Thursday, June 24, 2021
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Have you ever been stuck in your RV during a storm so violent you feared for your safety?

Being inside an RV during a severe storm can be frightening – some storms will rock your RV, and the rain, wind or hail can be deafening.

Can you recall a time you were stuck in your RV during a violent storm when you feared for your safety? Did you think the roof would fall through? That the roof would blow off? That a nearby tree would come through the ceiling? Did you think all four corners of your RV would be plucked right up off the ground?

After you vote in the poll below, please leave a comment and tell us the story (if you can bear to remember!). Thanks, and we’re glad you’re safe!

And be sure to check out our directory of RV parks (and other locations) with storm shelters, which is updated whenever RVers notify us that they know of one which isn’t listed yet.

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Larry Lee
12 days ago

August 1987 Oshgosh, WI at the EAA annual fly-in in a 20′ TT, awning out. My older brother camping in a tent on the ground next to our TT. We are all over at the displays having a good time when someone said, “Uh-oh. Look west!”. We ran fast but the storm won that race and took our awning and Bob’s tent. Other folks were not so lucky, though no one got killed. Weather report that evening confirmed that it was a tornado.

Larry Lee
12 days ago

Summer 1963 Bottomless Lakes SP east of Roswell NM, GMC pickup truck with Chinook camper. Mom, Dad & older brother gone to town leaving myself, my younger brother & our dog at the camo site to play. Rather suddenly the sky darkened, wind picked up and hail started. By the time we ran and got into the camper and locked the door one of the metal shed roofs had started flapping & soon blew off into the sky. The camper started rocking severely so we each got into a closet and waited for whatever was our destiny. Just when we thought the truck was about to fall on its side the wind started to die down and within 20 minutes it was all over. We were safe and the truck was fine except for the hail dents.

Deborah Mason
17 days ago

Second night in our current MH, headed home from Indiana to Colorado (we ordered & picked up) we missed the signs to the campground, were under a severe weather warning & stopped at Walmart. There was one truck in the parking lot. Woke up 3am violently shaking, downpour running across flat parking lot. My first thought was that if the truck was gone we were about to do a “Dorothy”. Luckily, the truck was still there. Once the wind & rain settled enough, we moved on since we couldn’t get back to sleep.

20 days ago

We learned the term “severe storm” in Amana, Iowa at a RV campground there. Right after we arrived the wind picked up and got really gusty. We stayed hitched to our fifth wheel and were parked facing the direction so as not to be across the wind. After the sun set and it got later the storm intensified. The rain started to come down…sideways. It blew rain so hard that where we had the slide out open (probably a mistake)it came in around the seams so badly we had to put towels down to soak it up as it was happening. I jumped into bed..covered my head and proceeded to wait it out. Either flip over and die or ride it out. My husband stayed up and changed towels and watched for potential of anything flying open or “off”. It only lasted a few hours but the next morning we opened the doors to people trying to retrieve lost patio furniture, parts of awnings, etc. What a night. Thank goodness we had stayed hitched to the truck..I think it kept us from going over.

Roy Davis
20 days ago

We’ve encountered this a couple times over the past 50 years. The worst was in a tent. We felt the whole thing being lifted as we huddled and prayed but never picked all the way. Was told the funnel had passed over top of the campground. It had pulled half of our tent stakes out. Never found them all. Had a similar experience in a pop-up where we lost our awning, wasn’t out, and a Clam®.

Cathy Stover
20 days ago

We were at Kansas Speedway in the middle.of a big field and we were in our rv and tornado sirens were going off. It was raining so hard, we couldnt see anything and the rv was rocking! We had nowhere to go, we just held on and hoped for the best!

Robert Whitbeck
20 days ago

We were at Myrtle Beach during a tropical storm, wind blew for 36 hours, trailer rocked and swayed the whole time.

julie Winkelman
20 days ago

A sandstorm so violent I feared the RV would tip over and/or the paint would be blasted off by morning. We cleaned sand out of every nook and cranny for weeks.

Pamela Holt
20 days ago

There was a cinder block building nearby, thankfully.

