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How to prepare your RV for a hurricane or high winds

Whether you’re ready to hit the open road or park for the season, it’s important to make sure your RV is prepared if a storm blows in. A few simple steps now can help keep you, your family and your RV safe during a hurricane or high winds.

How to Prepare your RV for a Hurricane

Before you travel

Have your emergency plans in place and be prepared for the unexpected before you hit the road.

Prepare the inside

Know what you have inside your RV and how to keep important things safe if a storm hits.

  • Seal all important documents in waterproof bags or containers.
  • Shut all doors and windows to help prevent water and wind from getting inside.
  • Make an emergency kit.
  • Create an inventory of everything in your RV using this home inventory listing as a reference.
  • Keep some extra batteries, duct tape, garbage bags, phone chargers and tools in your RV.

Prepare the outside

Find a safe spot to park your RV, and know how to protect it in the event of high winds or a hurricane.

  • Choose an elevated campsite away from large trees.
  • Tie down your RV to a strong post or pillar.
  • Consider installing hurricane window clips, which allow you to easily board up your windows by sliding plywood into the clips.
  • Perform a safety check of the entire vehicle.
  • Know where the transfer switch for the generator is located so you can isolate electricity from the rest of the power grid and prevent electrical shocks.
  • To help prevent leaks during a hurricane or other inclement weather, ensure the entire RV, including the roof, is maintained according to manufacturer guidelines.

If you need to evacuate

Secure items inside and out and always follow evacuation orders.

  • If authorities order an evacuation, always follow the instructions.
  • Avoid driving through water.
  • Remove any loose branches or items nearby to prevent them from blowing onto your RV.
  • Empty the holding tanks.
  • Turn off propane cylinders and cover the regulator.
  • Cover your vents and air conditioning unit.
  • Tie down travel trailers.
  • Put as many inside items as possible securely away in boxes or cupboards.
  • Secure all items outside your RV, like lawn chairs, tables, grills, or toys.

Hurricanes and high winds can be scary, but planning ahead helps you weather the storm. So before you hit the road for adventure, be sure your insurance coverage is up to date.

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