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Old 04-15-2014, 04:58 AM   #1
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Storm causes severe damage at RV park in southern Mississippi

Just saw this in the news, hope it did not affect anyone here.
Severe weather blasts southern Mississippi, ransacks trailer park - CNN.com
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:56 AM   #2
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Yeah, that was a bad one last night. We have been parked in our daughters yard for several weeks in Ocean Springs, less than five miles from this park. Lots of storms down here, but that was the worst we 've been through while here .
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:52 AM   #3
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Here a link about the story from our local TV station.

Residents' lives at Santa Maria RV Park turned upside after dang - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi
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I hope everyone is OK, looks like many of the trailers were knocked over. I hope they had a safe place to wait out the storm and not in their trailers. We were tent camping at Cabela's in Sydney, NE last year and had a bad storm. Everyone got into the cinder block shower / bathroom building.

I wonder how you'd get the RVs right side up again, probably have to lift it. I would think it would put too much stress on the axles and body to try and just winch it upright.
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I wonder how you'd get the RVs right side up again, probably have to lift it. I would think it would put too much stress on the axles and body to try and just winch it upright.
I would think it's probably a waste of time to try to right them at all, except maybe to get them wheels down for a very slow tow to a junkyard. Box frame trailers are not designed to resist rollover loading. My guess is any that rolled over on its side or roof is a total loss. Best the owners could hope for is to recover personal possessions from inside and say good-bye to the rest.
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:20 AM   #6
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I would think it's probably a waste of time to try to right them at all, except maybe to get them wheels down for a very slow tow to a junkyard. Box frame trailers are not designed to resist rollover loading. My guess is any that rolled over on its side or roof is a total loss. Best the owners could hope for is to recover personal possessions from inside and say good-bye to the rest.
You're probably right. I think I'd rather the insurance just replaced the unit as that much stress rolling it onto its side is going to be fatal for any trailer, even an AS.
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:31 AM   #7
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It is a tragedy, and I hope it never happens to me, but if it ever does...
I will get a better trailer- or one more tailored/customized for me- twin beds, cocoa ultra leather, solar, Eddie Bauer wheels and tires, disc brakes, AGM batteries, ProPride...
and another tow vehicle- silver Tundra Platinum 4x4 with black leather...
Not that different from my current combo, just "new and improved".
Seriously, I hope everything works out for those involved and they are able to get there trailers replaced quickly and commence enjoying the RV lifestyle again.
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Seriously, I hope everything works out for those involved and they are able to get there trailers replaced quickly and commence enjoying the RV lifestyle again.
Though I imagine that some will decide never to set foot in a trailer again after the physical and mental trauma of it. Not everyone is resilient enough to bounce back and try again. To me that's the real tragedy, that some folks not only had their trailers taken from them, but their lifestyles as well. Still, better to lose a lifestyle than to lose a life.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:13 AM   #9
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I saw a post a while back that had pics of all these white boxes on their side, and the AS was sitting there like nothing happened. The wind rolled right over it like an airplane wing. I still might go the extra step and get some lawn ancors and strap the axles down if I thought it was going to be bad.
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that is just tragic! It seems in reading the article everyone is "ok"...

I cant imagine how terrifying having your RV turned all the way over while you are in it!!
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:12 AM   #11
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I have been in a mobile home trailer when the roof was ripped off in a storm. It sucked the curtains out. My great grandparents had a mobile home trailer turn over on them during a tornado. They walked out on the ceiling. They bought a new mobile home and put it in the same spot (the one that later became mine and I survived a storm in). The old trailer was put back upright and used as a storage building for the next 20-30 years. Both trailers are now gone, with only the carport and storage room remaining. I still lived in several mobile homes after that. The last one I owned is still being lived in by the lady who bought it from me.
If you have ever been involved in a terrible automobile crash, the experience/trauma/shock is about the same.
Who remembers the tornadoes in Mississippi April 27, 2011?
We were in our trailer in a campground, felt it rocking, and went to the bath house for shelter. We then drove on to the next campground at sometimes 35-45 mph in the terrible wind. That was the most traumatic trailer towing experience of my life, but it wasn't as bad as being caught out on my motorcycle in a storm...
I have hydroplanes a truck and trailer off the highway in a torrential downpour- exit 153 on I-55 near St. Louis, MO. Since then I have slowed down- you won't hydroplane under 50 mph-
Back to last night's storm- I only read of one guy going to the hospital for examination and the Red Cross was planning to offer whatever assistance they could. One guy was going to his son's house in the next town over- maybe they will all go right on over to Foley RV/GM and buy Airstreams and Silveradoes/Sierras/Tahoes/Yukons/Suburbans-
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One of the other media outlets noted that none of the flipped RV's were tied down.

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RV's generally are not tied down. I've never seen an RV tied down.
Mobile home trailers are tied down- the storm just rips the roofs off-
The media does have a tendency to dramatize or sensationalize storms.
A trailer park or a gas station awning will always get coverage- the first/easiest things destroyed in a storm-
Those RV's will be replaced- maybe they will get Airstreams from Foley- either way some RV dealership is gonna sell 20-25 new units soon-
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Curious how resistant an Airstream would be to a strong straight line side wind.

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