How to RV in the Wind: A Survival Guide

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"Wind may be your best friend when trying to fly a kite, but it’s the opposite when RVing. High winds can make for stressful travel days and even cause damage to your RV while camping. Because high winds often appear with little notice, you must know how much wind your RV and awning can withstand. You never know when they might start blowing during your adventures."

Our Least-Favorite Weather for RV Camping & Driving: Wind

We have been RVing in practically every type of weather situation imaginable. While a rainy day or chilly temperatures can be frustrating, they’re nowhere near as awful as wind. These inclement conditions would win an award for our least-favorite type of RVing weather.

How Much Wind Can an RV Withstand?

Whether you’ve been towing RVs or other trailers, towing in high winds isn’t a fun experience. If you’re new to towing, you’ll likely want to pull over anytime you experience consistent 30-mile-per-hour winds. More experienced drivers may push it to 40 mph. However, you should never drive or tow an RV when winds exceed 50 mph. An RV traveling in high winds could easily blow over.

Can an RV Withstand a Hurricane?

An RV can withstand a hurricane in some instances. However, we don’t recommend taking chances. Manufacturers don’t design RVs to withstand the constant excessive winds of major storms. Experiencing a hurricane in an RV can be a nightmare. One of the great things about RVs is that they’re on wheels, so you can move them. Hurricanes, unlike tornadoes, don’t appear out of thin air.

Is It Safe to Be in an RV During a Lightning Storm?

Lightning is extremely dangerous and not something you should take lightly. Find the safest place possible during a lightning storm. Lighting sticking an RV is extremely unlikely, as most RVs sit on rubber tires and are not well-grounded. However, if plugged in or with jacks down a ground path potential exists.

Are You Prepared to Camp in the Wind?

Don’t let a little wind stop you from having a great time making memories with your loved ones. However, you should never sacrifice safety for you or your fellow campers. High winds can be hazardous and appear out of nowhere. Keep an eye on the weather, especially when camping in areas that have a reputation for having high winds.

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