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Old 04-17-2019, 09:59 AM   #1
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Preparing Class A for a Hail Storm

We are currently in an RV park in Waco Texas in our Class A and the weather report is large hail so what do you do in preparation for a large hail storm? We parked our coach point east to help protect our windshield. We brought insider two buckets we have with us and two rolls of duck tape and tarp. We have fiberglass roof but suspect the first thing that will go is the vent covers and the skylight in the shower. We are planning to bring the slides in when the storm hits. Called the insurance agent to make sure we had coverage for hail. Anything else we can do?
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Pack up and move out of the area.
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:07 AM   #3
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Park under an underpass or move out of the area.
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I had a 2004 HR with a aluminum roof and aluminum bay doors and entrance door.A hail storm beat the devil out of the roof and doors but didnít hurt the fiberglass sides. It did 30k in damages.
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Cover your skylights, vents and windshield. Thin plywood would work but I'm sure there are other solutions like Harbor Freight moving blankets. It's best if you can get under cover. If I was on the road when the storm hit I'd look for a gas station or an overpass. Fortunately these events are over fairly quickly. There are numerous posts on IRV2 about hail storms but most are after the fact:

https://www.google.com/search?q=hail...earch=irv2.com
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1. RUN for a safer area, or

2. put your area rugs over the plastic pieces on the roof.
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Moving doesn't leave much option since the warning covers central Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Heading west I moving into the storm and the local TV station has forecast gust up to 70 miles per hour west of us. Not wanting to be caught on the highway with 70 miles per hour winds with golf ball size hail we decided to wait it out.
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If it isn't convenient to move under cover what I'd do is get a bunch of plastic pails and put them on the roof. Then drape one or more blue tarps over the roof. Anchoring the tarps with nylon rope and ground stakes, or filled jugs of water.

That little bit of tenting will help keep the start of the hail storm from damaging the roof too much as the tarp wouldn't contact the roof except at the edges, which are rounded, and then as the tarp sags from the weight of the hail, the hail already accumulated on the tarp will lessen the pounding the roof takes.

Just speculating...
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My weather program shows the storm east of you now, how did you make out?

https://www.windy.com/-Thunderstorms....870,-94.981,5
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That one was only light rain and winds probably 20 mph or so. The bad stuff supposes to be here sometime this afternoon.



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My weather program shows the storm east of you now, how did you make out?

https://www.windy.com/-Thunderstorms....870,-94.981,5
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Watching the weather up here as well.
I don't think there is much you can do for you motorhome, but I would locate the nearest tornado shelter for you just in case.
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Lordy! Be safe out there. The largest hail I've ever seen in my area is about corn-kernel size. Central California has boring weather. You would scoff at our thunderstorms. We get about 2 each year.
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Go to the nearest large vehicle car wash that you can get inside, and pretend you are washing your rv for hours until the storm passes.
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That one was only light rain and winds probably 20 mph or so. The bad stuff supposes to be here sometime this afternoon.

Take a look at Windy, a great resource.

Looks like tonight could be bad, Best of Luck to you.
We'll keep our fingers crossed!
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