Despite how connected we are to breaking news in today’s world,
there’s still no denying that inclement weather can develop on us before we can
think to check our Weather app. If you’re going to protect your RV, then you’re
going to need to make sure that when the next storm hits, you’ve already done much of the prep work
beforehand. Doing so won’t only protect the RV itself, but will help protect
you and your loved ones from harm.
Step One: Getting
Your RV and RV Site Prepared
When the weather’s calm, that’s the best time to prepare.
For the most part, your long-term RV storm prep will focus on having the right
equipment and strategies handy so you aren’t only prepared for the storm, but
prepared to deal with a threatening storm’s aftermath as well.
- Build an
RV emergency kit. A first-aid kit and basic supplies like duct tape will do
a lot to ensure that you have the things you need to handle a storm. We also
recommend an NOAA Weather Radio that you can turn on “alert” mode; these radios
can be battery or solar powered so that you aren’t relying on any other single
source for your weather information.
an alternative. You don’t want to get stuck in an RV; it’s far safer to be
in a sturdy building. So identify an alternative place to go if a storm does
hit; and if you have no other place to go, make sure to stay in a safe place of
an RV, away from windows, cabinets, and other falling debris.
It’s also important to look at the site around your RV. For
example, are there any branches near your RV site that will break when the wind
gets high? You’d be surprised at how quickly wind can change the dynamic. Also
look to secure or store away any unnecessary debris on site so that if a storm
does come, you’ll be able to take more quick and effective action.
Step Two: Handling
the Storm Before It Hits
Keeping a keen eye on the weather is important, because it
will generally give you more warning time to deal with storms. If you have
enough time, be sure to take the following precautions before a storm hits:
- Retract your RV awning
- Move any potential debris that can blow around
in high winds and cause damage to the RV
- Close and latch your RV windows securely
- Make sure you have an alternative place to ride out
a storm, such as a home basement away from windows, or a sturdy building. If
you are forced to use your RV for shelter, stay away from windows and anywhere
there might be falling debris. Remember that RVs are susceptible to blowing
over, so you should seek better shelter as soon as you hear about a storm
- Wait until you’re sure the area is safe to go
back outside again
Having an effective plan and making sure that you stay on
top of the weather is essential to make sure that your RV is secure. But so is
taking action. A few minutes of preparation and a few purchases today can make
your life a lot easier when the storm hits.