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Old 02-29-2016, 07:50 AM   #1
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Lightning Protocol ?

What is the correct procedure when parked, and bad lightning is forecast ?. Do you retract steel jacks / stabilizers so rig sits only on rubber ? Do you disconnect ground power line ?
Just wondering for future information.


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Old 02-29-2016, 07:55 AM   #2
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The only thing we do is stow the Trav'ler. Dealing with high winds, however, might compel us to pull in slides. We have always left jacks down and stayed plugged-in (we rely on the Progressive Industries PT50C to do its thing, if necessary). YMMV, \ken

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Old 02-29-2016, 08:11 AM   #3
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Leave jacks down. Stay away from Windows and walls.
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Old 02-29-2016, 08:16 AM   #4
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Never really thought much about it! Since our coach uses air leveling, no hydraulic jacks, we're totally insulated from the ground except for the power cord. We have the Progressive Industries HW50C so hopefully that will protect our equipment.

For you science guys, are we safer being fully insulated from the ground?
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Old 02-29-2016, 09:06 AM   #5
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Mount a golf club, a 1 iron, on the roof as a lightning rod. Nobody can hit a 1 iron!
Seriously. As long as a tree or power pole is taller, I don't worry. But my PI unit saved my rig from electronic damage when lightning hit a transformer on a pole. My neighbor lost all of his electronics.

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Old 02-29-2016, 10:21 AM   #6
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Lightning bolt traveled several thousand feet though the air, a small rubber spacer (tires) between you and the ground isn't going to make a difference.

Crossing the Escambia Fill (causeway) several years ago, small car in the right lane with 4 blown tires. Had been struck by lightning a few minutes prior.

In theory, if your chassis (or house) is grounded it will bleed off a buildup of electrical charge and reduce the potential for a lightning strike. (Lightning rod theory). Jacks down would ground the frame.
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I leave my jacks down and rely on my PI PT50 to do what it's supposed to. If there are high winds I definitely retract the slides.
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Old 02-29-2016, 11:16 AM   #8
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grab both ankles bend over and kiss her good bye. if lightening is going to strike your rv jacks or tires are not going to save it .
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We carry an emergency weather radio and if the s..t is going to hit the fan, including severe lightning, we head to the bath house. They are all unisex during inclement weather! It's amazing how many people show up with a cocktail in hand.
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It doesn't matter if you have a surge/voltage protector or not. If lightning strikes the coach, something is going to get burnt. Check the specs on the protectors and look at the joules that is the max protection. The lightening bolt is way stronger. Do some research on that.

Unplugging from the shore power and leaving the power cable laying on the ground won't do a lot of good if the strike is close. That long cable is effected by the EMP generated by the strike.

The safe thing to do is to reel in the cord, pull up the jacks, bring in the slides, bring down the tv antenna, and sit it out
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I worked on radio antennas for a lot of years and all our equipment had surge protectors and pretty impressive lightning rods with 1/0 gauge wire straight to ground. We still replaced a lot of burnt stuff every time we had a lightning storm.

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