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Old 10-25-2012, 07:36 PM   #15
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Don't panic just yet, you still have a couple of days to watch things develop. According to the latest NOAA storm track it is due to make landfall around 2:00 PM Tuesday 10/30 some where between Philadelphia and New York City with 80 to 100 MPH winds at the coast. Norfolk should receive 30 to 50 MPH winds with rain and some flooding starting Sunday 10/28.

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Old 10-25-2012, 08:02 PM   #16
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If the wheels will roll, get the H out of there. As a minimum, get your body out of there.

If you wait too long to leave, you will not have an option. The roads will be grid locked and little to no fuel available.

Personally, I'd wait and see until Saturday PM or Sunday AM.


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Old 10-25-2012, 08:23 PM   #17
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A couple hours west should give you some elevation & distance from the coast.
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:02 PM   #18
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I wouldn't risk something serious....or if nothing else, damage to your coach. The beautiful part about a motorhome is it has wheels....it'll go anywhere you point it, and you have more than enough to wait out the storm in total comfort.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:50 AM   #19
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Go west young man!!
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:56 AM   #20
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Get out of there with everything you can. If you can take your coach, bring it back later for repairs, do it!

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Old 10-26-2012, 09:08 AM   #21
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I live in the Galveston, County area of Texas, Texas City Proper. Here is my experience.

Evacuated for Rita. Got to late of a start, 150 miles in 15-1/2 hours. Rita followed us and we were caught in a Cat-1.

Evacuated for Ike. Left in time and 100 miles later we were parked. Ike followed us and we were caught up in a Cat-1 again.

Fortunately both Cat-1's, even though still Category-1's, had the lower end of the wind spectrum by the time they reached us.

In both cases we were spared, but many around us were not. Debris was the most cause, flying around. A tree right next to us was cracked at the base. this tree was 12 feet from the front of the MH. The car was parked between the tree and the front of the MH. It fell opposite of our vehicles. Had it decided to fall the other way, car and MH would have been damaged severely. Funny thing, all the other trees in the CG fell the opposite direction. Thank you again Lord.

We lost power on the second occasion. Ran the Generator for 4 days. Stupidly I had not topped the fuel tank off so we had to find someplace to fuel up or the generator would shut off in another 12 hours. One hundred miles later we found a station with power and had fuel. I was running on fumes when we pulled in.

It is absolutely a frightening experience to say the least. If you can, evacuate. I doubt Spartan will be open during the landing, and if power is lost it could be a couple days. If you are unable to move the MH, there are more things important that the MH - Life.

Good luck in your decisions.

p.s., when people ask me now where to go during a hurricane evacuation, I tell them to watch where I go and go in the opposite direction. Safer.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:09 AM   #22
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You don't want the MH in 100 plus MPH winds.
Mine did make it trough Wilma with 70 MPH winds with damage to patio awning, one ripped off bedroom awning, two max covers on roof and one vent cover under where the max cover was.

I wasn't in it. I went to a friends house.

If they don't have your MH fixed by this evening when they close for the weekend.

Hook your toad up to it and make a trip west to at least the KY. area.
Then next Wed. call and make another appointment with them for after they get the electric restored.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:37 AM   #23
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Why would you stay? If you do put a toe tag on so we can identify you. In 1969 my uncle stayed in LA during Camille and he almost died, 2 of his 3 daughters did. Is it really worth staying? Pack up drive inland and go back when its over. Nothing is worth losing your MH or your life. I have been in and seen what 100 mph winds can do. Not pretty.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:47 AM   #24
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Not to scare you, but depending on the terrain around you, you should leave...
you've gotten great advice thus far....
fill up everything (and empty the other things) today, before the rush...

Batten down everything else in preparation for the move and watch the weather...

Even if you it turns out your locale doesn't have issues with
the wind,
or the storm surge,
or the related storms spun off by a big hurricane,
just the massive amounts of rain in a short period WILL inundate ANY river, stream, and many neighborhoods -
why I've never have built a house on River Road or some name like that

can't tell you the number of Hurricane parties that ended up not being much of a party... I was in college and went to pass christian Miss staying at a camp on bay st louis when a large hurricane (Camille in 69?) headed there and I got out the morning it hit..
the hwy 90 bridge I crossed that morning was on the national news that night with TREES piled 20 feet high on it...
See - over 40 years later I remember that !
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:59 PM   #25
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After being in many hurricanes my advice would be to wait until Sunday and see where it's going to land. If you are in that area go about 30 -50 miles inland to a Wal-Mart and park on the west side of it. A cat-1 isn't too bad but a tornado could do some real damage. Good luck.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:22 PM   #26
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:30 PM   #27
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It boils down to this. Your motor home is a thing that can be replaced. You are a person and can not be replaced. Don't let your things put your life in jeopardy. Leave if you can get you MH to a safe area do it if not hit the road in your toad and wait some place safe. We're over in Chapel Hill. 3 days ago we were on Asseteague Island 3 days (the one with the wild horses) A good part of that will be under 3-4' of water.
Here's the best site for information on the storm. National Hurricane Center
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:36 AM   #28
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Hurricane update

Thanks for all of your input. We left on Friday morning and are now in Selma NC and away from the hurricane. The coach has a ground wire issue somewhere in the thousands of feet of wiring. Replaced a bad air pressure sensor and the air/fuel/battery gauge. Problems still persist. All of these gages are about 30% below where they should be resulting in an ocasional warning light/buzzer. The air tested out (direct in line) at 120 per compressor and I have filled the fuel tank and will keep it toped off every 300 miles. As long as the air tanks are purging I know that I have proper pressure. I may hook up a volt meter to the chasis electronics. I will set up a ground wire to the chasis come in through the side window, pull the gauge cluster and by-pass the ground wires. I will disconnect any after market additions (CB etc) and spend some time in the fuse box. I was able to negotiate the $1400 dollar bill down to $500 by agreeing to pay the tech's actual hourly pay vs the $120 the facility wanted and the parts actually not performing. Blah-blah-blah. Have any of you had similar ground issues. I know it is a long shot but I shudder to think of the expense of a shop finding the problem.

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