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rk911

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Posted: 07/07/19 08:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TNGW1500SE wrote:

I'd rather be it a Motorhome than a house. It's made to bounce around.

assuming it stays upright.


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Southern California resident for 48 years. I can't recall seeing or hearing about any parked/stored RV flipping over.





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I was driving a car down the Santa Ana Freeway in the 1990s big LA quake. Felt like my tires had lost air and the handling got worse. By a long margin the worst I have felt is the 1971 which woke me up when I was at school in Santa Barbara. I was awakened from sleep and my room was shaking all around. I spent about 10 seconds trying to decide if I should get up and get out of the building or go back to sleep. Sleep won.

I would be concerned about bridges collapsing and that sort of thing in a motorhome in a big earthquake, but much more likely lightening will strike you.


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Posted: 07/07/19 09:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rk911 wrote:

TNGW1500SE wrote:

I'd rather be it a Motorhome than a house. It's made to bounce around.

assuming it stays upright.


I don't see why it wouldn't, frost heaves on the Al-Can are worse we've bounced the front wheels off the ground on them.

the springy things do their jobs.


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In or near the Central Valley of California there has been 3836 earthquakes in the last 30 days with a magnitude of 1.5 or greater. 3638 in the last 7 days and 955 today. How many have we actually felt? 2 to 4 for most of us. Many more for those at the epicenter.(Ridgecrest) Don't worry about it. You have a far greater chance of a Prius running into you entering the freeway than having a problem with an earthquake.

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True story I rode out the 94 Northridge quake, in Northridge in a 23 ft class A , I bounced a lot, moved down the drive way of the auto shop where I was parked, but was not harmed, no damage to RV, turned out I was the only one for blocks around that had working utilities, being self contained and spent the day handing out cups of coffee


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I agree that are RV's are meant to bounce around. During an earthquake I would not worry if my RV bounced some. During some strong storms, I have felt the coach lean and sway with the winds. Personally I would do my best to park without using the leveling jacks to stabilize the coach. The hydraulic leveling jacks prevent the RV from moving on it's springs and an earthquake may cause damage to the leveler jacks by bending them. This is why I have never extended my jacks when parked during a strong storm.

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It probably isn't much difference than driving on the SC roads. Let the jacks up and enjoy the ride...


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Earthquakes are not going to stop us for driving on the 395 to the High Sierra's this month.
I have been on the freeway during the Northridge earthquake. The road was a rolling. The other day I was sitting on bleachers watching my grandson play in his the Little League All Star game in San Clemente while the Ridgecrest earthquake was going on. The ground was rolling and it seemed like forever. The game continued 5 minutes later.


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Safest place to be in a big quake "IS" your motorhome, to ensure that the unit does not roll the actual parking brake needs to be applied and set, not just the gear lever in park, the parking feature on the transmission is there so that the vehicle does not roll while you engage the brake pedal, it will not hold the vehicle with the rocking motion and will eventually brake, and now you have a motorhome that is maybe only held by the jacks, they might bend.

A motorhome will not flip on its side, quakes are shallow ground waves, some times you can see them on a strech of road, should the jacks be down it feels the same as driving in a wash board, if you are driving and you think there is a quake, pull to the side and ride it out.

Quakes in California are due to fault lines moving laterally and some times vertical "rare" and unless you happen to be parked right on top of the fault when it moves vertical by more than 4 or 5 feet your RV will not flip.

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