Cheryl Robinson
20 days ago

We Were in SD. On private property rachet strapped down to bars in a cement slab. Storm blew through so fast no time to put in our 4 slides. They were sucking in and out. Dog was growling, cat meowing. Went and sat on bed. Hubby and I held hands and our animals. Praying to God to spare us. After we heard tornado touched down 14 miles north of us. And in SD you can see up to 30 miles away in some spots. Told my husband we either go home (Michigan) or we go to TX. That was 2015. So here we are in TX. Hurricane Harvey stopped by 2017. But that’s another story.

21 days ago

Serious winds with trees and limbs falling in campground, so we were afraid something would fall on us. We left our campsite in the state park, and drove our small RV up the narrow road to the open parking lot at the top of the small mountain. There we were somewhat sheltered, and we enjoyed the view until the winds subsided.

21 days ago

Years ago we camped in a great little pop-up camper. We were in Wisconsin and overnight a violent thunderstorm passed by. Fortunately we were camped down a hill from the highest point in the campground. The trailer really rocked but we were fine. Not sure what the outcome would have been if we were on top of the hill. The storm was expected but the intensity was not accurately predicted. We had discussed earlier if we should head to the campground shelter if the storm intensified. Again, considering the location our campsite was positioned we decided to stay in the camper. In the end it worked out well.

Noel Johnson
21 days ago

Had just arrived at Branson, late in the afternoon. Middle of the night, someone was knocking on the MH door, when we opened, a person asked if we were afraid of tornados.. Asked him why, he said there was one out on the lake, headed our way! We went to storm shelter, lucky for us it went the other way, and wiped out a LOT of Branson, but we were OK.

21 days ago

Not in my travel trailer but in my tent those summer and early fall thunderstorms that you can see coming and when they get to you – no they didn’t go east or west of you – they are full of rain and wind! My tent was almost to the ground but it popped back up. Me, I was in my vehicle which was rocking and
swaying. Glad I didn’t have any RV!

21 days ago

We were in Nebraska in our Coleman Pop Up when the tornado sirens went off. Our two daughters and I ran to the cinder block bathrooms while my husband packed the pop up down. The car and pop up moved about a foot and both sustained some hail damage. Our daughters big concern was “Daddy in the girls bathroom”. We had that pop up for another 15 years and that pitted roof always reminded us to have a plan. We raised our kids camping all over North America in that pop up. It was still working great and we kept it looking brand new when she went to charity

Tom Martorano
21 days ago

We were awaken in the middle of the night with our phones blaring about a tornado in our area. This was in the Tampa area of Florida. The announcer kept a running commentary of the path of the tornado and what county it was heading towards. Trouble was, we were not familiar with the surrounding counties or local landmarks he kept talking about. Grabbed a go bag and headed to the concrete bathroom.
tornado passed south of us and killed two people in a mobile home.
As close as I ever want to be to that weather again.

Christine Sowada
21 days ago

We were parked in our travel trailer on a hill in Iowa when a storm came up with very high winds (during the night of course!). Our trailer began to rock and felt as if any moment we would topple over. The noise led us to believe it must be a tornado so we huddled together with our 4 dogs in the center of the floor and held on!!! The next morning we realized the wind had taken the awning (although not extended) and had damaged our camper but we were safe! I am now terrified when in our camper during a storm, although we have since gotten a much larger Class A! I have to-go bags ready for us and our pets and we monitor closely any weather coming into an area we are staying!!!

Robert L Snideman
21 days ago

We’ve been through a couple of blingers, but never felt unsafe. At least we survived unharmed.

Ken Lailer
21 days ago

Severe thunderstorm with hail almost 2″ in diameter and a severe threat warning, not a watch, of a tornado. Lucky that tornado skirted our area and hail cause minor damage.

21 days ago

Twice….once in South Dakota, big storm with high winds and hail. Slides in and the coach made it through fine. Our Jeep had hail damage. Second time was high winds and tornado warning in Indiana. Again, slides in and we backed the coach up against a factory that was between us and the storm and went to a storm shelter. Turned out to be a non-event but better to be safe.

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