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Old 07-24-2014, 12:55 PM   #1
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ability to anchor our RVs at home

Last night we had horrific winds that screamed in to our area just before dusk, no warning, most likely around 50 MPH.

Sneak and I ran out the back (I heard it roaring down the fireplace chimney) to see what the HECK was taking place.

Buffy was doing a bit of wiggling. It could have been much worse had she not been sitting inside a privacy fenced back yard, which blocked a lot of the wind.

For any of you who store your RVs at home, do you have any sort of earth anchor setup? I was caught between; "I can't watch" and "I have to watch".

Not *one* drop of rain, just wicked tree twisting wind and then it was gone after about 15 minutes.

Mobile homes here are required to have anchors (by insurance) even though the wheels and axles are removed and they are under skirted. IMO an RV is more at risk.

So, anyone here anchoring their RV? If so, what set-up? I'm thinking anchors in cement, with steel straps with a removable attachment to the axles. Or heavy weight (logging chains) hooked to the axle and an anchor in concrete.
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Old 07-24-2014, 01:25 PM   #2
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Maybe all you need to do hook it up to your truck and put down the stabilizers. That would add some weight and width and take away the flex of the suspension.
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Old 07-24-2014, 01:37 PM   #3
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Interesting question, Weezer, and what appears to be an interesting common sense suggestion Arefbee...but I'm not sure I'd want to hook it up and put them down in such a case. I am certainly no engineer, but just to play devil's advocate, I wonder if putting down the stabilizers could actually create a greater chance of property damage (to the rig). The increased "give" which you have in the suspension when not stabilized may actually be an advantage in some winds (letting the unit ride the wind rather than placing pressure on things which could "snap" or bend).
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Old 07-24-2014, 01:55 PM   #4
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We had a horrific wind storm a few weeks or so ago. My TT is kept at home with stabilizers down. The wind actually moved the footing of the stabilizers an inch or two from the rocking. Im sure glade I had them down as it very well could have been catastrophic.
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Not an engineer either. Frankly, I've never really paid attention to what 5ers do for the rear stabilization but I believe the front "legs" can take quite a bit of weight.
A lot of the physics of tipping a vehicle come from the suspension allowing the unit to rock, creating a pendulum affect that can increase the effect of the wind.

I see your point though. It is usually better to bend with the wind than to fight it. Not many oaks survive hurricanes but willows do.

I like the idea of underground anchors, but I wonder where they could be attached that would not risk damage to an axle.
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Old 07-24-2014, 02:02 PM   #6
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A year ago we had 70-80 mph winds in June.We had a TT then.Had it leveled up and stabs down.Keep in mind our drive slopes so the tongue was about 3 feet in the air.The wind slid the front of the TT about eight feet.Bent the heck out of the electric tongue jack and bent the stabs too.I really thought it was going to turn it over.Haven't had that much hit our 5er.To get it level I can walk under the pin box.Hope it doesn't do that to this one.
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Old 07-24-2014, 02:05 PM   #7
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Not an engineer either. Frankly, I've never really paid attention to what 5ers do for the rear stabilization but I believe the front "legs" can take quite a bit of weight.
A lot of the physics of tipping a vehicle come from the suspension allowing the unit to rock, creating a pendulum affect that can increase the effect of the wind.

I see your point though. It is usually better to bend with the wind than to fight it. Not many oaks survive hurricanes but willows do.

I like the idea of underground anchors, but I wonder where they could be attached that would not risk damage to an axle.

OK, so I've got gears grindin' in brains much smarter than mine.

Arefbee, so there's risk in damaging the axles, but wouldn't that be better than the whole kit and caboodle being flipped? What about anchoring to the frame instead of the axles?
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Old 07-24-2014, 02:43 PM   #8
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I would not anchor the frame same reason we do not put bike racks on the back. The wind would twist the frame, better to leave it on the tires. If it goes over knowing it is a total loss as opposed to a bent frame breaking while travelling is better in my mind. At our park where we keep our park model several trailers where write offs last year due to ice storm damage. Those that had just repairs have ongoing issues. Apart from human/ K9 injury a write is better IMHO.
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Old 07-24-2014, 02:54 PM   #9
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anchoring the frame might just leave you with a frame on one side of the yard and the rest of the rv on the other
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My knee jerk reaction is that I wouldn't anchor it down. If it flips, you know it was damaged. If it's secured and really gets rocking around, you could damage the axles or frame without knowing it.
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