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Old 11-01-2015, 01:37 PM   #15
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In reality, all bad tornado's make the news, the actual chance of running into one on the hiway is fairly slim to about none. But yes, in inclement weather, follow the news and/or get an AM/FM/Weather radio with a warning signal. Fairly cheap and it can be used for music and news the rest of the time.
Most excellent advice!
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Old 11-01-2015, 01:44 PM   #16
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What Bob said.

People tend to fixate on the tornado aspect of bad weather, yet here in Texas it could be hail, torrential rain/flooding, straight line winds, lightning, ice storms, severe thunderstorms ....... well you get the picture. ANY of these things can reek havoc on a traveler and their trailer.

Just remember to pack that most important thing before starting your trip ...

common sense!
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Old 11-01-2015, 01:49 PM   #17
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And in Texas, about the worst thing that can happen where you shelter at, is that they will be out of beer and the football game won't be on TV. That's two steps of the Texas disaster trifecta.... Be careful, at least carry your own beverages... LOL
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tornado watch

why not get under an overpass?
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Old 11-01-2015, 02:29 PM   #19
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I was camped in a wind storm in Northern California one winter where the campground manager suggested I leave the trailer hooked up to the tug & use extra wheel blocks as much larger trailers than mine had been known to have blown clear across the campground during high winds. I did as he suggested and glad I did as the trailer did take some fairly serious wind blasts during the night that raised more than a little concern.
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what do you mean"tug"?
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what do you mean"tug"?
That is your tow vehicle, tugs the trailer like a tug boat. Also given as TV.
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why not get under an overpass?
It becomes like a wind tunnel where you get the worst wind and debris. They say it is the worst place to be.
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It becomes like a wind tunnel where you get the worst wind and debris. They say it is the worst place to be.
Your advise currentlyseems to be the common recommendation by traffic and weather experts!
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Old 11-01-2015, 03:39 PM   #24
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People have also been known to stop their vehicle ON THE ROAD under an overpass to avoid hail damage. This creates an even more dangerous situation for cars parked on the shoulder under the overpass. With poor visibility due to the rain, oncoming cars don't know where the shoulder is nor the driving lane.

Just say no to parking under an overpass!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tornado_myths
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Debunking tornado myths - Not!

I was driving from Oklahoma to Salina, KS on I-35 when a second tornado passed over Reno county (north of Wichita) in Kansas. That was three days after a tornado destroyed the entire town of Greensburg, KS the night of May 4, 2007 that is straight west of there. Talk is cheap, if you have ever been in or near a tornado, you darn well try to seek any type of shelter available, including a highway overpass when you see those black, purple and dark green clouds that look like something from hell coming at you.

From the Wikipedia sited above, they admit in the final paragraph that they have no imperical, scientific evidence to substantiate their anecdotal stories and selective incidents, and therefore can't make any definitive recommendations. However, that doesnít keep them from presenting it as gospel and claiming to debunk myths regarding tornadoes. If people donít want to park under an overpass when they see one barreling at them, thatís fine with me, it leaves more room for me. I will be the one parked to the side and huddled under the truck.

Tornado Myths

Using highway overpasses as shelter

Footnote #8:

Miller, Daniel J.; Doswell, Charles A., III; Brooks, Harold E.; Stumpf, Gregory J.; Rasmussen, Erik (1999). "Highway Overpasses as Tornado Shelters". National Weather Service WFO Norman, Oklahoma. Retrieved June 29, 2009.

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ďThis topic, of course, begs the question: When it comes to a tornadic circulation interacting with an overpass - What is reality? This is an extremely difficult question to answer because it depends on many factors including (but not limited to):

the strength of the tornado circulation,
the tornado's "angle of attack" on the overpass,
the overpass location relative to the path of the center of the tornado circulation,
the construction of the overpass (particularly underneath), and
the amount and type of debris that has been entrained into the circulation.

To our knowledge, this topic has never been studied scientifically. There have been no modeling studies done regarding the interaction of tornadic winds and an overpass. In the absence of careful scientific and engineering research into this question, no definitive recommendations can be made. There are some widespread misconceptions about this topic, however. These misconceptions are illustrated on the next few slides.Ē
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Here's an actual event as reported by NOAA:

Highway Overpasses as Tornado Shelters: Fallout From the 3 May 1999 Oklahoma/Kansas Violent Tornado Outbreak
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Jen, is your Trillium fully self-contained (toilet & shower)? Around here, a lot of RV parks geared to full-timers don't have bathhouses and only accept self-contained units. Some have minimum size restrictions and age limits on the trailer as well. Something to check into.
Hello,

The trillium has no bath or shower, the site doesn't have laundry or bathroom house but they didnt' ask me about age of the camper at all. I told them it should be fine without a bathhouse, (I work nearby, has showers, and I belong to a gym nearby, more showers.) The trillium will have a port o potty in there. I've been interested in a composting or tumbler toilet since before I lived in Alaska. There the dry cabin had an outhouse but, for really cold nights...thunder buckets prevail.

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If you get caught in a tornado in an automobile, or in the open, your like is at risk! People have died, lying in the road ditch as a tornado passes over. If an overpass was close, and I had a choice, regardless of recommendations, I would take my chances under there!
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