How to Survive a Storm in an RV

By Samantha Lemna | June 6, 2018

The weather is perfect. Why should you be worried? Unfortunately storms are part of life during the summer. The late afternoon often brings a short-lived storm and while most of these aren’t too concerning there is always the risk of more severe weather. We break down how to survive a storm in an RV and what you should do if seriously inclement weather strikes.

1. Stay Aware

Keep an eye on the weather conditions. Look up the forecast before you go and throughout your trip or listen to the radio. Campgrounds may also post the weather forecast in public areas. Remember that a storm watch means that conditions are right for a storm to develop a storm warning means that one has actually developed.  Alberta’s emergency alert system has now expanded to text messages via cell phone which will also serve as a warning for particularly severe weather.

2. Check and Prepare Your Campsite + RV

Check your campsite for hazards such as dead branches that could easily damage your RV in the case of high winds. Be sure to secure all loose items by bringing them inside your RV or vehicle or securely tying them down. These can become dangerous projectiles in the event of a storm – or be damaged by the rain or hail. Don’t forget to secure all the windows and doors and bring in any extendables (especially soft-tops). Retract your awning and make sure it’s securely fastened.

Tip: Don’t leave your awning open if no one’s going to be at the campsite. Storms can blow in quickly and it’s extremely easy to damage your RV when the awning is out and it’s windy.

3. Decide to Take Cover or Evacuate

Storms can be weathered in RVs but if it’s severe you may want to evacuate. Do so early – don’t leave it until the last minute – and make sure you’re heading away from the storm and not towards it.

Most campgrounds will not have a basement in a sturdy building for you to take shelter in. If you can’t stay in a bathroom or room with no windows take shelter in a vehicle. If you absolutely must stay in your RV ensure everything is secured and unplugged and stay away from the windows.

If your campsite is located next to water or very low ground you may want to relocate to higher ground as flash flooding can occur (like in the picture at the top of the article). 

RV insurance will help protect you in the event your RV is damaged due to a storm. Talk to a broker today to find out more information.