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Preparing for Harsh Weather in an RV

Sep 15, 2017

Being out in the wilderness on an RV camping vacation means you are bound to come in contact with some harsh weather at some point; especially here in the Northwest where the weather is quite unpredictable.

No one wants to get stuck in harsh weather while they are camping and be unprepared. Here are a few ways to be prepared for stormy weather while camping.

First thing on the list of preparing for harsh weather is to always know the forecast. It is a good idea to check the forecast on a daily basis for everyday of your trip, or as far out as is available, so you are aware of what is coming up and what changes are occurring.

Preparing for Harsh Weather in an RV

Here are the 4 stages of weather warnings that the weather service uses for inclement weather.

  • Weather Outlook- hazardous weather could be possible in the next week and meant to give early warning of harsh weather
  • Weather Advisory- hazardous weather will more than likely occur. These are for less serious situations than a warning but still significant enough to cause damage.
  • Weather Watch- a risk of hazardous weather is strong but still unpredictable on exact location and timing. This is the time to make sure you have a plan for the predicted forecast and should be listening for an upgrade to a warning very closely.
  • Weather Warning- hazardous weather is very likely, imminent, or currently happening. People in the storm area need to take action and every precaution possible.

Make sure you have an emergency kit handy it should include a first aid kit, plenty of extra water, snacks or non-perishable foods, a flashlight, emergency radio, matches, blankets, candles, etc. Make sure to check the kit before each trip for anything that is past its expiration date or any missing items that need to be replenished.

When you hear a weather warning in the forecast check your RV and camping spot for safety and potential hazards. Many people like to camp in the trees; look around for signs of weak branches that could come down in high winds. Look for anything that could get blown away or into something else in high winds such as furniture, BBQs, toys, garbage cans, etc. Bring them inside or tie them down. Make sure all storage doors are secure and locked. Retract awnings and securely fasten them. Close and latch windows. If evacuation has been suggested then do so right at the time of suggestion don't wait things out. Know where safe shelter is like a brick bath house in case you need to run to shelter and there is no time to evacuate.

Other things you want to be aware of when a storm is on the way is the possibility of flooding and the predicted speed of the winds. If you are in a place prone to flooding it is best to evacuate early. If the storm is going to have really high winds an RV is not the best place to be during the storm, find shelter in a building or in your car as RVs don't stand up to severe winds well.

When heading out on an RV trip it is always good to be knowledgeable of the weather and be prepared for any harsh weather that could come your way during your trip. For more information on RV camping and RV rentals please feel free to browse our website or contact us anytime.