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Have you feared for your safety in your RV because of an approaching threat of nature?

Have you ever felt you were a sitting duck as a storm approached? Maybe your weather radio was blasting out a tornado warning, or maybe the stream by your RV was rising too high for comfort, or maybe a wildfire was advancing quickly your way?

Most of us have been in such situations, and it’s not fun. Thankfully, most of the time things turn out okay — the tornado passes ten miles away or the wind shifts and sends the wildfire in another direction.

It’s worse, of course, when the storm or looming disaster threatens in the middle of the night and it’s not easy to pick up and leave. Sleep often does not come easy.

Have you ever been in this sort of situation? That’s our question today. Please leave a comment. We know other readers will want to hear about your experience or experiences.

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Vincee
5 months ago

Just about a week and a half ago my wife and I had a reservation to stay at a Harvest Host winery about 100 miles away from Charlotte, NC. That morning, we were just outside of Charleston, SC, there were severe weather warnings with possible tornados throughout No. and So. Carolina. Having experienced many a snowstorm in WNY but never a tornado, we opted to head to our next destination in Charlotte at a friend’s house where we would be staying at her home with our rig parked across the street at an industrial parking lot.

Just as we got settled in at her house and grabbed a beer, she turns on the local weather and the weatherman says I “don’t want to startle you, but NOW you should go gather in the centermost portion of the house”! No tornado but heavy rain for only about a half-hour and then it passed and the sun came out to enjoy more beverages on her patio.

Linda F
5 months ago

We were camped in Sturbridge Mass sometime around 2011 or ’12, not a location that comes to mind when you think about tornadoes, but there was a tornado warning and the management of the park came around asking everyone to gather in their maintenance building – the best protected place in the park. My husband told me about the destruction he saw as he drove home where the tornado had jumped right across the highway leaving a swath of downed trees & destroyed buildings. It passed by less than a mile from us. It was an interesting experience – I was not really afraid or nervous because neither of those reactions would have an effect on the situation, kind of along the lines of Bob P’s response – whatever is going to happen will happen & worrying won’t stop it.

TomS
5 months ago

Fear is too strong a word, cautious yes. High winds in Montana, tornadoes in Kansas, Louisiana and Kentucky, and ice in Kansas. You slow down or get out of the way if possible.

Deborah Mason
5 months ago

Coming back to Colorado from picking up our new RV in Elkhart IN, we were under a severe weather watch. Had to pull over in a Walmart parking lot. Wind, driving rain, woke up at about 3. Water running across flat parking lot. RV rocking like crazy. First thought – is that big rig still over there? If not, … quite relieved he was still there.  Waited for daylight to continue on the road. Not much sleep that night.

Grant Graves
5 months ago

I said no, but I think the better answer is “not yet.”

Bob P
5 months ago

When I returned from Vietnam in 1969 I developed a theory about life and death. I believe when you’re born your name is entered into the book with your birth date, out beside that date is another date that is your death date. Ruling out you doing something stupid like committing suicide you will live to that date, I believe no matter where you’re at or what you’re doing that death date is when you die. I based this theory on what I experienced in Vietnam. The worst wound I got was cutting myself shaving when we received a Vietcong rocket attack. I could’ve been killed, I believe God had His protective hand on me. So I don’t fear storms or anything else as I’ve seen the worst.

Diane Mc
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob P

Thank you for your service. My brother served there too. Sniper patrol. Wouldn’t hear from him for 3 months at a time. God bless all who served.

Bradley Anderson
5 months ago

We were in at a church campout in a MN state park that is lined with trees. Really popular park next to a lake. Had 70 mph winds blowing through late at night and I don’t like trees for that reason only. Thousands of branches scattered that were scavenged the next day for firewood. Camping neighbor lost their awning as they forgot to roll it back in. They lost the awning 3 weeks earlier in another storm and just had it replaced before this event.

ConnieVH
5 months ago

Fearful now, for granddaughters H.S. graduation in May, in N.E. Kansas. We’ll be “going” but if the weather is threatening for the time we’ll be there, I’ll be flying in while hubby and new American Coach stay in New Mexico!

Jeff Craig
5 months ago

Yes, but ‘fear’ was an afterthought. About five years ago, while driving across I-80 in Wyoming, there were ‘High Wind’ warnings. Gusts were tossing our Class A around pretty good, but it was manageable.

