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Old 05-08-2015, 10:14 PM   #1
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Camping in bad weather

Being we are heading into spring and summer I was wondering what everyone does during a storm,for this thread let's just say its a small thunderstorm nothing severe. Is it safe to stay in our TT when it's lightning?
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We do unless the wind really starts up or is predicted and then we go to the cinderblock club house where we camp in FL. Not too worried about lightning as long as we're not near trees.
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A small thunderstorm, I'd just stay inside the camper. We did that in the pop-up one time. Laying on the beds, the winds were lifting us up ever so slightly. We probably should have made a break for the bathhouse that time.
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Being we are heading into spring and summer I was wondering what everyone does during a storm,for this thread let's just say its a small thunderstorm nothing severe. Is it safe to stay in our TT when it's lightning?
Probably just stay in the trailer - safer than running outside and trying to find shelter.
In severe weather - that would depend ???
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Severe T-storms may contain in-bedded tornado's. Seeing pics of storm aftermath thru a trailer park gives me good reason to seek solid shelter.
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Old 05-09-2015, 08:24 AM   #6
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Get a SAME capable weather radio and keep in in the camper.

Know where the shelter is (or if there even is one)

Have your "exit gear" ready
* clothing INCLUDING SHOES
* a pillow to cover your head with, a blanket just for comfort.
* flashlight
* first aid kit and what emergency essentials you think helpful
* any medications you take.
* identification, drivers license and your health plan card
* cell phone.

When you leave the camper, turn on exterior lights. That my be the only lights on after the storm passes if power is lost. If everyone did that there would be less chaos in the aftermath. Even if a rig is on its side the lights may be still on and helpful.

If you receive a tornado WARNING get to the shelter. On your way assume no one else got the warning and advise as many people as you can to get to the shelter (go ahead, make a fool of yourself! Loudly!)
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Get a SAME capable weather radio and keep in in the camper..............................
If you receive a tornado WARNING get to the shelter. On your way assume no one else got the warning and advise as many people as you can to get to the shelter (go ahead, make a fool of yourself! Loudly!)
Never thought of that, yelling out warning as you run for cover, smart, good post! We have the weather radio and use it!
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Radio had very good information. NOAA weather radios are inexpensive and could save your life. I'm a weather nut. I always try to plan "what if". My background is Fire Service and Emergency Management. Don't wait for the radio to alert. If storms are forecast, dark sky and thunder in the distance, get your stuff together. I usually scout safe refuges, Club House, Laundry Area, etc. Sometimes I ask the manager sometimes I get a blank stare and that worries me.
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Have weather alert on my cell phone.
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Have weather alert on my cell phone.
And that's not a bad idea. I wonder about the delay (if any) in that app/system and I wonder about it's reliability, but then I tend to be old school.

I would still though encourage everyone to have that app, since they are usually free. And most of us do not drag SAME radios around with us!

Back at the rig though, SAME weather alert rules!

Besides, knowing the days weather (or next few hours weather) lets you adjust your meals (cooking indoors) and put all your outdoor stuff away long before any bad weather arrives.
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