Hurricane Preparation Revisited: Leaving Your RV Behind

September is FEMA’s National Preparedness Month and more severe weather is sure to come before the hurricane season is over, so it’s a great time to prepare for natural disasters.

We’re rebooting this article from a few years ago to remind you how to prepare your motor home for a storm. Sometimes you’ll choose to evacuate in your RV; sometimes you’ll choose to leave it in the path of the storm. If you choose the latter option, these tips will help you be sure that your RV is safe from the damaging effects of severe weather.

If you live in a part of the country that experiences hurricanes, tornadoes, and other extreme weather preparedness is key. Before the storm hits, there are steps you can take to ensure the protection of your RV.

Leave Your RV in a Safe Place

When a storm is approaching, make sure your RV is not parked in a low area that is prone to flooding, because the amount of precipitation a hurricane brings is enormous. The last thing you want is to come back after the storm to a waterlogged motor home. That lot you normally feel great about might not be so ideal in nastier weather, so make the move to one that’s safer. In that vein, make sure you have a backup scouted out ahead of time so you know right where to park.

Secure Your Motor Home

Before the storm hits, secure ALL loose items outside of the RV. In high-speed winds, anything can become a window-shattering projectile. Even a small tree branch or bucket can cause significant damage. You can also prepare for the storm by boarding up the large windows of your RV, just as you would the windows of a house. There are some smart solutions out there for easily covering windows with plywood, including Plylox, a product that allows you to easily attach and remove plywood planks that is available at any home improvement store.

To prevent your awning from being yanked apart by a strong wind, use zipties to attach it securely to its mounting brackets. Empty your holding tanks, turn off your propane tanks, and cover your regulator, vents, and A/C unit. With all of those items checked off, you can consider your RV secure and feel okay about leaving it behind while you hunker down in your home or evacuate.

Evacuate in Your RV if You Have the Option

Consider that a motor home can be a terrific vehicle to take in the event of an evacuation, though. It gives you a comfortable, familiar place to stay while away from home, so if you need to wait out a storm, you can’t beat an RV.

Preparedness is key. If you find yourself in the path of a storm, you should secure your RV much as you would your home. Plan ahead to protect this major asset and you’ll have one less thing to worry about while the wind blows.

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Motor Home Finders is a licensed motor home broker based in New Port Richey, Florida. Specializing in diesel, luxury motor homes and bus conversions, Motor Home Finders has 50+ years of experience in buying and selling luxury RVs nationwide. Their mission is to eliminate the difficult efforts of private sellers trying to sell their recreational vehicle by orchestrating a seamless RV transaction process. To learn more, call 1-888-783-4009 or visit motorhomefinders.com.

Preparing for Storms in Your RV – Revisited

A few years ago, we covered hurricane preparedness because Harvey’s destruction of Houston was fresh on our minds. This month, we here in Florida are breathing a sigh of relief since we avoided Dorian, so we wanted to take another look at how to prepare your RV for a hurricane when you’re traveling.

Many popular RV vacation spots are in areas that are subject to occasional severe weather. If you’ve made plans to travel to one of these places this season, here are some precautions you can take to ensure your safety and the safety of your RV while you’re out on the road.

Bring an Emergency Kit with You

When you are preparing to leave home, put together a kit with supplies you’ll need in an emergency. Essentials are a good place to start: grab water, non-perishable foods, and extra prescription medications. Bring anything you might need to prepare your RV for a “hunker down.” These include tarps, trash bags, Ziploc bags, rope, and zipties—all of which will come in handy in severe weather. To be extra safe, you can even carry sheets of plywood with you, along with an easy way of attaching and detaching them.

Avoid a Flooded Motor Home

When selecting your spot at the campground, find a spot on higher ground. Flooding caused by rain can cause you to get stuck in mud or can creep into your RV, wrecking the interior. Furthermore, if you have to evacuate your area, avoid driving in water. Water on the road can be deeper than it looks, and driving into deep water can spell disaster for your motor home. Moving water may make you lose control of your vehicle and be swept off the road. Once a storm hits, avoid areas of potential flooding at all costs!

Protect Yourself from a Waterlogged RV

Severe weather brings massive amounts of rain, so you can bet that every leak in your RV will be made obvious by constant dripping—and that dripping can do a lot of damage. Cover fabric like clothes, carpet and bedding with plastic tarps and bags. Position pots, pans, and buckets to catch drips, and use towels or a large sponge to sop up puddles as they form. Important documents should be secured in Ziploc bags so there’s no chance of them getting wet.

Above All: Be Cautious

While there are ways to be safe while riding out a storm, sometimes it’s just safer to get out and away. A well-timed evacuation will save you a lot of worry and keep you out of danger. Resume your vacation somewhere more safe, or return once the weather has passed. Protect your RV with the above tips, but above all, protect yourself!

September is FEMA’s National Preparedness Month and more severe weather is sure to come before the hurricane season is over, so it’s a great time to prepare for natural disasters. Even if you don’t live in the southeast, you probably have some sort of dangerous natural events that can take you by surprise, so we hope you’ve got something out of this post that can help you prepare your RV for bad weather.
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Motor Home Finders is a licensed motor home broker based in New Port Richey, Florida. Specializing in diesel, luxury motor homes and bus conversions, Motor Home Finders has 50+ years of experience in buying and selling luxury RVs nationwide. Their mission is to eliminate the difficult efforts of private sellers trying to sell their recreational vehicle by orchestrating a seamless RV transaction process. To learn more, call 1-888-783-4009 or visit motorhomefinders.com.