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Old 10-25-2012, 04:09 PM   #1
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Riding out a hurricane??

I am currently hooked up at a Spartan repair facility in Portsmouth VA waiting for one of those mysterious electronic issues. I may not be out of here before hurricane Sandy hits. Has anyone ridden out a hurricane in a 33k lb class A? Winds are expected in excess of 110mph. Should I stay in the coach with its own power supply or take my car inland to a motel which will probably lose power? I'm probably 300 yards from the river at about 10 feet in elevation.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:14 PM   #2
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If you like your coach too....I'd take everything west....hurricanes are NO fun in anything....especially at that category.....don't ask me how I know...
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If you indeed receive 100+ mph winds inside a mh please make sure all your documents are in order and the rescue (recovery team) have information as to who to contact (if they find you). Seriously if I were you I'd move the RV and yourself inland away from the path of the storm asking Spartan to save your place.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:18 PM   #4
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I am currently hooked up at a Spartan repair facility in Portsmouth VA waiting for one of those mysterious electronic issues. I may not be out of here before hurricane Sandy hits. Has anyone ridden out a hurricane in a 33k lb class A? Winds are expected in excess of 110mph. Should I stay in the coach with its own power supply or take my car inland to a motel which will probably lose power? I'm probably 300 yards from the river at about 10 feet in elevation.
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I can sum it up this way...if your rig runs, so should you.

Been there, done that, no fun no matter how you look at it. But check your evac plan carefully so you know you won't be caught somewhere else where it could be worse.

Best of luck!
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:21 PM   #5
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We are at a campground in Marathon, FL and currently getting some of the bands from Hurricane Sandy, heavy rain and probably 50 mph winds gusting to 60+. We are on jacks, no antennas or sat. dish up. Would not want to take a direct hit as our site is directly on Gulf. Hopefully she will turn out to the East. I think we would find a stick and brick location if it looked like it was going to make a hit on the area you are. Good Luck!
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:31 PM   #6
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If that thing starts and runs, get outta there...if those nasty winds you speak of are very likely.

Either that, or beg the repair center if you can keep it inside (pay them if need be).....but I'd be kinda surprised if they go for it.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:43 PM   #7
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Fill up all tanks and watch the path closely. If it will hit in your area, try to start moving at least 48 hrs before landfall. I live in south Louisiana so we have had to many hurricane experiences.
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At 100mph plus winds if it doesn't blow you over I would be worried about flying debri. If I was sure we were in the line of fire I would get out of dodge till it blows over to save on those insurance deductibles.
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At 100mph plus winds if it doesn't blow you over I would be worried about flying debri. If I was sure we were in the line of fire I would get out of dodge till it blows over to save on those insurance deductibles.
With full tanks it will take more than 100+ winds to blow a RV over. But tornados very unpredictable with a hurricane. Regardless, if the hurricane is headed towards you and you can get out, head west young man!
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Retreat is best option for all the above. But one addl similar bit. We got caught in a high dry wind situation. I figured it was best to nose into the wind, if this thing will travel at 70mph head on the best direction to take a stationary 70 mph wind was to land it low into the wind. Debris and rising water is going to be the larger issue.

Running water may be better to landed higher.
I'd retreat to higher ground unless it doesn't run. If it can't run I'd land it and get a rental out if town and hope for the best. It's only stuff.
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I am currently hooked up at a Spartan repair facility in Portsmouth VA waiting for one of those mysterious electronic issues. I may not be out of here before hurricane Sandy hits. Has anyone ridden out a hurricane in a 33k lb class A? Winds are expected in excess of 110mph. Should I stay in the coach with its own power supply or take my car inland to a motel which will probably lose power? I'm probably 300 yards from the river at about 10 feet in elevation.
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If you just move your coach to the lee side of an office building you'll be fine. I've been through this in 2004, Charlie was a direct hit over me. The worst damage was done by tree's breaking/falling. Our power was out for 8 day's so fuel is an issue. As others have stated top off fuel & water to weigh down the coach & keep the slides in.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:23 PM   #12
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What about having it towed farther inland? Tow it to a campground plug in and BBQ until over. I'd rather pay a tow bill than the deductible for a flooded rv.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:40 PM   #13
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If you can, move.
Why be part of the "problem" (food, fuel, other needs) during the clean up.
4-5 hrs and you can be out of the track or at least the worst of it.
But leave early or 4-5 hrs could easily double or more.
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Growing up on the gulf coast I learned one thing about hurricanes. No two are exactly alike. Depending on circumstances the damage can be from wind alone - wind and flying debris - fire from downed power or broken gas lines. Driving water - rising water and btw 10 feet sounds like a lot but depending on where it backs up from and to is less than you might think. Rising water can also bring you snakes. It's always an inconvenience to let a storm dictate your plans but why take a chance. If you can move it without a lot of hassle why not. If you can't - why take a chance with yourself, DW and toad. There will always be folks that ride them out and then there's Darwin.
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