Here are a few tips to make sure your RV is hurricane ready.
Well in advance:
- Prepare an evacuation route.
- Store emergency supplies in your RV. The basics include a first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, and prescription medications. Here are a few additional suggestions.
- Perform a thorough safety check. If you use gas-powered lanterns or cook stoves, be sure to have battery-operated fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. If you use an electric generator, install a transfer switch to prevent shocks.
- Get a full tank of gas. Fuel may be in short supply after the storm.
- Make sure the windshield wipers are in good shape, and the tires (including the spare) are properly inflated.
- Pack sleeping bags and bedding in plastic to protect them from moisture.
- Place your auto and home insurance documents, vehicle registration, title, and other important documents in a waterproof bag and keep them with you.
- Charge your cell phone and plan to bring it if you evacuate.
- Empty the holding tanks, turn off the propane cylinders, and cover the regulator.
- If you have a travel trailer, tie it down and make sure it’s secure.
- If you expect to leave your RV behind, make sure it’s not in a flood-prone area. Rising water can seep in and damage upholstery, carpeting and electrical systems.
- If you’re instructed to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Don’t drive during a hurricane. RVs are particularly vulnerable to heavy winds and rain because of their size and high center of gravity.
- If you have no alternative than to drive through standing water, do it slowly and steadily. If your RV stalls, you may need to restart the engine to make it to safety. But, be aware that restarting may severely damage your engine.
- If you can’t restart your RV and become trapped in rising water immediately abandon the vehicle for higher ground. If you’re unable to get out safely, call 911 or get help from a passerby or someone standing on higher ground.