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Old 08-27-2011, 07:28 AM   #1
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What did you do to prepare for Irene??

Since we live in Virginia Beach, VA I parked the rig in the bay at my work. Not taking any chances....
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:39 AM   #2
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thats not fair, i want one!

i put 4 inflatable 4' x 4' bladders on the roof and covered the whole thing with a tarp. hopefully that will protect the plastic parts on top from small to medium branches.

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Old 08-27-2011, 07:50 AM   #3
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:58 AM   #4
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Drained, sanitized & refilled freshwater tank. Dump both holding tanks. Exercised the generator. Rearranged the inside so we can pull slides in. Took down the flagpole.
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:53 AM   #5
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Made sure insurance is paid up. Fresh water tank is full too.

We are in the Hershey Thousand Trails park near Hershey, PA. Don't expect it to get real bad here, but it pays to be prepared. Will put the window awnings in tonight - Irene is expected in the wee hours of Sunday.
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:46 PM   #6
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Not to sound like a "smarty", but we changed our travel plans, (we were southbound on I-95), and went westward to the west side of Georgia.
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Old 08-27-2011, 01:12 PM   #7
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Topped everything off. Disconnected all external connections - Shut off power (using the good old salesman switch) and I check for leaks often - none so far.
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Old 08-27-2011, 02:42 PM   #8
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Put the sides in, dropped the jacks and removed the front curtains.

Now that Irene is headed north, we survived with rain and tree limbs in the yard. Luckly nothing was damaged.

Wishing all of you in the part that you will be as lucky as we were .
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Old 08-27-2011, 04:27 PM   #9
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The path of the storm is currently tracking only a couple of miles behind our home in Ct., so it's been a busy couple of days:

  • Went to the grocery store yesterday for a weeks worth of food
  • cleared the yard at home of all loose items - furniture, yard decorations, etc,
  • filled the cars, motorhome and all spare tanks with fuel
  • filled the propane on the motorhome
  • filled the freshwater tank
  • pulled out all the extension cords because I am sure we will lose power and as a result will probably have to power up the house fridge with the Onan 5.5 on the motorhome
  • charged all the batteries for flashlights and power tools
  • taped up some windows
  • started up the chain saw and took down some questionable limbs
  • nestled the motorhome and cars up next to the house
  • monitored the track of the storm, almost obsessively

In general, battening down everything! You can see more about our storm story here Time to Batten Down Everything!

Good Luck to everyone else in this storms path
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Old 08-27-2011, 04:37 PM   #10
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Turned on TV and watched.

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Old 08-27-2011, 04:46 PM   #11
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Just returned home from Hershey Highmeadow Campground....(Gary...hope you are OK and safe in Hershey...) We pulled into our driveway, unloaded the coach, made sure all windows are closed. We are hunkered down in our stick and brick house and watching the news nervously...

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Old 08-27-2011, 04:50 PM   #12
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Prayed some of the rain will find it's way to us here in very hot, parched Texas !!! ...so far we are still hot and dry...
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Old 08-27-2011, 05:31 PM   #13
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Left American Heritage CG in Williamsburg, VA and headed NW to Aquia Pines CG near Stafford, VA. Didn't want to experience potential +60mph winds in Williamsburg in a 5th wheel. Also, wanted to be at Hope Springs Marina to have the boat pulled from the water. Expecting Aquia Creek waters to rise significantly and put the marina in jeopardy, even though we're fairly far from the center of this one.
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Old 08-27-2011, 06:58 PM   #14
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we saw a peak wind speed of 76 mph today. good move, ralphie! also, the local advance auto store's roof collapsed.

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