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Old 05-26-2018, 10:11 PM   #1
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How much wind to tip over an Escape 21?

Suppose an Escape 21 is sitting outside, not anchored down, not hitched to anything, just minding its own business. Then a hurricane comes along. How strong of a wind hitting the trailer broadside would it take to tip it over on its side?


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Old 05-26-2018, 10:17 PM   #2
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Here's what some scientists say about it Mike:

The few instrumented vehicles exposed to severe winds indicate that stationary vehicles in open terrain are not upset by winds of about 45 m/s (100 mi/hr). . . Thus, it appears unlikely that a stationary vehicle will be upset by winds on the vehicle of less than 52 m/s (115 mi/hr). The probability of upset, and thus the percentage of vehicles upset, will increase as wind speed increases above 52 ms (115 mi/hr). At some wind speed, perhaps greater than 81 m/s (180 mi/hr), most vehicles in the wind field will be upset.

So, say maybe 80 mph? I'm also thinking an Escape would be a bit harder to topple than a taller and more boxy stickie.

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Old 05-27-2018, 01:27 AM   #3
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Hey Mike. How may sink holes does it take to swallow an Escape 21 and the Florida home it's parked in front of?
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I'd be upset...

"At some wind speed, perhaps greater than 81 m/s (180 mi/hr), most vehicles in the wind field will be upset.

I'd be upset in winds of 81 m/s (180 mi/hr)!

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Mike I didn't want to take the chance that our 5.0 single axle would flip during last year's Irma into southwest GA. Our daughter insisted we stay with them and not in trailer at Fort Benning campground. So just to make sure I hooked up to the truck, filled fresh water tank (more because we didn't know if campground might lose water) and hoped for the best. Of course the storm had petered out quite a bit when it got to us, and just a few smaller branches down in the campground, none fell on the trailer.
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Additional considerations would be whether or not the stabilizers were down and whether or not provisions had been made to cable the rig down. In a storage pad situation cable down rings might be a good investment. On our 7 by 14 Scout Trailer we had cable tie downs and our storage guy let us put in tie down rings. If high wind is a possibility we stay connected to the tow vehicle and out of the trees and sailing limbs. South eastern Colorado can teach you a lesson if you pay attention.
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Old 05-27-2018, 08:49 AM   #7
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I'll put my stabilizer jacks down, which I otherwise never use, and fill my fresh water tank for some road-hugging weight. That should do. Now it looks like the incoming storm Alberto will pass east of me, and it's not very strong anyway, but I might get smacked with another one before I leave for the season in July.


Sinkholes exist here but are not as common as in the Tampa area. But-- forty years ago, when preparing to drill an exploratory oil well a mile north of my house, the drillers discovered a water-filled void 400 feet high underneath my neighbor's field. That gives one pause.


If my house is ever destroyed by some disaster and the trailer survives, I won't rebuild. I'll live in the trailer for a while until I decide what to do next.
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You could also fill the black and grey tanks and make sure the trailer is not broadside to the main wind direction.
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An observation:


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my giggle for the evening, thanks!


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