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alexpinca

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Posted: 08/28/12 02:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've never been through a major quake in an RV...a couple of 5's but nothing big...officials have announced a warning for SC of a swarm of quakes for the next 24 hours. DOUBLE CHECK MY LOGIC PLEASE....jacks should be up and tripod should be off RIGHT??? My logic is that I should ride out a quake on the tires. Of course landing gear has to stay down.

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If a motor-home has no jacks down, and a 5th-wheel or trailer is connected to the TV with no jacks or hitch down, they will ride out a mild earthquake with no damage.

There is a "catch" however. Earth-quakes are unpredictable. Are you planning to never use your jacks or stabilizer again? My motor-home being only 30 feet with no slideouts does not have stabilizers and does not need them so in a way we are always prepared.

Just keep your insurance up and quit worrying about it.


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Not really. We were in a 6+ in San Diego a few years ago. Jacks down, it just shook. The Northridge Earthquake of 1994 made the house come down (really) but the MH road it out ok, jacks up, sitting on a concrete pad on the tires.
I personally see no difference or greater risk than riding on some of SoCal lousy highways, like the 10 toward PalmSprings.
The real threat comes from nearby structures, poles, and trees. Your water and power lines are already flexable. Pieces of roof my fall from structures and block walls may fall. If the power goes out and you have a generator you can switch to back up power, but be advised, if the power comes back on it may surge or be under powered, causing system damage, so it would be best to disconnect from city power until advised that all is back to normal.
Yeah, we had some experience with this.
Lets hope this is a false alarm, but then again, living along the many Western fault lines we must always be prepared.
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Posted: 08/28/12 03:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The only recommendation I can give is to get rv away from any objects that could fall onto it, trees, poles, walls, etc. Out in the open is best, kinda like boondocking, I guess but not under a tree(s).

Much easier than dealing with Isaac.





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I have a 6.0 in the Fiver nightly when the hubs rolls over in bed, no worries...


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If an earthquake is strong enough to damage an RV because the jacks and tripod are in use, I don't think much would help. On tires only, you may cause a more pronouced rolling effect which if the earthquake is strong enough and long enough will get the trailer to rocking bad enough to topple.

In my mind, the jacks since they are attached would act as stabilizers and help prevent extreme rocking.

By the way the warning has expired. It was issued on aug 26th for 24 hours. It was for San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

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I'm a native born California guy and have rode out many, many earthquakes.

Generally the rule of thumb for earthquakes is NOT to run outside...but as long as you stay away from power poles and trees...in my opinion...get out of the RV!

The jacks being down would spread out the forces of the quake over more of the trailers frame AND lower the center of gravity...hopefully limiting any real damage.


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Posted: 08/28/12 04:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Having seen pictures and talking to folks there in El Centro, CA. near Brawley, about 3 years ago on Easter Sunday, park models that of course are up on blocks, fell off the blocks, took the attached awnings with them. A travel trailer, fifth wheel, or MHs that were on there tires were fine. A few of the mentenioned RV's, if they had the front jack or jacks up on blocks some just slid off. We were in Yuma, about 60 miles east of El Centro, and I was standing about 100' from the back of our fifth wheel, the ground shook some, but the rear of the trailer just rocked back and forth. You never saw snowbirds and seniors in the RV come out the door so fast.

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Posted: 08/28/12 04:58pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

alexpinca wrote:

I've never been through a major quake in an RV...a couple of 5's but nothing big...officials have announced a warning for SC of a swarm of quakes for the next 24 hours. DOUBLE CHECK MY LOGIC PLEASE....jacks should be up and tripod should be off RIGHT??? My logic is that I should ride out a quake on the tires. Of course landing gear has to stay down.


If when you say "SC" you mean Southern California, an earthquake swarm's been going on there since August 26th, when they had more than 300 quakes in a single day!

No reports as to RV damage.....


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