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Old 07-13-2018, 05:23 PM   #1
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Is a trailer safe in a lightening storm?

Where we go camping there is a lot of lightening. Are we safe I die the trailer? I know in our vehicle we are because of rubber tires. I know probably a dumb question but it concerns me. Our back jacks are metal. Is there something we can buy to make it safe?
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Old 07-13-2018, 05:27 PM   #2
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It's that time of year.

Check out this discussion from earlier this week;

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f...ing-59091.html
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It's safer than standing outside in it. More to the point though- nothing is safe from lightning. Things will be damaged, it's not if- it's how many.
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We camp by the millions and mostly during the months of high risk of storms. Trailer parks and CG's often sustain more damage than brick and mortar homes because they are lighter and less structurely sound but they are not more of a target for lighting. History simply does not support an irrational fear of lightening while RV'ing. Dangerously high winds and tornado warnings are another thing and you have to use your own judgement.
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:03 AM   #6
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We have ridden out lighting storms in the camper and even had some physical damage to electronics that did not affect us from a strike nearby. That said, I would not want to be there in a direct strike.

As others stated, better inside than out.
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Other than going to an enclosed building like a campground activity building your best place is your car or truck. An Airstream trailer may be the safest RV because of the total metal skin. Lightning flows on the outside of metal enclosures.
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Other than going to an enclosed building like a campground activity building your best place is your car or truck. An Airstream trailer may be the safest RV because of the total metal skin. Lightning flows on the outside of metal enclosures.

Metal or metal frame RV are just as same as a car. Fiberglass and wooden frame RV I agree, TV or building would be better. Remember, lightning takes the path of least resistance to the ground.... you don't want to be in it's way.

Google videos for lightning strikes plane or car, some impressive videos


Also, here's an RV safety video:

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