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April 18, 2021

If you’re an adventurous type and love to RV, you have the gear to keep you comfortable, warm, and fed when you’re out on the road. One piece of equipment that you may not have thought about packing is a weather radio. A weather radio is a preemptive safety device that can help you avoid terrible weather and nasty situations. When you’re RVing, the unexpected is always just around the corner. Make sure that you’re prepared with the best weather radio for RVing.

What is a Weather Radio?

A weather radio is specialized to receive alerts and emergency broadcasts from the National Weather Service. Although the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) does not manufacture radios, it puts its seal of approval on any radio that passes its standards.

S.A.M.E. stands for Specific Area Message Encoding. Radios that are S.A.M.E.-capable alert you to meteorological situations in your location, giving you plenty of time to take cover or avoid bad weather.

Here are the best weather radios for RVing and descriptions of their features to ensure you’re always prepared on your travels.

1. WR120 NOAA Weather Alert Radio


The WR120 notifies you almost instantly when there is a dire weather emergency in your direct location. A S.A.M.E.-capable device, the WR120, is a necessary precaution against the elements.

Any information from the National Weather Service about the weather in your area is immediately broadcasted to your WR120, saving you precious moments to seek shelter. It recognizes 60 weather events, including flash floods, hurricanes, and tornados.

Easily programmable and resettable, at $39.99, the WR120 is a must-have for every RVer.

2. HH50B Pocket Weather Alert Radio

Midland Pocket Weather Radio

A device that easily fits into your pocket or purse, the HH50B is a convenient lifesaver. Although it is small, it is powerful, with 7 preset channels and an antenna to give you clear reception in any weather.

In standby mode, the HH50B has an alert override, so it will switch itself over to an NOAA channel if it receives information about the weather coming into your area. The HH50B also scans when you turn it on to find the local weather channel and keep you apprised, perfect for the RVer.

For all of its features, this radio is an affordable $24.99.

3. WR300 AM/FM Weather Alert Radio

NOAA Weather Radio by Midland

This alert system overrides radio functioning and immediately tunes into an NOAA channel when emergency alerts are issued. The WR300 has a programmable siren volume level, so at night when some warnings could go unnoticed, you can program your WR300 to a volume that wakes you up as long as the power is on.

Different colored indicators show you in a glance what’s coming your way, with specific weather events connoted in each hue. The WR500 has S.A.M.E. localized technology and 23 programmed counties, so you will never be stuck unawares again.

Customizable warnings are one of the many perks of this $59.99 weather radio.

4. WR400 Deluxe NOAA Weather Radio

radio showing tornado worning

This weather radio is capable of keeping you apprised of any meteorological occurrences in the county through which you’re traveling, and you can even charge your other devices through its USB port.

The WR400 Weather Radio alerts you of up to 80 emergencies, including dust storms, tsunamis, and volcano eruptions. Midland’s most advanced weather alert system has a loud, piercing alarm at 25 dB and standby power if the first system fails.

For $69.99, you can get this reliable and trusted radio for your next RV trip.

The Takeaway

When you’re touring in unknown parts of the country, there are many changing variables, including the weather. When meteorological emergencies occur, they can happen quickly. Especially in a large RV, you don’t want to be caught in a dire situation.

Weather alert radios keep an eye on the weather, even when you can’t. Midland has models of weather radios that can suit every type of RV traveler. Before you head off on your next big adventure, choose the weather radio that’s perfect for your RV-style.

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