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Old 09-26-2022, 12:20 PM   #1
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Opinions requested on fiver hurricane prep

I live in Florida, northeast coast, so hurricane Ian probably wonít hit us directly, but I have a question I would like to throw out for opinions. Our Montana has the six point hydraulic leveling system. Assuming high winds, in your opinion would the Montana be safer if all six jacks are down (trailer level) or up (obviously the front landing jacks have to be down)?
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All conjecture on my part since I have never owned or dealt with a 5er.

My thoughts are all jacks down, all slides in, will be your best bet.

I might even say, hooking it up to truck and with all the jacks you can extend, might be the most secure. Presuming your truck is more stable than the 5er, I would think hitching the 5er to the truck would tend to hold it down better?

I have never owned a mobile home or dealt with one in any detail. Would it be possible to use some version of a mobile home tie down in conjunction with the jacks to tie a travel trailer or a 5er to terra firma in a temporary manner?
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Old 09-26-2022, 12:45 PM   #3
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We have the exact same rig. All slides in, all jacks down and firmly planted. I might even do it manually with the front almost on the ground to ad stability. Watched a storm chaser video from Michael. 5th wheels did surprisingly well.

Scrub to 16:00 and let it play.

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It's gonna get quite windy. So I suggest all 6 levels UP and get the heck out of there for a few days.
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I would have all 6 jacks down in a heavy blow. Camped in Desert Hot Spings in the Coachella Valley in southern California last winter with 70+ mph winds and it was relatively stable with all the slides out, albeit my 41 ft trailer is also relatively heavy.

If you going to tow.........go slow.
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We have the exact same rig. All slides in, all jacks down and firmly planted. I might even do it manually with the front almost on the ground to ad stability. Watched a storm chaser video from Michael. 5th wheels did surprisingly well.



Scrub to 16:00 and let it play.





Wow, that was a scary video! It did look like a fiver or two were holding their own early on, but it didnít show if they were still upright after it was over (or perhaps I missed it), but it did show one fiver on its side in the debris.
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It's gonna get quite windy. So I suggest all 6 levels UP and get the heck out of there for a few days.


Hopefully it wonít get that bad here in Palm Coast. We did evacuate with the travel trailer we had at the time when Hurricane Irma came up, predicted to come our way, but it kept shifting west and so did we until we ended up in Biloxi, MS (which my wife loved because she could go to the casinos LOL). We rode out Matthew at home and the eye was about 25-30 miles from us. It wasnít all that bad, but I worried the whole time that the trailer might be getting damaged in the storage yard. It didnít get a scratch.
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I would have all 6 jacks down in a heavy blow. Camped in Desert Hot Spings in the Coachella Valley in southern California last winter with 70+ mph winds and it was relatively stable with all the slides out, albeit my 41 ft trailer is also relatively heavy.

If you going to tow.........go slow.


Yeah, weíve been in some really heavy winds out in Moab, bad enough that we closed the slides. Our Montana, based on trip loaded CAT scale weights of around 14,250 lbs is probably sitting in storage at less than 14,000. Thatís still pretty heavy.

The reason I asked this question is because, not being a physicist, I have wondered if itís better to not have all the jacks down so if there are strong side wind forces the trailer can lean with the wind a bit and thus release some of the side force vs. bring more rigid with the jacks down. I think I will probably solidly ground all the jacks.
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Thanks for the opinions and info.
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My advice, if you're expecting sustained winds of 50+ mph, hook up to your camper and get the heck out of Dodge.

We were hit dead center by Hurricane Laura and Delta in 2020.

At the time I wasn't finished with my 5ver rebuild and was forced to leave it behind at my shop as we evacuated to Houston.

Laura had 150 mph winds and we saw a lot of destroyed campers as we drove back in.
The only thing that saved mine was that it was parked under a canopy between my two buildings.

Will never leave it behind again.

High winds tipping the rig over is only part of the problem.
Flying debris, falling limbs, etc., can wreck a camper too.

I got lucky and only received a few scratches on the front cap and windows.
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I live in Florida, northeast coast, so hurricane Ian probably wonít hit us directly, but I have a question I would like to throw out for opinions. Our Montana has the six point hydraulic leveling system. Assuming high winds, in your opinion would the Montana be safer if all six jacks are down (trailer level) or up (obviously the front landing jacks have to be down)?
I look forward to your thoughts.
If you do not plan to travel out, I would lower the front end and plant all 6 manually. Plus, me, I would fill all the tanks full for extra weight and pull in the slides.

We are up the coast in Chesapeake Bay, Va., when it is close to us, I'll need to decide what to do.
Good luck to you guys.
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Good point on filling the water tanks. You might be quite happy to have some water. Make sure batteries are fully charged.
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OP here. Our Montana made it through Tropical Storm Ian when it got to us just fine; not a scratch. We had a LOT of rain and wind gusts in the 50-70 mph range almost all day Thursday.
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One can always stake rv into ground.. use 15,000 pound straps and jacks down.. then run straps over top and hook into stakes in the ground.. it will even work for truck.. real problem is.. flying trash.. you get hit by trash on falling tree.. you may not want it after the damage.. but staking does work.. better to just stay weather aware and move.. but if you get caught.. then staking may be.. only options
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