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Old 10-31-2015, 08:21 PM   #1
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Weather, winds and storms while full time in FGRV

I just read a question and posts here: Uptown Houston TX FT RV Parks?

I'm about to go full time and likely in a Trillium 4500 in an RV park near my work and am wondering how much I need to worry about wind and stormy weather?

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Old 10-31-2015, 08:29 PM   #2
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A good question... one thing I worry about but never really addressed is what to do if a tornado or the like comes when I am camping. Without looking into further is seems that the bathhouses might be the safest place to be, but I'm not sure I want to climb in the camp ground shower with a bunch of other people when the wind sounds like a train coming. So I am following this thread.
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Old 10-31-2015, 08:33 PM   #3
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The rv park I looked at today charges 475 a month and covers electric, water, garbage and sewer. Nice to have water and I'm guessing the sewer means for greywater?

This also means that I'll need to figure out hoses and stuff for when its below freezing, (it got pretty cold last winter.)

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Old 10-31-2015, 09:11 PM   #4
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In a full time park Sewer usually includes gray and black water dump. BUT Don't just leave your dump valves open all the time. Let the tank get at least 1/2 full before dumping and then chase that down with a hose and fresh water rinse.


There are "Tie Down" kits for mobile homes. If you are concerned about storms you might want to look into them. And look around where you are staying and see what others may have done.
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Old 10-31-2015, 09:30 PM   #5
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In a full time park Sewer usually includes gray and black water dump. BUT Don't just leave your dump valves open all the time. Let the tank get at least 1/2 full before dumping and then chase that down with a hose and fresh water rinse.


There are "Tie Down" kits for mobile homes. If you are concerned about storms you might want to look into them. And look around where you are staying and see what others may have done.
Thank you Bob,

Although with my future trailer there will be no shower or toilet for black, just a sink for grey.

I didn't notice any ties on the trailers today. !
Jen
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I was once camping in a pop-up when the wind come up, I went out and tied it down to the car. It was the least restful nights sleep I have ever had.
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Old 11-01-2015, 12:22 AM   #7
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Hi Jen, we camp in the desert mostly and park with the rear of the trailer into the wind. Don't think there is really much you can do with an egg in weather like that other than hope and find a place to shelter. There was a posting from a member about a year ago that went through a high wind storm, rolled the trailer over a few times. As I remember, other than a few scratches and things tossed around inside, he towed it away just fine. On another note, with all the flooding around the country I've been waiting to hear someone say that our eggs float like a VW .
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We were camping in a pop-up once in the wind, the pop-up next to us ended up on it's side and a couple others had the top collapse
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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.
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Old 11-01-2015, 07:27 AM   #10
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So last night Houston had 6 tornadoes, one of the people did exactly what I planned to do, he left for work early and was not in his RV when it got destroyed.

NWS: 6 tornadoes hit the Greater Houston area Saturday
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Hi Jen, we camp in the desert mostly and park with the rear of the trailer into the wind. Don't think there is really much you can do with an egg in weather like that other than hope and find a place to shelter. There was a posting from a member about a year ago that went through a high wind storm, rolled the trailer over a few times. As I remember, other than a few scratches and things tossed around inside, he towed it away just fine. On another note, with all the flooding around the country I've been waiting to hear someone say that our eggs float like a VW .
The storms have me worried, although I guess if houses are flooding and washing away then my sudden concern over my future egg in a windy thunderstorm is kind of unfounded...right?

Last winter, (and I hear the winter before that,) we had a couple of days worth of ice storms... that is rare here too though and pretty much shut the city down.) Not likely worthy of freaking out over since, again, dwelling didn't matter.

How do they take a windy thunderstorm though. The shape should help, right?

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Tornado question:

I appreciate this discussion and hope someone can give me advice as to what to do in this scenario: I am planning on a 2016 cross country trip, Oregon to Nova Scotia and other locals. The only tornadoes I've seen were on the TV news.

What to do if driving on the flat plains, and a funnel cloud is chasing me down? I assume not enough time to unhitch the trailer. Leave or stay in the vehicle? Hide in a culvert? Park under an overpass if nearby?
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Do NOT try to out run a tornado.
Do NOT park under an overpass.
Do NOT unhitch your trailer.

Be weather aware ahead of time.
Check radar.
If necessary, get out of vehicle and lay down in a low spot like a culvert.
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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.
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