03:30 PM   #1
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Campground Angel

Recently we were on our 3rd outing in our AS; camping at Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Pulling into the campground we noted a lot of other Airstreamers. When we pulled into our spot, we were next to two other AirStreams; so three in a row. Wednesday morning we decided to drive to Salton Sea (30 miles east)since there was no wind and it was bright and sunny. About 2/3rds of the way there the wind kicked up; a fast and furious wind that was creating humongous dust clouds.

After checking out the shore line of the Salton Sea we decided to head back to our AS since the wind was making it impossible to see or breathe. On the way back I suddenly realized that we left the awing up (rookie mistake); not good. We kept hoping that the wind was localized east of Anza Borrego. Not so. It was gale force winds all the way back. I'm thinking the awning has probably been ripped from it's mountings on the AS and has been blown who knows where. I'm also thinking major damage to the AS and equally major repair bills. The stress was beginning to build.

Getting close to the campground the wind was still gale force. We pull up to our AS and.....someone had taken down our awing for us! What a relief! I thought it was our neighbor ASer so when they returned I went over to thank them for taking our awning down. They told me that they too left their awning out while they went in to town and their awning had been taken down as well and they thought we had done it for them. They were going to come over and thank us for doing it.

We never did find out who our campground angel was but it had to be one of the other ASers in camp. Who else would know how to get the awning down? So, campground angel, whoever you are, we thank you for seeing what needed to be done and then doing it.
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Old 02-02-2020, 03:56 PM   #2
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Airlock, thanks for sharing that great story!

It reassures your faith in fellow man there are still neighbors who will watch out for each other. The Golden Rule is alive and well
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Old 02-02-2020, 06:48 PM   #3
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Great story and good message. The first time I stayed at Anza Borrego it was mighty hot well into the evening and very still out. I left the awning out and locked. I went to bed with the fantastic fans running and sweating it out in the trailer (we were on an outer no hookup loop). At 2AM I awoke to what felt like kids rocking the trailer. By the time I got the door open it was still and quiet, no one around. This happened again about a half hour later and I looked out the window to see the awning in full billow! As I came out to put the awning away the wind died just as quickly as it had come up. I learned my lesson about awnings in the desert and I rarely leave camp anywhere with the awning out. Glad your angels were watching out for you!
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Awesome to hear. Being a Good Human is never a bad idea.
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Old 02-03-2020, 12:55 AM   #5
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Ditto.

Thanks for sharing.

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Old 02-03-2020, 04:15 AM   #6
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Nice story! Thanks.

When leaving your rig unattended, it is best to lower the awning, disconnect city water, unplug from shore power, and close the windows, as applicable, no matter what the weather forecast is.
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I have a pressure regulator on the water spigot and one in the trailer, so why would I disconnect water lines when leaving for a couple of hours? If you are really paranoid, it would be easier to just shut off the valve!! I have surge protection and every other electrical safety you can think of, so why would I disconnect the electrical cord? When I leave my home for the afternoon, I don't shut off the water,or turn off the power. If the temp outside is +90 I leave the A/C running!! Do you shut off the propane as well when you leave?? Leaving the propane on might cause the trailer to blow up!!
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Good thing it was not an electric awning! Another reason I would like to replace my Relax awning with a manual one. Although, this situation could never happen to me cuz my Relax awning won't open in the first place.

Sorry, I just had to get that last dig in
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Great story. I drove from that area to the Salton Sea (one of those offbeat areas I love--such an interesting history and fascinating in my opinion) and experienced a windstorm like that--woah nelly, couldn't see 20 feet. Winds can be ferocious around there.
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