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Old 10-23-2018, 09:19 PM   #1
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Calling all those who've mastered the rain

We had an amazing trip earlier this month, including a day and night of torrential rain. Camping was no prob; had boots, coats, mats... 5'er was a champ.

We're new to the RV world, so we're still polishing our craft when it comes to packing up. Mother nature was very kind and gave us a dry and partly sunny check out day, so packing up was easy. But we bought this beast so that we could camp year round and own our beloved Oregon rain.

Couldn't find much on the forum re: the topic, so thought I would start a thread and pick up some knowledge from all of you who've mastered the rain.

Advice on a rainy pack up day, or rain camping in general? The hoses and power cord; do you just chuck 'em in the rig wet and muddy? Pine needle covered slides/awning packing up in a downpour? Where are these muddy kids boots supposed to go while camping?

Advance thanks for any tips, tricks and wisdom you can afford!

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Old 10-23-2018, 10:03 PM   #2
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Inclement weather needs a little preparation. Thank God for weather radar apps. A couple things that we do to help keep reduce the "muddy" mess:

1. We use this boot mat from Lowes. It can place outside on fair weather days and inside adjacent to the entry door when the sky is not so kind.

2. Plastic storage bins are wonderful for the fresh water hoses, even when they're muddy. They contain the dirt until we reach home. Then we can properly clean, dry, and store them. Our waste hoses and adapters are stored underneath the frame via a custom fence post and gutter appendage. No real need to clean them more than a "rinse off" at the next camp site.

3. I carry a towel thats devoted to wiping off the power cord as it retracts into the interior of the coach. Pretty simple process.

4. If a threat of heavy rain is forecasted, the awning is retracted because "where there is rain, there is wind". If we do put away the awning wet, it is sure to be extended within the next day to dry out. One of the nicest upgrades we did to our coach was installing slide toppers. These help tremendously with debris and leaves, as much of it falls off as the slides are retracted in. We haven't had a problem with pine needles but we there have been times that a sticky twig doesnt fall of the topper. A broom face is used to sweep the slide topper as the DW retracts it slowly.

Hope this helps.

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Old 10-24-2018, 04:58 AM   #3
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I purchased a small electric leaf blower for the camper to blow off the leaves/pine needles from the slides before retracting them.

Bins are great for all the smaller stuff. Ideally, once you are home, you can open everything up to dry out as needed.
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Old 10-24-2018, 05:16 AM   #4
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Bins are great for organizing everything. I have a round tub I put my water hoses in, roll them up and connect the ends together and it won't matter if they are dirty. Power cord goes in the back of the truck dirt and all. I have rags that I try to wipe off what I can but sometimes taking time to wipe things off is not practical.

Have a rain coat handy. Weather gear is always in the closet for us. We have a couple of umbrella's handy too, the small collapsible kind hanging on the key rack. Its not any different dealing with the rain at home. You will develop your own habits that fit your style and needs. No need to cancel plans just because Mother Nature wants to rain on the parade. Go camping and enjoy it.
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Old 10-24-2018, 05:27 AM   #5
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I think we had at least one day of rain every trip last season, probably to be expected here. Fortunately only twice was it raining when we packed and hitched up to take off. I'll use a towel to dry and clean off the power cable as I push it into the storage, the city water hose I just put into the storage wet. As soon as we see it start to rain the awning gets closed, when we get home and have a few hours dry, I open it to dry it off. Last time I used a giant umbrella so I could still do a little fishing in the rain. I found the poncho to be useless, since your arms are still exposed, and any wind blows it around. After hooking up for the trip home I went inside and changed to dry clothes before getting into the truck.
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Old 10-24-2018, 05:54 AM   #6
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An umbrella and light ponchos don't weigh much or take up much space. A plastic tray like one made to go under dog bowls (shaped like a cookie sheet) next to the door for shoes. I keep cotton shop towels and wipe down fw hoses, and electric cables before storing. Also use them for drying the dogs, especially their paws. I use a folding step platform to help the dogs get in the truck. A fake turf step rug on top helps reduce the mud they drag in. The cotton rags can be washed and reused. Beach towels for drying people. A clean shirt before getting behind the wheel to drive after hitching up and a clean cotton shop towel in the truck to dry my arms and hands. Changing the shirt is a habit in the heat of the summer as well. I throw the sweaty/wet shirt in the bed of the truck. I have a topper on the truck so in the rain I'll stand under the open rear window of the topper while changing shirts.
I used to tell folks to have games handy for a rainy day but seems like kids are born with phones in their hands nowadays.
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Old 10-24-2018, 10:42 AM   #7
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If the wind isn't blowing and the rain keeps falling and you start feeling cooped up inside, this little unit is mighty nice to set up under the awning (which is tilted at an angle to keep rainwater from pooling). The DW loves the nice adjustable flame and unless we are allowed to pick up downed wood for a campfire we plug this into the propane line at the back of our trailer. We purchased a separate hose for that hookup.

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Old 10-24-2018, 01:03 PM   #8
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Slip on rubber muck boots, cheap and easy to find at Walmart, keeps your regular shoes clean and dry... clean the boots with a hose when you get home.
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Old 10-24-2018, 03:59 PM   #9
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All the ideas above are good; plastic totes, towels for drying cables etc. If my water hoses are bad (and they usually are in the FL beach sand) I wipe them down as well before dropping in a tote. If there has been an accumulation of leaves, pine needles, debris etc. on my slides I won't bring them in even in the rain. I just pull out my collapsible ladder, grab my extending pole with a brush on the end and brush them all off...doesn't take too long and prevents a potential mess in the trailer.

I think one of the biggest things is mindset along with being prepared. I've camped with some folks that detest the rain and act as if they would melt if out in it. I worked in it, in every shape fashion and form, for decades so I don't mind it. I would be lying if I didn't say it does bother me more than it did when I was younger. Get a raincoat (rainsuit w/pants if it is going to be really bad) and carry it - ponchos are for very limited use. I don't worry about rubber boots; I always wear what would be considered "work" boots so don't worry about the water, dirt, mud etc.; just scrape them off and climb in. All my vehicles have WeatherTech floormats so I can wash them off when I get to where I can.

Another thought; sometimes when you are trying to leave in the rain you will encounter a problem that requires using tools. Rain will ruin your tools. I go ahead and use them, dry them with a towel, drop them either in the back floorboard or bed of the truck then spray them down with WD40 when I get to the next site. By the way, the back of the truck is a great storage place for wet stuff you can't find a place for quickly in the rain.

Edit: I have a BakFlip hard bed cover.
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Old 10-24-2018, 05:10 PM   #10
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Keep 'em coming!

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