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Jeff in NC 05-14-2016 03:36 PM

can your camper blow over?
can your camper blow over?
From what I had seen previously I assured my DW that it was highly unlikely for a camper to blow over when set up.
I hope she does not see this news article

Strong winds overturn campers at Horry County area campgrounds -, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

RSchleder 05-14-2016 03:53 PM

Have you been watching television lately? Anything can be blown over, all it takes is a strong enough wind! So the answer to your question is YES, it CAN be blown over. How likely it is to happen, well, that of course depends on how strong is the wind.

campnqueen 05-14-2016 03:55 PM

Really? Of course it can blow over. Winds blow down stick built homes... why blow over a camper that weight 6000 + lbs?

Ford Idaho 05-14-2016 04:12 PM

Yes they will go over and look like Humpty Dumpty when it's over and done.

This is one of many issues that insurance is for.

Charles Firth 05-14-2016 05:49 PM

I have been camping at Cape Hatteras during a small North Easter some pretty strong wind gusts, some people pulled their slides in. Was not a good feeling lasted only a short time, but felt much longer. I am sure the camper was not close to rolling, but it sure got hit with some wind. It would probably be a good idea for the office to warn campers of bad weather approaching. In Hatteras you can see the storm coming a distance away, probably should not stay in the camper and seek other shelter. Only problem could be at night, I travel with a weather warning radio in the camper. The way the wind felt I believe it would not take much to roll one. I am sure others have been caught in some wicked weather. I guess its the campers responsibility to keep a weather eye out always.

iluvlcy 05-14-2016 06:16 PM


B and B 05-14-2016 06:17 PM

I have hitched up during a wind storm. It does help with mass. We left a campground last June when a Tornado was brewing 2 km away. We left the campground and packed up in 10 minutes. Was the neatest packing but got out of the forest as trees started to topple. Down the road 53 ft trailers were on there sides and houses all torn up.
Long winded YES! And this was Canada not Tornado Alley per say..

Oaklevel 05-14-2016 06:18 PM

Yes they can blow over.......but so can you house, your car, your truck, etc etc.
We have been camping over 30 years and only felt that we might have to evacuate to the bathhouse once....... but we did not..... the storm blew around us.......

Can it happen yes......... is it likely not really. And yes some are not lucky and have had it happen........... but you are more likely to be in a car accident on the way to work......


elchilero53 05-14-2016 06:45 PM

They most certainly can!

Been through several severe windstorms and one tornado (went through the west side of the park - an EF-1). In the windstorms, we positioned the TV so it acted as a wind break. The set up allowed the wind to flow around the trailer without it flipping on it's side. We pulled the slide in to improve the aerodynamics further. It was loud and scary, and the trailer rocked quite a bit, but was no worse for the experience. In one situation, it was a microburst from a collapsing supercell storm. The local weather recording station recorded 100 MPH straight-line winds. Several unoccupied TTs, 5ers and a couple of mobile homes were flipped on their sides, including a 5er right behind our TT.

Tiggerdad 05-14-2016 07:02 PM

(0 MPH winds from hurricane Gustav. Tanks full, stabilizers down and sides pulled in. Hooked to truck. No issue but I knew that the hurricane was coming so I took precautions.

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