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Old 03-07-2013, 09:35 PM   #15
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So 25,000 pound plus RV's must be tied down but 4,000 pound cars do not ?
Who thinks of this stuff ?
Was there an engineering study done ?
Have any of these people been through a hurricane before? Trailers, park model or otherwise, rvs, secured or otherwise, are not going to fair well in any kind of a serious hurricane. Get out if you can, sweep up the mess when you get back.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:39 PM   #16
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I would think the frame would need to be tie down. Strapping the axles would allow the body to rock and roll which could cause damage.
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I was gonna mention the same thing. I did a bit of equipment hauling in the Army for a few years and we were never satisfied with tie downs that held down only the suspension. The hauled vehicle would bounce all over the place. That's why tie down rings on military vehicles are mounted to the bumper, that is attached to the frame, to immobilize suspension motion in travel. Or for this particular case suspension motion in the extremely high winds.
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Where in Florida is this park so I can avoid it.
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I have used auger type anchors and the weight rating is on the box. Lowes or Home Depot has them. They are required for mobile homes (trailers) here in Florida. Wire cables are used. I have used them on sheds I have built. A MH will blow away much easier than a car. It isn't the total weight, but the ratio of weight to surface area. My MH went thru Charlie in 2004 at steady 75 and gust to 90 mph. We were not there, but had no visible damage. The only really high winds are in the eye wall of a hurricane which is about 20 to 30 miles across. Your chances of actually being in a hurricane are very small. Chances go down the further you are from the Gulf or Atlantic. Many times the boards do not have a clue. The 2004 Hurricane Charlie torn down a KOA by the Punta Gorda airport and it was bought out by some full timers and turned into a private park. If you get a direct hit, you are toast anyway. My strategy has always being to follow them carefully and take my rear end and my motor home away. Hurricanes go only 10 or 12 mph. Motor home does 60.
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It is usually not the hurricane that does the most destruction, but the tornadoes the hurricane spawns.
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