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Old 01-29-2014, 11:08 PM   #1
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Exclamation What would you do - Atlanta/Birmingham

I am a new motorhome owner as of November, and on my first trip in December I realized I would never be overly concerned if I got stopped in an Interstate delay in my motorhome, because I was self sufficient--I didn't have to be anywhere when. Seeing the disaster in Atlanta and Birmingham the last 2 days I have had to think though, how would I survive and how could I help? If I was stuck overnight on I-75 how could I help out everyone around me? What would I/should I do? How many would I take aboard? Should I be the good Samaritan or should I be cautious. I think I know what I would do but what are everyone else's thoughts? What are the considerations?
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:19 AM   #2
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I'd have to help somehow, I couldn't drive away.
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Old 01-30-2014, 06:47 AM   #3
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It took 24 hours for the semi that makes deliveries where my wife works to get back home in Birmingham, Al Tuesday / Wednesday. It's normally a 3 - 3.5 hour drive.

I say pay attention to the weather and don't drive into a situation if you can. That ice storm had been forcasted, even down here for 24 hours.

Be safe.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:18 AM   #4
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Great story from Jeff stuck on I-20 for over a day. Yep, being a Good Samaritan is the answer. I would relish helping out where I could.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:41 AM   #5
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I am a new motorhome owner as of November, and on my first trip in December I realized I would never be overly concerned if I got stopped in an Interstate delay in my motorhome, because I was self sufficient--I didn't have to be anywhere when. Seeing the disaster in Atlanta and Birmingham the last 2 days I have had to think though, how would I survive and how could I help? If I was stuck overnight on I-75 how could I help out everyone around me? What would I/should I do? How many would I take aboard? Should I be the good Samaritan or should I be cautious. I think I know what I would do but what are everyone else's thoughts? What are the considerations?
Let me know how it turns out for you when after (50?) people use your Bathroom and the tank is full you have to say (Sorry you cant use my Bathroom!). Youroo!!
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:01 AM   #6
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Only little ol' ladies and young kids. Everyone else gets their own personal red solo cup. Men get pointed to the other side of the nearest 18 wheeler. Ha!
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Let me know how it turns out for you when after (50?) people use your Bathroom and the tank is full you have to say (Sorry you cant use my Bathroom!). Youroo!!
There's always a reason not to. I'd be concerned about people stealing or breaking things.

But, at the end of the day- when I'm in the midst of a situation, I do what I can for those that I can help. Filling up the crapper and I can't help any more? Well, I can safely say that I helped while I could.
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:56 PM   #8
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Sorry, tanks are full.
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:11 PM   #9
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Ex, myself and the kids were in our MH on a trip to Disney/Florida once and got caught in an hours long, miles long traffic jam due to a drunk entering the interstate going the wrong way...it was Spring Break so I don't have to go into detail about who was in the car he hit, and how many were killed.

A young (teen) girl knocked on the door asking to use our bathroom...you could tell she'd reached the point of desperation. Men were heading up into the trees left and right by then.

Sure, come on in!

Just as she got herself all situated the traffic started to move a bit. Her friends had pulled up along side us on the shoulder for her to knock on our door, so DH waved to them to ease up alongside us.

Poor girl came SCREAMING out of the bathroom with her pants around her knees. Bless her heart, guess she thought we were kidnapping her.

Total chaos for about 20 seconds.

Important detail; all three of our kids are male and all under the age of 10 at that time.
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It took 24 hours for the semi that makes deliveries where my wife works to get back home in Birmingham, Al Tuesday / Wednesday. It's normally a 3 - 3.5 hour drive.

I say pay attention to the weather and don't drive into a situation if you can. That ice storm had been forcasted, even down here for 24 hours.

Be safe.
Once again...support for my belief that the overwhelming majority of RVers are fine folks.

Heart warming, to be sure. Thanks for sharing!
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my uncle was stuck at work for 3 days and his wife 2days. they live in leeds along with a lot of my relatives. hwy 78 was worst as its a 2 lane twisty mountain road
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I don't mind helping people, but some times ya gotta take care of your own first, then worry about everyone else. Stuck on the highway like that would be one of those situations where you would have to make some decision. What slays me is the attitude of some people that simply expect you to help them when you chose not to.

I used to take my Class A to the St. Louis thanksgiving day parade every year. The parade organizer put up Porto-potties, but the numbers always seemed lacking and there was a never ending stream of people coming up to me to inquire if they could use my 'facilities'. With the exception of a few nicer people with young children, I always responded "no".

I could not believe the number of people (usually 20-ish girls) that apparently have never been given a straight 'no' in their lives. they would be like "why not?!?". I would tell them that I am not in the habit of explaining myself to strangers, and I wasn't gonna start with them. I was cussed at, called rude names and other un-pleasantries more than once by people who clearly thought that I was put on this earth to solve all of their problems for them.

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Old 02-04-2014, 08:15 AM   #13
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I wouldnt be able to help many. i carry only a small amount of fresh water in my tt while traveling same goes for food. Since we own a smallish TT we dont keep much food in it but opt to stop near our destination and stock up. we however normally have a case of bottled water and a few snacks.
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