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Old 03-23-2016, 03:31 PM   #1
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wind and my Casita

Sitting here in Kansas waiting out a storm and as I backed onto my pad I noticed these chains embeded in the cement. Seems they're for tying down the camper so it won't blow away with me in it! Sooooo, at what mph winds do have to start worrying that i'll just roll back to Wisconsin?!?!
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Old 03-23-2016, 03:50 PM   #2
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We're experiencing strong winds with gusts up to 40 MPH here in Northern Wisconsin .So when you get home to Wisconsin you may just get blown back to the land of Dorothy.
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Old 03-23-2016, 04:59 PM   #3
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Big wind from Winnetka

[QUOTE=yyyyyguy;577729]Sitting here in Kansas waiting out a storm and as I backed onto my pad I noticed these chains embeded in the cement. Seems they're for tying down the camper so it won't blow away with me in it! Sooooo, at what mph winds do have to start worrying that i'll just roll back to Wisconsin?!?![/QUOTE
While I don't know the answer to your question, I would
1. Chain down
2. Take a picture of the chained down rig
3. Pull the picture out any time a camper discussion turns to camping in the wind and one up any lightweights who could only claim a rock a bye baby wind.
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Old 03-23-2016, 05:08 PM   #4
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I wish I had known the speed of the winds I was in last spring...But I'll say that they grabbed my portable solar panels and tore them off my battery, blew over the frame of my sun shade (I had taken the tarp off of it because of the wind, thinking that just the bare bones of the frame wouldn't catch the wind...), and it was rocking my camper to the point that I seriously started to worry that I was going to blow over. Not in a paranoid way or funny way...I really started to think I might get blown over.

I think at that point we were talking over 60mph sustained gusts. I don't want to exaggerate so I'm hesitant to say it...but I feel like I heard that there had been 80-90mph gusts that night when I was in town (Moab) the next morning.

Didn't blow me over. But that was a small RV so the extra weight of the truck may have helped.
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Old 03-23-2016, 05:09 PM   #5
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Picture taken, if nothing else I'll show it to My insurance company.
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Old 03-23-2016, 05:21 PM   #6
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I've seen wind shelters and tornado/ bad weather instructions, but Ive never seen or heard of a campground providing tie down chains. Is this a public or private campground?
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Good thought. I've seen a couple fold downs rolled by straight line winds
in Iowa while camped near Des
Moines years ago. If there are any trees nearby assess them for
Widow makers too.
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I've seen wind shelters and tornado/ bad weather instructions, but Ive never seen or heard of a campground providing tie down chains. Is this a public or private campground?
Kansas state park at Glen Elder, great place with a wonderful lake......with no fish...that wanted me to catch them.
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Kansas state park at Glen Elder, great place with a wonderful lake......with no fish...that wanted me to catch them.
Yeah, I run into that a lot. Hunker down and stay safe. Raz
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Hubby and I both thought we were likely to get blown over a couple of years back at Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan. The wind was humungous with nothing but grass to slow it down. We both regretted deciding to camp in such an isolated area when no one else was there - not even parkstaff.
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:35 PM   #11
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And here I thought the chains were an anti-theft device.
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Old 03-24-2016, 02:04 AM   #12
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Good question Pete. My Casita is in the driveway and we've had two days of 40-50 mph winds that hit it pretty much straight on and it hasn't moved but I do have the wheels chocked front and rear and tied to the rims. I also have a 19' Terry sticky that was parked in the same place a few years ago, wheels chocked only in front because of a 3* driveway down slope. Wind kicked up one night over 50+. Never gave the trailer a thought....it's 1K heavier than the Casita. Was really surprised to find it pushed 5 feet back and almost against the garage door . Remember the tying the chocks on ???
I drew up plans for my Casita trailerport with corner tie downs in the concrete.
When we boondock I always park with one end towards the prevailing wind direction.
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Would it make any difference to keep the tongue on its wheel vs. on a block? Maybe with the wheel turned into prevailing winds? It might just spin the trailer rather than blow it over.
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Depends on how you're oriented against the wind. If it's a full on side blast I'm not sure it would matter.

I think other than in true hurricane or tornado winds, getting blown over is just kind of a fluke. If the right gust comes along at the right angle, and really grabs your trailer just right, it's just going to flip it. But it's kind of a perfect storm of conditions to make that possible.
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