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    Polarbear Polarbear's Avatar
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    Weather stakes?

    Being I love my tent camping off the back of my bike so much, just wondering what tent stakes ya'l use for tornado's in the midwest? I have a really good weather tent, stainless stakes too and like to think I can stay put if the wind blows really hard back there . I fun some with my question, as some folks have had really bad experiences back there, living with this threat every Spring/Summer(Joplin,eg.), no hurt intended. We have had a few rallies where this was indeed a factor, as in Spokane, Gillette, Ohio and so on. Tents seem to get thrown about when the wind blows! Does Sedalia have a shelter/bunker at the rally grounds??? A wonderful area, I rode just last year in my crossing USA. Its a target,however every year for the nastiest of storms, the whole of middle USA. I still ride it every year, wouldn't miss it with too many great memories of great riding that area. Randy

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    ABC,AMA(LIFE),MOA,RA,IBMW MANICMECHANIC's Avatar
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    I've got some longer stainless stakes, used to be made by a fellow member. I remember Lima, West Bend, Gillette, and even Charleston. In West Bend, during rally set-up. had a heavy-duty storm roll in. I had just finished setting up my tent and Kelty Sunshade when we were told of the storm and to get our bikes into the buildings. From where I was sheltered I could see my camp during the storm. I watched as the tent and sunshade would "kneel" and spring back with every gust. Later saw some E-Z-Ups that didn't fare too well.
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    al from chgo burbs lilredroadster's Avatar
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    Randy,
    I have been using "gorilla" stakes for many years and was sorry to hear our mutual friend stopped making them.
    A vendor at the Pecatonica swap meet is making them now (with our friend"s ok).
    He may be at Sedalia as well.
    I always pick up some as you never know when they may be needed either by myself or a friend at a rally!
    See ya in Sedalia!
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    angysdad
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    At the Rhinebeck National, I was relaxing by my tent, with a gentle wind blowing. From about 200ft away, I could see a free standing, dome type tent,on it's side, very slowly rolling my way. I continued drinking my cold breverage as it reached my camp site and continued on by. I watched it until it came to a stop about 200ft further along. It was about a 15-20 minute spectacle that had me laughing for the remainder of the rally. I countinued with my breverage until a gentleman walked passed with a puzzled look and asked me if I had seen someone walk by with a tent. 'No', says I, 'but I did see one roll by a few minutes ago, it's over there,' pointing to it's location. He gave a sour look as if to say, 'You could have stopped it!' I could have, even should have, but this makes a much better story.
    You should ask him what type of stakes he was using!

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    Jack Herbst
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    Quote Originally Posted by angysdad View Post
    At the Rhinebeck National, I was relaxing by my tent, with a gentle wind blowing. From about 200ft away, I could see a free standing, dome type tent,on it's side, very slowly rolling my way. I continued drinking my cold breverage as it reached my camp site and continued on by. I watched it until it came to a stop about 200ft further along. It was about a 15-20 minute spectacle that had me laughing for the remainder of the rally. I countinued with my breverage until a gentleman walked passed with a puzzled look and asked me if I had seen someone walk by with a tent. 'No', says I, 'but I did see one roll by a few minutes ago, it's over there,' pointing to it's location. He gave a sour look as if to say, 'You could have stopped it!' I could have, even should have, but this makes a much better story.
    You should ask him what type of stakes he was using!
    Why wouldn't you help with or without the individual being there when you saw the problem instead of making it your own personal source of humor?

    We are all in the same club. Lend a hand. Help someone or there equipment in need. Your post baffles me.

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    angysdad
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    You had to be there Jack.
    It was like seeing someone slip and fall in the mud. You don't want to laugh, but a guffaw slips out anyways. You feel remorse at first until you realize no one was hurt. No one and nothing was hurt in this situation.
    You are probably correct in saying that I should have helped, but sometimes a given quantity of my favourite breverage affects my judgement. Wether or not you appreciate the story, more than 10yrs later, I still chuckle at the incident. Buddy with his tent learned a lesson and has certainly moved on.
    The slow motion aspect of it was like performance art.
    Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't.
    Last edited by angysdad; 03-19-2012 at 08:07 AM. Reason: added word for clarity

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