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.


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

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