Ideally, he wants warm weather and blue skies for all his recreational travel days, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Because of their size and weight, recreational vehicles are particularly vulnerable when it comes to extreme weather conditions. Let’s take a look at what you should do when the weather is bad, even on the road and in the camp.
Hail can be a blessing for recreational vehicle owners, both on and off the road, and is often accompanied by strong winds. Whether you are on or off the road, it is important to seek coverage for both your safety and the good of your RV body. If you are on the way, simply stop to the nearest exit to find cover or a high pass if you are in trouble. If you are parked, you may need to place your RV in a covered area if one is available, any coverage is better than no coverage.
Strong winds are a very real danger to recreational vehicle owners, especially while on the road. The wind has a lot of surfaces to push on both motorhomes and trailers, leading to a dangerous swing and a general loss of control and stability. If the strong winds have you with the white knuckles on the wheel, it’s best not to risk and get out as soon as possible. If there are no exits in sight, I recommend that you pull over the shoulder to wait for the winds, provided there is a generous space between your vehicle and the approaching traffic.
While the Rays certainly are scary, they don’t really pose as much risk to you as you might think, even while you’re away. Most recreational vehicles are made of metal and all have rubber tires. Even a direct hit would probably travel along the body directly to the ground. The greatest risk of lightning is to fry parts of your electrical system and should be avoided only because of that risk. You should seek immediate shelter from lightning if your caravan or trailer has a soft hood or if the frame is composed primarily of fiberglass or wood, as these may still be vulnerable to blows.
You should be more concerned about the different weather systems that accompany the Rays. If lightning strikes within five miles of your vehicle, it’s best to find shelter in any parking lot or service area to wait for the storm.
Severe weather in the camp
If you know that severe weather will approach your camp, it’s best to leave the RV completely in a more stable brick and mortar shelter. This could include any concrete bath, rest area or accommodation. Even if you’re just paying for a dry camp, the land managers should be more than happy to invite you to a safe haven.
Be sure to remove any objects that can fly and damage your vehicle with strong winds, such as grills and garden chairs. Fold any awning and remove the vehicle accessories from your recreational vehicle before disconnecting it from the power outlet before leaving. If you’re really in the Canes, it’s probably best for you to bend over and get out of the storm. Trying to drive in a severe climate is likely to make the situation worse.
We always want the perfect conditions to travel, but we rarely get the best weather for a full trip.