A sudden storm or other natural disaster can turn an enjoyable RV adventure into a nightmare.
While you can’t control the weather, there are a couple of easy things you can do ensure you and your RV are ready for almost anything Mother Nature throws at you, according to a Blue Sky Energy news release.
By following these three guidelines RVers can rest easier whatever the weather may be:
1. Download a mobile app for disaster alert notifications
The best preparation for a disaster is to have as much pre-warning as possible. Sometimes an alert just a few minutes before disaster hits can be the difference between safely riding out a storm and being stranded in the middle of it.
While nearly every RV comes equipped with an AM/FM radio and many of us have smart phones with Internet access, these tools are only useful if you are actively using them to tune into emergency alert systems. By downloading apps like CodeRED you can get up-to-the-minute alerts about impending disasters sent to your phone.
There are two main features to look for when choosing a mobile app for disaster alerts. First, make sure it can easily update which alerts you receive based on your location. The other key feature is the app’s ability to turn on your phone to push out an alert in the case of severe or sudden disaster.
2. Maintain a fully stocked survival kit in your RV
Sometimes you just can’t avoid a crisis which is why you should always have a survival kit packed with basic supplies. There are hundreds of survival kit lists out there which outline everything you could possibly need, but the essentials to keep on hand in case of emergencies include: a minimum of one gallon of water per person per day; food packets that don’t require water, heat, or refrigeration; water filter; first aid kit; lighter or matches; whistle; high-visibility vest; and lanterns or flashlights.
The good news about being in your RV when a disaster strikes is you probably have most of the essentials already with you like a basic tool kit, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, traction aids, and road flares.
3. Equip your RV with multiple forms of power generation
Ensure you have multiple ways to power your RV. Having your own power source is mission critical when you cannot access a campground electrical pedestal. A gas or diesel generator can be a good solution and comes standard in many RVs.
Solar panels have dropped significantly in cost over the past few years while their efficiency and reliability have improved, making them a safe and affordable way to obtain off-grid power.
There are two keys to receiving the maximum solar power from your limited roof space. It is important to install the highest efficiency panels you can; they tend to have a slight price premium, but in the end you’ll be happy you made the right call when you’re stuck somewhere. To ensure your battery system gets all the power that your panels can produce, you need a maximum power point tracking (MPPT) charge controller.
Since solar panels produce power at a higher voltage than batteries can handle, batteries simply don’t harvest all the power produced. In fact, your solar system can lose up to 30 percent of the power output from panels since the panels are operating at a different voltage than that of your batteries. An MPPT charge controller ensures your battery harvests all the power from your panels by correcting for this voltage difference.
These steps take a little bit of planning upfront, but if you start preparing now you’ll be safe and comfortable in your RV regardless of the weather.
Blue Sky Energy
Blue Sky Energy is an off-grid solar solutions provider. It offers the largest collection of small, military standard-certified MPPT charge controllers, pairing dynamic solutions with unsurpassed quality and reliability.
Fifteen years after introducing the first MPPT product to the clean energy community, Blue Sky Energy maintains its commitment to excellence in personalized customer service, philanthropy, and international relations with distribution to over 33 countries worldwide.
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Phone: (760) 597-1642 or (800) 493-7877 (toll free)
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