Earthwalker wrote:Another dumb question...wouldn't you want the MH to actually FACE the strong winds so that it would blow THROUGH the MH instead of hitting it directly, which would increase the likelihood of it collapsing?
We positioned our MH so the wind blew through the hut but still parked our truck and trailer in front of the opening to disrupt the incoming wind. The blow through allowed us to stay cool during the hottest part of the day due to body evaporative cooling. We had no problem sleeping anytime we wanted laying in anti-gravity lounge chairs. We usually took a siesta during the hottest part of the afternoon. 2012 was relatively cool according to most folks. The hottest ambient temp I saw on our camp thermometer outside the MH was 98 degrees. Under the MH the temperature read 88 to 92. When we went to the playa in July the ambient temp thermometer read 114 degrees with 101.5 under the MH, but the wind blowing through the MH made it feel cooler.
Aligning with the wind also minimizes the lift generated by a wind that hits your MH at 90 degrees. A MH generates a LOT of lift when hit by a perpendicular wind. The wind direction on the playa varies dramatically and that's why we anchored our ribs to the ground to minimize "sail" when we caught an oblique wind. The truck and trailer were also a great wind block.
You sacrifice dust access by aligning your hut with the wind, but don't fight the dust, embrace it. Our full coverage rainfly kept our tent dust free inside even though the tent itself is 75% mosquito netting. We just brushed the dust off the tables, chairs, tables, and cooking gear when we needed to use them.
If you do align with a wind blowthrough, be sure to anchor your tent and ground cover. We had additional end tarps ready to use if the wind became excessive but never needed them.
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