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Old 05-15-2016, 09:36 PM   #31
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We were at French creek state park In Northeast, Maryland about 4 years ago when a very bad storm came through. Winds lightning rain. All I could think of is the movie cast a way when Tom hanks was out in raft after plane went down. This was around 12 mid night and was a scary couple hours. After storm was over and I was able to get out past my busted awning. Could not get it down due to massive lighting. Life worth more than awning. There was quite devastation. Every road in park had trees down on it. Trees fell on trucks and cars my awning. One huge tree was inches away from a pop up. The five in that would have been goners.

No one got injured lots of damage. That experience though scary does not prevent us enjoying camping.

Life happens no matter where you are. I tell my wife if it is my time to go I'd rather be in my camper on my motorcycle or on a cruise ship.
Just in case someone wants to go there, French Creek SP is in PA, not MD.

PA¬*DCNR¬*-¬*French Creek State Park

Went there several times with the Boy Scouts in the 1960's.

The park in Northeast, MD is Elk Neck SP:

Elk Neck State Park

I worked 2 summers at Rodney Scout Reservation just north of the park and south of Northeast.
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Old 05-15-2016, 10:58 PM   #32
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Just in case someone wants to go there, French Creek SP is in PA, not MD.



PA¬*DCNR¬*-¬*French Creek State Park



Went there several times with the Boy Scouts in the 1960's.



The park in Northeast, MD is Elk Neck SP:



Elk Neck State Park



I worked 2 summers at Rodney Scout Reservation just north of the park and south of Northeast.

Sorry I misquoted my parks. It was elk neck state park my apologies.

Old age I guess.
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Old 05-16-2016, 09:00 PM   #33
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ID:	108083. This was a year ago near St. Louis at 370 Campground. People were inside, fire dept broke out rear window to get them out, minimal injury, one of several moved by straight line winds. This one was a Montana, yes, it can happen. Tents ended up in the lake.


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Old 05-17-2016, 12:23 AM   #34
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I'm glad you asked this question. We just upgraded to a 5th-wheel from a popup... If in the popup, I would have sought shelter in the bathhouse, however now in the 5th-wheel, I've learned somethings for consideration;

If possible, hook the TV up for addition stability, if not, move the TV to the windward side to block/deflect the wind. Bring the slides in (as long as you still have an emer exit).

Regardless of the weather retract your awning before retiring for the night.

And if the forecast is REALLY BAD, get out of Dodge if you can and if not, seek alternative shelter!

Any other tips to share?
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A couple years back in Kansas, In one week we were in tornado warnings three times. First night we spent driving around for four hours avoiding the cell. The other nights I filled all tanks(full hook ups). Figured the extra 1700lbs of ballast couldn't hurt. Just another thought
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Old 05-21-2016, 01:58 PM   #36
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Friendly advice....NEVER leave your awning out when away from TT and use common sense when the weatherman forecast wind. Your awning will act like a large spinnaker.
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Back in 2010 which was our first full season with our first trailer, my wife woke me in the middle of the night because the awning was bouncing and the winds were picking up. I went outside took down the lights and undid the strap and rolled it up before the storm approached.The next morning there was a story where up around Erie, Pa which was about an hour north of us a guy went out to roll his awning up in the middle of the night and the camper blew over on top of him and killed him with his wife and child still inside.The wind can turn everyday items into projectiles and toss large objects about like nothing and you never know when it is coming or the situation is rights for it to happen.
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Interesting discussion indeed... our 5er would be an issue as well... all of our emergency exits would be blocked with the slide outs in and the camper rolled onto the door side... in this situation, I would have to leave the small bunkhouse slide out so I could atleast have that exit in an emergency on the drivers side.
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This past April we packed up and left for home a day early while visiting Philly. Strong winds in the area and a forecast for strong winds the following day. Seemed like a good idea to get out of dodge....

This occurred 45 miles southeast of where we were camped. Check out video

WATCH: Strong winds flip 32-foot travel trailer | NJ.com
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