Stationary RVing in hurricane zones
Have any of you living fulltime in your Redwood in the hurricane zone though about tying you fifth wheel down to secure it from the wind and possibly being rolled over and destroyed in a gust? Well, after checking with my insurance provider and going over our policy, which included "stationary" coverage, I decided to tie ours down according to HUD's requirement for tying mobile homes down for hurricanes. The main reason for doing so, is due to the recent news that my stage four SCC (cancer) is back in my neck and throat, and has been deemed non-curable by Moffitt Cancer Center, therefore they've only given me six months to a year left to live before the cancer ends my life. Not knowing how quickly my health will decline, I'm not sure that I'll have the ability at the time to break the RV down and pull it out of harm's way if a hurricane approaches our area of central Florida where we reside year round at the state trailhead and campground we manage for Florida. My wife is going to have her hands full when I get sicker (I currently care for all my health needs, etc. and still hold a full time job with the state) just trying to manage this place on her own, care for me, and then have to worry about relocating our Redwood temporarily and then set it back up under our RV cover alone.
So, I designed this easy to install tie down system that is HUD compliant using materials and components that all meet or exceed HUD's minimum working load limit of 3150 lbs WLL. I installed 36" long drive in mobile home anchors in 250 lbs (each) of poured concrete. Then I installed four Tie Down Engineering frame clamps (used for longitudinal bracing and chain tie down securement of mobile home frames) at key points along the bottom flange of the RV frame's I-beams. In addition to heavy grade eye bolts through unused holes in the mounting brackets for both the front and rear hydraulic landing gear on the RV. I then used 5/16" Grade 70 cargo chain(s) to secure the frame of the fifth wheel to the ground anchors. I used heavy duty double clevises to attach the chains to the eye bolts and heavy duty turnbuckles to attach the other end of the chains to the frame clamps, after running them through a heavy duty ring attached to the ground anchors with grade eight 1/2" carriage bolts. The positioning of the anchors in relation to the connection points on the RV provide downward pull to prevent a roll over, an outward angle pull to prevent the RV from being blown sideways, and a forward and back pull to prevent the RV from being pushed forwards or backwards. Very much similar to that of a mobile home's securement to the ground.
Since the RV carport (provided by the state at our host site) is supposedly rated for up to 150 mph winds, I'm counting (hoping) on it staying up in a category 1-2 hurricane. As long as no flying debris hits the front, sides, or rear of our RV I believe it should be able to ride out these category storms with the slide-outs closed up and us (or my wife after I'm gone) safely tucked away in town at her son and daughter in law's concrete block home. Wish us luck in what I believe is a good solid design that cost a total of just shy of $300.00 to complete, with me doing all of the labor.
2013 Redwood 36FB
2001 Volvo VNL420 HDT Custom RV Toter
450 Horsepower Cummins ISX
Eaton Fuller Super 10-speed Transmission
ET Senior Fifthwheel Hitch,articulating air ride pin box
Resident Lead Host @ Ross Prairie Trailhead & Campground