Keeping the van steady on a windy night
Having stayed away on a few stormy nights now I realised it was about time I did something to keep the van steady in a strong wind. Rain is not a problem, if it’s really heavy I just use ear plugs to block out the sound, but the wind tends to jolt the van which is annoying when trying to sleep.
I remember reading some time back on the use of bottle jacks instead of wheel ramps. This seemed like a good idea as it means less roll on the suspension. They’re probably about the same price as some wheel ramps but take up a lot less space.
This doesn’t stop the van moving all together mind you, but my first test was in 40–50MPH winds and as soon as they were added, the difference could be felt. Not only is the van much more sturdy, but I can also level it off fairly easily. I found the best way of using them was to put one under the front nearside jack point, and one under the rear offside, raising one side more than the other, depending on level of ground but always raising both in order to take the strain off the suspension.
As it was a bit of an impulse buy on the way to a campsite on a windy weekend, I bought mine from Halfords, but you can get them fairly cheap and possibly better online.
Anyway, thought I’d share this if anybody else if having problems with wind (errmm!)