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ScottG

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Posted: 11/04/19 06:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As far as the aluminum box around you, yes, it will protect you, personally just fine. This includes EMF, which a faraday cage blocks well.
Countless cars and airplanes are struck every day and the occupants suffer no harm.
We ran thousands of tests in aviation.


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I was told to put my stablilizers on wood or lynx levelers so the stabilizers are not in direct contact with the ground. A motorhome recently burned up in a campground and it was mentioned the lightning hit the levelers. They were directly on the ground.

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LadyRVer wrote:

I was told to put my stablilizers on wood or lynx levelers so the stabilizers are not in direct contact with the ground. A motorhome recently burned up in a campground and it was mentioned the lightning hit the levelers. They were directly on the ground.


Wont make any difference at all. As was stated before, lightening jumps for miles so jumping across or through a piece plywood would be no challenge for it. In fact, having a clean path may prevent some damage.

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The first thing I did when we bought the RV was to make sure all electrical 120-VAC items were actually grounded to the incoming line and to the chasis the green wire, also made sure that all electronics were also properlly grounded, then I grounded the ladder to the chasis since it was not in contact with any metal from the chasis, then I bought a grounding strap that was installd on a bolt on the differential, I found that this really worked when we were in Colorado at the Escalante National Monumet, yes a lightning bolt hit the ladder and travelled down to ground though the chasis and the strap, the flash was blinding it shook the RV and the boom was good enough that we had to peel the cat from the ceiling with the fur standing on end, we were playing dominos and the wife spilt them all over I made some more tea for her to calm her down.

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When I was new 2LT from California at Ft. Bending in Georgia and a lightening storm was forecast, I asked “what do we do” of my fellow IOBC officers. The response was unanimous!

Go to the nearest bar. Aluminum be damned!


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Posted: 11/05/19 05:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In a direct strike...after (if?) your hearing comes back, you will be just fine. The Faraday cage effect will work.

The RV will be a total loss.

Most hits are secondary...usually coming through the power cord. Unless you are touching a conductor, not much risk but potential for lots of odd damage to the RV.

Really nothing much different from being in a house in terms of safety (though a house won't create much of a Faraday effect).


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I worked on an Airstream that had been struck by lightning- owner was lying on the couch watching tv.
Melted the body panel it struck, guy had a heart attack. Did fix the trailer, but only for permanent stay- the whole thing was pretty wracked.


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Thanks everyone!

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