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Old 09-03-2013, 05:24 PM   #15
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We are planning on spending six weeks if Florida with our motor home. About ten miles from the beach on the gulf side. I have read several times that motor homes and Florida do not mix. But what about a short stay like this.
Florida is why us Snowbirds have motor homes!!!!


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Old 09-03-2013, 06:33 PM   #16
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You're 10 miles from the coast. Don't sweat it, have a great time!

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Old 09-03-2013, 06:36 PM   #17
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Perhaps it is because so many MH owners in Florida go to their eternal reward.

Psst - that's because they are really old.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:03 PM   #18
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I bought my present MH in Florida about 3 years ago. It was bought and used there for the 11 years before we bought it. Since then, we have wintered in Florida 5 months every year. When we inspected it, my main concern was the steel and of course the undercarriage (thinking salt). I was amazed how clean and rust free it was. Living in Mich all my life with all the salt on the roads, this thing was imaculate compared to the Mich MHs we looked at.

Now I would guess if one was parked on the beach for many years, it may be different. For the most part however, your problem with Florida MHs is a myth.
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Old 09-04-2013, 03:47 PM   #19
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Florida motorhomes are some of the best rust fees, corrosion free units in the country. You only have a problem with rust if you choose to expose them to constant salt spray from the ocean. Salt spray only goes a few hundred feet unless you have a tropical storm or hurricane come through and then most of us leave in the coach. That is one of the main reasons we natives have RV's....to get out of town when storms approach. RV's are great insurance against storms, floods and fires in addition to the enjoyment we get out of them. No worries on coming to Fl in your coach....enjoy your stay.
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Old 09-04-2013, 03:53 PM   #20
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This coach lives in Florida about 15 miles from the ocean.

15 years old and rust free!

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Old 09-04-2013, 07:33 PM   #21
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You are RIGHT ON! Florida isn't friendly. Birds droppings all over MH's. Snakes and Gators and you have to be careful stepping out of MH. Coach roaches as big as most peoples sandals. And BITING red ANTs. Don't even mention Florida States Bird the dreaded virus carrying Mosquitos. And I haven't even touched on the dreaded Blue & white heads driving in Florida. Not even going to mention those people called Snowbirds who drive with their left turn signal blinking while driving in the right lane.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:59 PM   #22
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Florida is the perfect environment for MH's. Low or no hills, straight roads, very few pot holes. RV parking at Walmarts, Cracker Barrels and most rest stops. If you look in any resource you will find multiple RV parks or camping locations in any part of the state including in the middle of the everglades. We have so many choices and diverse environments that making a choice will be your biggest problem. We don't have any snow or ice so we never salt our roads. The sun may bleach your decals but you never see rusty MH's. I could go on but you get the idea.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:44 AM   #23
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It won't hurt to spray your jacks legs with silicone when you get set up.
You shouldn't be here long enough for the green mold to attack your roof.
I always pressure wash the mold off in April before leaving.

11 years of 7 months a year in SE FL. with no rust problem.
But I don't expect any on a fiberglass gel coat & rubber house.
They are some on the chassis frame. But may be another 50 plus years before that may or may not be a problem. It won't be my problem then.

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