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Old 07-16-2008, 12:47 PM   #29
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Lots of Coaches - Slow Movin' ....

Right around 1pm today when the parking tent opened up there were 2 solid lines of motorhomes all the way out to Highway B14. They were able to move that crowd into the campground pretty quickly and this afternoon there's a steady stream of motorhomes coming in. Pretty soon I expect we'll be buried in here up to our ears in Winnebagos and will loose our view.

Tomorrow at noon I am told will begin the toad moratorium where you are not allowed to move inside the campground in a car other than service or vendor vehicles.

Tomorrow I expect that we will be going to the registration building and pick up our "Goodie Bag". Within is the schedule and layout of the vendor area.

Currently 93? and .

Expecting it to rain tomorrow and through the weekend with heavy downpours expected by late Friday. By Tuesday it appears to clear up and hopefully we'll get through the week pretty nicely.

When you come to the WIT proceed to County Road B14 and take a left into the fairgrounds. Follow the signs. There will be folks there who will assist you coming in. Do not enter through the main gate. B14 or 330th Street is located south of the campground - you can't miss it.

Roxy says it's hot and to let her inside.
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Old 07-17-2008, 10:36 AM   #30
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<span class="ev_code_RED">Rock'N Reunion</span>
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OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

This is to announce a change of time for the iRV2.com Site Gathering.

The "Party" is scheduled to begin at 3:00pm to 3:50pm on Monday July 21. We ate the last event scheduled for that day so I believe we can run a little bit over.

Some of the attendees are making batches of snacks. Colleen is making a batch or her excellent trail mix and we will have a quantity of plactic cups for those interested. We are bringing our own beverages in a cooler bag.

I believe that there will be chairs in the tent and I'll update that information over the weekend.

See you there!



PS: From Monday to Wednesday you all are invited to come to the Workhorse display for FREE Pop-Corn!
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Old 07-17-2008, 11:35 AM   #31
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Hey DriVer, are things ok over there??? That was one heck of a storm that passed thru.

Over here in section C8, I saw the lightning strike in your direction and almost instaneously heard the crack of thurnder. I figure it was no more than 600 feet away.

I had my rig unplugged from the pedistal just in case of a lightning strike in the area.

Hope all is well,
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Old 07-17-2008, 11:37 AM   #32
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"News Flash"

At approximately 14:00 HRS were struck by lightning!

I was less than 2 feet away from my CB radio which took a direct hit. The back of the radio had a brilliant flash and then started smoking and filling up the cabin with smoke. The power plug blew up and melted. There is a burn mark on the carpet leading up from the front of the doghouse. There is a sooty deposit on the lower metal part of the dash.

My initial findings were that the twin 50A breaker in the pedestal tripped. The #3 Circuit in the 110volt panel tripped.

Our TV switch box smells burned and the antenna power amp will not energize. The TV clicker's red IR lamp is lit and won't go off.

So far most of the other circuits appear to be working however the coach will be making a trip back to the service center for complete evaluation.

Colleen Roxy and I were all within 4 feet of the strike and although shaken we are all OK. Roxy is shaken but not stirred!

I have to go and check my generator. Initially there was 1 phase on the gen that wasn't holding when I tried to run the coach on gen.

It's working on 110V now from the pedestal after I reset the 50A-2P breaker.

The Surge Guard is not displaying a fault.
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:12 PM   #33
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Some time later ....

We attracted quite some crowd over here and the biggest event was looking at my Fire Stick CB antenna. It took the direct hit! The wrappings around the antenna appear to have unwrapped and the antenna looks exactly like it took a direct hit.

The generator won't hold one of the phases and when I try to force it closed is stalls out the generator. Amazing that the gen is affected because the transfer switch was using shore power.

My Cobra CB is fried! I expect that my switch A/V center is fried and my 10 disk CD changer is not playing over the radio. It connects via the antenna on 88.3 MHz.

Still am smelling burnt plastic in the over head cabinets over the windshield.

