Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bad Weather in a Camper

There are many positives and negatives to hitting the road full time.  We love traveling, seeing the sights, visiting family, climbing, hiking, four wheeling, kayaking, mountain biking, spending more time together, are just a few of the wonderful reasons to travel.

Yet, there are negatives and the worst for us is bad weather. 

The recent outbreak of storms has hit us hard in central Texas.  It is quite scary to have lightning crashing around us as we hide out in our 42' camper that seems like a tin can when the wind is rocking it back and forth.

The first big storm hit about a month ago.  We were at Navarra Mills Army Corp of Engineers campground.  It was a beautiful place to stay.  Our camper was nestled among numerous large trees which kept us shaded during the day.

But, when the winds hit, the trees bent extremely far down.  I was concerned one might fall on the camper, and even if it didn't fall, lightning could strike one of them and then go into our camper.

The winds hit suddenly and the kids and I ran for our truck. We didn't even have time to put shoes on.  I drove as fast as I could to the bathhouse just across the field.  We ran inside and huddled in the corner.  Most of the kids were half asleep as this happened around 6 or 7 am.

Shae, my husband, and Cody our 18 yr old, were still at the camper, closing windows, vents, and grabbing as many items outside before they blew away.

It wasn't but a few minutes after we had arrived at the bathhouse that Shae and Cody showed up. 

We hid in the bathroom/shower area for over an hour.  It got very cold so Shae ran back to the camper to get us a blanket and shoes. 

Once the storm was over, we drove back to the camper, relieved to find everything in tact and accounted for.  The only damage was to our tent we had set up for the kids to play in.

We were thankful to be ok and to have our camper in one piece.

Storms are terrible in a camper.  I have more stories to about the tornado!


  1. I know what you mean about the storms! They've been too close a couple of times, and somehow I just don't feel safe in a motorhome.

  2. We are close to Joplin, MO right now. The cell that destroyed that city went within 15 miles of us. It has been almost two months that we have been dealing with severe weather most days of the week. Today I just didn't think I could take another day of it. Anytime there is severe weather we have to leave the camper. Bath houses, storm shelters, and homes are where we have to go constantly. I told my husband I don't ever want to camp in tornado country during March, April, May, or June ever again. We will stay west until it is over. I would rather deal with heat and humidity than constantly fearing for my life and the lives of my children. I'm not trying to be dramatic, but right now I am in my camper constantly watching the weather channel in case one of these cells turns into something bad. I can't wait to get out of here....


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