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Old 08-10-2014, 05:00 PM   #1
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How bad is it in a MH when a bad storm hits?

Hello you full timers,

I have a question about what happens in the MH when a storm hits. Do the MH's rock back and forth, have you had issues with trees hitting the MH? Is there something you do to bat down the hatches?

Just wondering with some of the storms that hit around the house how much worse it is in a MH.

Thank you ahead of time, Lynne

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Old 08-10-2014, 05:05 PM   #2
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Pulled the slides in and all was well. Buckets of sideways rain was not the problem ... Just had to deal with the wind, that's all. <Part of the Adventure!> \ken

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Old 08-10-2014, 05:20 PM   #3
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Pull the slides in, jacks down, adjust the jacks a little high in front or rear for better runoff. If lightning I pull the 50amp and disconnect the water hose.
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Old 08-10-2014, 05:37 PM   #4
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With jacks down not much movement in strong wind gusts. Not a big issue at all if you're not under trees and falling branches. As 336muffin suggests, best to disconnect for the duration of the storm, even with an EMS!.

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Old 08-10-2014, 06:23 PM   #5
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Yes it will rock a bit in the wind,, But as noted pull in sides and Awning for greater stability ALWAYS STOW THE AWNING IN A HIGH WIND.

Trees hitting it can be an issue, less you are here at Cathead Creek where the nearest tree is several football fields away. (I like this park but SHADE... not in abundance, other features more than make up for it though).

Now, I sometimes tell of how the Internet was yacking about the 14MPG motor home and sure enough, this 38' class A was doing 13.8 on the old MPG calculation.... How did I manage that.. Well I had a bit of a push.

Seems the tumble weeds were going down the road right close to 100MPH.. I mean STRAIGHT down the road (So I had a 100 mph wind up my tail Directly up my tail) Had it been any other angle I'd have parked.. But I did park that night, 90 mph with gusts to 110.. So much wind they feathered the wind farm next to the RV park (Turbines not turning). Now that was one fun night cause you HAVE to put out at least one slide on this beast to sleep.

But with the jacks down.. Held.

As for trees falling on it.. Had one hit my house (Sticks and bricks) as well. It happens.

One advantage of a motor home.... Daughter's Godfather.. During an ice storm a tree dropped a limb through the drop to his house.. Pulling the wires down, So he was out cutting up same tree for firewood to heat his house via fireplaces (old house had 'em all over).. Cussing the tree with every swing of the axe..... (More later)

In a Motor home when that happens I push a couple buttons and power is restored.. Ok , generator power, but still restored.

The rest of the tree story.

later that afternoon a high tension line snapped and fell across the drop to his neighbor's house, Sending thousands of volts to the electrical fixtures and appliances in all the houses in his neighborhood.... Save for his (Since the wires were down) Blew holes in fuse boxes, shattered electric range elements, and light fixtures, Thousands in damage to his neighbor's houses. Not one cent to his.. He thanked that tree.
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We were in South Dakota last October 1st...100 year storm...blizzard , couple of feet of snow...4-5 foot drifts. Our slides were in, jacks down...power post covered with plastic bag...power out 1am Friday till that Tuesday...we were toasty warm and comfortable! Oh, and did I mention I was the only one in the park,including cc hosts that had a snow shovel!
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I've been in storms that blow over pop ups I slept like a baby you can feel gusts. I think the biggest mistake is people leave there awnings out either the wind will take it off or the rain will take it down.

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