RVing In Inclement Weather

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For a number of us escaping in an RV can bring delight and joy from the regular nuances and occurrences of our previous landlocked life. Such an investment should be protected at all costs against any threat, even the unavoidable such as maintenance issues or severe weather. Because inclement weather conditions can escalate in minutes it’s important to have a plan that is communicated to everyone you are traveling with. Whether you have a checklist or a detailed plan, outlining what you need to do when danger strikes help’s you to think about different scenarios that can occur and the precautions you should take in order to prevent becoming stuck in dangerous weather conditions. Take it a step further by going over the plan and practicing everyone’s role, especially if children are with you. Some tasks for children can include locating an emergency or first aid kit, which should include snacks, a flashlight, bandages, waterproof matches, and NOAA radio.

tornadoHaving a plan and identifying your emergency kit essentials should be your first steps, but certainly aren’t the last in the event you encounter a storm. If conditions escalate your plans for safety should include what you need to do if all else fails, especially when there are warnings in your specific area. In severe weather such as high winds or hail look to seek cover by finding a large building to park behind or adjacent to because like homes, RVs can be blown and knocked over. If you are in an area where there is flooding find high land and shelter outside of your rig, and evacuate the vehicle. In the event that you are in a county or area where there is a tornado warning, always seek shelter and do not attempt to outrun it. Knowing where you are is crucial and solar GPS trackers with NOAA radios help you to stay in touch with weather forecasts.


Although the rubber tires on vehicles help to block direct lightning strikes, when lightning strikes the ground near your RV there is nothing to prevent it from heading into the wiring of your rig. It is always a best practice to unplug your appliances during a thunderstorm and retract your leveling jacks if possible. Additionally, avoid touching running water such as in a sink, tub, or shower at least 30 minutes until after you hear the last thunderclap. In any severe storm, stay away from windows and try to remain in a hallway area or in the bathroom low to the ground.

Following a storm, there is usually various traces of debris such as falling trees and standing water, which can cause road blockage and power outages. Always proceed with caution and take heed to advisory warnings pertaining to the conditions in your environment. Above all else, your RV is your home on the road, and just like a regular home, you should always ensure you have insurance that covers storm-related damages.


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  2. Scott Taylor

    April 6, 2018 at 12:03

    The comment about “rubber tires” offering some protection from lightning is pure fallacy and dangerous mis-information. Tires actually have a high carbon (hence – “black”) content, and are filled with steel wires, both of which are excellent conductors, affording NO protection to occupants. The recommendation of seeking shelter during lightning storms in a vehicle is based on the Faraday Cage principle. By surrounding occupants with the steel frame of an automobile (note – RV’s are NOT built like cars – think wood and fiberglass – and often have LESS metal surrounding the occupants), electricity will follow the path of least resistance and go to ground easier. Best bet is to disconnect power cords and water/sewer lines during a storm.


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