Post by Atomic Addiction on Apr 7, 2011 14:52:50 GMT -5
I did a blog post about this but what the hell... it's my forum and we can always use more content.
Some work to make more work...
I finally had time and decent weather to get the shelter put back up. It was a pain but it will facilitate the work that needs to get done later. The broken pieces were replaced and the tarp patched. I anchored the shelter with a much better system to replace the previously broken anchors. Here it is back inside the shelter...
Post by Atomic Addiction on Apr 7, 2011 14:53:23 GMT -5
I even installed 3 shop lights to give some general overhead lighting. I will use other work lights that I can move around in and around the trailer when I need it. These lights will allow me to work past sun down...
Post by Atomic Addiction on Apr 7, 2011 14:54:01 GMT -5
The shelter is large but you can see that it is a bit tight on the sides. I gave myself more room on the curbside for the door to swing. I will have to move the trailer to really work on the street side...
Post by Atomic Addiction on Apr 7, 2011 14:54:45 GMT -5
Here is the damage that occurred when the shelter was blown around. It is not the end of the world but I was excited to find a trailer that needed very little skin repair. This repair is in such a unfortunate location. It isn't a simple fix...
Hopefully the shelter will make the rest of the restoration easy and quicker than if we had not had it. I am crossing my fingers that the shelter stays up this time around. No more wind storms please. Stay tuned for more soon.
Post by safetybruce on Apr 7, 2011 16:18:44 GMT -5
Brian, it's a great shelter! Sorry about that skin damage...if this was a character builder, I think I would have opted out for a little less character and no damage to the skin. I'll see if I can run down a shaman that diverts all future wind storms from your area. We had a very bad storm here about three days agoi and my wife mentioned that there were tornado warningss. I said tornados only hit trailer parks, and she wondered if I was using the Travelo parked in the side yard as bait...lol.
Post by Atomic Addiction on Apr 7, 2011 18:52:00 GMT -5
We certainly are not free of tornadoes in this area. I really hope that is not the case with this thing up. I tried my best to secure it this go around but it won't be any match to something like that.
I am looking forward to having a space to work on it. The shelter is long enough to provide some space behind the trailer that I can use as an area to cut wood, paint, assemble...ect.
My basement is sooooo cramped that any additional space is really needed.
Your shelter looks really nice Brian. How did you anchor this time and who makes that shelter?
This is a Shelter Logic Round Top. It would probably be the one of the better models. Not the best. You can spend a lot more money. This one went on sale at Menards so I jumped on it.
I buried 8 cinder blocks in the ground and attached 1/4 braided cable to both the blocks and the shelter legs. The anchors that came with it were the 12 inch auger style. Pretty pathetic. The wire that came with it to tie down the shelter was silly. It might as well been kite string. They say in the directions that these are temporary but even given that, they are horribly undersized. They were not made to hold down that sized shelter in 60 mile per hour winds. To be fair none really are. That was a intense storm.
I am pretty sure these anchors aren't going anywhere. If anything the shelter will collapse on itself. Which I guess is fine. I would rather it collapse then blow all over the neighborhood destroying houses and cars.
Sorry to read about this happening to yet another forum member. Wind can be a darn strong force. I think your way of securing the trailer sounds mighty strong and ought to work great.
I used to go desert camping at a crazy event called Burning Man, some may have heard of it. Anyway, one of the well known things about this event is the crazy weather, we'd get pretty crazy storms and I have many a shade structure rolling along. I saw a homemade geodesic dome structure get crushed by the wind. This s the simple thing that never failed me. Drive 3' long pieces of rebar straight into the ground next to our shade structure pole, leaving about 8" above the ground. Then just duct tape them together. This survived many 60 mph storms, and a few driving Lazyboy accidents, but that is another story.
JoeK '61 16' Airflyte
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