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Old 09-08-2017, 09:45 PM   #1
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Hurricane winds

Does anyone know how much wind speed would be required to tip over an Aerolite 294rkss?
We are on the east coast of FL and worried.
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Old 09-09-2017, 05:05 AM   #2
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Does anyone know how much wind speed would be required to tip over an Aerolite 294rkss?
We are on the east coast of FL and worried.
I don't know the wind speed at which any trailer or RV will tip over or roll over, but I am certain that if Irma's eye passes over your location you will twice experience winds much higher than the tipping point speed.

So you should find a wall that is virtually certain not to be blown away (cement or block, if at all possible) taller than the trailer and park the trailer as close as possible to that wall. This will greatly diminish the effective wind pressure on the sides of the trailer and hopefully prevent it tipping.

I would also suggest filling all the tanks with water... Close the gray and black water tanks and run water into them until they are nearly full... And fill the fresh water tank as well. You'll have a thousand or more additional pounds of ballast holding it down, adding stability.

If you can park in between two fairly close buildings, that would be ideal, since the winds through the gap between the buildings would be trying to tip the trailer end over end, instead of sideways. It would take much, much stronger winds to flip it end over end... I don't know if even a category 5 eye wall wind could do that. Of course, it might be moved forward or backwards by the wind unless you can leave it attached to a big heavy truck... In a cat 5 hurricane there just are no guarantees.

Good luck and God bless.
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Please tell us you're going to a shelter and not staying in your RV. Flying debris causes almost as much damage as storm surge and wind. Fortunately for you it looks like it's heading more to the west coast. Regardless, prayers are with you all in Florida.
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I don't know the wind speed at which any trailer or RV will tip over or roll over, but I am certain that if Irma's eye passes over your location you will twice experience winds much higher than the tipping point speed.

So you should find a wall that is virtually certain not to be blown away (cement or block, if at all possible) taller than the trailer and park the trailer as close as possible to that wall. This will greatly diminish the effective wind pressure on the sides of the trailer and hopefully prevent it tipping.

I would also suggest filling all the tanks with water... Close the gray and black water tanks and run water into them until they are nearly full... And fill the fresh water tank as well. You'll have a thousand or more additional pounds of ballast holding it down, adding stability.

If you can park in between two fairly close buildings, that would be ideal, since the winds through the gap between the buildings would be trying to tip the trailer end over end, instead of sideways. It would take much, much stronger winds to flip it end over end... I don't know if even a category 5 eye wall wind could do that. Of course, it might be moved forward or backwards by the wind unless you can leave it attached to a big heavy truck... In a cat 5 hurricane there just are no guarantees.

Good luck and God bless.


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Old 09-09-2017, 12:36 PM   #5
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Please tell us you're going to a shelter and not staying in your RV. Flying debris causes almost as much damage as storm surge and wind. Fortunately for you it looks like it's heading more to the west coast. Regardless, prayers are with you all in Florida.
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Thanks for your prayers! We have a concrete block home that will be safe and that's where we will be. We just purchased this Aerolite 2 weeks ago and haven't even used it so that's why the worry.


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Old 09-11-2017, 07:43 PM   #6
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Our Aerolite came through the storm just fine. It didn't budge due to the extra 1300 pounds of water that my husband added and also did not leak anywhere.
Very PLEASED!
Now if we just had power at our house all would be great!
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Glad to hear you and the family made it through safely.
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Our Aerolite came through the storm just fine. It didn't budge due to the extra 1300 pounds of water that my husband added and also did not leak anywhere.
Very PLEASED!
Now if we just had power at our house all would be great!
Generator... or solar panels for the camper.

Glad to hear you made it through unscathed.

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Generator... or solar panels for the camper.



Glad to hear you made it through unscathed.



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THANKS!


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