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Old 08-04-2020, 08:08 AM   #1
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Quickly, tell me what you do for a hurricane?

I'm in Rhode Island, we are expecting 50-60 winds....

The question.....stabilizers up or down?

We are fairly sheltered by a tree line....so not broad direct wind.....

Not sure if stabilizers will make it worse or better for side to side rocking.

What say you???

Need fast answers on your experience.

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Old 08-04-2020, 08:18 AM   #2
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We keep a trailer in Florida year round. Some of the things we do there.

Stabilizers down. Tie downs to screw anchors in the ground. Awnings rolled up. No lawn furniture or other objects sitting on the lot. It all has to be enclosed in the shed.

There is really not a lot you can do except pick a good spot and hunker down. I do not know if it makes sense or not but I have left the trailer hooked up to the truck on some really stormy nights thinking that might help, My experience is that 50 mph winds are not a huge problem in an Airstream unless a tree branch falls on it.
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Old 08-04-2020, 08:29 AM   #3
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We have cleared and stowed all objects that can "fly" and put in a permanent shed that is anchored. We are in our driveway is asphalt so nothing to anchor it down too.

I was unclear if the stabilizers should be up or down.

Thanks for your input...
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Old 08-04-2020, 08:38 AM   #4
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Quickly, tell me what you do for a hurricane?

The lessons of a Willow tree may apply here in that they are flexible and work with the wind rather than against, buffeting of the trailer may be better than rigidity and really letting the wind lift the trailer, they are aerodynamic so I would work with that.
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Old 08-04-2020, 08:58 AM   #5
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Bottom line, if it is a tropical storm or minimal hurricane, your biggest concern should be making sure it is not parked in an area where a tree can fall on it. Also, as already pointed out, make sure if you are near a tree that no limbs are closer than 6' to 10' feet away as trees will sway a great deal. One more thing to avoid are wooden fences near by that could blow over (if rotten already) into your trailer.

You should be fine, but be prepared for some scary sounding gusts. But in a minimal hurricane, they are just that. Scary sounds that shouldn't bring significant damage.
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Old 08-04-2020, 09:13 AM   #6
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Stabilizers up IMO

Personally, we leave the stabilizers up, because if a very strong wind gust tips the trailer into the early stages of rolling over, the downwind stabilizers would receive a massive load on them, and either self-destruct or cause structural damage to the trailer IMO.

As Wally once said, "If she's gonna roll, let her roll!"



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Old 08-04-2020, 02:29 PM   #7
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

We are in the Florida Panhandle near Panama City. Our dear Lucy (FB25) resides in the alley behind our house. We are three back off of the ocean. This has been Lucy's home since we have had her. There have been a number of times over the years that we have experienced 60+ mph winds here.

We have never put Lucy's stabilizers down, and have never experienced any damage.

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I remember this thread from Perry back in 2012. He got hit with Tornadoes. In one of the cams on his driveway in post 25 you can see the wind rip the main zipdee awning out of it's holder and off of the trailer. The trailer itself did not budge. As long as something does not hit the trailer, you should be OK. - Brad
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Thanks to all who replied. We lost power and internet and I couldn't reply before I lost power and internet.

Luckily zero damage to our baby.....I left the stabilizers up and even with the burst winds.....it never rocked as I watched it.

We had 5 trees fold over, was able to save all 5......lots of leaves/sticks/branches up and down the driveway......lost power for above 20 hours.....thank god for our house generator.....

Do not enjoy these events at all.......

But thanks to all who offered suggestions.

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Thanks for the update.
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We were in the same situation in VT. Wasn't worried about the wind as much as falling trees (soaked ground and high winds).

Ended up moving from our heavily wooded site to a parking lot protected by trees, but not near the trees. Stabilizers up. Left trailer on ball. Worked out fine.
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