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Old 03-30-2015, 07:05 PM   #15
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During a bad storm I like to go outside and put my hand on the electric pedestal. Unplugging might kill me but at least it wont fry my tv.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:26 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the replies.

As for pulling the jacks up, was just wondering about the insulating value of the tires on the ground vs. the metal jacks being tied to the frame. The old "safest place in lighting is being in you're car" theory.......

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Car tires do not protect you, the electricity is traveling around the frame of the car and then arcing to the ground.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:40 PM   #17
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Awning in at 12 mph or so and slides in at 40mph or so. Jacks extended to help prevent rocking, but I never disconnect the power.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:41 PM   #18
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Car tires do not protect you, the electricity is traveling around the frame of the car and then arcing to the ground.
Now you just popped his bubble!
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:23 PM   #19
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Car shell is metal, conducts electric.Can't remember name of theory where charge stays on outside of metal shell.Motorhome is fiberglass or some type of non conductive material,non conductive..
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Car shell is metal, conducts electric.Can't remember name of theory where charge stays on outside of metal shell.Motorhome is fiberglass or some type of non conductive material,non conductive..
My motorhome has metal in the roof, sides, and of course, chassis.
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:36 PM   #21
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I was in tulsa, Ok last week where the tornadoes hit the trailer park and the gynmastics gym full of kids. They were about ten miles away from us. I can tell you what we did to get ready for the severe weather. We did not pull in the slides, We did not unplug the coach, We heard the tornado sirens go off and we immediately went to our car and went to visit my wifes parents who live on the other side of town from where the tornadoes were. That is why you have insurance!
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:48 PM   #22
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A bolt of lightening will take out a surge protector instantly.

I always disconnect from shore power if lightning is present.

We've pulled in the slides a couple times when the wind got real bad.

We always have the jacks extended.
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As said above, the electricity is being conducted through the body of the car (or frame of the RV) and then to ground. This is called a Faraday Cage (Google it). Think about it, if lightning can arc the several thousand feet from the base of a cloud to the ground, a few inches of rubber will not do any good simply because it will arc around it. In the thirty seven years I was in the electric utility business I saw to many instances where someone got a boom or drilling rig into our lines and the tires usually blew out from the arc going right through them and heating them up to extreme temperatures. Here we are only talking 10s of thousands of volts, not the millions of volts in a lightning strike.
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Old 03-31-2015, 05:29 AM   #24
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During a bad storm I like to go outside and put my hand on the electric pedestal. Unplugging might kill me but at least it wont fry my tv.
At least one person around here has their priorities in order!


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As said above, the electricity is being conducted through the body of the car (or frame of the RV) and then to ground. This is called a Faraday Cage (Google it). Think about it, if lightning can arc the several thousand feet from the base of a cloud to the ground, a few inches of rubber will not do any good simply because it will arc around it. In the thirty seven years I was in the electric utility business I saw to many instances where someone got a boom or drilling rig into our lines and the tires usually blew out from the arc going right through them and heating them up to extreme temperatures. Here we are only talking 10s of thousands of volts, not the millions of volts in a lightning strike.
No bubble burst, just throwing it out there. I'm thought that "car tire protecting you theory" was flawed.

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Car tires do not protect you, the electricity is traveling around the frame of the car and then arcing to the ground.
Not so sure of that opinion. Just had a bus crash locally that took out high power lines, power lines laying over bus arching and sparking. Power company had to kill power before rescue could get into bus. Nobody was electrocuted..
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Metal school buses make good faraday cages.
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Thanks for all the replies.

As for pulling the jacks up, was just wondering about the insulating value of the tires on the ground vs. the metal jacks being tied to the frame. The old "safest place in lighting is being in you're car" theory.......

Regards!
Those wet tires in a thunderstorm will be easy for a lightning strike to move through. Actually, even dried tires are no protection from lightning. As others have commented, the high voltage from lightning will just go from the metal frame of the RV to ground. Remember that the lightning bolt had no problem traveling through the air from cloud to ground. The extra 2 feet to get from chassis to ground is easy.

Inside the car or RV, if you don't touch any metal pipes, e.g. plumbing, and outlets, then you have less of a chance of getting shocked if the RV gets a direct hit.
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