As persons living here in Texas know, we are having our usual bout of springtime bad weather. Severe storms are crossing the state on a near daily basis. Thunderstorms, heavy rain and even tornadoes have touched down in the state, as well as the Midwest and Southeast.
Another severe weather form has also emerged from the skies: Hail. Texas has seen up to 2 inch diameter hail in the last few weeks. Hail is as damaging a form of weather as any other. Hail causes insurance companies heavy losses. For instance, bad weather during a hurricane can cause flooding and water damage. Hail destroys everything underneath it. We had a nighttime hailstorm here a couple of years ago. It ruined my roof, our fences and damaged two of our cars to the point they required $9,000 in repairs. Yes, that’s without broken glass.
We sought to place our RV in a covered storage yard. That expenditure doubled the amount we paid but gave us at least some reassurance the vehicle would be at least partially defended from the weather.
It also makes us much less likely to go out on a trip.
Part time RVing is somewhat dependent on good driving and touring weather. Who really wants to go out and spend a weekend in a rainstorm? Consider the fact that a hailstorm could ruin your coach in minutes. I have a colleague who has had his RV pelted with hailstones 3 times in a year. He insists the roof is still good. Another colleague had his RV bombarded with hail, suffering near complete destruction. I recommended he part the vehicle out and scrap it.
It’s very hard picking a time to go out because the storms could return at any time. They can strike anywhere so we have to keep track of weather forecasts.