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Old 09-01-2015, 01:43 PM   #11
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Hail knocked out our roof vent in South Dakota about two months ago. Luckily camping world had one in stock. Also added a roof vent cover for future storms. Lost the refrigerator cover as well.

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Old 09-01-2015, 01:57 PM   #12
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I have no experience with A-Frames specifically, but I believe the skylights in Forrest River products are all made of Acrylic (not Lexan). I know my Rockwood 5th Wheel's was Acrylic. I switched to an aftermarket Lexan skylight after my original cracked in a hail storm. Lexan isn't perfect either though...although it is essentially "crack proof" it is soft and scratches very easily.

As a side note...I went with a white Lexan skylight to block heat. It is awesome. It lets in 90% of the light vs the smoked original, but cut down the heat dramatically.

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Old 09-01-2015, 02:08 PM   #13
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Thanks Big Vic.. sounds like a good idea. Maybe I'm over thinking the possibility of something happening. I have insurance. I have never had hail damage on my vehicles. It would probably take a good sized piece of hail to bust one of those bubble windows. They appear to be pretty tough.
saw a thing on the weather channel the other day. The claim it takes a hail stone the size of a golf ball to do any damage to a car. That is pretty good size! I doubt if it ould have to be that big to damage a trailer. Hope I never find out!

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Old 09-01-2015, 02:27 PM   #14
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Here in Colorado, hail is a normal component of most thunderstorms. We do store our A122 in the garage (bought the smallest model specifically for that reason) to protect from intense sun, hail, ice, and snow.

But when camping we encounter those anyway - just reduce the amount of exposure by storing in garage. So far, no weather damage noted except that dealer installed dual battery cover disappeared in the wind. And the first plywood replacement disappeared in the wind, too. The second replacement is held down with 2 tight shock cords.

But I do check for damage after every hailstorm. The first damage I expect to see will be fogging and scratching of the bubble windows. My personal take - if the EZ-up hasn't been shredded, the A-frame is probably OK.

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Old 09-01-2015, 03:12 PM   #15
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You can check out the photos I posted to my profile. A friend of mine used industrial building insulation foam and made covers for my windows. I put them on under the tarp as seen in the photos. Doesn't help if you caught in a storm while towing or camping, but at least storage has some peace of mind.
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Old 09-01-2015, 06:17 PM   #16
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One of the many reasons I pay for covered storage. Here in Central Texas we get hail every year. Sometimes golf ball sized and up. While I do have insurance, it's a pain in the ask to have to get the repairs done to anything around here after a hail storm. I'd rather not have to deal with it.
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Old 09-03-2015, 02:47 PM   #17
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I followed N3XG's lead of using foam board bought at my local orange box home store. We don't get much hail where I live but stuff happens all the time and those windows are not robust roofing material.


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