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Old 08-28-2014, 07:44 PM   #1
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Preparing For An Approaching Storm

Recently I got a phone call from my son and he was concerned about a warning that just came out about an approaching high wind and hail storm and asked me to go to his house and park his truck in the barn. High winds aren't to worrisome in the RW besides pulling in awnings and such. But what about hail? I found myself wringing my hands not knowing what to expect, and didn't want hail damage on the roof or sides. What about SNOW? As winter approaches (our first as full timers) we will be having to face some harsh weather.

Can anyone share tips, experiences and what not? Would love to get some good ideas on the various foul-weather solutions. We are not able to travel away from weather yet (still about 3 years out!) but even when you can, you do occasionally get caught up in it. Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-28-2014, 10:05 PM   #2
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We were in Aubrey, Tx this spring & got hail between nickel to quarter size for about 30-45 minutes that covered the ground, pulled slides in & watch the radar from the bedroom, no damage for us, but several near by were out covering roof vents afterward. Also in Amarillo, Tx in May with 40+ mph sustained winds & gust to 70+, dust so bad you could not see across the street, also put slides in because of the slide toppers flapping & afraid of ripping them off, no damage, but on both occasions the pucker factor was 10+.
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Old 08-28-2014, 10:11 PM   #3
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Thanks TT; That helps. I just don't want to wait till we are in the middle of it to start trying to figure out what to do. I agree that pulling in the slides is probably the best idea when things get severe. The heaviness of the coach will protect it from high wind unless we are in a hurricane... and that means we will be rolling down the freeway AWAY from it! One benefit of having a home on wheels. Hail storms and snow storms seem like they just blow in suddenly sometimes and you can't really get away from them as easily (Plus, Todd is still working so that is a problem too!)
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Old 08-28-2014, 10:18 PM   #4
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Fortunately we were in Aubrey & not 20 miles west in Denton as they got baseball to grapefruit size hail, had to close Walmart & Sams Club cause in knocked all of the skylights out in both & destroyed most of cars in the parking lots.
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Old 08-28-2014, 10:52 PM   #5
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Yikes, I would have died of a heart attack. I think hail scares me the most because it causes so much damage and its impossible to protect yourself from it. Snow is do-able-you can shovel it off, but hail... [[[shudder]]]
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:24 AM   #6
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We were in tennis ball sized hail with our Redwood and truck this spring. The bad thing was the hail lasted 25 minuites. It was scary and sounded like it was tearing the roof off the coach. We did pull the slides in. Had one broken vent cover and several of the recessed light lens came off with one breaking. Surprisingly, the roof was not damaged. The truck has damage to the hood and roof. I have a new hood but have not had the time to paint it. Considering the size of the hail and length of the hail storm we consider ourselves lucky.
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Old 08-29-2014, 04:55 AM   #7
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We were in horizontal rain/wind near Souix Falls SD this spring, and we had quarter size hail in Rapid City SD. The hail took out one vent cover, which I've replaced with a better cover that will withstand hail. I agree that hail is the worst of my worries when traveling through the mid West during spring. We just had the weather sirens go off last Sunday night where we are staying for the summer in Chisago City, MN. Tornado watch and severe thunderstorms. We headed into my sisters cellar for a period of time while the severe weather pasted. Luckily no damage.
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:40 AM   #8
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Hail is awful this year.

As stated, if you can pull in the slides, I think you are better off. I've been through many already in the Redwood and it makes your posterior end pucker! No damage so far. It seems these survive a little better than the truck might (truck may show damage and trailer none).

I had severe damage to an aluminum sided trailer once from hail - the adjuster said it needs a new cover for the range! I said "huh", and he laughed - told me once the vents broke and screens, a giant hail ball came in and put a 3" dent in the stove top!
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:16 PM   #10
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Our 36RL has a skylight over the shower. Did you experience damage to the skylight? It seems that large hail stones would crash right through that thin plastic. We have covers on all the vents but don't know of a way to protect the skylight.
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