The weather will soon be getting warmer, which means it's time to think about pulling the RV out so you can camp in early spring. Unfortunately, storm season is also upon us, and spring storms can make RV camping more scary than fun and enjoyable.
What should you do as an avid camper?
Fortunately, there are ways to make sure you and your family stay safe while fully enjoying every minute of the camping season. Here are our top tips for camping during storm season.
1. Create a storm-smart route
Our first tip? Avoid camping in a storm altogether. After all, your tiny house has wheels. Why not use them?
Choose to travel to areas during parts of the year but focus on destinations bearing in mind that a possible storm will come. Plan your trips with Camper Trip Wizard to find more campsites and places of interest in the areas you visit.
2. Pay attention to weather reports
Wherever you travel, you'll want to pay attention to the weather forecast. Knowing if and when a storm can pop up is important as it gives a chance to look at it and get out of harm's way if necessary. We recommend keeping a weather radio handy for this.
It is also a good idea to install an app such as Accuweather on your phone.
3. Provide sufficient tools
In addition to your weather apps and a weather radio, there are a few other things you'll want to keep on hand in case you get caught in a storm.
Flashlight and Batteries - This will help you see if the power goes out.
First Aid Kit - You never know what kind of wounds to take care of.
Portable Power Bank— The ability to contact assistance is critical. Always have a way to charge your phone's battery.
Water bottles - Being thirsty in a storm shelter is no fun. Avoid it by packing water bottles.
Snacks - Just in case you get hungry while waiting for the storm, you'll be happy to have a few non-perishable snacks on hand.
We recommend putting all these things in a bag, which should be kept in an easily accessible place near the door. This way you are well prepared and can quickly get to safety regardless of the weather.
In addition to the items above, make sure your family is fully dressed with closed-toed shoes on. Grab your phone and all the important documents and hide.
4. Know where to go
Of course, when you're going to listen if the weather turns bad, you don't want to wander around figuring out where to go. For this reason, it is important that when you arrive at a new campsite, you always determine where you are going in the event of a storm.
When you get to the place where you are waiting for the storm, find a seat that is far from windows and possible projectiles.
Check your site
If you know enough about an impending storm, there are also several things you can do to protect your RV and yourself if you need to stay in your RV while camping in a storm. These are all pretty simple steps that can make a big difference, so we definitely recommend taking the time to take them.
Putting Pets Inside - Dogs and cats deserve a safe, dry place to weather the storm just as well as you do. Take them to the shelter.
Removing Projectiles - If you have chairs or other potential projectiles on your property, put them away. You don't want one going through a window.
Closing storage doors - Make sure the doors to your storage compartment are closed to keep water out.
Retract awning - Camper awnings cannot withstand a lot of wind and rain. Keep yours intact by pulling it in for any kind of storm.
Lock the windows - Obviously, you also want to make sure all windows are closed.
Parking Away From Trees - If possible, move your RV away from trees that can break and fall onto your roof, causing costly damage.
Filling and Attaching the Water Tanks - When it gets really windy, consider filling your tanks to add more weight to your RV.
If you have a trailer, you can hook it up to the truck to keep it upright.
Use common sense
Of course, you also want to use your common sense when it comes to storms. Do not hang out during a thunderstorm and avoid pools or other bodies of water if there is a thunderstorm nearby. If there is hail, stay away from skylights and windshields if possible.
Finally, you want to watch out for flooding and evacuate quickly and move to higher elevations if it looks like water is coming your way.