Thursday, April 23, 2015

Disaster Strikes in Tennessee

In the early hours of Monday morning a storm passed through Goodlettsville, TN where we were camped.  Frightening straight line winds brought down a huge tree on top of us, causing considerable damage to the roof rack, ladder, solar panels, and Jane's bike that was stored on the roof rack.  

The following day the owner of the campground arranged for a tree expert to cut & remove the tree from the motorhome. 

We're now working with insurance companies and repair facilities to determine next steps.  Most likely we'll drive home before conducting repairs given that all the major repair shops in Nashville are severely backlogged and cannot even give us an appointment till much later in the year!

Thank goodness for the strength and solidity of our Chinook.  A lesser vehicle would not have protected us from injury.


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  1. I'm glad you are not physically injured, but how awful to see those trees lying on your beautiful Chinook. I'm so sorry this happened. It must have been scary inside!

    I'm from the midwest, and I have spent the night lying in a tent or cabin or trailer hearing crashing trees and hoping they missed me (only once one came very close, landing over my tent guyline between the tent and my car). Luckily they usually miss, but it is sad when they don't.

    Glad your Chinook protected you.

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts.

      Yep, it was pretty scary at the time! The tree hit just above my head as I was standing in the bathroom. I thought we were being hit by a tornado and were about to go flying! Bad as it was it could have been a whole lot worse.

      It's amazing how many people that I have talked with since it happened that have encountered similar situations.

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  2. Oh wow how very scary and glad to hear that no one was hurt. Travel back safe on your way to seek repairs.

    Tina
    Northern, CA

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  3. We are thinking of you in Southern California! So glad you are both okay physically; as you said, in a lesser vehicle, things would have been much worse!

    Your friends Greg and Janet

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    1. Thanks for the thoughts.

      Another big storm now coming our way, so keeping fingers crossed!

      http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=36.321849&lon=-86.114396&site=bou&smap=1&marine=0&unit=0&lg=en

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  4. I once had a cup of coffee on roof of my car. The wind knocked it over and spilled my coffee all over the roof. It was an aweful mess, so I think I have a pretty good idea of how you felt when that tree came down.

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    1. Yes Colin.

      That must have been truly awful! Especially when you always have so much sugar in your coffee - so sticky!

      And thanks for giving your Mom a fit of the giggles!

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  5. Wow, that looks bad. Sorry to hear about the damage to your things, but glad your persons were okay. How did the coach hold up? Did it knock holes in the fiberglass?

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    1. I think it just proves how strongly built our Chinooks are. The tree that slammed into us was at least 2,500 pounds. The heavy duty roof rack absorbed a lot of the impact but is now skewed to one side and has to be replaced (expensive item). No holes in fiberglass but some scuff marks on the side of the RV. Also until it is removed I can't see if there is any more damage where the roof rack is squashed onto the roof. One of the cabinets inside is cracked. There's some other stuff as well. But it definitely could have been worse! I was standing in the bathroom when the tree hit just above my head - thank goodness for the roof rack! It also wrecked the Dahon folding bike that was on the roof rack at the time. We had to call 911 when it happened because the tree blocked all three doors. Will be glad to get it fixed when we get home to CA.

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