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Old 10-08-2016, 11:03 AM   #1
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Parking in a hurricane

When forced to park in the path of a hurricane should you put your slides out for a bigger more stable footprint? Or should you keep them in and hope the jacks keep you from rocking? Need advice. I'm getting hit by Matthew
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I'd have my slides in, jacks down.
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I'm going out a on a limb here but I don't think slides out would make you more stable. If anything they would give you more surface to catch wind in certain directions. Plus the walls when out don't seal that well so you might be asking for trouble in high winds. Figure out the main direction the wind is coming from and point the RV into it if you can so there is less broadside wind forces hitting it. Stay away from trees if you can. Good luck.
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Thanks I just brought them in, winds are hitting 65 mph. I'm 700 miles from home.
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Old 10-08-2016, 11:18 AM   #5
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IMO slides in. If it is possible being in the lee of a substantial building would be my preference.

Biggest issue will likely be debris carried in the wind.

Would to the extent possible determine where the wind was coming from and try to put the rear of the coach into the wind. If you are going to be in the eye all bets will be off with wind direction.

I heard Matthew was not supposed to come ashore so one direction for the wind would be expected.
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slides in is granted because you don't want to tear up the topper, and risk water leaking. besides, you should park your rv with the tail facing the direction of wind coming.
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Old 10-08-2016, 12:03 PM   #7
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Configure your coach as if you are going down the road. Slides in, jacks up and TV antenna lowered. The slides seal best when in. Let the coach bounce on the suspension. If the wind is high enough to tip the coach the jacks are not going to make a difference. Doesn't matter what produces high winds, going down the road or nature, it could still pull an antenna off the roof.

Identify a sheltered area, such as the park bath house, that you can evacuate to if necessary as a last resort. Nose or tail to the wind if possible.
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I would definitely put the slides in! Less surface for the wind to catch, and also save the slide toppers!
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I think the point about riding on the suspension is a really good one. Too much torque and you could end up damaging the jacks
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Slides in, jacks up!
The suspension is designed to handle movement in all directions. Jacks are designed to be static and provide support in only one direction.
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W/o a doubt slides in. As stated it will save your slide toppers and also allow the coach to be more stable. The narrower more streamline the better for cutting through winds.

In regards to jacks, I would think higher speed winds would be required to flip a coach with shocks down vs up. The coach will not lean or sway like it would with just using suspension thus a more stable platform.
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As stated by another in a previous post on this situation, if possible take a lesson from the cow. Position your back end into the wind if you are able to do so. That will help protect your expensive windshield from damage from blowing debris. Yes, slides in, jacks up.
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A Power Gear tech told me jacks are not designed to take the weight they might get if a big wind is lifting one side of the coach...he said something to the effect of: the coach will "shift off" its jacks and then who knows what kind of damage will happen.
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Into the wind the windshield may take a hit from debris if there is any but rear end into the wind means any roof vent covers and air conditioners are facing the wrong direction, not aerodynamic, and will catch the high winds and water. They are designed to take wind and water from the front.
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