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Camping and Hurricanes/Pt3 Of The Bad Weather Series

Storm Surge


Hurricanes

This is the 3rd and final part of my bad weather series. The first one I covered heavy rain/flooding. The second part covered thunderstorms, hail, and tornados and this final part will be on hurricanes.

This part comes on the heels of one of the worst hurricanes and flooding events ever here in Texas. So before I begin this post I would just like to offer up prayers and well wishes to everyone affected by this disaster. From the people who lost everything they own to the first responders and the general public who came from all over the country to lend a hand in the search and rescue efforts. It is great to see everyone coming together to help instead of fighting. A true testament to show how great this country really is.

What Is A Hurricane?

That being said, let’s talk hurricanes. Hurricanes are defined by NOAA as “A type of storm called a tropical cyclone, which forms over tropical or subtropical waters.

Like all the other weather types I have gone over in this series, hurricanes and RV’s do not mix well. Hurricanes can pack high winds and lots of rain which can cause flooding/flash flooding. The most affected areas include the Atlantic region, Pacific region, and Gulf Coast region including up to approx 100 miles inland. The Atlantic and Gulf coast regions hurricane season starts June 1st and runs to November 30th. The Pacific coast Hurricane season runs May 15th-November 30th.

Hurricanes Let You Know They’re On The Way

Hurricanes can be completely devastating. If there is one positive thing I can say about them it is they give you advance notice of their arrival. Unlike tornados or severe thunder and lightning storms that just pop up seemingly out of nowhere, hurricanes will let you know they are on the way. Even though weather forecasters might not be exactly sure where they will make landfall, they have a pretty good idea.

If you are even close to the area that might be hit, my suggestion to you is move!!! Whether you are full time or part time your RV is mobile. Your best move is to hook up and move to an area that is out of harm’s way. If the hurricane makes landfall in a different area or not at all, you can always go back to where you were. Better safe than sorry.

Give Me Some Facts

Here are some facts about hurricanes:

  • Every Hurricane is named
  • Hurricanes can produce small tornados
  • Slower moving hurricanes produce more flooding than faster-moving ones
  • Hurricanes are broken down into categories by the wind speed. There are 5 categories. A category one hurricanes carries winds between 74-95 mph all the way up to a category 5 which can have winds above 155 mph
  • Hurricanes form over water and when they make landfall they bring high winds, heavy rain, and large waves (storm surge).

What Can I Do To Prepare?

Now that you have an idea of the power of hurricanes, let’s talk about things you can do to prepare yourself while RV’ing.

  • The first thing you should do is the same first thing that I stated in the first 2 parts of this series. Check the weather forecast for the location you are heading to. If they are forecasting a hurricane for when you are supposed to be arriving, postpone your trip.
  • If you are a full timer you should have all your important documents scanned and uploaded to a file on the cloud. If you are a part timer, you should have photocopies of all your important documents back home.
  • Make sure you have either a good weather radio or a few weather apps on your phone. If a hurricane is forming and they are projecting your area as a possible hit monitor your apps closely.
  • If you are told to evacuate, do so. Personally, if there is even a chance a hurricane is going to hit where I am, I am packing up and hitting the road. I can always come back if the area is not hit. Remember, many people will wait until the last minute to evacuate. This will cause very long delays on the major roadways.
  • When you arrive at a campground, ask the campground personal the best escape routes, where the areas of high ground are, the name of the county you are in, and all emergency numbers in the area.

I’m Still Here, Now What?

If for some reason you did not evacuate and find a hurricane barreling down on you there are a few things you can do.

  • Make sure everything in your RV is wrapped or covered in plastic.
  • Take everything you have outside the RV and bring it in. Things like chairs and coolers can become flying projectiles during the hurricane.
  • Get to higher ground preferably in a sturdy building. Make sure you have your go-bag and plenty of bottled water.

Hurricanes give you advanced warning they are coming. Don’t think you will be safe in your RV because it sits up high or weighs a lot. If a hurricane hits your area directly your RV will be tossed like a toy. If that don’t get you the flood waters will. As I have said before, if you are warned a hurricane is coming to your area, pack up and leave, period.

If you have any other suggestions or comments, please leave them below.




2 thoughts on “Camping and Hurricanes/Pt3 Of The Bad Weather Series

  1. I covered my travel trailer with cover, so no leaks. But when I returned the area was flooded and water was three quarters of the way up the wheels, not sure if it was higher before I got to it, but it took 3 days for the water to recede and I am not sure how to know if wheels and stabilizers are ok. I am a newbie, acquiring the tt after loosing everything in previous hurricane Matthew 11 months ago. Thanks for any help, I do have insurance with $500 deductible.

    1. I am glad you were able to evacuate before the campground flooded. It is never a good idea to ride out a hurricane or any kind of flooding in a travel trailer or any RV for that matter. As far as the wheels and stabilizers, without seeing them it would be hard to tell. I just want to mention at this point that I am not an RV mechanic. I will give you my opinions and things I would do if it were mine. The tires should be ok as long as they were good before the flood. It wouldn’t hurt to have the tires pulled off and have the brakes checked and cleaned up. It might also be a good idea to clean and repack the wheel bearings with fresh grease. If the stabilizers are electric, you can try and bring them up and put them down to see if they work. If they work, they should be ok. If they are manual, you can screw them up and then back down. As long as they move, you should be ok. It would not hurt to spray a lubricant on the stabilizers as you bring them up and back down. If you are unsure how to remove the tires, check the brakes, and clean & repack the wheel bearings, you can always bring it to an RV service center or have a mobile tech guy come to your site. I hope this helps. If you have any further questions, feel free to post them up or email me. Good luck with everything.

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