3 Guidelines in Preparing Your RV for a Natural Disaster

A sudden storm or other natural disaster can turn an enjoyable RV adventure into a nightmare.

3 Guidelines in Preparing Your RV for a Natural Disaster
3 Guidelines in Preparing Your RV for a Natural Disaster

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

3 Guidelines in Preparing Your RV for a Natural Disaster
3 Guidelines in Preparing Your RV for a Natural Disaster

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.

3 Guidelines in Preparing Your RV for a Natural Disaster
3 Guidelines in Preparing Your RV for a Natural Disaster

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.

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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.

Address: 2598 Fortune Way, Suite K, Vista, CA 92081

Phone: (760) 597-1642 or (800) 493-7877 (toll free)

Website: blueskyenergyinc.com

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Simple Camping Recipes & Food Ideas

New to camping or an old pro, there are plenty of things you can learn about camping.

Fuel up hearty and easy breakfast camping food recipes you're sure going to love. (Credit: campingroadtrip.com)
Fuel up hearty and easy breakfast camping food recipes you’re sure going to love. (Credit: campingroadtrip.com)

Camping is one of those experiences where you can always learn something new. Great Camping Recipes provides readers ideas on easy camping meals and how to pack food without the possibility of cross contamination.

Great Camping Recipes contains information and tips to make your camping experience great.

Take foods that are easy to prepare and pack. The common foods advised for camping are prepared meats, protein bars, dried fruits, cheese sticks, and marshmallows, according to a news release.

Always take ample drinking water with you. It’s also a good idea to pack powdered milk and a variety of drink mixes that are ready to drink or easy to prepare.

Cooking essentials like butter and oil are also advised for both hot and cold meals.

Also, be sure to pack your favorite seasonings and spices.

If cooking is not your strong suit and you want to keep camping simple, find a local military surplus store and look for MRE’s. Meals Ready to Eat includes freeze dried foods that usually require water only for preparation.

It doesn't get much better than a meal around the campfire with friends and family.  (Credit: trails.com)
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Cross contamination is not an issue that only affects people that cook at home. When cooking outdoors, you must use a different cutting board to cut meat than you do to cut other foods.

The usual camping foods such as hot dogs and hamburgers can get boring. Try to mix up what you eat. Look through your cookbooks to find easy recipes that are conducive to outdoor preparation.

Ensuring a great camping experience is not that difficult, but you do need to take certain steps and make sure you remember the essentials.

Make a check list of the things you need for your camping trip and check each item off once you pack it. Then, make sure you bring each bag to the car. The last thing any camper wants is to reach the destination and find out they forgot something important, like matches or the food.

Make sure that you always carry a survival kit with you, especially when you wonder away from your campsite. This kit should include water filters, a knife, compass, other first-aid tools like bandages and cold packs. This will help ensure you are properly prepared to handle the wild.

Let the tips in this article help you keep important things in mind, so that you can have an enjoyable camping experience. Keep learning about camping so you can create a memorable experience every time.

The website also offers recipes for Pita Bread Pizza, Cast Iron German Potato Salad, Campfire Stew, Ziplock Omelets, and Foil Packet Dinner. Such meals are prepared with basic ingredients and can be cooked in grills and packed in plastic containers, says the release.

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Great Camping Recipes

Finding easy camping recipes which taste great and you know will keep your family satisfied and nutritiously fed is essential for any camping trip. (Credit: travel-australia-online.com)
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Great Camping Recipes is a website dedicated solely to providing mouth watering camping meals which campers will enjoy without the cooking hassle.

Apart from recipes, Great Camping Recipes also gives tips on how to cook outdoors and how to store food.

“The Ultimate Campfire Kitchen and Camping Guide” featuring 580 recipes to cook while out in the wild is also available for orders on the website.

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Website: greatcampingrecipes.com

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