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Old 04-06-2015, 05:34 AM   #1
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Do thunderstorms concern anyone else while camping besides me? I always get super nervous during storms. We have a Jay Flight Swift SLX. Are you generally safe barring any horrible wind? What do you do if the storm turns severe, or God forbid, a tornado warning pops up? During the day, there are usually buildings open in the campground, but most of those shut down at night, except of course the bathrooms.

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Old 04-06-2015, 05:52 AM   #2
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Yea. Storms worry me. But I always try to keep up w/ my weather app and storm alert on my phone. Not much else u can do other than that and know wher your closest bath house is for shelter.

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Old 04-06-2015, 06:40 AM   #3
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When strong winds come in I do a full hook up and just wait it out. I hope connecting it to the SUV helps hold it down.
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:30 AM   #4
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Two years ago we were at Wilson Lake KS (dry camping) and on our last night they were forecasting thunderstorms and tornado warnings in the early morning. We contacted the camp coordinator and asked if we could move to a location next to the concrete washroom building, he had no problem with that since we were leaving in the morning. We did have some nasty thunderstorms and high winds early that morning, but luckily no tornadoes.

We left at 7am and the sky was dark with rolling clouds, not good. The weather map showed that there were red storm cells north and west of us, so we took off. The interstate had about 5 or 6 semi trailers overturned off the side of the interstate, from the high winds overnight. When we got to Colorado, we watched the news and the town just to the east of Lake Wilson was leveled by the tornado.

My suggestion, know where the CG has their bathrooms/showers as a place to go to in case it gets really bad. The ones we have seen were concrete which would be 100 times better than the TT.

In 1980 we had a house leveled in northern IL that was 30 days into construction, all the windows were installed, but the garage doors were not installed yet. The tornado (according to the insurance company storm chasers) skipped over our house and without the garage doors it acted like a giant umbrella. It took the 18" x 50' "I" beam and tossed it about 50 feet behind the rest of the house parts. The lucky part was that they were behind schedule, or we would have been living in it already.

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Old 04-06-2015, 08:35 AM   #5
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I never use to give storms or even tornado warnings a 2nd thought while camping. However, back in Feb 2013 a tornado hit our campgrounds and literally destroyed close to 30 campers, including our 2013 Jayco 365BHS. Seeing what they can do in a matter of seconds to a 12000lb camper certainly changed my perception from not giving them 2nd thoughts, to now I have a weather radio and am much more attentive.
Thank God, the tornado hit 2 days before opening day of trout season and none of us had made it down to stay in our campers. Otherwise, I have no doubts that lives would have been lost that night as the tornado rolled several units upwards of 150'.
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:22 AM   #6
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I always use at least 4 inches of wood or plastic underneath each jack, unhook and store the power source , tv cable, etc., when a storm is in the area. Nothing grounded to attract lighting. High winds and tornados scare the hell out of me, have experienced what they can do to any building, but I still look for the strongest I can find.
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:47 AM   #7
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Storms in general don't bother me. High winds do. A trailer is no place to be when winds are strong. 55 mph+ are when it starts to get really scary. If it's strong enough to break trees, it's strong enough to lift a trailer off the ground.
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Old 04-06-2015, 11:14 AM   #8
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My biggest fear is the wind will take down trees and cause damage to RVs and people. We camp once a year in the Adirondacks near Lake George. Thunderstorms come up rather quickly in the summer months. We were camping in Lake George RV Park in the early 80's and a severe thunderstorm rolled through. It only lasted about 10 minutes. It took down a good size tree that fell right on top of a pop-up with kids inside. Fortunately no one was hurt, but the pop-up was destroyed.

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Old 04-06-2015, 11:50 AM   #9
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I am not generally afraid of storms, however the CG where we are putting our TT for the summer has no bath house or any building! I have thought about this but have not come up with a solution other than watch the weather and head home if sever weather is coming our way.
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Old 04-06-2015, 12:37 PM   #10
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A thunderstorm in general doesn't bother me, but falling trees do, as do tornado winds. If the weather looks iffy, we check with CG staff about if there is a storm shelter either in the CG or in a nearby community. Have had some nearby tornadoes, but have been lucky. Keep the weather radio handy.

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