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Old 08-28-2015, 09:45 AM   #1
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Camping in Wind and Rain

So, we tried for two months to buy our trailer during drought conditions here in Oregon. Wouldn't you know that the first weekend we have it and have a campground reservation, a big storm is rolling in. Pretty continuous rain and winds 20-30mph are forecasted. Actually the rain is a good thing, we REALLY need it here with all the wildfires.

My question is this - would you all still go? I love the rain, and I'm looking forward to being cozy in the trailer while hearing it ping on the roof. But I can't shake the feeling that a trailer is like a fragile dollhouse and that it might not hold up to the rain well.

Do you guys go anyway? I'm also a little concerned about towing in the rain and wind - but Mr. Llilith is a good driver with towing experience.

Maybe this is a good chance to put the trailer thru it's paces and make sure there are no leaks, ect.

Any words of advice for camping in wind and rain - as far as protecting the trailer and what not to do? I figure no awning out is obvious for starters.
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Old 08-28-2015, 09:47 AM   #2
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The trailer will do just fine. I also love being inside the trailer during a rainstorm and hearing the ping from the drops. Regarding driving in the rain, just take your time. Don't rush and you will be fine. Have fun and enjoy the new trailer!
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Old 08-28-2015, 09:48 AM   #3
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Love being in the TT with the rain and wind - except for 2 things:
1) walking the dog
2) set-up/take-down during a downpour
BTW, you gotta have these ponchos!
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Love being in the TT with the rain and wind - except for 2 things:
1) walking the dog
2) set-up/take-down during a downpour
BTW, you gotta have these ponchos!
That's a stylish poncho right there! I'll have to order us some.
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That's a stylish poncho right there! I'll have to order us some. :-)
We thought they were mighty ugly, but couldn't beat the price. Go figure 'cuz EVERY time we wear them we get compliments and inquiries on how to buy them. Must say, stylish they're not but they are heavy-duty and really do the job in keeping us dry!
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Rain does not cancel our trips but high wind can cause a change ion plans. As stated, dog walking is the main concern. Good time to catch up on reading, games and DVD's. I did invest in a good pair of Duck shoes to keep feet dry.
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Love camping in the rain, love hearing the wind and rain howl as we are snuggly in our camper reading a good book. Yes, the setup and tear down are a little problem, but so worth the relaxing sound of the wind and rain. I would go in a heart beat
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Any words of advice for camping in wind and rain - as far as protecting the trailer and what not to do? I figure no awning out is obvious for starters.
Make sure you either have (full) hook-ups AND/OR your propane is full and your batteries charged. It is likely you'll be running your lights and furnace more than normal. Case-in-point, February 3-day camping trip to the beach with no hook-ups ... rain and wind and cold ... batteries ran down to the point the alarm went off Sunday morning at 5:30am! We're cold, wet, and hungry (couldn't even make coffee) so we just packed-up and headed home ~ only 45 minutes away. Learned our lesson, bought 2 generators so we could at least charge the batteries during the day.
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Personally I would go, especially if you have experience with trailers or an easy site to get in and out of. First year we had our HTT, it rained every single weekend we went out. Sometimes nothing more than a few drops, to heavy downpours. We commented many times that the HTT, was so much nicer than sitting in a wet tent all day.

If it is your first time backing into a campsite, one of you will get wet, so bring a good umbrella or rain gear. Cell phones on speaker work really nice to communicate. Just remember when backing up the long trailers they react really slow, so plan ahead where you want it and start signaling to the driver before it’s too late. The first few times learning to back into a tighter space can be a bit of a challenge, and the rain will make it a bit harder. I have been known to park in our site during rain jump into the camper and sit back, relax. Once the rain subsides, then finish leveling and unhooking.

If it is not terribly windy I have been known to site under the awning and watch the campfire from a distance, nothing more relaxing.

Also when the weather looks a bit gloomy we will bring a few extra cloths along and go for hikes in the lighter rain. Usually, there is a lot more to see, and less people out. If I was in a tent, I would want to stay as dry as possible.

If it is going to be cold and you have an electric site, a small electric ceramic heater is really nice. Takes the chill out of the air and you do not use your propane.

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We almost always get rain. We're famous for it, and if I were a gamblin' man, I'd bet on rain if we're out camping. People have asked us to camp in their yard so it'll rain. If I wash my truck AND go camping? Forget about it, may as well pack extra rain gear!

So no, we don't let rain stop us. We keep rain gear and board games in the trailer permanently. Wind is a different animal. If sustained winds are over 20 mph, we start thinking about calling it. Gusts up over 30 or 40 and we're staying put most of the time.

No better than a shakedown trip for rainy weather; get your "worst case" testing out of the way and it'll make every other trip seem easy!
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