Owning an RV may be a luxury to some and a vital necessity to others. As evidenced during climate-related disasters, having an RV that you can depend on to get you out of the immediate area is a lifesaver. This is exactly what happened to RV Consumer Group's longtime members Virgil and Alice Russell, residents of Louisiana. The Russells purchased a motor home years ago strictly for vacation use. Little did they know then that the same motor home would save their family's lives. When Hurricane Katrina loomed on the Louisiana horizon, Virgil and Alice did not waste any time. They gathered whatever they could from their home and, along with Alice's mother, they left the state as quickly as possible. A couple of days later, their home was under 8 feet of water.
Although just about everything in their home was totally ruined, they are nevertheless extremely thankful for their lives, and for being fortunate enough to be able to ride out such catastrophe in relative comfort and familiar surroundings.
We are not advocating that you rush out and buy a motor home or towable to keep in your driveway for one of those "in case of emergency" situations. However, having been in close calls ourselves more than once, we are well aware of the value of owning an RV.
Years ago when JD and I were fulltiming in our old converted bus, we experienced many situations where being an RVer was a definite advantage. It helped us develop a very simple philosophy: "When things don't look right, get out of Dodge".
Whether you full-time in your RV or use it occasionally, there are certain items you should always keep in the drawers and closets.
We would like to share with you some of the comments that Virgil & Alice Russell sent to us at that time:
After reading the Russell's saga, it's difficult to imagine not having an RV for a quick escape to safer grounds.