“Preparing Your RV for Hurricane Season Part 1: Weather on the Road”
We’ve all seen the devastation a natural disaster can cause recently with hurricane Harvey and its impact on Houston, Irma’s impact on Florida, and the utter devastation being faced right now by Puerto Rico and many Caribbean islands. With that in mind, and since September is FEMA’s National Preparedness Month, we would like to give you some tips to prepare your RV for a potential hurricane.
Many popular RV vacation spots are in areas that are subject to occasional severe weather. If you’ve made plans to travel to an RV destination that could potentially be hit by severe weather, there are a few precautions you can take to ensure your safety and the safety of your RV.
Prepare an Emergency Kit to Take with You
Before you even leave home, prepare a kit with everything you’ll need for an emergency. Essentials like potable water, non-perishable food, and prescription meds are a good place to start, but you should also bring anything you might need to prepare your RV to “hunker down.” Tarps, trash bags, Ziploc bags, rope, and zipties will come in handy in case of emergency. Some RVers even carry sheets of plywood with them, along with an easy way of attaching and detaching them.
Avoid Potential Flooding
When selecting a spot at a campground, try to find a spot on higher ground. With the torrential rain you can expect a storm to bring, the low-lying areas can get treacherous. Flooding can cause you to get stuck in mud or creep into the interior of your RV. 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 vehicle. Water in motion can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and be swept off the road. Avoid areas that can flood at all costs once a storm hits.
Protect Valuables from Water Damage
With the amount of rain a storm brings, every leak in your RV will be made obvious by constant dripping that can cause damage. Cover fabric like clothes, carpet and bedding with plastic using tarps and bags. Prepare pots, pans, and buckets to catch the drips, and use towels or (even better) a large sponge to sop up puddles as they form. If you carry important documents with you, secure them in Ziploc bags so there’s no chance of them getting wet.
Always be cautious. While there are ways to be safe while riding out a storm, sometimes its just safer to get out. A well-timed evacuation will save you a lot of worry and keep you out of danger. You can resume your vacation somewhere safer, or return once the weather has passed. Protect your RV with these tips, but above all, protect yourself!
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