Thursday, November 1, 2012

Why An RV is Awesome During a Major Storm!

Tree Down!
Here I sit in a comfortable chair, working on this article. The lights are on, the heater humming away and food cooking on the stove. Meanwhile, outside there are high winds, steady rain and most of the town around me is dark. Last week I was complaining about having to winterize my RV, this week I am awfully glad I didn't! We here in the Northeast had a bit of a storm come through and the damage levels were high. I have my RV near my house which is about 90 miles northeast of New York City. Thankfully, we didn't receive the full brunt of the storm, but there were power lines and trees down everywhere. My house is dark, the heat won't work, but I have an oasis in the middle of this crisis.

Comfy, Warm Bed
An RV can be many things to many people: an escape from day to day life, a treasured vacation memory creator, or even a 24/7 full-time home. I'm grateful I have one. I've had some time to sit here over the last couple of days and really appreciate what an RV means to me. It's more than just a "home away from home." It's a shelter, a place you can go to when the rest of the world isn't running correctly. 

On a more practical note, we are not immune to outside elements. My shower skylight, a non-standard size and shape (of course!) was smashed by a flying piece of debris. I've covered the big hole with some stiff plastic signage (at least politicians are worth SOMETHING!) and some "100 MPH" tape. I'll admit it was already very brittle from sun UV exposure and age and I was already doing the research on just how I would get a replacement. Mother Nature just accelerated the process. No luck figuring out how to replace it yet, though I have some ideas. Stay tuned for that article.

I'll stay here in the RV until I see power come back on at the house (I left a few outside lights on just for that purpose) then I'll somewhat reluctantly move back in. I'm amazed at how often I find something else to like about RVing in general.

Be Seeing You...Down The Road,

Rich "The Wanderman"


  1. wow Rich,
    that's quite a report. glad your RV did not sustain much damage and is able maintain your comfort level. the reports about New York are very concerning. best of luck with everything. please keep us posted

    1. Gracer,
      Thank you for you concern! Where I was/am didn't get hammered to badly. NYC was hit far worse. I am back in the house as I type this, with power! Now all I have to do is find a new skylight. Of course, it isn't a stock size...more mods... Yay!

      Thanks again,

      Rich "The Wanderman"

  2. One more reason to never get rid of mine. Thanks for the info. Good Luck with your vent. Have you contacted the manufacturer. I can get everything for mine at their plant in Humboldt, IA. Never a problem they can't solve. Better try your manufac- turer. Good Luck. Carole

    1. Carole,
      I really attached to my rig! It will probably stay around as long as I do!

      Unfortunately, the manufacturer is long gone. No one has any idea who made the skylights for Gardner Pacific originally. I'm working on a new style replacement fix,


      Rich "The Wanderman"


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