Hurricane season in the United States runs from June through November. According to the National Weather Service, a storm becomes a hurricane when it has, “maximum sustained surface winds of 74 mph or greater.” Furthermore, winds are rated on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale which classifies the hurricane on a scale of 1 through 5 depending on how high its sustained winds are blowing. For example, a Category 1 hurricane has winds between 74 and 95 mph and produces some damage. A Category 5 hurricane has winds 157 mph or higher that will cause catastrophic damage.
Hurricane Ida pummeled Louisiana over the weekend. While the storm has been downgraded to a tropical storm, it is still producing dangerous conditions. If you are in the path of a hurricane or anticipating high winds, we recommend taking appropriate precautions including with your LVT Unit.
Because LVT Units are (typically) stationed outside and are 22-feet high when fully deployed, they are extremely susceptible to damage by high winds. If you are expecting high winds in your area due to hurricanes or other storms, we highly recommend taking precautions to prevent damage to the LVT Unit. However, please do not risk your personal safety to secure your LVT Unit. Take these precautions before the storm hits your area.
If it is possible, move the unit into a covered, secure location. If it is not possible to shelter the unit, please take the following actions:
- Turn off the power
- Lower the mast
- Remove the head unit and store in the camera storage box
- Pull the solar lock handle to lower the top solar panel and lock it in the A-frame position
- Lift the tongue into the upright, locked position
- Leave the stabilizing legs extended and ensure that the trailer tires are firmly on the ground.
- Store the guy-wire and any other loose material in the burlap sack located in the battery box
- Take care to ensure that the metal guy-wire is NOT in contact with any part of the battery bank
If you would like to move your unit to a more secure location and continue to use it from that location, please contact LVT Technical Support. Each of our units has a port on the driver side battery box, closest to the trailer tongue. Use this port to plug into shore power and avoid downtime due to the location or weather conditions.
Our units do function indoors as long as they are connected to shore power. If you would like to use yours indoors during the hurricane, please still contact our support team. Multiple clients have damaged the head units by leaving them on the mast during transit. Therefore, make sure you know how to stow the head unit completely before moving the unit. Once the unit is located where you would like it, it will need to be reassembled and plugged it into shore power. If your unit has a generator, make sure it is turned off while the unit is in use indoors. DO NOT use the generator indoors.
Please stay safe and let us know if you need any help securing your LVT Unit. Contact the LVT Technical Support Team at 888-588-9408 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns. They have easy-to-follow videos and instruction sheets to help you take down and secure your unit.