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Old 06-12-2020, 10:07 AM   #1
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Hello everyone,

I could use some advice - I just bought a converted Dodge Ram with a one piece fiberglass roof (similar to this guy Just drove it across during a thunderstorm which got me thinking about this van in lightning. Yes, I'm aware how low the risks are, but I'd still love to feel a bit safer about it since we'll be spending a lot of time in thunderstormy areas.

Has anyone tried building a lightning rod, maybe something that connects to the ladder at the back? Would love some advice on this! I assume the Faraday Cage effect wouldn't quite apply as our roof is not metal, only the sides are... Though maybe it still helps - any physicists/engineers here?

Otherwise, any other ideas of mitigating the risks a bit?

Thanks a lot in advance!
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Old 06-12-2020, 03:46 PM   #2
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Hi Nora,

The focus of this forum is travel in molded fiberglass trailers. If you use the forum search function, you'll find threads like this one.
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Old 06-12-2020, 04:35 PM   #3
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You might think fg trailers are exempt from lightning strikes but a few years ago at bolerama a couple were camped in there brand new trillium next to a large tree with their shore power cord resting against the tree when a large thunderstorm came through and lightning hit the tree ,fried their power cord all the way to their converter frying it and any electronics on at the time ,lucky no one was standing near that cord .
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