RV.Net Open Roads Forum: RV Lifestyle: In an instant............

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Help and Support  |  Contact

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in RV Lifestyle

Open Roads Forum  >  RV Lifestyle

 > In an instant............

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Next
Sponsored By:
traveylin

Rockport

Senior Member

Joined: 05/09/2009

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 06/11/12 04:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This past week camping at the state campground in Goliad Texas, I had an evening glow on, with bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers and a glass of chilled Chablis in an appropriate non visible container, reading a book 50 shades of grey watching the steaks start to grill on the bbq, (sounds pretty good doesn't it ),,when,,,,,a flash of light and tremendous explosion occurred 50 yards away in the tree tops....The high temperature humid heat created the first lightning strike of a 3 inch rain shower at our camp site.
No body hurt, managed to avoid running into the door jamb going inside really fast for safety, to get into the steel frame cage of the RV insulated by the road tires. About an hour later I realized that the tire insulating value was totally wasted due to the leveling jacks being down.
Upon reflection I felt amazed that we can be in a very happy place, feeling quite secure, only to have the environment absolutely blown apart, in an instant, by circumstances I had no influence over.
Moral of the story...spend as much time as possible in happy spaces and do not try to anticipate all of the bad things that can happen.
40 years ago some body said it well,,Don't worry be happy...

WHS

Waitsburg, Wa.

Senior Member

Joined: 11/17/2004

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/11/12 04:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Actually sounds pretty exciting to me!

I was up in the mountains last year, about 2 miles from the RV when I had a similiar experience. Only it lasted for 30 minutes and was solid lighting and thunder, it just didn't stop! We had two major blasts, so close that the ground shook and my hair stood up, it was really cool.

Gotta love nature!

HC

skip


05' Layton Lite 170LT Cascade edition
06' Chevy Silverado K1500
We-No-Nah Rendevous, a Ljutic, a Remington, a Hard Rock Pro, a Polaris 550XP & Raleigh the Hunter

dupreet

High Point, NC

Senior Member

Joined: 08/03/2007

View Profile



Posted: 06/11/12 05:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

WHS wrote:

Actually sounds pretty exciting to me!

...

Gotta love nature!

HC

skip
S

X2

I personally love to be "in" a good thunderstorm. I think the odds of cashing in while on the front porch of your house, or from inside your RV are pretty low!

OP - I do appreciate your words of wisdom; it is true you never know what's just around the corner.

Todd


Todd

1993 Ford E-350 pushed by a 1988 Wilderness 24' TT

ScottG

Bothell Wa.

Senior Member

Joined: 02/25/2005

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/11/12 05:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tires provide absolutely no protection from lightening. The voltage simply leaps from the metal wheel to earth. The best thing to do is unplug the RV.


Scott, Grace and Wesly
2003 Dodge 3500 4x4, 6 speed Cummins (lightly bombed),
2004 Forest River 25RKS many, many mods.
POS H0NDA eu2000i

NanciL

Bakersville, NC, USA

Senior Member

Joined: 03/24/2003

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/11/12 05:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Several years ago we were in the middle of the Everglades on the Nine mile pond canoe trail in our canoe and got caught in a hellacious lightning and thunder storm. After the first few bolts and blasts, we just sat back and enjoyed the show figuring when the Man upastairs wanted us, no matter where we were, our number was up.

Jack L


Jack & Nanci

Desert Captain

Tucson

Senior Member

Joined: 02/19/2011

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/11/12 05:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A couple of years ago I was finishing my shift as a Marshall at the local golf course. It was early evening and I was down to just washing the last couple of carts. The Monsoon thunderstorm had been brewing all afternoon and all at once it let loose. About 75 yards from where I was standing a bolt struck the hillside scattering cactus, dirt, rocks and dust in every direction. No appreciable delay between flash and the seemingly simultaneous CRACK! I looked down and noted that I was standing on a 3 foot square steel drainage grate...with about 2 inches of water flowing across it.

Needless to say that was the end of my shift as I broke several olympic records shagging my butt out of there.

bdpreece

Woodburn Oregon

Senior Member

Joined: 05/27/2004

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 06/11/12 06:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Relax and enjoy the chablis. When it's your time to go it won't matter where you are.


Brian, Loretta & Daisy (Golden Retriever)

2008 Holiday Rambler Endeavor PDQ40
2014 Ford Explorer toad


phillyg

SWFL

Senior Member

Joined: 04/24/2002

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/11/12 07:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Damn, bet that ruined your enjoyment of your jalapeno poppers!


2002 Keystone Cougar 286, 8,400lbs loaded, pulled with a 2004 F150 Supercrew, 5.4, 3.73 gears. Retired and enjoying life

stitchinsue

Central Pa

Senior Member

Joined: 07/05/2011

View Profile



Posted: 06/11/12 07:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You sure it wasn't the book that caused that spark? Lol

RoadLife

New Mexico

Senior Member

Joined: 03/28/2009

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 06/11/12 09:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did you burn the steaks?


ROADLIFE

RoadLife USA 2014 Blog

2003 40' Allegro BUS - 2 slides
2013 Ford F150 XLT 4X4 OffRoad 2014 XC60 Volvo
Shasta - Australian Shepherd; Boomer - Brittany;
Pancho - border terrier


This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  RV Lifestyle

 > In an instant............
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in RV Lifestyle


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2014 RV.Net | Terms & Conditions | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS