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ngreen

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Posted: 01/29/13 06:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sitting at a beautiful site on a lake in eastern TX with the 38 ft fifth wheel facing the souh - forecast of high wind gusts up to 70 MPH -

Have you ever seen a RV blown over? How high of winds does it take to uproot a RV?

the only time I have seen that happen was during a tornado - course I am from the Joplin area..........


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Posted: 01/29/13 06:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does facing south mean the nose or the door (curb) side? We are also in south TX. I don't think the gust are sustained, which means you will probably feel some rocking, but not a blow over like a sustained (tornado/hurricane) wind.

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Posted: 01/29/13 06:55am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had some "high" winds here in our town a couple of years ago and the FWs didn't blow over, but one of the FWs here in the neighborhood did slide off the cinder blocks he had under his front jacks. The blocks were sitting on gravel and that might have contributed to the problem, since the other two FWs in our neighborhood didn't move an inch. 70 mph is pretty gusty, but I'll bet you'll be ok. One question, though, for those in the know, would hitching back up to the TV help keep the FW from rocking and perhaps blowing over?


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I have never personally seen any type of RV blown over by strong winds. However, if I was in your situation, I would want my trailer hitched up to the truck and the nose of the truck and trailer facing directly away from the direction of the wind. If the winds were coming from the west, I would want my unit headed east.

We experienced extremely high winds one night about 6 years ago in Iowa. Thankfully our 5th wheel was hitched to the truck. The truck and trailer were headed directly into the westward wind. I only wish I had known earlier that the high winds had been forecast and I would have headed the truck and trailer eastward. I think the rear of the 5th wheel would be less likely to be lifted up than the front overhang of the trailer. Fortunately, we did not have any problems.

Wishing you the best.

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Posted: 01/29/13 07:03am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

thanks - the full length of the rv - door side facing the south with nothing in front of us but lake for miles - beautiful but windy most of the time

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Posted: 01/29/13 07:05am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Winds can topple a RV and not trying to scare you but 70 MPH wind gust could do it but probably wouldn’t…
What would be more likely to happen is it would move the unit… with a 5er the problem there is the high load on the jacks can cause them to buckle or break when moved that way… if only one jack leg lets go wind can easily push it over on its side…
A CG I was in just after a minimal cat 1 hurricane passed through had 4 trailers on their side and 3 of them were 5ers and all 3 had one jack leg buckled… I don’t know how well any of them were secured but a lot of other trailers made it through ok… maybe a pin jack would be helpful but I don’t know…
Make sure the wheels are blocked well to greatly reduce the risk of this happening…


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Posted: 01/29/13 07:08am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have also seen a trailer rv blown off it's blocks. It is best of course if you could have the front or rear into the wind.
The much bigger problem is driving in those conditions. I was just in a 30 mph with gusts up to 60 and turned around within a few miles and sat for the day.

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Nobody has mentioned - would it not be a good idea to bring in the slides. I have done this on windy days.


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Posted: 01/29/13 08:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I seen 2 Travel Trailers get blown over at El Dorado SP in Ks. I was camphosting storm hit around 3 am.I was in my 5th wheel which I have anchored down and it held good.

That same storm also moved a few trailers and pushed several Trash dumpsters around winds were said to be 80 plus.


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Posted: 01/29/13 08:30am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tom Sawyer CG. - Tornado touched down in CG.-

Picked up my 31ft MH from the side and then it slammed down. After storm had to have my MH lifted back up to get everyone's personal items out from underneath it.

TT next to me flipped over - after the DW unhooked the TV and headed for cover, leaving the DH inside the TT that flipped over because it was no longer attached to the TV!

The other TT on the other side of my had the awning partially ripped off and the high winds kept slamming the arms against his TT just wrecking the roof. He got out and took a buck knife to it to stop the damage.

So YUP! High winds CAN pick them up and flip them over, saw it and experienced it first hand!


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