We’ve slept in the camper through a few mild rainstorms over the past few months, but nothing quite like last night.
We were in Mountain Home, Arkansas visiting Jay’s business partner again. All day, the sky was overcast and a little rain misted here and there, but that happens. The dark clouds out on the horizon looked a bit iffy, but hey – we’re good, right? What’s a little rain going to hurt?
Chris lives on top of a mountain. Not just in Mountain Home, but at one of the highest points in Mountain Home, outside of the town. Everything was fine when we retired for the night, and I didn’t think anything about the weather.
At 2:57am, Jay woke me up. “Do you hear that?! Are you awake?”
“I am now!” I snapped. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too pleased at being woken up in the middle of a thunderstorm. Definitely not my most gracious moment.
The camper was rocking, the winds were howling, and rain was pelting the side.
The electricity went out in Chris’ house, and by extension, our camper electricity died. I don’t know if hail was involved, but it sounded and felt like the exterior was being pelted with huge boulders. I was getting ready to make a run for Chris’ house. The wind was hitting poor Serenity so hard, I just knew we would tip over. Or worse, get thrown around and die horrible deaths that our children would have to deal with for the rest of their lives.
That didn’t happen, obviously. Whew. I have a new healthy respect for weather, though. Somehow, thunderstorms and tornado warnings and all of that other unpleasant weather is a lot easier to enjoy and watch from a distance when you’re inside an actual building. I love thunderstorms – from inside the safety of my brick home. In a camper that can rock like a baby’s bassinet in high winds, not so much.
But you know what, we survived. I managed to fall back asleep after an hour or so, and nothing was damaged. Serenity held up without any leaks, rips, tears, or other damage as far as I can find. Props to Jayco!
This doesn’t deter either of us from camping, of course, but it did remind me of the importance of awareness and having a plan of action. I’ve been researching the best ways to handle severe weather in an RV, and this has been the most helpful link that I’ve come across so far: Top 5 Severe Weather Tips for RV Owners
And yes, “researching” means “I googled it a few minutes ago.” Honesty is the best policy. But I saved you a Google search, right? That was the most comprehensive and actionable one that I came across in my super extensive 3 minute search, so there you go. Efficiency! And a nod to having good SEO.
Our weekend trip to Arkansas was a blast though, as always. We stopped in Jonesboro on the way up there, at Perkins RV Park. A pull-through spot was easy to arrange, and the owner drove us back to our spot to help us get set up. It was clean, quiet, and peaceful even though it was close to the highway and interstate. We didn’t get any photos of the park, since we got there after dark and left before the sun was up, but it was nice.
We had breakfast at The Corner Booth in Hardy, Arkansas. It was like eating at an antique store, or Grandma’s house. Very cozy and homey, and the pancakes and omelets were fantastic. Gaston’s White River Restaurant was another highlight. We ate right over the lake, and the old motors, bikes, and other miscellaneous items were fascinating. Jay was like a kid in a candy store. I appreciate old things myself, but these were more up his alley.
It was a good time. Good food, good friends, and we didn’t die in a thunderstorm. WHEW. I’d call that a successful weekend, all things considered! We drove straight home today, about 7 hours total. Well, we stopped at a rest area for a 2 hour nap after lunch, and then continued driving. We’d planned to stay somewhere overnight, but we felt like continuing on, so we did. That’s the beauty of having a camper. We can stop, nap comfortably, and keep on rollin’. It’s the best!
And that’s all for now, folks.