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Jim saves the day - For Real!
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No two ways about it, “Flash Flood” is about as scary a cry in the southwest as tornado is in the midwest. These are not condtions to be triffled with and should be taken with the respect they deserve. We have been lucky with our RV travels, and have never had any shuch conditions. Our worst was lightning strikes that shook the 5th wheel but did not phase Allie or Cherry.

Glad that the hitching rig is still functional. When I got my rig, the dealer installed the 5th wheel hitch in the bed of the truck as well. The definately oversized the hitch, but looking back there is one feature that I really appreciate and would never be without. My hitch not only rocks front to back, but also side to side. This not only allows the trailer to rock on uneven surface while minimizing any twisting of the truck bed, it also makes for an much easier hitching if the truck and trailer are not on the same level. Anyone getting started on this great lifestyle, may want to consider this with equiping their rig.

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PS: 6 weeks before we hit the road for our month in Yellowstone trip. Hope to avoid these kind of problems.

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Way to go Jim!   Boy, that must have been very,very scary.

You can fix “things”,  we are so glad everyone is OK!

Shelby, the P.P.

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Cherry said:

… one feature that I really appreciate …

Cheers to that Bob! We paid the extra money for an auto-sliding Superglide hitch that also rocks both ways. It has helped us get out of many a tight spot. The trouble the other night was good ol’ operator error, clearly caused by panic. I may have appeared calm on the outside, but I’m OK admitting that I was freaking our inside after seeing how fast that river rose. Above all, we learned to remain calm from this adventure. Well at least I did. winker

Here’s a few more photos that help illustrate just how fortunate we were to get out of there when we did. After a little calculation I determined that water was rising at least a foot every five minutes! oh-my

RVs Evacuated from Guadlupe River FloodImage Enlarger

Where we spent the night with fellow RV evacuees.

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High water mark near upper camp sites.

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Our camp site the next morning.

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Signs of the high water that flooded our site.

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The path we walked earlier in the day with Wyatt.

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From “by the River” to “Top of the Hill”  I guess you won’t be staying there again during your travels. 

Kudos to Wyatt for using his “Calm/Assertive” attitude while Jim was trying to hitch up.  Maybe Wyatt will grow out of that wild dog stage?

Glad to hear you are all o.k.

Chuy, showing everyone that Tripawds do everything 3 times better than regular dogs!

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I am so glad that you guys are all okay.  How scary it had to be.   Next time consider camping at the Hyatt.

Debra & Angel Emily

Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.

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chuy said:

Maybe Wyatt will grow out of that wild dog stage?


Let’s hope so. And let’s really hope it doesn’t take more events like this!

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For anyone with too much time on their hands, we just posted a little more detail about our flash flood evacuation from By The River RV Park in the travel blog. I just can’t get over the outpouring of support from this community after hearing about our little (mis)adventure. Funny how we posted details and photos here immediately and I just now updated LiveWorkDream nearly a week later.

Thank you all for your concern and kind words! smiley

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Don’t get all sappy on us, mister!  Who the heck would run the site?rasberry

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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WOW!!!  I’m VERY late on reading this!!!!  Holy cow guys!!! Scarey shit!  I am soooooooooooo glad you guys got out of there OK and still have Wyatt’s doghouse on wheels!!!

Tracy, Maggie’s Mom

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13


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Thanks Tracy, we’re glad to be sitting in our doghouse right now!

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
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