RV Weather Avoidance and Routing
Mother Nature does not always cooperate when we want to take our RV from ‘Point A’ to ‘Point B’. With some planning, knowlege, patience and flexibility though, we can still get to our destination and do it safely. The graphic above shows both some of the recent routes I’ve routed fellow RV’ers on this past winter, along with some of the weather we all encountered.
Based on the U.S. Navy’s ‘Optimum Track Ship Routing’ concepts, we can combine the use of time, distance, a detailed knowledge of the future weather, towing or driving abilities, and likely road and RV characteristics, all leavened with real-word RV experience, to devise a plan that both keeps you safe and gets you to your destination, albeit occasionally on a slightly modified route or schedule.
- Starting point
- Any waypoints to visit and desired dates
- Starting date
- Desired arrival date
- Must arrive no later than date
- Type of rig you are driving and/or towing
- Preferred number of miles to drive per day
- Maximum number of miles to drive in a day
- Minimum nighttime temperature (n/a in summer)
- Maximum daytime temperature (n/a in winter)
- Preferred and alternate method of communication
How it Works
Once I have your inputs, I can start giving some weather recommendations 5-7 days out. Sometimes the weather situation will allow me to make recommendations 7-14 days into the future, but it’s not always the case. Once we agree upon a route, I usually give a quick short-term update the night before your departure. I ask that when you stop for the evening, you let me know where you are, and where you hope to get to by the next day. I’ll give you an update either that evening or early morning. If the forecast changes (sometimes that happens!), I’ll make sure you know and we’ll figure out “Plan ‘B'”
I’m pretty flexible on how we can communicate. Texts, Facebook or WhatsApp messaging, or email all work.
What RV’ers are saying about RV Weather Routing Services…
David thanks again for your help in crossing the country to get back home to UT. Could not have done it without your weather advice and route suggestions. 3200 miles in 6 days dodging 2 big storms and sub 25 degree temps.
I am home!! Few flurries today, but no problems! I cannot thank you enough for your assistance 🙂
Usually a week before my towing, I would let David know my start point, end point and considered route. David would give me route and timing suggestions based on the weather and road conditions.
Even when I couldn’t be flexible and wait for better weather, he informed me where I would encounter the storm and how far or fast I would get out of it.
…if you RV, you need to be following RV Weather… David, the wizard behind the curtain, posts thorough weather forecasts regularly, specifically with RV travel in mind. I reached out with a question and really only hoped for a short, general answer. What I got instead was expert, personalized advice (and a custom route) to help us successfully avoid the storm that has crippled much of the US…
…The key thing is to time [winter towing] according to the forecast. In the last two years, David Titley, a fellow Airstreamer and renowned meteorologist, had been instrumental in helping me with weather and route planning.
David has been helping us since we flew to FL to pick up our truck and trailer and drive back home to CA! … So nice to have an expert helping us out along the way.
Have a question about general or expected weather for a time of year for your trip? Any other weather-related questions? Perhaps I can help out. Contact me using the form below.