5 Must-Haves For RVers On Windy, Rainy Days
It’s a good idea to be prepared for wind and rain no matter what season you’re camping in. You won’t want to come back to your campsite to find that a flash storm has ripped your awning off the RV, or have difficulty lighting a campfire because the wood or fire pit got all wet. A few handy products like these can be very useful to have in the RV when the weather starts to turn gray.
1. A windproof umbrella
Umbrellas can get ripped in seconds when there is both rain and high winds. I have had a brand new umbrella get completely torn apart while trying to walk through Seattle in a major winter storm. The wind caused the umbrella to fold inside out and the ribs tore right through the fabric.
A flimsy umbrella like this will not hold up while out camping, either. Keep a sturdier Windproof Umbrella in your RV that is made to withstand the weather no matter where you’re camping. You will be glad to have it when needing to walk to the restrooms, the store or RV park office, or to see a great view in the rain. The Youtuber Traveling Robert shares a great review of the umbrella in this video:
2. Gutter clips
Some gutter spouts or gutter clips will allow rainwater to drain off the side of your RV, instead of running down the side of the trailer, leaving dirty water streaks. You can alternatively use a couple of clothespins for a cheaper DIY solution.
3. Awning stabilizer
Gusts of wind and puddling water can destroy your RV awning. Use some ground anchors, straps, and springs to tie down your awning securely and give it more stability. Read our article on RV LIFE here for more tips on preventing RV awning damage.
4. Pull Start Fire
Starting a campfire after a rainstorm can be almost impossible when the wood or fire pit is still wet. Pull Start Fire can be a lifesaver in times like these, or when it’s too windy to start (or maintain) a traditional campfire.
To start the fire, you simply loop the green string over a log, then build a structure of logs along with some kindling, and pull the string quickly—no matches or lighter needed. It can be used to start and keep fires going in up to 200+ mph winds.
5. Wind deflector
Wind deflectors can give fifth-wheel and travel trailer owners smoother handling. They help reduce the drag which can even help improve your gas mileage.
The deflectors can also work as a shield in keeping the front of your RV clean from bugs. It can be adjusted to different angles or taken down completely when not in use.