While we love our nomadic lifestyle and the freedom it provides, it does come with a few difficulties. Trying to keep everything organized, making sure we have enough ice, water, groceries, and supplies so we don’t have to go to town every day, untangling paracord, trying to keep everything clean, and making sure the dogs don’t get into something they shouldn’t are the everyday things we deal with.
However, there are other things we have to deal with that are on a much larger scale. It doesn’t matter whether or not you are in a sticks and bricks house, an RV, a car or, like us, in a tent… there are always going to be problems you have to deal with that involve your dwelling place. Sometimes they are easy to figure out, fix, and handle… other times, they are downright difficult.
The tent situation is on the more difficult side. We know we are going to have run-ins with wind and rain and other types of inclement weather, and we realize having a plan in place for each of these events is important, but figuring out the solutions for each scenario is more difficult than we anticipated. Especially with our limited budget. After the last tent killing winds episode, we felt we needed to address the problem.
Ideally, we’d have an RV, but that is a mere pipe dream at this time on our journey. So the questions remain:
- How are we going to handle bad weather?
- How can we protect the tent during windy weather?
- Where do we sleep if we have to collapse the tent?
- Where do we put our stuff if we have to collapse the tent?
- Where are we going to put the toilet?
Bad Weather (i.e., rain, thunderstorms, snow):
- If in a flood-prone area, get to higher ground immediately
- Double tarp the tent
- Put toilet and supplies in tent
- Move everything indoors (tent, car, or trailer)
- Make sure we have all our stuff charged up (phones, laptop, tablets, battery pack)
- Have food, water, games, etc. handy
- Collapse the big tent and secure it
- Empty trailer and stash everything
- Tarp all stuff stashed outside of trailer
- If wind forecast is for moderate winds, leave bathroom tent up
- If wind forecast is for high winds, collapse bathroom tent and secure it
- Organize trailer and car for sleeping
The last windy weather we had, we followed the above protocol. Rico slept in the trailer, and the dogs and I slept in the car. We put the toilet in the front of the trailer for ease of access, and Rico had the buddy heater since I could start the car and use the heater if I got cold.
Everything seems to work well, though schlepping through the blowing sand to use the bathroom at 3am isn’t fun. Another drawback is that everything is covered in sand and it’s really, really hard to clean. We feel we’ve got a good working plan, but it will certainly need to be adjusted as time goes on. We also have the second tent we’re using for the bathroom, changing room, and storage, which we could sleep in if the winds aren’t too bad. Meh… it’s a work in progress.
By the way, for those of you who follow our videos on our YouTube channel, you know we were dealing with possibly replacing Big Betsy (tent). We did replace her with another of the same exact tent, but it seems a little bigger if that’s even possible… We named this tent Brutus, hoping the wind will be intimated by that name.
As you can see… we’ll probably be implementing the wind plan in the morning. If any of you have any other suggestions, please comment. We’d appreciate it 🙂
‘Til next time…