How to Survive a Rainy Day in Your RV, Having Fun Out of the Sun

Updated on April 12, 2018
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Don has been an avid traveler and motorhome owner for most of his life and shares his experiences with valuable tips.

Surviving Bad Weather in an RV

It happens, people!

Rainy Days do occur while you are out camping and the innovative camper will need to find ways to still enjoy their time in their RV.

For your information, there are a number of simple rainy day survival techniques for RV camper, that can make even a wet and dreary day fun, or at least enjoyable or productive.

I'm not speaking to tenters here, but more specifically to those of you who own a recreation vehicle such as a Class A, B, or C Motorhome and those who pull a Fiver” or a “Tag-along Trailer." Each of these styles of RV’s has certain amenities built in that are more conducive to surviving a rainy day. The diehard tenter or backpacker might say RV owners are not really camping. But even the most ardent "rough campers" evolve over to more comfortable forms of camping as they and their bodies get older.

Rainy Day in the Campground

A rainy day can really limit your outdoor activities while camping in your RV.
A rainy day can really limit your outdoor activities while camping in your RV. | Source

Use the RV Amenities You Already Have

For those of you who might be a newbie owner of one of these types of RVs, here are some of the amenities that we will generally have in our Rig.

Television

Your RV, especially if it is a newer model built in the past ten years, will have at least one, and often two or three TV’s installed for your entertainment.

The main cabin area will invariably have a TV installed conveniently for the camper to watch their favorite shows.

And often the bedroom area will have yet another TV installed there for you to watch while in bed.

And with the newer rigs there will often even be a TV mounted outside, either in an entertainment area, or sometimes in a storage compartment, set up and ready for viewing while the owner is sitting outside.

TV Service

All RV’s have a TV antenna mounted on the roof for receiving regular TV channels. You just crank the antenna up, turn it in the right direction for the best signal, and you can receive all of the local network channels.

This gives you access to the local network channels where you can watch the regular programming, keep up with the local weather and generally get nightly entertainment, for free.

Cable Service

Many campgrounds now provide some level of Cable TV service, for a small price, if not free. And, all RV’s will have a cable TV connector, usually in the Service area.

Just connect a cable from the campsite cable box to your RV’s connector and you will have a selection of cable channels, generally including the local network channels, to watch.

Satellite Service

Many RV owners will have a permanent satellite antenna dome on the roof of their RV, or maybe a portable satellite dome/antenna that they can place in an appropriate spot of their campsite and receive their favorite satellite channels, wherever they travel in their RV.

Most RVers will simply use one of one of their home satellite boxes and after they connect it and set up the antenna, they are watching all of their favorite channels everywhere they travel, for no extra cost.

Other RVers just pay the small cost of having an additional box the they install permanently in their RV.

Raincoat, Poncho with Hood

Terra Hiker Rain Poncho, Waterproof Raincoat with Hoods for Outdoor Activities
Terra Hiker Rain Poncho, Waterproof Raincoat with Hoods for Outdoor Activities

Every RV has a couple of Rain Ponchos in them for emergencies. I purchased a couple of these a couple of years ago and they are great. They work keeping the rain off and I can lay them out later, dry them off and fold them away for use another time.

 

Other Forms of Entertainment

Having access to a TV and TV service is really nice, but there are a lot of other things you can do in your RV to pass the time while it rains, such as:

Reading

There is nothing more relaxing to most people than sitting down with a good book and reading a good mystery or action story.

And on a rainy day, you can do just that in your RV; sit back, prop up your feet, and catch up on reading those books you have been wanting to read.

Using WiFi

It is almost impossible to find a commercial campground that doesn’t have some form of WiFIiavailable for their customers. I have this at the top of my checklist when I am planning a camping trip.

I always check on whether they have WiFi available and if they do I check if it is only available in their clubhouse, or if it is some commercial form throughout the campground managed by a company like Tengo.

Whatever they have available, the whole world is opened up to you, the smart camper, with WiFi.

Writing and Journals

These days, there are a lot of people who either keep a personal journal, either on paper, or on a personal blog.

Writing is a great way to record those special moments in your life and if you want, you can share your Blog with just your friends, or even with the world.

Other people enjoy writing a personal Blog while some might enjoy communicating with like minds on one or more of the many social media sites such as Facebook, HubPages, and others.

Crafts

Many RVers make craft items. Crafting for some is a form of personal expression and for many it is a source of extra income.

Making useful or decorative crafts can fill those rainy days, and you can sell them to your fellow campers when the campground has a “Craft Day”, which is quite often.

Trip Planning

One of the things an RVer does often is put together a travel and camping plan for their next trip or just a future dream trip.

Planning a trip can take a lot of time to doit right and the process usually includes; selecting a destination, selecting roads to travel on, selecting stopovers for resting and for meals, selecting fuel stops, and most importantly, researching the things you want to do while at your destination.

