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Batten Down the Hatches

December 14, 2013  |  Airstream Blog

We’ve camped in some pretty high winds in the Airstream, gusts as high as 80MPH in Medicine Bow National Forest. I tried to capture this morning’s wind in the photo above.

When it’s really windy, we have to batten down the hatches.


The vent for the stove has little levers on the outside to close it, however, really strong winds make their way in between the little plastic door and cause quite a loud buzzing sound, so when we’re expecting wind we stuff a rag in it.


The rear awning has little metal arms that flop in the wind so we tie these down with twisty ties.


There are a couple stages of wind protection with the portable solar panel. First we weigh it down with the bars from our sway hitch, but if it’s really windy and there isn’t time to put it away then we’ll turn it face down.

The chains on our hitch need to be tied a certain way or they’ll make clanging noises and of course we also put down the tv antenna.

Once everything is secure, the only noise is the wind itself, which can sound like turbulence in an Airplane.

2013 Cost of Camping:
117 nights paid camping
230 nights free camping
347 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $3,201.29
Daily average cost of camping: $9.23


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  1. sounds cozy….I love wind as long as it doesn’t damage things and blow down trees….

  2. Maybe a couple of velcro ties instead of the wire ties on the back window?

    Our tabs are still tight enough that the are very snug between the nut and the skin up against the awning arm.


  3. Maybe I have not described it very well. I sent a picture to Flickr that shows our arms and where they stay.

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