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Old 02-18-2013, 07:30 PM   #11
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Remember growing up as a kid, and the storms we went though. They were pretty powerful. As others noted, put the awning away in high wind, check your storm flaps, stabilizers, and I always say keep stuff from touching the canvas. Spending 5 minutes to check things over and you should be fine. I have never seen a pu damaged in a storm from the wind. I have seen a lot of tents blown down. I have seen a few tree limbs on TT (never on a pu). As a kid we were caught in a hail storm with a little smaller than baseball size hail. The canvas did great. The roof was totaled, and had to be replaced.

We skipped the pu stage, we have been in 40+ mph wind with the HTT, we bounce around a little, and the driving rain on the tents have been incredibly loud. But spending a few minutes checking things over in advance to prepare, and we have been fine.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:02 PM   #12
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Ditto what everyone else said about the awning. We learned the hard way with our pop-up at Cedar Point on Lake Erie. Storms whip up on shallow Lake Erie quickly, and what was a clear day turned into a big storm with 2 tornadoes almost instantly while we were in line for a coaster. We sprinted back to the popup to see our awning being tossed back and forth across the top of the pop-up. The forced banged the poles down on the ground so hard that they bent like bananas.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:57 AM   #13
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We have a PU and recently bought a small TT.
If we leave for the day and there's any chance of wind gust, the awning gets put up. Easier on the TT than the PU, but still not a big deal.
Once winds start gusting about 15 mph, I'll put away the awning just for safety. They catch a lot of wind.
I always set one side lower than the rest for good run off in a rain.
I listen to the national weather service. I'll ride out a storm to a point, but if get get uncomfortable with the wind, it's off to the vehicle and a solid structure.
When I enter a CG, the first thing I do is find a structure to evauate to.
I also check the condition of any trees on my campsite. I don't camp under any trees that have dead limbs etc.
When in doubt, always seek better shelter. The camper casn be replaced :-)

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Old 04-11-2013, 09:25 PM   #14
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All good advice, but it reminds me of the first time we went camping in a PUP. One night a tornado passed by the campground. My wife and son were awake and freaking out. Me? Slept right through it! They still give me gas about that.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:21 AM   #15
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Thanks for the idea Roy! I have a 2000 Eagle 10SG with AC and been looking for ideas on how to modify a tarp for rainy days, my wife does not like the canvas getting soaked. I do have a 20x30 tarp. Will welcome pics. By the way, I am down the road from you.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:43 AM   #16
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We used to have a tent trailer, then a hybrid, now a solid wall... a bit of that progression had to do with storms, but it was more focused on having to roll up wet canvas than the trailer blowing away as we travel a lot. Last summer we were camped at a park here in Canada, the worst storm in 100 years hit. Winds of up to 80-100 miles per hour. There was no time to secure or take down your camper, it hit so fast. Many trees came down all over the campground. Trees that had been there for over a hundred years. Canopy's were torn off of all kinds of trailers.. but not one pop up trailer moved its place. So I think you are good.. however, that being said I do think it's prudent to try and set up your camper in a more sheltered spot rather than in the middle of an open field if you have a choice..
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:50 AM   #17
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CV60cat2 - I don't think I ever got any pictures for my setup with the tarp over the whole trailer. If you every get down to the Smoky Mtns you will see many POPUPs and TT Trailers at the ELKMONT CAMP GROUND with big tarps around the camp site. the tree cover in there is really heavy and it drips rain for days after the storms haha...

I just cut out hole for the air conditioner and fantastic roof fan and folded back where I cut the hole and used some rivits to make up a nice lloking border around the hole. Don't have to worry about water leaks and all of that will go to the roof and run off under the tarp. The front part came out over the awing and really give us a nice larger sitting area under the tarp and awning. I ran 1/2-inch ratchet straps down to the ground anchors on the front side. Picked up some tent poles from WALMART to keep the side ends up at the same height as the awning. On the back side I just used 1/2-inch ratchet strap straight to the ground anchors.

My 20X30 tarp unfortunately got used to cover my wood pile and now has deteriorated away haha...

We live in Eden Estates off of RT206/1201 two houses down from the Eden Estates swimming pool... Got two trailers in the back yard.

Recently retired and sort of in a RoyB sequestration at this time waiting for better days to get back into the camping runs again. Westmoreland State Park became our so called home camp site.

Also love to go setup at LOFT MTN on Skyline drive and really like the area behind Harrisonburg VA on the WVA/VA wooded stateline. There is a place up there called FLAGPOLE KNOB which is great forest road site where bunches of Jeeps and campers setup from time to to time.. Used to go up there with my off-road POPUP and run my radio comms for SKYWARN/RACES/NAVY MARS radio ops... Need to get back into that before i get too old to get out in the woods anymore. With the ecomony like it is there seems to be alot of strange looking characters roaming around up there... Almost afraid to go by myself anymore hehe...

I want to also get down to DILLWYN VA and do some camping in the GOLD FIELDs there. That sounds like fun to me...

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You can almost visualize a large tarp going over this trailer setup with the awning extended...



using the 1/2-inch ratchet straps for tiedowns make for easy setup and quick removal when high winds get up. Back in the tent days you almost had to cut the ropes everytime you took it all down hehe...

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Well, I went to Dam Neck in Va Bch and caught a storm, the tarp protected from the rain but the wind under the tarp kept me up from 1:30 to let's not go there. The place is open to mil aID holders 25 a nite, I also went to Kiptoepke State Park on the eastern shore 32 nite fishing pier only3 and boat ramp (big bang for the buck and really nice. Only 2 trips but hooked up.


QUOTE=RoyBraddy;160379]You can almost visualize a large tarp going over this trailer setup with the awning extended...



using the 1/2-inch ratchet straps for tiedowns make for easy setup and quick removal when high winds get up. Back in the tent days you almost had to cut the ropes everytime you took it all down hehe...

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Sounds good to go to the woods Roy. I live down Rt 2 close to River Club on Benchmark 7 houses down at Pelhams. On camping my wife prefers the beach, me anywhere as long as I camp. Probably start next March again, Westmoreland might be the first place we go.
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