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Old 01-29-2010, 04:24 PM   #15
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In Florida the mobile homes have everything you describe but also have screw anchors that are attached to the frame and go 3 or 4 feet into the ground. Back years ago when When hurricane Andrew hit we came down from Virginia with a disaster relief team and there was a mobile home park that we were told had 300 trailers in it. It looked like every chassis was still there nothing above floor level on any of them with the exception of one and it had a refrigerator standing on it. I have no idea what held it there or if someone set it there just to be funny, but the top of that fridge was the highest thing in that park. The roofs and all the side were blown were blown over a fence in the back and hanging all over an orange grove, it was a pitiful site
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:54 PM   #16
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sounds like you west coast folks love your earthquakes like us Florida folks like our hurricanes. Do you have to level them again when the coast is clear???
Unlike hurricanes, we don't get a week's warning, so we have to plan ahead and have food, water, fuel, generators, and rally plans ready to go. The disadvantage to early warning is there's a lot of fretting, second guessing, and procrastinating about what to do.

As to re-leveling, the only problem we've had was our through-the-deck-to-the-ground hot tub tilts to the east about an inch (at the waterline).

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Old 01-29-2010, 06:29 PM   #17
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our through-the-deck-to-the-ground hot tub tilts to the east about an inch (at the waterline).
And of course all homes in California HAVE hot tubs. It's the law ya know.
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:17 AM   #18
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I volunteer for the American Red Cross and all we do is plan for big disasters. Where I live, it would most likely be ice storms, blizzards, tornadoes, floods or train derailment. We don't get earth quakes (Unless New Madrid pops off) or volcanoes (unless Yellowstone goes)...but they do think do think about evacuating the area around Nuclear power plants.....

The rule is: Bad stuff can happen! Do the scout thing be prepared. Plan to be without help for three days. Bugging out may not be an option.
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:24 PM   #19
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Interesting comments.

The jackstands coming up through the floor scenario is pretty severe, but I suppose it could happen. My little aluminum ones would likely just fall over and cause little damage. They don't do any real support since they are just stabilizers, but if they were attached to the trailer that possibility may disappear.

I am guessing that all but the most catastrophic earth motion would not overturn the trailer sideways, but if the motion was along the length of the trailer it might cause a lot of rolling, even back and forth. It might travel enough to cause it to move into fences, etc. and cause damage.

The usual yellow plastic chocks would stop moderate rolling problems, but nothing very severe, I think. Somewhere in my reading I picked up that Dexter offers a parking brake for their axles. I'll have to look into that, since I have been in situations where that might have been really helpful.

And Bud: I haven't asked wife #2 yet, 'cause first I would have to find her, and that is a very unlikely scenario.
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The jackstands coming up through the floor scenario is pretty severe, but I suppose it could happen. [b] My little aluminum ones would likely just fall over and cause little damage. They don't do any real support since they are just stabilizers...

I am guessing that all but the most catastrophic earth motion would not overturn the trailer sideways...
A large Mobile Home gets all of it's support from it's many closely-spaced jack stands, removal of the running gear combined with lateral movement is what makes the Jack's dependence on gravity dangerous in an earthquake. In California, Mobile Home Jack Stands look like larger versions of the common pyramid/screw stabilizers for travel trailers, except newer installation codes require the tops of the screw portion (of the Mobile Home Jacks) to have clips that grab onto bottom of the I-beam frame rails.

A Travel Trailer, OTOH, is supposed to be supported by the axles/wheels/tires and the tongue jack. It's body is not likely to fall to the ground. A center-mount screw tongue jack is best; a side mounted swing-up tongue jack might fold up in the midst of the bouncing, dropping the front of the travel trailer to the ground.

Your Wide-Body Burro has a standard mounted torsion axle, and it's body is wider than it is tall, keeping it's center-of-gravity relatively low, preventing it from overturning. My "Flipped" leaf spring axle mounts have raised my narrower Fiber Stream's center-of-gravity, bringing it closer to a tipping point during an earthquake.
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