The cabin is clearing nicely at this time and we have A/C. That was tentative there for a minute since I did not see any digital display on the thermostat.

Duner came by to check and as you all know he posted right before I announced my News Flash. I got witnesses!
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:31 PM   #34
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Sorry to hear about your incident. I'm part of the 60 or so rigs stuck in thw waiting line to come in. The storm halted all movement on the grass till it dries better. Now appears we will be on hard surface road till morning. What a storm and when that bolt hit so close, I new someone was in trouble. hope service can get you in. If need be I can give you my service # (339) and you take my place. JG
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Old 07-17-2008, 02:02 PM   #35
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I was in DriVers coach when Brian Funke called back. It's good to have friends in high places. Brian has got him in for service at 11 AM tormorrow.

Poor Mike & Colleen, and the dog Roxy. All of them just sitting there no more than 3 ft from the CB and the path of the lightning. I don't know how DriVer could post anything that soon after, .... my nerves would still be rattled.

My dog jumped about a foot up off the couch when that bolt hit and we're over about 600 ft from them.

There must be 700-1000 rigs here now, what kind of luck to be the one to take a direct hit. I noticed DriVers neighbor had his batwing antenna cranked up which was a little taller than the CB antenna that was hit. How fickle Mother Nature is!

Well we know now that DriVer will be the talk of the town for the next week.
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:37 PM   #36
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Geez ,thats front page material!!! Glad you guys are allright.If it was me I would probably still be cleaning out my black tank
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:02 PM   #37
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WOW, we got in just before the storm and leveled as best we could. We are in c10 and not sure if we saw "your lightning" hit but we did see several others. Man that was one freaky storm.
WE are parked so close to our neighbor, that with his slide out and mine both extended I can easily touch his coach out my window.
hope tomorrow is a better, dryer day.
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:40 PM   #38
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Driver, glad to hear you are all okay, but what a scare. You have had some real "talk about" experiences for the 50 year anniversary.
I think we were one of the last, if not the last coach they let through the gate before they locked it. We got in, parked and set up and the sky opened up. We pulled into Customer Service, un-hooked the car, and signed up for some service before we drove to the grounds, so I am glad we were able to get in and park. I have tried twice to hang the irv2 banner, but the rain beat me to it. I will hang it in the morning if the weather permits. It will be on the back of the coach so it can be seen from the road.
Driver, I am glad you made the announcement about the time change. I thought we had settled on the 6:00 time so as not to conflict with the seminars. I guess the folks at Winnebago decided we were "important" enough to rate our own seminar. When I saw the time in the rally book I thought oh no, everyone is going to miss it and show up at 6:00. I hope everyone is reading these posts. Hopefully the word will get out about the time change over the next few days. See everyone Monday...if not sooner.
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I understand that CBS News is going to be here Tuesday. I think I have enough material for them for at least an honorable mention.
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:59 PM   #40
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by MrG:
What a storm and when that bolt hit so close, I new someone was in trouble. hope service can get you in. If need be I can give you my service # (339) and you take my place. JG </div></BLOCKQUOTE>MrG, I want to thank you so much for your kind and generous offer. You sir are a gentleman and I am looking forward to meeting you at the "iRV2 Party" this Monday afternoon at 3:00pm in Seminar D.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by MrG:
Sorry to hear about your incident. I'm part of the 60 or so rigs stuck in thw waiting line to come in...... JG </div></BLOCKQUOTE>One of the parkers is the Texas state president (our row) and he said there are about 100 rigs waiting to enter - must be about 60 where you are and there are a bunch more at the airport.

Mike stopped by this evening and Jane and I got first-person account of the lightning event- yikes!

Glenda - in what section are you parked?
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Mike, Colleen and Roxie,

When we met we were in Wytheville, VA just prior to the fourth. You were on your way to Workhorse and then the GNR. It was a pleasure to meet you all.

After reading all of the posts, both yours and others, on the storm and the lightening strike that got you, we were glad to hear you are all OK. Hope it all works out for you.

Best wishes for the future,
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