Close encounter of a tree kind
In July we were camped at a COE in Montgomery, AL. It was the third night of this years excursion. A storm was brewing so to protect the awning I rolled it in about half way. My reasoning is that there were a lot of tall trees around and they would shelter us from any strong winds and no need to take it in all the way.
I sat in the back of the RV by the big windows waiting for the storm to pass. I don't believe I was there 5 minutes when we heard a noise, which I can't really describe. And a slight movement of the RV. My thought was that a branch fell and hit the awning. It was raining heavy, but I went to the forward door to take a look. It wouldn't open. So I went to the rear door and by opening it a little I could see a tree next to the RV.
When the rain stopped we were able to get out for a closer examination. A 90 ft pine, approximately 18" diameter snapped off and laid down next to and parallel with the RV and TV. It took out awning and all supporting arms, damaged the bedroom slide out and put a hole in the propane tank door. Did not touch the TV.
If the tree had fallen a few feet closer it would have totally destroyed the RV and I do not believe I would be available to tell the story.
We feel very fortunate.
Terry and Carol
Daytona Beach, FL
2013 F150 XLT, SuperCab, Ecoboost
2010 Rockwood 8285WS
2014 - 57; 2015 - 91; 2016 - 171