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Old 12-23-2011, 08:32 PM   #29
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Problem here, I can pull up my rear jacks, but I can't retract my front landing gear unless I back the TV under the King Pin, as not everyone camps in a MH, plus this is a TT section (camped in a TT for 20 years)
Just put rubber pads on your jacks and you will not have to retract them!!
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:08 PM   #30
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If y'all will notice, I too have a travel trailer. I have 4 rubber tires + the tongue jack. The question I origionally asked, was referring to when I was parked at my brick and morter house. I was told by the salesman(this is our first TT I bet you couldn't tell from the questions I've asked) that we should leave the trailer pulugged in when we are not using it to 1)keep the battery charged 2) keep the refridgerator cold and it will work better/longer..
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If y'all will notice, I too have a travel trailer. I have 4 rubber tires + the tongue jack. The question I origionally asked, was referring to when I was parked at my brick and morter house. I was told by the salesman(this is our first TT I bet you couldn't tell from the questions I've asked) that we should leave the trailer pulugged in when we are not using it to 1)keep the battery charged 2) keep the refridgerator cold and it will work better/longer..
Sounds like good advice
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My bad, apologize for chiming in.
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I appreciate the info provided in the above notices. I will go out and get some fiberglass pannels as mentioned above to isolate the 5 points of metallic contact we have to ground. again Thanks for all the info. Oh by the way, the name of our trailer is "the rain maker" It actually broke the drought we had this summer. All we had to do is purchase the trailer and take it out camping. we were soaked to the skin setting it up and taking it down. Had a ball and still laugh about the experience.
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Just put rubber pads on your jacks and you will not have to retract them!!
Does multi-thousand volt lightning really care if it goes through wet rubber or wet metal? My sister in laws house had it go through wet brick on the chimney. Didn't appear to slow it down.
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Does multi-thousand volt lightning really care if it goes through wet rubber or wet metal? My sister in laws house had it go through wet brick on the chimney. Didn't appear to slow it down.
Lightning strike voltage has been measured to be in the neighborhood of 100,000,000 volts. Electricity has the ability to pass through air at a rate of 15 centimeters per 450,000 volts. This would calculate out to having your jacks up or insulated with 109í of insulation.
When a lightning strike occurs the electricity will ALWAYS follow the path of least resistance. In the case of a motorhome or an automobile that would be AROUND the outer shell and into the ground. It does not go into the vehicle as this has a higher resistance level. Now if you just happen to be standing OUTSIDE the vehicle with your feet firmly planted on the ground at the exact time of that lightning strike then you MAY be the path of least resistance but the vehicle body is still likely to be the most direct route to ground.
If it make you feel better then raise your jacks but perhaps a little better advice would be not to touch the outside of your rig during an electrical event.
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I've unplugged a couple times. Ya never know. Surge protectors, etc no help with a close strike. Unplugging is the only tried and true way.
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Electric flux (google it) doesn't care if your grounded or not... Recently lightning struck a flag pole (made of oil drill stem) in the yard 30' from the house.
Lost 2 computers, 2 tv's and a sound system - ALL were OFF as it was the middle of the night.
As previously mentioned, aircraft are hit on a regular basis while inflight with little structural damage... The electronics on the other hand!!!!
I would do a GOOD surge protector for strikes on nearby power lines and buy insurance.
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Does multi-thousand volt lightning really care if it goes through wet rubber or wet metal? My sister in laws house had it go through wet brick on the chimney. Didn't appear to slow it down.
I'm just trying to find a way to make these people worry less. I do not think anyone should worry about this. You are more likely to get run over by a motor home in your rv park. Enough said?
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Saw the results of a strike in Iowa, it was not pretty. I was told you need at least 5 inches of insulation between the jacks and the ground. I am not sure that is enough. It will go to the highest point so lower everything, unhook and hang on. Or better yet "Leave".

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Saw the results of a strike in Iowa, it was not pretty. I was told you need at least 5 inches of insulation between the jacks and the ground. I am not sure that is enough. It will go to the highest point so lower everything, unhook and hang on. Or better yet "Leave".

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Yup Don, I think you have the very best idea. Look around at your neighbors and pick the tallest one then go park beside him. Do your best to not grin at him as you slide in alongside his nice TALL RIG and defiantly donít let him see you sitting there with the marshmallows and hot dogs ready.
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I do unplug, and after one rather hairy set of storms in middle Ohio bought a Recom weather warn radio. I have a plastic canoe that was struck by lightening on top of a van. There is not much you can do.
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