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Old 09-30-2022, 08:08 PM   #1
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As we are in southwest Florida and Hurricane Ian paid us a visit this week. We are parked about 100 miles from where it came on shore. Damage in this area is mostly limited to flooding with some wind damage. Lessons I learned, leave if you can, but if you can't as was our situation we rode it out. But had it been closer we would have most likely just left the rig and evacuated. I now have a check list for things to check and do. I didn't fill the fresh water tank and we only had bottled water for 36 hrs or so. I thought the propane tanks were full and they weren't(used for the generator). I didn't fill the gas cans for the generator until I realized I didn't have enough propane to get thru it. We had winds around 30 mph or maybe a little higher and gusts over 50 but that and a lot of rain was all we got. I wouldn't do it again...
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Thanks for sharing, and glad you are okay.
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Everything but human life can be replaced. Being prepared is one reason I have an RV. I always travel and maintain a full fresh water tank when possible. Some say they don't want to haul the weight, if that were true they wouldn't be traveling in an RV IMO.
Four years ago our winter RV park(today a giant rubbish pile) was without water for 2 days. We shared our water with several neighbors -for drinking only, everything else could wait.
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Everything but human life can be replaced. Being prepared is one reason I have an RV. I always travel and maintain a full fresh water tank when possible. Some say they don't want to haul the weight, if that were true they wouldn't be traveling in an RV IMO.
Four years ago our winter RV park(today a giant rubbish pile) was without water for 2 days. We shared our water with several neighbors -for drinking only, everything else could wait.
We travel with water in our tank, and upon arrival if needed I will top off the freshwater tank. We have been in places and lost water due to a broken main someplace. Sometimes the break was outside the park and sometimes inside the park.
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Glad you were OK. Yes I agree if you can move out of the rode of the bad weather, move. I try to be prepared as well. While traveling the brakes went out on my truck, I got towed to a repair shop. The shop owner pulled my camper to his house and I camped in his driveway while he ordered the parts and repaied the brakes. I was glad to have a full water tank and full propane tanks.
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Being prepared is what allows us to dry camp a bunch. Full H20 tank, batteries OK, when one propane tank signals empty, it get filled, etc. Deferred maintenance not allowed (hardly ). Wife sometimes rolls eyes, but she puts up with me and most of the time we have no major issues. Cheers!...
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Very sound advise.
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Glad you pulled through it OK. Lots of lessons are learned during every weather anomaly. It's great that you share those things you had to work with. I have stories as well, but they can wait.
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