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Old 07-11-2018, 01:15 PM   #1
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rvs and lightning

How safe (or unsafe a sit may be ) are you in a travel trailer during a thunder and lightning storm?
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Old 07-11-2018, 01:38 PM   #2
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Probably the same as being in any vehicle with rubber tires contacting ground. We would probably disconnect any external power as a precaution.
And don't touch the vehicle when outside if live electrical wires have fallen onto it.
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:09 PM   #3
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2008Seneca,
I was thinking that too, but the metal hitch jack is in contact with the ground too even though I generaly have a couple wood blocks supporting it.
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Faraday Cage

Lots of info:

https://rvtravel.com/rvdt881/
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Thanks 2lane lots of great information exactly what I was looking for thank you
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I imagine quite safe, if in a conventional build then everything is wood and it would be like in a house. Rubber tires are not what protects you in a car the amount of power in lightening it would simply arc to the ground. So what protects you in a car may protect you in a metal frame trailer. The frame itself would become a Faraday cage, you would be quite safe.
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Fiberglass over wood a lightning strike could make you a crispy critter. Got to unplug shore power also.

I had a great aunt years ago who was taking a shower in a storm. Lightning hit the well pump house............did not end well for her.
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Can anyone provide a documented occurrence when a person was struck inside an rv? Because Im sure every year thousands and thousands of people survive severe lightning storms inside of their rv and to my knowledge nobody has ever been struck.
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:17 PM   #9
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We have had lightning damage while in the camper during a severe Thunderstorm. Lightning struck somewhere nearby and came in thru the power pedestal.

We lost all power, it came up so fast we could not get outside to throw the pedestal breaker. We had a TRC 38350 surge guard unit plugged in at the pedestal.

I removed it after the storm passed thru and then removed the TRC. It was smoking and fried. Power was back on.

Our Microwave and the surge protector were fried. No other damage to us or the electronics.

Called TRC and they told me to buy another one. I now have a Progressive PT-50C.
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Here is a link to an earlier thread I did on document that I downloaded. The sources are listed at the end of the document. Very interesting! You can make your own decisions.

Here is the link... scroll down to POST #1 for the paper on Lightning and RV's

As for being safe in my TT.. odds are no #1 it is not an AirStream (Faraday affect). Mine (2013 EAGLE28f4BHS) has wooden trusses in the roof with NO metal cross beams. So all the lightning sees is the wiring, microwave... We would be safer in the TV,or bath-house.

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