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Old 07-20-2015, 05:27 AM   #11
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One of my favorite activities is to put out the awning and grab a seat and watch the rain! This is especially nice at the lake. Since we have a 2.5 year old and a 7 month old now, we bought our new trailer with a slide. For extended wet weather we have room inside to play, draw, lay down and watch a movie as a family, etc.

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Old 07-20-2015, 07:16 AM   #12
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For now, as I'm usually by myself when I go camping, it all depends on the rain amount and where. Having grown up in Florida and knowing that Central Florida is the lightening capital of the world, I would hang tight inside reading, sketching or napping. If I'm beside a trout stream and it's not raining too hard, you can bet I'm working a fly.....mostly though, I just enjoy the down time. I will admit that one of my best residential designs came out of a rainy weekend that I spent under the awning in my Zero Gravity (?) lounge chair.....which by the way, included several water features...go figure

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Old 07-20-2015, 07:26 AM   #13
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X2 on sitting under the awning, watching the rain, trying to keep the dog dry. If the wind comes up, go in and watch a dvd, and have an adult style beverage!
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Old 07-20-2015, 07:46 AM   #14
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We are actually famous for our rain-making abilities. Last time we were out, I told my dad to just get ready for it. He looked at the sky, looked at his weather report, and said "nah, it's not going to rain". While he was out setting a trot-line, guess what? It rained. He was warned!

Anyway, since it always rains on us, we've become accustomed to playing board games, card games, watching TV, movies, napping, "bonus" napping sitting out under the awning, going for walks. Pretty much as long as it's not flooding, we're basically doing what we do. I too am on my own if it's raining during setup/break-down. Two times ago, it rained the entire time I was breaking camp; I was absolutely drenched, didn't care one bit, I'm used to it. Went back into the camper and put on some dry clothes just before hitting the road, that's when the sun came out and it became a beautiful day. Figures.

The only time we had somewhat of a bad time was back in January (IIRC). We went to the beach and got a VERY wet cold front. It basically rained the entire time, temps in the upper 30's, lots of wind; generally not a fun day at the beach. On top of all that, it was a 3-night trip which we don't do often. The furnace and space heater ran A LOT, there was lots of condensation in the trailer that I couldn't vent fast enough, so we had to wipe down the windows every couple hours. We still went for a few walks, me in my duck hunting clothes, her and the baby in all their jackets. We still had fun, but it was our worst trip weather-wise. Cold AND wet are hard, one or the other is easy.

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Old 07-20-2015, 08:20 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by edatlanta View Post
Napping with rain on the roof is pretty hard to beat.
That's the first thing I did
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Old 07-20-2015, 08:30 AM   #16
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Not sure if the OP was asking for suggestions to pass the time while it's raining, or what to do to the camper and the site to handle the rain. Since everyone has handled the first case, I'll offer suggestions for the second.

- If it's just rain and no wind, extend your awning and be sure to drop one side so that the water will drain rather than pool.
- Check your site, see where the water is flowing, and make sure it has a place to drain. Drain points are often clogged by leaves or pine straw, clear as needed.
- If the path the water takes is not favorable to your desired set up, either change your set up, or use gravel, rocks, wood, etc. to change the water's path.
- If after your best efforts the site does not handle water well, consider adding it to your "Sites I'll never use again" list.
- If your camper is a pop-up or hybrid, be sure that nothing is against the inside of the canvas. If there is the water may find its way inside your camper.
- If you have one, set up a canopy adjacent to the awning so that you can spend more time outside without getting wet.
- Find the nearest laundromat in case the rain never lets up. Then you can wash and dry your clothes instead of packing them up wet.
- Check your wheel chocks regularly to make sure that they haven't been displaced by the runoff.

These are just a few suggestions, I'm sure others will have many more helpful suggestions as well.
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Old 07-20-2015, 08:43 AM   #17
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All good points and thanks I was looking for both. I left the Wife in the TV, and I setup best I could. Lightning is a major issue in Central Florida, honestly it never bothered me up north and I was out in it all the time, here dragging a 50amp cable to the box is not a easy feeling in a downpour w/lightning. The canopy worked great and surprised us on the first water dump, after that I tilted one side and let it drain. The biggest bummer was that after two day the site was water logged so sitting outside was not even fun.
We cooked, eat, drank a few adult beverages, talked, and walked in between showers. It was still better then being home doing my list of projects.
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Old 07-20-2015, 10:14 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by edatlanta View Post
Napping with rain on the roof is pretty hard to beat.
Right on !

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