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Old 09-15-2013, 06:57 PM   #1
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Thunder/lightening: do any of you do anything special?

Just happen to think.....during camping out in thunder/lightening storms, TT's aren't really grounded....are they?

Do any of you do anything special?

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Old 09-15-2013, 07:06 PM   #2
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Nope I just make sure I have a good view of the sky
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:33 PM   #3
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Nope, I've never done anything special except one time when the lightening was hitting really close and scary I did unplug from the post so I wouldn't fry the circuits if we got a big spike.
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:34 PM   #4
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No, I will add that I hope that any nearby trees don't get hit and fall on me. My wife panics, the dog thinks it is time to hunt.
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:10 AM   #5
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Interesting read on lightning and Rvs.

http://www.setrekclub.com/Lightening%20&%20RV's.pdf
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:17 AM   #6
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Roll in the awning, unplug the power cord if the lightning is close and open the blinds on the picture window to watch God's light show.
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:28 AM   #7
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Thunderstorms = great nap time!!!
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:32 AM   #8
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Just happen to think.....during camping out in thunder/lightening storms, TT's aren't really grounded....are they?

Do any of you do anything special?
When selecting a boondock site, I simply ensure the RV is not a lightning rod, ie the tallest object. I avoid tops of hills and open fields. I make sure there is higher land nearby and/or numerous tall trees.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:15 AM   #9
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:51 PM   #10
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Trailers would be grounded (not perfectly) if you put the stabilizing jacks or landing gear directly on the ground. If you put boards or blocks on the ground under them, then no. Either way, if your trailer takes a direct lightning hit most, if not all of the trailers' electronics would be toast.

Like the others said, I make sure the awning is up to avoid damage from windgusts. We live and camp mostly in Florida and have been through numerous thunderstorms and a tropical storm as well with no problems. Lots of shaking and rocking, though.
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:09 PM   #11
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I keep my stabilizers down on the orange plastic lynx and I use a portable high quality surge suppressor. Wouldn't the camper be grounded by the tires to the ground.
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DennisT, Howdy;

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Just happen to think.....during camping out in thunder/lightening storms, TT's aren't really grounded....are they?

Do any of you do anything special?

Dennis
Scroll down to see Wed's articles and they have a video for the answer
to your question.
http://rvtravel.com/?q=rv-travel-newsletter-issue604

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I keep my stabilizers down on the orange plastic lynx and I use a portable high quality surge suppressor. Wouldn't the camper be grounded by the tires to the ground.
No, rubber is an insulator. The trailer would be grounded(somewhat) through the ground in the shore power. If you are not plugged into shore power, then there is no ground and current will not flow unless you have a jack touching earth. That's why if a power line breaks and lands across your vehicle, you are safe as long as you stay in the vehicle. As soon as your foot hits the ground, you are the conductor and it's instant crispy critter, DRT.
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Just happen to think.....during camping out in thunder/lightening storms, TT's aren't really grounded....are they?
Protection is about grounding the lightning. If that ground is via a camper, then damage can result.

Lightning does not strike a highest object. It seeks earth that makes a shortest electrical connection to earthborne charges - maybe miles away. More often a mountainside is struck rather than a mountaintop. Sometimes the best strike is a valley where geology, buried pipes, or wires make a better connection to distant charges.

Protection is always about the path from cloud to distant charges. If that path goes through a camper, then damage can result.

BTW, tires are just another electrical conductor. After all, lightning was not stopped by something less conductive than tires (air). Why then would a tire block lightning current? It doesn't.

Nothing stops that current. Direct lightning strikes without damage is always about connecting to distant earthborne charges via devices (ie wire) that harmlessly conduct that current.
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