There are so many beautiful things that Mother Nature provides that makes traveling around the country worth each breathtaking moment. However, she also provides us with reminders that she is very much in charge by means of amazing storms. There is something mesmerizing about watching a thunderstorm roll in out of the living room window. However, in an RV, some of those storms can be a little scary. As the winds pick up and the rains continue to fall, we start to become concerned about leaks or wind damage from falling debris. There is another level of excitement when we begin to watch out for hurricanes and tornados.
Summer of 2015, we were in central Florida and we had a brief encounter with a tropical storm that came passing by, at which time we realized that we really need to have a plan. Particularly if there is a need to pull the rig to a safer location. We discussed how long we would stay and where it is we would go. Fortunately, since we workamp, our employer told us we could leave without penalty or fear of losing our job for a safer location and come back when the threat of danger was over.
As I write this, August 30, 2016, we have the potential for another tropical storm to hit the Florida gulf coast in the next few days and decisions have to be made once again. We are in agreement that we have no intentions of attempting to ride out a Cat 1 hurricane in the RV, however this storm looks to hit far enough north that we should not have to evacuate. But that isn’t to say that we won’t have a weather issue. We will likely experience a great deal of rain, some wind and the potential for tornados. The tornados are more worrisome, especially in the RV, so we have a bug out bag ready to go to shelter if we need to.
The challenges we find in the RV is primarily safety. We are not weather tight, our slide out can become sails in high winds and at only 16,000lbs it doesn’t take much to knock us over. Our friends in motor homes have a small advantage in that they weigh quite a bit more, usually around 30,000-40,000lbs. Some of the things we consider is whether or not to pull the slides in and drop the nose or hook up to the truck for extra weight and stability. We do not have a generator, so losing power can be an issue, but we can run minimal items on our batteries and propane. We will fill the fresh water tank with water for cleaning and toilet use and we have bottled water for drinking. We also have access to campground facilities so we will not be entirely stranded.
We are fortunate to have family nearby and can always stay with them in a pinch but for now, we have our bug out bag packed with the bare essentials for us and the dogs and all our electronics charged and we will ride out this storm as best and as safe as possible.
Stay safe out there and appreciate both the beauty and the fury that Mother Nature has to offer.