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Old 08-24-2015, 11:41 AM   #1
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Weathering another massive storm in our Hybrid

It was just a few weeks ago we got hit with a violent storm while camping. Report of being in an extremely violent storm.

Got hammered again on Saturday. Not a violent storm with winds and downed trees, but a monsoon with some of the hardest rainfalls I have ever lived through. We were out on the boat about a good 20 minute run from the ramp when it blew in. I have never been so wet and cold in my life. I was shaking so hard, if you handed me a cup of milk, you would have gotten back butter.

It took nearly an hour to get back and get the boat on the trailer. We almost got trapped by rushing water on the other side of the lake, but I broke my cardinal rule of driving through flowing water on the roads as I had no other option, (and I watched a smaller truck than mine go through with no issues). I was worried about the campers, but there was nothing I could do till I got back there. I expected to see awnings ripped off and other catastrophes, but everything rode out the storm in great shape. Not a drop of water entered any of the bunks on our two trailers. I don't know if we are just lucky or what, but I think the only way to have a leak in our bunks would be to submerge the campers. Our gravel driveway caught hell. I'll have to hitch the blade up to my ATV and drag it all down again. Its a rutted mess.

About an hour after we got back to our lots, security closed the main roads, so we were more or less trapped for the night. Quite a lot of damage was done to the roads, beach, and a covered boat dock with 2 boats in it broke loose and floated away. Pictures of the storm below:













Video of the boat house floating away. Just for reference that red ski boat are tied up to the community docks, which were under about a foot of water. And our lake NEVER changes levels.

https://www.facebook.com/mark.naucke...6210058083807/

Overall, I am quite impressed with the how well the bunk ends on a hybrid can do in very nasty weather. I hate how they have a reputation as a leaky PITA.

Tim
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Old 08-24-2015, 11:49 AM   #2
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Wow. That looks like an epic storm.

I am glad everyone made it back safe.

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Old 08-24-2015, 11:49 AM   #3
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Wow! Glad everyone is fine and the trailers survived! Great excuse for another days stay! Anytime I leave the trailer and will be a decent distance away, I close the awning. You got away with one!
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One heck of a storm. We had a similar storm here Sat night also with Torrential down pours. Got 4 inches of rain in about 2 hrs. Yep you got away with one on the awning. Later RJD
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Old 08-24-2015, 01:35 PM   #5
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And Socal hasn't seen that much rain in five years(that's total in 5 years) glad your safe. send us some.
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Old 08-24-2015, 03:04 PM   #6
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And Socal hasn't seen that much rain in five years(that's total in 5 years) glad your safe. send us some.
From what I am hearing. A massive El Nino is brewing in the pacific and its gonna pretty much drown you guys for the next 3 years.

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Yep, you guys are going to get tons of rain. The tree huggers will go nuts on it. The sane call it science. But, the media will blast the tree hugger version and barely mention the science part of why it's about to get wetter. Heck, why report the truth backed up with science, boring. "and the beat goes on" Sonny Bono.
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It will hang around 7 months.(not all rain) They have been preparing for it. Where i am it will just be a lot of rain. The hillsides are in trouble and they expect lots of mud slides.
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Yep, you guys are going to get tons of rain. The tree huggers will go nuts on it. The sane call it science. But, the media will blast the tree hugger version and barely mention the science part of why it's about to get wetter. Heck, why report the truth backed up with science, boring. "and the beat goes on" Sonny Bono.
I am curious as to what you mean by "tree huggers"? Are you referring to those who are concerned about the environment and what man may be doing to harm it? By sane science are you referring to the 99.9 % of scientists who believe climate change is real and that man is partially to blame?
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I can't speak for Still Kickin, but when I use that term it is for the extremist that push and make rules & regulations without logic or common sense.
One example: Here at work we had a backhoe that needed work done. Some of the hydraulic fluid leaked on our gravel parking area. During a visit from one of the local environmental agencies a year later, we were wrote up because of the oil stain in the gravel. We had to dig out around the area and remove all "contaminated" soil and gravel. Then replace with new soil and gravel. This was an area about 1'-2' wide. Very little fluid hit the ground, it was just spread out from where the hoses are on the hoe. Bunch of paperwork had to be filed. Numerous repeat visits and inspections.
All this while the city has 2 parking decks and a municipal parking lot that seems to have more oil dropped from vehicles than Quaker State sells in a day. When it rains it you can see the pretty rainbow colored water running into the storm drains.

Another tree hugger gripe: I am now seeing "fuel efficient car parking" signs at businesses. These are right up front next to the handicap spots. Really? I like to park my 15mpg 4WD Hemi in those spots.
Yep - and Uncle Sam is one of the biggest offenders in the country. Look at all the closed military bases that are turned back to the local community. Most of them are so heavily contaminated with aircraft fluids that were dumped on the grounds for so many years that they can't pass the EPA guidelines without expensive soil removal etc.

In all fairness,I must add that a lot of this dumping was done before the effects of it were known. I personally remember dumping used jet engine oil in a designated spot at Carswell AFB in the 1970's.
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