Saturday, September 30, 2023


RV hurricane preparedness tips: What to do in big storms

By Cheri Sicard
A lot of the RV hurricane preparedness tips in the video below are common sense.  Especially for people who are used to living in areas prone to hurricanes and tropical storms.

However, there are some good tips that you might not have thought about before that are worth thinking about.

If you are not used to living in areas prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, a lot of the information might be new to you.

Either way, it’s a good idea to think about and prepare for natural disasters that could happen while you are traveling in your RV before they happen.

Preparing for the worst and hoping for the best is always my motto.

Brian and Erin from Five2Go took advantage of the fact that they were in Central Florida on the outskirts of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Eta to shoot this video and discuss tips for RV hurricane preparedness.

Whether it is preparing for the storm, or what to do during or after, this video addresses it.  You’ll also know when to stay and ride it out versus when to hit the road.

As full-time RVers who spend a lot of time in Florida, it’s obvious that dealing with tropical storms is nothing new to this couple. Preparing for the storm and possible quick evacuations seem like second nature to them.

I get this as I used to live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. You do get used to it.

But visitors not used to it can easily get freaked out. Both the information in the video and the hosts’ casual and matter-of-fact attitude towards the topics are sure to ease some fears.

Topics covered include:

  • Outdoor storm prep
  • Parking near trees
  • Pets during storms
  • Children during storms
  • Electricity and generators
  • Preparing for outages
  • Water and sewer considerations
  • When to evacuate
  • Move early if you have to



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Joel L.
1 year ago

One thing I did not hear mentioned is that when you get a hurricane or tropical storm warning be sure to fill your fuel tank to the top. If there is a loss of power many gas stations will be unable to pump the fuel and you will need it to run your generator. The state of Florida now requires certain stations to have the capability to attach a generator to run their pumps in an emergency but I sure wouldn’t count on it. Not sure about the capabilities of stations in other hurricane prone states.

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

How do you secure an RV trailer to keep it from blowing over ? How do you protect it from hail and high wind? Lightning strikes in the area ? do you disconnect the power and water ?

Cheri Sicard
1 year ago

Depending on the storm, I don’t know if you can secure it, your best bet is to get it out of there. To protect from hail you will need to get it undercover. But if it is left behind in a hurricane, I would fill the water tank then disconnect from power and water. Lightning is a good topic for another video. Thanks for the suggestion.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Cheri Sicard

Hi, Cheri and Donald,
Mike Sokol has several posts on RVs and lightning safety. Just go here then search for lightning. Have a great day! 😀 –Diane

Cheri Sicard
1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thanks Diane!

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Cheri Sicard

You’re welcome, Cheri. 😀 –Diane

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