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Old 09-03-2016, 02:27 PM   #1
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Tropical storm preparations

We are under a tropical storm warning. DW is worried about the unanchored trailer in our yard.

The best plan I can come up with is to lower the stabilizer jacks, put on the X-chocks, and fill the water tacks to add about 400lbs weight low in trailer. The truck is in the garage and I don't want to put it outside at risk to anchor the trailer.

Am I better off leaving the jacks up to avoid twisting the frame?


Any other ideas out there?
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Old 09-03-2016, 02:39 PM   #2
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My GUESS is that leaving the jacks up so that the trailer can flex like it would going down the road would be preferable. I'd think that the jacks are not meant to take the potential stress of that kind of storm.
Water in the tanks and x-chocks are good ideas.
It would probably be good if you can chain it to something like a tree or post, if either of those are available.
If you've still got time before the storm hits, you might think about going to get some of those long anchors that screw into the ground and then put chains or ropes to it.
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Old 09-03-2016, 02:59 PM   #3
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Great ideas guys. I would put the stabilizers down just to provide the extra contact with the ground.
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Old 09-03-2016, 03:32 PM   #4
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I thought about the anchors. They would have to be low enough to clear the lawnmower and I don't have the equipment needed to install them in the rocky soil we have here.
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Old 09-03-2016, 09:19 PM   #5
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I would suggest not tying it to a tree. Limbs falling or the tree itself would cause damage.
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Old 09-04-2016, 12:21 AM   #6
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If you know what direction the wind will be coming from face it into the wind. Perhaps the downwind side of a building.
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Old 09-04-2016, 01:57 PM   #7
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Tropical storm preparations

Forecast is now for 40mph gusts. The trailer will sit with the jacks up. My barn will provide a windbreak.

Now I just have to deal with the mice - found some droppings that were not there a week or two ago.

1) traps.

2) after a day or so with traps use mouse repellent.

3) after a couple of days with the repellent I will foam a possible entry point under the trailer. I'd like them to leave on their own.
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Get a cat.
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Now you've restarted the coyote vs cat debate.
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Old 09-04-2016, 08:47 PM   #10
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Glue boards. Then you can place them on the surface where they are traveling.
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Keep a blacksnake in the compartment but be sure to put a bowl of water in every third day.
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Why not just hook it up and head out of dodge. We are full-time 6 months in the summer and did just that when threaten by a wild fire. Pulled up the jacks and got out of harms-way.
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I don't know which is worse for RVs, the tropical storms you get, or the ice storms we get.
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I don't know which is worse for RVs, the tropical storms you get, or the ice storms we get.

We're in New England so we get hurricanes and ice storms as well as roof-crushing snow.

I'm still interested in hearing if anyone in high wind areas is using ground anchors to tether their trailers. That's the only thing I might be able to do here with enough planning.
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