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Old 09-06-2008, 06:03 PM   #1
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Storm Prep?

As I sit here listening to the beginnings of Hanna, I thought I would finally ask about special storm preparations folks take for their "Travel Units". (For the NEXT storm).

We live about 1/4 mile in from Long Island Sound on the Eastern CT Shoreline. We get some pretty strong winds and rain whenever its coming from the East, SE, S, or SW.

Other than closing up tight and making sure everything is off, are there other steps people take or can recommend when preparing for a sigificant storm?

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Old 09-06-2008, 07:13 PM   #2
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Try to not have your trailer parked under trees. Last week, for no reason, a huge limb fell off of our walnut tree right onto the gravel pad where Tweety used to be parked. Thank goodness she was up on her new pad by the house!
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Old 09-11-2008, 07:04 PM   #3
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Pam & Steve- You sure were lucky to have moved Tweety from under that walnut tree.

I am fortunate to not have my unit under a tree when at home, but I sure do try to check out the campsites for dead limbs when I am camping.

As for preparing for a storm, I'd just close everything up tight just like a car. Trailers are designed to be out in the weather.

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Old 09-12-2008, 08:13 AM   #4
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We used something similar to this when we had our old trailer {28' Chateau) on a seasonal site in Ocean City, MD. It rode out several winter Nor'easter's and a couple of Tropical Storms without any problems and the site was out in an open field. The campground required "storm straps" as they called them, on all seasonals.

http://www.doityourself.com/invt/6159651

Once you have the anchors in the ground, the cable is held in place with u-clamps after it is looped around the anchor eye and the trailer frame. It is not real hard to undo, takes about five minutes each with a ratchet/socket. If you can leave the anchors in place, it would only take a half hour or so to position the trailer and clamp the cables into place for a storm.
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Old 09-12-2008, 03:37 PM   #5
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Storm straps certainly would be a safer way to protect the RV in an open area where there are more severe storms especially if it is a season site. Certainly would be too much work for week/weekend RV'ers who are not seasonal.

I do remember being rocked about a couple times during summer storms from the wind gusts. Also sat out a milder hurricane while in New Jersey in a wooded campground where I just closed up the awning and put outside things inside so they did not blow around. But, if I knew a hurricane was coming, and I was camped in an open area with no protection or the hurricane was more severe, I'd pack up and head home.

But while I have the RV parked all year whether on the driveway or winter parked while not camping, I close everything up tightly and have had no problems. I do check a few times during the winter.

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