What do we do when it rains?
Camping is no fun when it rains. There’s no way to avoid everything getting wet. There isn’t much to do. The car stinks from all the gear being thrown in wet. Unless you’re a frog or a tree, it’s just plain miserable.
Our camper doesn’t do a whole lot to make it better. The inside is basically just a bed. It’s not like we can scramble indoors, sit at a table, and wait out a rainstorm over a nice little picnic, but we’ve found a few ways to cope.
First, we created some additional outdoor living space with a couple of canopy tents. The first is a Wenzel Panorama Canopy. It’s about 13×9′ of floor space. We actually use it more often over top of the camper so that 1) we can fully open the roof vent and not worry about rain getting in and 2) we can step out of the camper and be protected from rain while we put on a rain coat. The canopy is easy to move around and can be set up over a picnic table as well.
Despite the negative reviews on Amazon, the Wenzel canopy has been GREAT for us. It’s easy to set up and it has held up well in some very strong winds.
The other canopy is a Hasika Shelter Tent that is made to fit on the back of an SUV or truck, but we found that it works perfectly over the back of Homer. It allows us to cook in the kitchen without getting wet or sun-baked. It also provides a bit of sitting space as well.
The Hasika canopy also does really well in strong winds as long as the guy lines are tied securely.
Besides these two added spaces, if it just sucks being outside, we’ll wander into the camper for some cards (we’re getting pretty good at gin) or a movie. So far, we’ve only watched 3 movies on the trip: Juno, Troy, and Old School.
We haven’t yet been so annoyed with being outdoors that we’ve opted for a shopping mall or movie theater, but we’re sure that day will come sooner or later.
That’s what we do when it rains.