Until……

I heard the slide topper over the street side super slide go ‘WHOOMP’ as a massive gust hit our rig, and three things happened at once – the whole RV went up on the passenger side tires, the steering wheel was ripped from my hands, and I saw the slide topper billowing like a sail in the side mirror. I snapped the wheel back to the curb side, hit the gas in a panic (bringing the tires underneath me back to the ground) and the slide topper retracted with a loud ‘THWHAAP’.

This all transpired in the course of about 7 seconds.

As my heart rate stabilized below the triple digit range, we pulled over at the next off-ramp, joining about 40 semis and a few fivers/trailers, to wait out the winds for a few hours. Luckily, we were not one of the many wrecks seen that day!

DL Jenson
5 months ago

Woke up to huge lightning storm surrounded by swaying old pine trees dry camping~ go to cab of truck or stay in trailer? Truck won but it was a long night.

Phil & Peggy
5 months ago

Yes. We were living aboard in the Tampa Bay area of Florida at the time six (6) hurricanes came through in a 4-week period. We hunkered-down for 3 of them and ran away for the others, once all the way to Tennessee! We don’t live anywhere in the SE US anymore.

Ed D.
5 months ago
Reply to  Phil & Peggy

In 2004, Florida had 4 Hurricanes in a 6 week period. I think you just have the week and hurricane numbers transposed. There have never been 6 Hurricanes in a 4 week period in Florida. We live in Florida. I have been there since 1986 and my wife has lived there since 1961

Roy Davis
5 months ago

I said yes but I have been RVing for over 60 years and the statistical likelihood is higher. We have sheltered in earth contact bath houses a couple of times but the worst was when a funnel cloud passed just above the tree tops where we was camped under. The worst part was that we had no place to go except a ditch that was full of water. Did a lot of praying in a short period of time.

Denise Bumby
5 months ago

Yes we have in Richmond, VA. We have never been in a tornado alert or warning. We were watching the weather channel and the storm was all around us so there was no safe direction to go. It was dark, high winds and sheets of rain. We tried to wait out the storm next to a secure building with no trees and were told to leave the property even though we were just parking for a few hours not the night. It was horrible. Finally the weather channels said the storm had passed so we headed out to find appropriate overnight parking and we drove right into what was supposed to be gone. We continue to watch the weather channels but really don’t know whether to trust them.

Bob and Charlotte and Champlin
5 months ago

Last summer while at a campground on the coast of Oregon, we were within an hour of having to evacuate because of an approaching wildfire and then a couple of weeks later we rode out an 80mph windstorm at the same park. A 40-foot toy-hauler with a couple of Harleys in the back, that was just placed into storage status, was rolled during the same storm. Then later this past fall, we rode out the last hurricane that hit lower Alabama. The last six months, weather-wise have been interesting to say the least.

Ozzie
5 months ago

Twice we decided better safe than sorry and took overnight refuge in a pet friendly hotel. Both times we were under level 3/4 severe weather risks with tornado warnings. We had plenty of forewarning and luckily no damage.

Joni Weed
5 months ago

We were in Wichita, KS at the fairgrounds for a dog show. In the night the rig began rocking, the winds picked up I could see our slideout move and could see outside through it. We were able to pull the slideouts in, climbed into bed with our dogs on leashes near the emergency window exit, with car keys in our pockets. It turned out a tornado was nearby. We sustained quite a bit of damage, but made it through without a scratch.

MN Anon
5 months ago

Thankfully, no, although last year we held up in Georgia in our way to Florida as a hurricane hit the gulf.

Glenn
5 months ago

Three times.

Once in our A-Liner. A tornado touched down three miles from our site .

Twice in our 5th wheel. Hurricanes, once in SC and once in AL.

Then we took a direct hit on our sticks and bricks from hurricane Sally last year. We used the motorhome to power the essentials in the house until we regained power 5 days later.

Lifes an adventure, live it.

Goldie
5 months ago

Outran a dust storm crossing the highway, moved the RV to higher ground right before the water reached the engine in a flash flood (disconnecting from power in a flood is interesting), moved the RV to a safer location and moved us and the dogs to a shelter building during a tornado scare (it missed us, fortunately) and have needed to move away from a fire in another RV while in a campground (not really a natural disaster). Funny part…we bought our first RV as our “Hurricane Evacuation Vehicle” so we could get all the family, including furkids, out of the path of a hurricane. (We live in a hurricane prone area.) Never have had to use it for that but have had some interesting experiences while on the road.

Alaskan Traveler
5 months ago

Three times we were in danger zones. Twice we drove out of a hurricane danger. Once we left the RV behind in a tornado danger and returned when it was over. Plenty of loud thunderstorms have frightened me a bit, especially twice when the lightning struck very close.

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