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profdant139

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Posted: 10/12/19 09:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We were recently boondocking in the Eastern Sierra -- gusts up to 60 mph were predicted. When they arrived, the trailer started to shake a little. No risk of overturning, but still annoying -- like a small earthquake every few minutes. (And yes, we had our stabilizers deployed, but the trailer still shook.)

We realized that the gusts were coming from the southwest, so we parked the truck across the path of the wind, right next to the trailer, to serve as a windbreak.

It worked! Although the wind was still noisy, the trailer stopped shaking, and we were able to sleep more soundly.

This simple solution works when you are boondocking and you have a lot of freedom to position your mobile windbreak. It probably would not work in a campground with tight parking spaces.


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Posted: 10/12/19 10:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good idea. I do the same to protect my satellite dish.

I don't know if those are the worst winds you've been in, but years ago on Lake Mead I really thought the 5er was going over.

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We were camped in a rainstorm on the inlet near Panama City one time during as storm. Our truck camper was off the truck. The wind gusts were so strong, I thought we were going over, altho probably not, the imagination works wonders under those conditions.

I actually went out in the storm, and put the camper back on the truck so it would have a 6000 lb anchor.


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3 years ago in Las Vegas we were at a dog show and thankfully we arrived a day earlier as their worst wind storm in a decade came through. RVs and buses were pulling in with broken windshields, torn off awnings, hanging awnings, access hatch doors missing and I heard people saying that there were big rigs blown over out on the highway also.

We had assigned parking so we couldn't turn our trailer but thankfully a big Prevost parked besides us before it got too bad so we used him as a windbreak.


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Posted: 10/12/19 01:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

3 of us were Duck Hunting ----Owen's Valley north of Lone Pine
Tent camping.......storm blew in that 1st night and wind was blowing 50+mph which had a flattening effect on the tent

Parked truck to block the tent from the wind and finally got to sleep.
Wind continued the next day/night.
Finally 3rd day storm had passed....so did the Ducks!

That was back in 1985


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I have done that for years when boondocking also.


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Back in my tenting camping days, we'd park cross-wind, then pile cargo boxes under the van's side door. Kids slept inside and we slept outside on the ground pretty well sheltered from the wind.

Now in the Tiger, I point the hood into the wind even if that means I have to park crosswise in the campsite. This works way better than letting the wind hit the sides.


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Were you near Lone Pine, Tuttle Creek and the Alabama Hills? Can really blow thereabouts.


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Tiger, that's the advantage of a Class C or a truck camper over a trailer -- once we have gotten the trailer into position and stabilized, it would be a lot of work to undo everything and then point the nose in a different direction!

So before we actually park, we always spend a few minutes trying to thing about where the trailer should be situated in the campsite: What's the best view? Will there be big rocks near the doorway? Will we have room for the awning? But this is the first time I ever wished we'd been able to predict the direction of the wind!

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Posted: 10/12/19 10:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tent camping in Iceland tied the guy rope to the bumper of the truck to keep it from blowing away

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