I had two concerns about becoming a fulltime RV family. And when I say ‘concern’ I really mean fears.
When we discuss ditching the suburbs with people there are many fears that come up. Breakdowns. Loss of income. No internet service. Loneliness. Judgement.
Those fears I could deal with. I’m handy. I’m resourceful. Flexible. Tenacious. All good character traits for a suburbia ditcher.
My fears were a CPS visit and severe weather.
Those scared me because I couldn’t control them.
The CPS visit happened. We survived. I don’t expect that to happen again.
Weather keeps happening.
RVing During a Storm
As I write this we are setup in a campground and a nasty line of thunderstorms is going over. The winds are kicking up. A branch just fell on the roof but I can see it and it sounded bigger than it is. It’s too small to have done any damage. The rain is changing from an intermittent windswept sprinkle to a heavier drizzle.
I keep refreshing the radar on my phone to see where the red blobs are. MsBoyink and the kids are out doing laundry. They’ll just hunker down at the laundromat until it passes.
I’m in the RV, feeling like the captain prepping to go down with the ship. I rolled the awning up, flipped the kayak over, and tucked the bikes under the trailer nose. I closed all the vent, windows and storage doors.
RV parks are God’s bowling alley.80’s Standup Comic
Now the lightning and thunder are kicking in along with some higher wind gusts. The winds are my main concern. We are parked under a large old Maple tree. The small branch that fell is nothing - the tree has some large dead branches that could fall and puncture our roof.
There’s a showerhouse close by I can book it to if need be - but I don’t think that will be necessary. The red blobs are breaking up and mostly going south of me.
To distract myself from the storm here are some quick tips that we use to mitigate our severe-weather risk.
Severe Weather Tips for RVers
Avoid Severe Weather Hotspots
Don’t be in tornado alley during tornado season. You have wheels and options - use them.
Choose Campsites Wisely
Avoid campsites close to large trees, especially if the tree looks to be in ill health. Waterfront sites are often a first-choice, but what happens if the water level rises? Check the slope of the campground and try to avoid being in a low spot if you expect rain.
What if a bad storm came up? Are the campground restroom/showers usable as a storm shelter? Or could you hitch up and go to avoid the storm?
Remember the old Frogger video game? You are the frog and the weather forecast is the road. Drive out of bad weather where you are, hold up and wait if there’s bad weather where you are going.
Use a smartphone app or weather radio that will give you alerts. Today’s storm came in faster than expected. I had NOAA Radio set to give alerts for our current location. Hearing my phone buzz in the other room was our first warning for this storm.
Don’t Be Paralyzed by Fear
Don’t let the fear of bad weather, the photos of storm damage, or the “Facebookian Fear Mongerers” hold you back from chasing your suburbia-ditching dream.
He Lived Safely is a horrible epitaph.
Pray and Let Go
This is as much for me as you. All those character traits I listed above? I left out “overly-self-reliant”. One of my goals for wanting to ditch suburbia was to learn to trust God more.
I’m still working on that last one.
Finding myself in severe weather is often God reminding me who is actually in control. I want to pray “Please keep us safe”. But is safety all I ask of the creator of the universe? I try to instead pray “Help us trust You no matter what You have in store for us.”
The worst part of today’s storm is over. No more red blobs coming. But I fully expect another chance to let go and trust God for our safety.
How’s your weather? Any good tips to add to my list above? Use the comments below.
While in Nebraska we had our first-ever funnel cloud sighting - you can read about how that changed our day just a little.