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Old 05-30-2014, 01:38 AM   #1
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Camper Hit By Lightning!

Going out this weekend, went and picked up FW at storage, as soon as I turned battery on I hear an alarm going off, I go inside and the LP detector is ringing, thought it was odd as the LP was off. Hooked it up and brought it home and that is when the fun starts...
Neither of the two rear slides work, I check the fuses and find a 15A burned out, it is for the radio. Main AC does not work, code E1 is flashing on control panel, looked it up says it is a loss of communication to the controller. Bedroom AC still works tho and bedroom slide still works as does the landing gear but the rear stabilizers do not work, neither does the TV or radio. I also notice that the awning LED strip has several diodes that are out, some are bright, others are dim. My touchscreen remote is absolutely dead, will not operate anything, I even reset it and still nothing. Fridge works as does the ceiling fan. Most all the lights work as well. All of the fuses in panel are good, they all have power to them, did a cycle of all breakers and results still the same. So I started thinking, with the 15A fuse blown to the radio, what does the antenna look like on the roof, climbed on up and found the tip burned like an arc welder had touched it. Looked all around the roof and found no other damage, manually opened the slide to get back there and look at the ceiling below the antenna and found several staples popped out and the trim piece going across hanging down.... Brand new camper... replaced our last one that was crushed while in storage by the roof of the storage place during an ice storm... Insurance company is going to love me...

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Old 05-30-2014, 02:13 AM   #2
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:51 AM   #3
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Dang, never hear of that before. Sorry.

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Never heard of it either, once I started to put the pieces together it became obvious. Also forgot to add, left landing gear foot pad was bent up in the front and the concrete under it was damaged, a section triangle shaped about 6" was popped up, guessing this is where the bolt found ground at, maybe to a piece of rebar just under the surface. When I take her back Sunday I will examine the area closer.

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Old 05-30-2014, 10:48 PM   #5
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Wow! Amazing the power in a lightning bolt. Guess it could have been worse, I've fixed cars that have been struck and it can get really ugly.
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Old 05-30-2014, 10:58 PM   #6
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jeeze, do we now have to start driving a wired lightning rod into the ground once we get set up at a site?

If the old adage is true, you're safe from lightning striking that TT again though.

I'd say your luck HAS to get better from here on.
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:51 PM   #7
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And now to add insult to injury, inverter is no longer working, battery dying, all my DC stuff is dead, thank goodness for AC power! LOL

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Old 05-31-2014, 09:26 AM   #8
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You might have been better off if it burnt down...thats a lot of destruction. You'll likely find more as you start making repairs. Might your insurance take care of this?

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Sorry to hear that this happened to you. If it were me, I'd be afraid to camp in it until fully fixed because there is wiring that you can't really access easily to verify that there is not a problem with it. Be safe! Camping can wait a while.
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I had this happen at the house when a tree in the yard got hit and there was a wash line on it that ran to the corner of the house, the phone company had a ground wire there and it went in there and the destruction was weird, some things fried some not and then the insurance company telling me it was a power surge not a lightning strike, won in the end though the tree was covered too. Good luck with it and double check everything works exactly like it should.
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