These RV Camping Tips and Tricks Will Help
You know how folks affected by severe weather say, “That storm came out of nowhere”? That’s not actually true, but it can sure feel like it – especially if you’re not prepared to deal with it while you’re camping. Some situations are particularly dangerous when you’re in an RV. So here are some RV camping tips and tricks for when you’re in your RV and expecting severe weather.
1. Have a weather alert radio on hand
Knowledge is your best weapon against a moody Mother Nature. Heavy winds, hails storms, and flash floods can all seriously damage your RV and ruin your trip. And if a tornado hits? You’ll want to know where that bugger’s going! Cell phones are helpful for checking radar, but a weather radio can give you additional information that allows you ample time to get away from it (don’t forget extra batteries!). If you want to go the extra mile, consider taking a storm spotter class before you leave. Then you’ll know what you’re looking at and might even figure out what’s happening before the radio reports it. The more time you can give yourself, the better.
2. Figure out your severe weather evacuation plan
When you get to your destination, figure out where to go if severe weather hits. Many RV parks have storm shelters, so find yours ahead of time to avoid the last-minute panic. If there’s no shelter, scope out the local area. Any brick-and-mortar business is a better shelter than an RV, so find out where a few of those are located. You’ll want some options in case it’s not safe to go in a particular direction.
3. Don’t underestimate lightning
It’s fun to watch as it approaches, but make sure you know when to take cover. Lightning has been known to strike 20 miles away from the parent storm, so don’t take the chance. A general rule of thumb to follow is if you can hear it, it’s too close. And if you’re in the rain, it’s definitely too close. Get to your shelter and wait it out.
4. High winds = big problems
Tornadoes are obviously the big thing to watch out for, but straight-line winds can be just as devastating. RVs are particularly vulnerable to being flipped in high-wind situations, and they occur far more often than twisters. Any winds above 30 mph can damage an RV, so be prepared to get to shelter if the winds start to kick up.
Severe weather creates all kinds of unpredictable situations, and no how-to guide can ever prepare you for everything. So just remember to use common sense and take reasonable precautions, and no stormy day is going to ruin your camping trip.