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Old 07-21-2013, 05:29 PM   #1
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Dodged a Bullet (I think)

Last night strong storms rolled through the campground at Rend Lake. By 9:30 the worst was over so my wife and I changed into our bed clothes and relaxed in our recliners to watch some TV. Just after 10:00PM, BAM! We were startled out of our wits with a loud crashing noise. We both literally jumped out of our chairs. CRUD, something large either fell off the trailer or something large fell onto our trailer. I quickly put on my shoes and grabbed a flashlight and went outside.
I thought for sure I was going to see a large tree limb on top of our trailer when I went out the door. My inspection of the fifth wheel from the ground didnít show anything amiss and no tree limbs were sticking off the side of the trailer. NUTS! I would have to climb the ladder on the back of the trailer in a light drizzle to see if any limbs were just out of sight on the roof. I wasnít too thrilled climbing the wet ladder. Once on the roof I was shocked that I didnít see anything. However, the passenger side slideout did have a bunch of tree bark on it. I called down to Joyce to look for any limbs on the ground by the slideout and sure enough, there was a broken limb about six feet long and about two inches in diameter on the ground by the slideout. In the dark I had walk right passed it.
I couldnít find any damage to either the roof or the slideout during my inspection in the rain. This morning I checked again and still canít see any damage. I think I dodged a bullet (I hope).
The limb isnít all that impressive to look at but when it hit the top of the slideout it sounded like an automobile collision.

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Old 07-21-2013, 05:41 PM   #2
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I am glad every thing is alright and no damage.
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:05 PM   #3
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I am glad every thing is alright and no damage.
Totally Ditto. Very lucky near miss...
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Thank goodness there was no damage other than to your nerves. We always debate whether to park near a tree for shade or out in the open after loosing our house in Carlisle. Kinda makes you 'gun shy'
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Glad you had no damage...side note:

I was running around an older wooded camp ground one night when I heard that familiar sound, the sound of wood breaking, turned around in time to see a fairly large limb fall on the top of rear fender of a pick up. And this was a nice peaceful afternoon, no wind at all.

My thoughts...wow glad that was not my truck and glad I was not any closer running down the road.
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:32 PM   #6
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Thank goodness there was no damage other than to your nerves. We always debate whether to park near a tree for shade or out in the open after loosing our house in Carlisle. Kinda makes you 'gun shy'
Back in our tent camping days I always made a point of not pitching our tent directly under a tree. When we changed over to ďcampingĒ in a trailer I quit worrying about it. I may have to pay more attention to the trees around me and the limbs above once again.
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Good to hear it was a minor incident.

Was camping this weekend in a Texas state park, sitting in my camp chair enjoying the breeze off the below-level lake and my morning dose of caffeine. Heard the crackle of breaking wood, and saw a large tree branch break off an oak tree. The location had a tenter nearby the day before. It makes a person think with the last few years of drought, and dying trees, that you should do a better inspection before picking a site.
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