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Old 08-04-2012, 10:39 AM   #1
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How to prepare RV for Hurricane?

Since I am a new RV owner I really don't know how to prepare for a Hurricane and Since Tropical Storm Ernesto is heading in our general area I want to be prepared as much as possible. I have my RV stored in a covered storage facility. It is not closed in and it is set up to pull through for easy pick up and drop off. Any information from you all is appreciated!


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Old 08-04-2012, 10:47 AM   #2
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Where do you live? I live in south Louisiana and when a storm is headed our way, we normally evacuate with the camper. This takes the camper out of harm's way and if something happens to our home, we have the camper to stay in. I bring my generator with us in the case that the electricity is out when we return.

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Old 08-04-2012, 10:52 AM   #3
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T/S Ernesto will not be a factor for FL. It my impact TX, AL, LA however. Best plan - AND YOU M U S T have a PLAN - is to ensure you get out of the possible impact area. If at all possible, head 90 degrees by compass to an area 150 - 200 mi away, more if it is a BIG hurricane. As far as T/S, if not over 45-50 mph, it MAY be possible to stay and hope for the best. Even then, chock and block tires and remove anything that can blow away or hammer your TT (or can damage others'). I am sure others wiill have much more on the subject, but best defense is to RETREAT! Besides, you'll be camping!
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:58 AM   #4
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Oh another thing, if you decide to retreat and you are not equiped to boondock, the best campgrounds to stop in are casino's. If its an area that may be prone to losing electricity, the casino's always have backup power generation, so you don't have to go without electricity on the run or during the aftermath.
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:06 PM   #5
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If you are not in an evacuation area, you may want to consider the following:

Most likely the covered storage area your trailer is in is a metal framed support with a metal roof. I would be skeptical that it would make it thru the storm. I have seen many of these types of structures get their roof peeled off, which could cause damage to your camper.
Your best bet is to get it up against a solid building wall, on the back side of the wind if possible. Do this at home or at a commercial building if you have access. If not, work with what you have.
Put down all the stabilizers, and duct tape the openings of any door, slide outs, storage door, range vents, Ref vents,etc. I know from experience that driving rain can and will make it into/past these weak seal areas. If you have vent covers over any roof vent, they will help protect the vent. If not, tape and be prepared for these to have possible damage. Not much you can do to protect a skylight.
Put extra tie straps around the awning arms to make sure they stay tight and closed.
This info is offered by someone who has gone thru a few TS and a couple of Hurricane brush bys. Family, Home, Cars, and camper have made it thru all OK.

Good luck and stay safe!
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:58 PM   #6
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the best thing is get out. i had the luxury of moving mine to NE La several years ago. i would sweat out every hurricane that looked like it was coming close.
open ended buildings take a beating. u also have to consider the tornadoes (Lake Charles had over 200, when they quit counting, from Rita).

going across as long as u stay near the coast can be a problem. go north. hurricanes don't always go where they first predict. go early (a week or so) traffic really increased a day or two before. (Sam Houston park was full after Katrina and they had to move abt a month later because of a stronger hurricane (Rita) that hit SW La).

my trailer stays on the north edge of La now. for those of u in S la, there is a nice full hook up (50 amp) campground in Oak Grove, Lingo center (yep there are 3 recognized oak groves in La...this one is in the NE corner). there is also a state campground in Delhi (poverty pt). i don't believe either charged for evacuating people to stay there. i would be guessing if i told u how many they can accommodate but i think each will accommodate 200 or so.
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:01 PM   #7
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I personaly would not put any duct tape anywhere on my camper. It is a mess to get off or clean. we always leave with our camper due to the fact you can park anywhere. we went all the way to Mississippi for Katrina. We could not find a camping spot anywhere. ended up spending a couple of days in a truck stop Parking lot.
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:38 PM   #8
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We've had more damage from a TS than a hurricane that came knocking on our door! We went thru the hurricane in Maine/Vermont last year at a campground in Maine. Decided to stay at the Maine campground instead of traveling to Vermont to evacuate...needless to say we made the right decision. We hooked the trailer to the TV, secured everything in sight and pretty much just waited for everything to pass...never lost power! The big Class A's were another story...they rocked and rolled all night and neighbors said they were very scared!
After living in TS/Hurricane areas for years....if in doubt ... leave and leave with your trailer in tow. If you chose to stay or at least leave your rig in storage, hopefully you are insured.
Storms are so unpredictable. One year we left the east coast for the west coast and then south...about 200 miles away....and yep the darn storm followed us! Not fun and so glad we were not in any type of RV at that time.
If you feel uncomfortable, just hook up and go...don't forget important papers and pictures!
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Get the heck out---------------

If you are in a hurricane prone area, Fl, Al, Ga,La & Texas coast or eastern seaboard coast, "GET THE HECK OUTA DODGE" .
I live near the coast (very near, 2 Miles) in NE Florida. I hook up to "ROCKY" with generator, 3 five gal gas cans of gas and head to the middle of Georgia or NW, away from the coast. Ultra lite RV's or like a news paper
in the wind.

I have a friend that lives near Tifton, Ga , his farm is always open to me with power and water.

Be safe.
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