Are corner steadies safe in an electrical storm

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  1. laneside

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    Just reading another post on corner steadies and it reminded me of something I have thought about on odd occasions. It is well know that a car stood on tyres is a very safe place due to the Faraday cage effect, now if you put two metal jacks down onto the ground is this negated and the van more at risk.
     
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    Nope, just as safe.
     
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    Think @Taran_Las may have a slightly different view on the 'very safe place' theory:)
     
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    Perfectly safe. As with all storms though don't get in or out of your van during the storm...:xsurprised:
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    The Faraday principal does not rely on your rubber tyres Alan but on the fact that you are encased in a steel box, which in the case of a MH it is not a steel box so I cannot see the same principal applies.
     
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    Good point.
     
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    Never thought about it,should have though, I'm going to follow this thread with interest. Thanks for posting L.:xThumb:
     
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    Mine have thick mahogany insulators :p
     
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    What about if you put them on wooden blocks or plastic feet?
     
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    Why do you think they put lightning conductors on tall buildings?
    Creating a path to earth for the voltage should reduce the damage to the structure in the event
     
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    We always park next to someone with a sat dish they are always higher than us so any strike should get them first LOL.
     
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    Paul, the lightning has probably just jumped several thousand feet.. I doubt a couple of inches of anything would be a whole lot of help ! :xwink:
     
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    Just a thought John, mind you I don't know why I bothered we don't use ours at all. :xrofl:
     
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    Lightening doesn't always hit the highest point or the sharpest point. I saw a video recently regarding this but can't remember where...
     
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    I don't know but at least we'd be stable :xwink:
     
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    Excuse me...

    Why are the corner steadies down in the first place?

    What's going on over there at Pedro's gaff?


    JJ :cool:
     
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    If you mean mentally you are possibly on the wrong forum.. No other bugger on here is even approaching stable !! :xrofl::xlaugh::xThumb:
     
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