An Airstream adventure can quickly turn from fun and relaxing to less than ideal when bad weather hits. Depending on where you are camping, you can face a myriad of weather systems, from pop-up thunderstorms, to snow, hail, and wind storms. Not to mention thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flooding. Especially for those of you who take extended trips in your silver bullet, it’s important to always have a plan in place for the safety of both you and your Airstream.
Preparedness Measures To Protect Your Airstream From Bad Weather
Follow this checklist to ensure your Airstream is prepared for any bad weather that comes your way:
- Stay up-to-date on your Airstream’s routine maintenance, especially checking sealant and ensuring proper tire inflation and wear.
- Invest in a back-up power source in case your primary power source goes out. Shop a variety of preparedness products on our official store, Airstream Supply Company.
- Pack headlamps and flashlights, along with extra batteries.
- Always research and save local health and safety contact information before you depart on your trip. Include the phone numbers and address of the local police department, hospital, animal control, and closest Airstream dealer.
- Research and document an evacuation route and shelter areas in case you need to leave your Airstream. If you are staying at a campground, you can ask for this information when you check in.
Bad Weather Is Coming. What should I do before the storm hits?
If you know bad weather is coming soon, you can do a few things to prepare:
- Always follow and listen to guidance from local authorities. Take shelter or evacuate, if needed.
- In case of a snow storm when temperatures may drop, protect your pipes and tanks by flushing them out and keeping them empty until warmer weather arrives.
- If you know sleet or hail is coming, try to find a place to take your Airstream where it will have overhead protection, such as a gas station bay, car wash, or tunnel.
- Properly close and store your awning and any tents you have erected.
- Secure any loose items outside your Airstream to prevent them from blowing away. Flying debris during storms can injure both people and property.
- Ensure your pets have a safe and dry spot inside your Airstream and have their food and water readily available.