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Old 04-02-2015, 11:19 PM   #29
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Just disconnecting the power cable won't save you from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). If the lightening strike is close enough, it can introduce a electrical pulse into the cord that could reach several thousand volts and the rise time of a surge protector won't save you either.

Best to disconnect and stow the power cord.
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Omg there's nothing we can do! Sounds like if lightening wants you it will get you no matter what precautions are taken. I actually worry more about rain finding its way into the coach via the poorly designed invention called slideout rooms.
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We close the patio awning whenever we are in for the night or going away for awhile.

I can store the individual window awnings from inside the coach and do so if the wind picks up. Slide a window open, reach out and unhook the awning strap and then allow the awning to roll up at a decent speed.

I make a point of lowering the Jack roof antenna if there is wind or lightning.

The leveling jacks I leave down for stability. Normally, where we camp there are tall trees all around the CG.

I unplug from the pedestal as our lights are LEDs and we have propane and 12V for the frig.
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:13 AM   #32
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We live in Florida where storms can dump a lot of water in a short period of time, and keep our coach in our yard on grass. One particular stormy couple of days we had lightning damage to our Lippert jacks & slide, front steps, speedometer. The only way that could have happened was we had our metal jacks 'down', and the rain came down so fast that the ground was covered with water inches deep--and even with our sandy soil it could not drain into the ground fast enough. Called Progressive Insurance and they checked with a company that tracks lightning strikes. We had 119 lightning strikes within a mile of our address during a two day period. (I knew it was bad, but not that bad). Anyway Progressive immediately sent out an adjuster and our coach was okayed to be fixed. I do not leave the jacks down at home anymore and would consider retracting them before a major storm when traveling. It would take a lot of rain in a hurry, but we try to avoid getting our insurance involved.
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That is only with a direct hit from lightning to the motorhome. As you say, not much can be done about that. But with the jacks down during a real downpour in which the water 'piles' up because it cannot seep into the ground fast enough, lightning that strikes anywhere nearby can then damage your motorhome. I know because it happened to us, was confirmed by Progressive Insurance (they paid very quickly) and the adjuster mentioned that after the 'snow birds' leave Florida the number one cause of claims is lightning damage.
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That is only with a direct hit from lightning to the motorhome. As you say, not much can be done about that. But with the jacks down during a real downpour in which the water 'piles' up because it cannot seep into the ground fast enough, lightning that strikes anywhere nearby can then damage your motorhome. I know because it happened to us, was confirmed by Progressive Insurance (they paid very quickly) and the adjuster mentioned that after the 'snow birds' leave Florida the number one cause of claims is lightning damage.

I agree. Pulling up the jacks or using thick, non-conductive jack pads may help if on pavement that is not flooded.



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