A well planned trip package can take several hours of careful planning if you want to get the most out of a trip in your RV, but every minute spent planning is worth it if you have a smooth tripwire everyone has a great time.

RV Interior Repairs and Upgrades

As an RVer, I can attest to the fact that there is always something you want to change, fix, or add to your RV so that your RV travels will be more enjoyable.

Here are a number of things that you can do to your interior on a rainy day;

  1. Add hangers for hats, coats, keys, etcetera. Keep your limited countertop space open by placing certain items onto hangers or hooks.
  2. Replace burnt out interior light bulbs. Consider using the new LED replacement bulbs.
  3. Repair loose or broken door and drawer latches. Make sure these do not fly open while you are traveling down the road.
  4. Remove and clean interior filters on your AC or Furnace. These filters get dirty fast and they can impede your interior air flow if not cleaned regularly.
  5. Clean the interior of your RV’s windows. Even the windows of non-smokers will build up a coating or film over time that needs to be removed regularly.
  6. Vacuum and clean your carpets and tile floors. Getting rid of that and and dust that is tracked into your Rv will make everything smell better and be more sanitary.
  7. Reorganize your items in your cabinets. Putting similar items together in your cabinets will really cut down on your searches for things like; Salt, Pepper, Spices, bath items, and such if they are kept in the same areas.
  8. Make a list of items you need to purchase for your RV. There is always something you have ben meaning to get for your RV, but keep forgetting. Making and maintaining a list can help you have the right items, when you actually need them.

Local Alternatives

Of course, if you are camping in your RV and a town is nearby you can always take advantage of the many public things to do such as;

Public Libraries (lots of great magazines and books available free),

Public Museums (some tours cost a little, but you can often walk around some sections fro free),

Courtrooms (If court is in session, it can be very entertaining to sit and watch the proceedings and the people, as justice is dispensed),

Bowling Alleys (cheap and fun entertainment that is available in almost every town, regardless of size),

Public Shows (whether its Boats, Campers, or Interior Decorating, such shows are often free or very cheap and you can learn a lot).

And last but not least, there is always a Sports Pub nearby with their walls lined with large screen TV’s and so many selections of Beer for you to sample and spend a couple of hours out of the rain.

In Summary. never cancel a trip in your RV just because there might be some inclement weather projected. A creative camper can come up with numerous things to do, while in their RV, or if necessary, in a nearby town. So, when the Camping bug bites, go with it. You probably need the change anyway.

Questions & Answers

    © 2015 Don Bobbitt

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      • Larry Rankin profile image

        Larry Rankin 

        3 years ago from Oklahoma

        I haven't had an opportunity to RV yet, but I'm really interested in th lifestyle. Some great ideas here for keeping our minds occupied.

      • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

        Don Bobbitt 

        3 years ago from Ruskin Florida

        Will Starr- Sorry for the late response, but I have been traveling in the RV for a few days and am just getting back on line.

        And, I guess I did leave out that great benefit of being in camper in the rain, that soothing sound of the rain on the roof.

        Thanks for the read and comment,

        DON

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        Bill Holland 

        3 years ago from Olympia, WA

        I'm laughing...here in Washington State this article would be titled "How to Survive a Sunny Day in you RV LOL

      • WillStarr profile image

        WillStarr 

        3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

        With rain pattering on the roof, it's almost impossible not to nap in your RV on a stormy day! If it's not too windy or cold, it's also very enjoyable to sit outside under the awning when it's rigged properly for rain.

      • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

        Don Bobbitt 

        3 years ago from Ruskin Florida

        MsDora- Great to hear from you again. And, I'm so glad that you like my article. As I mention in another of my Hubs, we all want the weather to be goof for us when camping, but I have found that there is always something you can catch up on or sometimes a rainy day is a great day to explore this new town you are camped near.

        Have a great day,

        DON

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        BarbaraCasey 

        3 years ago

        As a person who tends toward claustrophobia, I like your "outings inside buildings" idea. Get out of the RV, out of the rain and into a library adventure... or an ice cream parlor, maybe. Love the pic of your lawn chair puddle.

      • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

        Don Bobbitt 

        3 years ago from Ruskin Florida

        Rachel L Alba- LOL! Thanks for the read and the comment. All of these thing are there for the average RV owner, it's just that so many of us forget what a great lifestyle RVing is and that even if you are stuck in some kind of strange circumstances, like rain, you can still make the time and experience interesting.

        Have a great day!

        DON

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 years ago from The Caribbean

        You certainly have the hang of life in an RV, come sunshine or rain. The courtroom entertainment is a great idea. Thanks for sharing these tips which may come in handy for other than RVers.

      • Rachel L Alba profile image

        Rachel L Alba 

        3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

        I guess you have it down pat, Don. You have a way of making me feel like I'm camping with you and your wife. lol You do offer good ideas to other RV campers. I voted up

        Blessings to you.

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