Think rubber tires will protect your RV from lightning? Think again!

Think rubber tires will protect your RV from lightning? Think again!

When lightning is striking all around, do you think your RV, riding atop rubber tires, will protect you from being struck? Well, hate to spoil your confidence, but they won’t. The fact is, in some RVs you will be heavily protected, but in others you might as well just stand outside. Learn more from RV electricity expert Mike Sokol in this segment of Ask the RV Expert. Be sure to get Mike’s e-book, RV Electrical Safety, available at Amazon.com. 

Also, Mike’s RVtravel.com series No Shock Zone should be essential reading for all RVers. What you learn could save your life.

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6 thoughts on “Think rubber tires will protect your RV from lightning? Think again!

  1. texasbarb

    I have a B+ Forest River Lexington with fiberglass sides. I don’t pull a toad. How can I stay safe from lightening. No advice was given for safety.

    1. RV Staff

      Hi, texasbarb,
      Good question. Thanks for asking. Here’s a little info from a previous post by Russ and Tiña De Maris:

      Lightning storms? The old saw that the rubber tires of your car will insulate you against damage is an old wives’ tale. Automobiles, by their metallic construction, act as an electrical cage, causing lightning strikes to roll off the car in a generally harmless fashion. BUT many RVs are fiberglass constructs, and lightning may blast a hole right through it. If you’re on the road and lightning threatens, pull over and park, avoiding the tallest trees and utility poles. Close windows and sit with hands in laps.

      I’ll see if I can find any more info. In the meantime, here’s the link to their article, “Hard weather RV driving tips.”
      Diane at RVtravel.com

  2. Kurt Shoemaker

    You left me hanging, I thought there would be some advice on what could be done to protect yourself and your RV during a lightning strike.

    1. Pamela Hill

      Get in your car I would think if you’re in a fiberglass RV like a Casita or Burrow. We live in one of two 5th wheels full time, North and South. Have no idea if we have a metal skin under the fiberglass exterior in either.

      1. sid

        Soooo, where is the advice..

        1. RV Staff

          Maybe: “Get in your car I would think if you’re in a fiberglass RV like a Casita or Burrow.”? Or are you not addressing that specifically to Pamela, Sid?
          Diane at RVtravel.com

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