'Tis the season for many RVers to pack up and head south for the winter. Many choose to spend their winters in southwestern desert areas, which offer warm temperatures, low humidity, not much rain, a beautiful terrain and many fellow RV snowbirds.
One thing desert snowbirds should be cognizant of, however, are high desert winds, known as chubascos, Santa Anas and dust devils.
According to RVBoondockingNews.com, these winds can come up quickly and unexpectedly, and can last for up to a few hours.
Individuals who choose to RV in desert areas are encouraged to take a few precautions to avoid damage caused by these high winds.
These include securing awning arms with anchored stakes, tie downs and deflappers, or even rolling your awning up each time you leave your RV, according to RV expert Bob Difley. Bringing in other unsecured outdoor items, like chairs and rugs, is also recommended.
Difley also suggests parking your vehicle so one side faces the wind direction. Making sure the windows on that side are completely closed is important, while the ones on the other side can remain open for ventilation and to ensure it doesn't get too hot.
Driving an RV during heavy winds can be dangerous as well. Experts recommend slowing down significantly and finding a safe place to pull over and wait the wind storm out when driving an RV.