My Weekender-XL passed the Hurricane test

Anything to do with mechanical, construction etc

My Weekender-XL passed the Hurricane test

Postby Gold5one » Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:20 pm

Thought I would share a picture I took of Hurricane Irma giving my camper a wind test. I estimate the wind was about 70-80 mph when I took this picture. I got a great opportunity to see how the aerodynamics of the frontal construction worked. The wind flowed around the camper evenly over the top and the bottom. I added one small concrete block to the tongue and she never budged, even when the 100mph eye of the storm went through. Thankfully, 10" of wind blown rain never touched the inside, either. That exterior roof of lapped PVC shower panel sheeting works better than I had hoped. - I had just returned from a month long trip to the Midwest, just 10 days before Irma hit SW Florida- just in time to batten down the hatches. The eye of the hurricane passed only 20 miles away from our house. --click image for a full size picture.
"the slow road has the most adventure"
Weekender-XL build journal
User avatar
Donating Member
Posts: 329
Images: 92
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:28 am
Location: Cape Coral, FL

Re: My Weekender-XL passed the Hurricane test

Postby PKCSPT » Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:17 pm

Given how light these are that is really amazing.
141240 145569147706
Silver Donating Member
Posts: 1507
Images: 60
Joined: Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:27 pm
Location: Minnesota

Re: My Weekender-XL passed the Hurricane test

Postby working on it » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:37 pm

'Tis a shame you don't have a "hurricane hinge" on your hatch (I think you don't); this would've been ideal weather for a true test of one.
2013 HHRv"squareback/simple" TTT, semi-offroad? 4x8, <2000 lbs travel weight
  • 3500 lb Dexter axle w/brakes,
  • 27x8.5-14LT all-terrain tires (x 3),
  • LED lighting, triple fans. stereo inside,
  • A/C & heat, Optima AGM, inverter & charger(s)
  • extended-run, on-board, 2500w generator,
  • Coleman dual-fuel stove & lantern,
  • zinc/stainless steel front rack
User avatar
working on it
1000 Club
1000 Club
Posts: 1633
Images: 436
Joined: Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:05 pm
Location: DFW Texas

Return to Teardrop Construction Tips & Techniques

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests