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Preparing RV for Hurricanes

How do you prepare your RV for a hurricane?

Let me start by saying the best way to prepare for a hurricane is to leave and head somewhere safe. (I will also admit that for family reasons this isn't what I did during Hurricane Nate in 2017.)

So, what should you do if you can't move your RV during a hurricane?  


First, store patio furniture, grills and other outdoor items in your RV storage bins. Look around for other items that could become projectiles in high winds and move them away from your RV. I even brought in my sewer hose and fresh water hose after I filled the tanks.

Second, you want "ballast" to weigh down the RV, so fill your fresh water tank and maybe even your grey and black tanks if you won't be staying in the RV (I recommend not staying in the RV). Leave your stabilizer jacks down to create more contact points with the ground.

Third, charge devices fully. Recharge extra batteries. A friend gave me a solar flashlight with USB jacks that can be used to keep my iPhone charged if the power goes out (Thanks Ken).

Fourth, put all important paperwork and other items that could be ruined by water and winds inside airtight, watertight containers. If you decide to leave the RV, bring your passport, birth certificate, social security card, insurance forms and other important documents with you. (I also took a small album with family photos with me.)

Fifth, collect fresh drinking water, canned goods and other non-perishable dry goods. Be sure you have an old-fashioned, non-electric can opener so you can open the cans if the power goes out. If you plan to cook using your LP range, be sure your tank is full. Also take time to ensure your fuel tanks are full in the RV and/or your truck if you tow.

Sixth, have a hurricane party with your RV neighbors and cook as much of the perishable food as you can. Boil, grill or bake meats and make big salads with perishable fruits and vegetables. Sharing food and helping each other prepare is a great way to manage the stress that everyone is probably feeling. 

If you leave things in the freezer, freeze a cup of water and put a coin on top of the ice. When you come back if the coin is frozen on the bottom of the cup, then your freezer thawed and re-froze why you were gone. It is recommended that you do not eat the food because it also thawed while you were gone.

Seventh, be sure all your awnings are stored away. Then once everything is ready, pull in your slides. (There is a lot of debate online in other blogs about this last step. Some say to leave the slides out to cut the wind gusts; others say if you leave them out they will become "kites" and lift up your RV so close them)

After completing all these steps, I packed a bag with clothing, toiletries, books to read and games to play. I put some perishables in an igloo chest with some beer, wine and snacks. I exchanged phone numbers with an RV neighbor so we can keep each other informed about our RVs. Then I packed up my important personal and business paperwork and headed to my sister's house to hang out with my 80+ year old parents. I'll admit I was scared and nervous about leaving my new RV home alone to weather the storm, but it was more important for me to be safe with loved ones than to try and stay in the RV.

I hope this information was helpful. If you have other tips to share, email me at caminoturtle2016 @ gmail.com (remove the extra spaces).