RV Traveling In Extreme Weather Conditions
Thunderstorms, Lightning, Hurricanes, and Tornadoes are situations that no RV owner wants to be stuck in on the road. Oftentimes, many of these weather conditions arrive quickly and can cause major damage to your RV, and leaving you in unsafe conditions. Follow these preventative measures and tips to ensure you stay safe no matter what you encounter.
Some preventative measures can be taken to avoid dangerous weather:
Be aware of the seasonal weather conditions where you are traveling. For example, tornadoes are common in the Southern Plains of the US (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas) during the months of May and June, and hurricane season is June-Movember and affects southern states bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
Being aware of weather conditions before your trip will help you prepare and pack accordingly. Using a radar application is a reliable way to check the weather before and during your trip.
For extreme weather, watches and warnings are often issued for specific counties or parts of a state. A watch can be issued in a broader area of a state or multiple counties to alert residents to prepare for severe weather. A warning is more focused on cities or counties, meaning residents should be taking immediate action, as conditions can worsen.
What to do if you come across extreme weather:
Creating a plan before you leave for your trip is important so that if you end up in a dangerous situation, action can be taken immediately. A go-bag is a necessary item to prepare and take with you, holding enough supplies for 72 hours, such as non-perishable food, water, pet food, jackets, flashlights, batteries, phone chargers,
Keep track of your location while on the road. Knowing the town and county you are in is necessary when listening for weather forecasts, warnings, and watches.
If you are experiencing extreme weather and plan to stay in your RV, evaluate your surroundings and park it in a safe location dependent on the weather conditions. For example, in extreme heat, do not park in direct sunlight. During major thunderstorms and wind, stay away from trees or other objects that can blow and damage your RV.
If weather conditions become too dangerous, do not be afraid to leave your RV to find shelter. Concrete bathroom structures are one option if you happen to be at a campsite. Don’t forget to bring your go bag when seeking shelter!