I am sure most of you were already aware of this fact, but for those that missed it.. We, Kortmans are an unusual bunch.
So generally when it is predicted that we will be experiencing 50 mile/hour wind gusts, we say “Sweet!”
However, 50mph gusts in the Mojave desert yesterday morning with a 37 ft. Class A motorhome… not so sweet!
The wind tried to steal our awning right off the side of the RV.
There's nothing quite like driving a huge brick through 50 MPH crosswinds, then it's even worse when the sound of your awning coming out and unfurling. Stopping on the road didn't help any because it wasn't the speed of the vehicle doing the damage, it was all the cross winds. Fortunately there was an exit right there, we pulled off and got the motorhome turned so the wind was coming from the driver's side and not hitting the awning.
I recommend you look for a good towing service and keep their contact information in hand. In my case after a bit of research I settled on Towing 247 services.
Once we parked we saw that we had "accidentally" parked near the Mohave air and space port and airplane boneyard. This is something that I've always wanted to see, but it never made it to the bucket list cause it's not that important. However here we were parked half a mile from it.
Back to the awning, we're brand new at this motorhome thing plus we sold all of our tools last year. We really don't have any tools or "supplies" to deal with the random things that might break.
Like an awning in the Mojave desert.
No worries though… We used a USB charging cable and my belt to keep the awning closed.
The fix involved:
- Walking (crawling) on a 13' roof with 50 MPH winds
- Becky on my shoulders to try straps on the support beams (who needs a step ladder?)
- Bubble gum and shoestrings (well at least it feels like it)
So far we've broken the sideview mirror and the awning needs some love. What's next? Stay Tuned.
So, we keep taking the hits and moving forward with smiles on our faces! Bring it on… We’re having fun!