While RV’ing, it hasn’t escaped you or your family that climate change is here to stay and may affect how you carry out your new housing and traveling lifestyle. Every year, it’s hard to miss out on news both here and abroad of the seemingly endless string of droughts, drying riverbeds, earthquakes, famines, floods, hail, heavy rain or thunderstorms, hurricanes and tropical storms, melting arctic ice, monsoons, snowstorms, tornadoes, volcanos, wildfires and windstorms.
And it seems that some states and regions are more badly hit than others such as the Deep South, Southwest and Western states in the nation and western Canada, Central Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and Latin America.
What’s an RV enthusiast to do?!!! Well, don’t get ready to hang up your vehicle keys just yet. Take our tips below on how to power through it all and brave Mother Nature without taking away from all the fun and excitement.
Pick Your Boondocking Site Carefully
Your first plan of action is to select your boondocking campsite wisely. Isolated boondocking sites may be a scenic vision to behold but, in case of a fire or other emergency, they may be downright lethal. Be sure to choose a site with several exits so you can make a quick getaway should disaster strike. When you’ve made your choice and are parking your RV, keep your car keys close at hand and your vehicle likewise. In this manner, you are prepared to leave at a moment’s notice of acts of God and other emergencies.
Exercise Equal Caution Near Bodies of Water
Be on guard for flash flooding, spring runoffs and parking your trusty RVs besides rivers and streams. All of the above carry a threat to your health and safety. Even with the low odds of rain in your campground site, it does not pay to park so close to water. Water aside, camping in a canyon or near the foot of a mountain or valley also poses a danger to your security and that of your family.
Take Note of the Presence of Wildfires
Be mindful of wildfires not far from your camping grounds. Find out which agencies are documenting and recording fire activity and burn trauma. Believe it or not, social media such as Facebook and Twitter can assist you in learning the latest about fires in your locale. Additionally, road shutdowns are bound to happen during wildfires so it is helpful to check out sites that report road conditions.
Discover How to Stay Warm in Winter
Weather, warm, hot or cold, need not interfere with your RV-inspired rest and relaxation efforts. However, you would do well to prevent winter camping issues in your RV. Consult with RV’ing, campgrounds and BLM authorities about how to keep your holding tanks from freezing. Turn to them as well to learn about how to properly insulate the walls, ceiling and floors of your RV from the cold and to stay warm. Additionally, approach them as to how to avoid poor refrigerator function during cold weather.
Learn How to Keep Cool In Summer
Watch for any signs or symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat strokes, if you cannot prevent them. Be sure to remember the effects of both exhaustion and stroke before engaging in RV activity. Take aggressive measures against heat-related issues that can take away from your RV’ing experience and compromise your health. Do well to avoid exposure to and bites from mosquitoes and other pests.