RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-13-2014, 03:17 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Jeffrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Posts: 1,745
Garage
Re: Lightning safety in a plastic top SMB

That's sad. Wonder if it could have been prevented with better choices or lightning safety awareness?
__________________

__________________
'07 RB-50 - My Photo Site -- K1JGS --
Jeffrey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2014, 03:47 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: East Bay CA
Posts: 1,067
Re: Lightning safety in a plastic top SMB

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeffrey
That's sad. Wonder if it could have been prevented with better choices or lightning safety awareness?
Well, perhaps. Not hiking above treeline, not hiking in the PM while cloudy, etc. But who among us hasn't delayed a bit in turning around? Sometimes you're just unlucky.

And Jeffrey, as someone who's spent a lot of time in Tucson with relatives it's the same thing. Lots of lightning, but it rarely hits anyone. And you won't necessarily be the tallest object, maybe some mesquite will be. Here's some info, with a couple of interesting pictures:

http://www.lightningsafety.com/nlsi_pls ... trike.html

Seems to hit on the edge of roofs, so the "skin effect" would probably still send it down the sides.

Some boats I've seen have had lightning protection built in, since they're fiberglass. Maybe something like that would help you.
__________________

__________________
2001 Ford E250 Sportsmobile with Salem-Kroger 4x4 conversion
rob_gendreau is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2014, 05:18 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Jeffrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Posts: 1,745
Garage
Re: Lightning safety in a plastic top SMB

Thanks, Rob. I added that to my folder of safety sites.

There's always risk. I'll just beware or drive the hell away fast.
__________________
'07 RB-50 - My Photo Site -- K1JGS --
Jeffrey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2014, 11:04 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 465
Re: Lightning safety in a plastic top SMB

We were in Rocky Mountain NP on Saturday afternoon, heading west toward Rainbow Curve when 2 ambulances came down the mountain headed for Estes Park. We had heard about Friday's lightning death, and wondered if the same thing had happened. Later, we found out that we were unfortunately correct.

The weather on Saturday turned on a dime at our location. All morning was sunny and beautiful, then the clouds developed and dropped below about 10,000 feet, and the thunder could be heard everywhere. All of this took only about 15-20 minutes. No wonder the hikers got caught out.
__________________
DesertBoat ...has been SOLD. Sad to have seen it go.
photographix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2014, 07:21 AM   #15
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 58
Re: Lightning safety in a plastic top SMB

Can a faraday cage have

a fiberglass top?

We can hope, but I think not...
9pb9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2014, 09:01 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
Tapatio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: California
Posts: 999
Garage
Re: Lightning safety in a plastic top SMB

Camp at the lightning field in New Mexico.

http://www.diaart.org/sites/main/lightningfield
__________________
2006 E350 6.0PSD 5R110, SMB 4X4, RB-50, ARB lockers front/rear, Aluminess galore, AMP steps.
Callsign KK6GIY
Tapatio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2014, 09:06 AM   #17
Site Team
 
BroncoHauler's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southern New Mexico
Posts: 9,413
Re: Lightning safety in a plastic top SMB

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tapatio
Camp at the lightning field in New Mexico.

http://www.diaart.org/sites/main/lightningfield
Very interested, but I was VERY dissapointed not to see any pics of lighting in that area, and then even worse, I saw this statement:

"The Lightning Field is protected by copyright. Photography of the sculpture and the cabin is not permitted"


Herb
__________________

__________________
SMB-less as of 02/04/2012. Our savings account is richer, but our adventures are poorer.
BroncoHauler is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Sportsmobile Registry

Ford

fabtechmfg

Vanna

gahamby
Add your Sportsmobile
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:51 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×