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Old 07-24-2014, 03:54 PM   #11
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I think there are ways you could anchor it down on the suspension without damaging the axles. There are several places on the suspension that could have attaching points bolted to them using existing bolts on the suspension on the torsion axles and just having 4 anchors in concrete and throwing a chain over the axle between the spindle and the springs on a spring suspension would still let the suspension work but still hold the axles down.
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:56 PM   #12
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Ours gets stored in the backyard and has the 6 jacks down and leveled. If it goes... it's insured.
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Old 07-24-2014, 04:01 PM   #13
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I think there are ways you could anchor it down on the suspension without damaging the axles. There are several places on the suspension that could have attaching points bolted to them using existing bolts on the suspension on the torsion axles and just having 4 anchors in concrete and throwing a chain over the axle between the spindle and the springs on a spring suspension would still let the suspension work but still hold the axles down.
Thanks for this OC. Maybe you and Sneak can "chew on it" a bit while we're up there next month.
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Old 07-24-2014, 04:14 PM   #15
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Our dutchmen fiver was in a tornado about 15 yrs ago - yes it went directly over our yard - house and barn and our fiver and parents MH - it lifted up the front of that fiver about five feet straight up and proceeded to set it right back down about two feet over....DH watched the whole thing unfold from the barn ( thinking THERE IT GOES ...) all while calming our horse from the hail coming in the barn doors straight line hitting them at the back of the barn - watched it twist the tops of some huge old oak trees like a weed whip as it went thru the woods behind us - bottom line lots of hail damage to siding and insurance covered it all - no loss of lives or major property - VERY LUCKY 🍀


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Old 07-24-2014, 04:28 PM   #16
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My friend's camper got tossed in the Massachusetts Tornado a few years ago, while he was loading it. They took shelter in their basement. Came upstairs and the camper was gone and they could see their neighbors houses for the first time. I don't think tying it down would have saved him.
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Old 07-24-2014, 04:33 PM   #17
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Folks I realize that nothing will save an RV in a true tornado or hurricane. Huge oaks are ripped out of the grown and thrown around like pixie sticks.

We have never had a tornado here and Ivan came through here at its waning stages. We *do* get somewhat frequent straight line winds, and like yesterday "swirling winds".

We had planned to have an RV shed constructed in our back yard. Don't know that one of those would actually help. Our quandary at this point is that we're considering selling our home and moving further out into the country. Sneak saw the set up that BigJohnD has and it set him on fire...again. That is exactly the set up he's been planning for a long time.

So, we have put our plans for building the "RV port" on hold for now. Just a brain storm folks, something to add stability while we decide what our next step is.
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Old 07-24-2014, 04:34 PM   #18
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My vote--use OC's awning poles!

Had a friend before Katrina hit us fill his holding tanks with water(for weight) and put his stabs down. Didn't work. The wind lay it over as pretty as you please. Insurance totaled it of course.

I'd say park it next to a wall of the house or near the bottom of a hill of some sort to deflect the wind. I'm no engineer either, but you won't be tying it down when you camp. With the broad, flat sides (these boxes we call campers) will catch the wind anyway.

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Weezer I'd advise you to keep your TV or Toad full of fuel and if one approaches, get out of Dodge! The RV will have similar damage either way....


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Old 07-24-2014, 05:01 PM   #20
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Too much work to build the anchor points IMO.
If it goes I call the insurance agent and wait.
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