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Old 08-15-2017, 09:37 AM   #1
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What do you do in a severe lightning storm?

Was wondering what to do when a severe lightning storm is approaching? Do you turn off appliances at the breaker, unplug from shore power, stop the gen, turn off the main breakers, shut down your computer...etc?

Have read on here that lightning can cause damage to electronic systems, control boards etc.
and was wondering if there are things you can do to either avoid or minimize any potential damage.

Any input would be appreciated
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stay inside and complain about the directv not coming in

actually, do nothing special as long as your tires stay on the ground, you and the coach should survive !
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stay inside and complain about the directv not coming in

actually, do nothing special as long as your tires stay on the ground, you and the coach should survive !
Same here
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I disconnect shore power and cable at the post. Only problem is with no electric to the coach it gets hot inside so it's a good excuse to go to the local bar.
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Old 08-15-2017, 12:23 PM   #5
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I was recently hit by lightning, this past Wednesday . Conclusion is .i made 2 major mistakes:
1- coach did not have a surge protector.
Surge protector may not have completely save the coach from damage, but it
Certainly could have helped
2- my stabilizers were sitting on bare ground and not on a wooden or plastics
Base.
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If your going to disconnect from power you also need to raise your levelers or insulate them from the ground.

Last camping we had storms 90% of the time we were there. Got the slide awning harpooned. good thing I hadn't put the new one on yet.
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Old 08-15-2017, 12:26 PM   #7
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I do the same thing as I do when in my house. Ride it out and hope for the best.

Last bad storm, hail knocked holes in my MHs, AC cover and did $3,000 worth of little dents to the toad.
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In this order............

1. Get out of the shower

2. Throw the breaker at the pedestal

3. Jacks up off the ground.

4. Turn generator on to keep the beer cold.
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Throwing the breaker at the pedestal only disconnects 2 or the 4 wires in a 50 amp service.
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The lightning probably came down thru a tree. Blocks of wood won't stop it.
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Throwing the breaker at the pedestal only disconnects 2 or the 4 wires in a 50 amp service.

True...should have read unplug. Whatever it takes to keep the beer cold.
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Lightning can travel across miles of open air space, I don't think a piece of plastic or wood will insulate you from a strike.
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Was wondering what to do when a severe lightning storm is approaching?




Any input would be appreciated


Unplug the RV from the pedestal after making a big of popcorn and opening a bottle of wine. Go outside and sit, facing the oncoming storm, with your SO and marvel at the display and remind each other why your there. Enjoying each other's company and natures display.

The reality of it is, yes, lightning is dangerous, buuuut, the statistics are that you'll win the Power Ball several times before you're struck by lightning..

Enjoy life, it's why you bought an RV.
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