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Old 10-07-2018, 09:26 AM   #1
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Possible Panhandle hurricane prep

Hello anyone recently rode out/prepared for hurricane tropical storm? We have a vlite 35 foot. Not sure what should do with it other than keep stabilizers down.
Thoughts anyone. We are in Pensacola. This morning weather underground is all over the place. Some saying models predict Cat 3 hurricane. Ivan all over again
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Old 10-07-2018, 09:31 AM   #2
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If your Vlite is not positioned as a seasonal unit.....Iíd prepare it as your escape house in case they issue an evacuation. Your sticks and bricks house will have to fend for itself.

Unlike some people, you have alternative accommodations. Why chance losing two residences?
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Old 10-07-2018, 09:45 AM   #3
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Were you not here a couple of weeks ago when Florence hit the east coast?

There are countless threads about that!

Funny, just last weekend Hurricane Rosa blew through here (Yuma, AZ)...

It was one 10 minute monster wind and rain downpour, then two days of rain.

We were OK, but we had several trees fall in the park!

One right at the end of our street. (first and third shots below taken from our front porch)

Some of my neighbors didn't fare as well...plus my 5'ver got a free wash and came out unscathed out in the storage lot.
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Old 10-07-2018, 09:49 AM   #4
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Just came home with new 30WFKSV week or so ago. So no did not see Florence post. Is there a good one to check out?
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Old 10-07-2018, 09:58 AM   #5
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I typed 'Florence' in the search line at the top of this page and got this:

https://www.google.com/search?q=Flor...iverforums.com
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Old 10-07-2018, 01:05 PM   #6
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Florence was to hit my front door as a Cat 4, them Cat 3. Sadly for those in Wrightsville Beach they got it direct and not us 40 miles south. Hooked the 5er and went 240 miles inland. Always west ~ preferably south west. Once on land they always go north. Some that went north with Florence missed most of the storm, but it took an extra week or more to get home due to flooding.
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Old 10-07-2018, 01:25 PM   #7
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why not leave? why would you let your RV ‘ride it out’?
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Old 10-07-2018, 01:27 PM   #8
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If your Vlite is not positioned as a seasonal unit.....Iíd prepare it as your escape house in case they issue an evacuation. Your sticks and bricks house will have to fend for itself.

Unlike some people, you have alternative accommodations. Why chance losing two residences?
I second these recommendations! Your best bet is to get out of the, and do it early. Traffic and fuel availability become a real problem. Leave before the evacuation order!
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Old 10-07-2018, 04:21 PM   #9
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I would say "Bye!!" and head to a nice inland camp ground. Or.... go to your favorite ACE Hardware and buy Hurricane Tie Down straps and 4 foot drill posts to anchor that sucker down. Of course they may not help too much if you get a tidal surge, terror-nado or a similar form of abhorrent energy emission.
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Old 10-07-2018, 05:06 PM   #10
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I'm in Colorado now so my prevous home just south of Houston is the responsibility of the new owner.

Having lived there for 21 years I can tell you I saw a few storms. And, I watched them from Hot Springs, Arkansas or Dallas, Texas. I packed up my RV, boarded up my home, and left town before anyone else did.

When my work manager called me to say everyone was evacuating and did I need any help, I told him no, I left 2 days ago.

When the interstates were crawling, people were running out of gas, food, and bathrooms, I was watching it on TV from Arkansas.

When my brother-in-law sat on a freeway for 27 hours because he evacuated when he was told to, I was reading his text messages from Arkansas.

When the sky turned blue again, I went back home to coastal Texas.

Your best preparation for your Florida RV is to take it for a vacation away from the coast and away from the inland path of the storm.

If I were in Florida right now, I'd head for a holiday in Lousiana or Miami.

P.S. Keeping stabilizers sown will help if the winds remain below 50 mph
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Old 10-07-2018, 06:36 PM   #11
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We live in PNS also. My plan when there is a threat is to be prepped to travel. Full gas in the tow vehicle, plus extra in gas cans. At least a few hundred in cash. Sometimes flashing some cash can get favors done. Extra food that will not spoil. Full propane tanks.

The good thing about the Panhandle is that you can escape East or West on I-10, and North on I-65. Do you remember last year when all the peninsula folks had to take I-75 or I-95 North? It was a madhouse.

Always carry a small portable weather radio for updates. Even if the cell service is overloaded and you can't connect to the internet, NOAA will always be transmitting.
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Leave and go North!

Going east or west might put you into the storm because no one knows where it's going to hit.

RVs are not made to weather storms. If you can't move the rv, get yourself somewhere safe. Rvs can be replaced.... you cannot.
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:01 AM   #13
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why not leave? why would you let your RV Ďride it outí?
GET OUT! OR just make sure your insurance will replace it, and be able to do without it for a few months.
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:12 AM   #14
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Trying to convince DW .. Stay tuned
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:51 AM   #15
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Weigh it down.

In order to keep it from tipping or moving in high winds we filled the water, gray and black tanks. If we don't leave I will do the same.
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:13 AM   #16
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Hello anyone recently rode out/prepared for hurricane tropical storm? We have a vlite 35 foot. Not sure what should do with it other than keep stabilizers down.
Thoughts anyone. We are in Pensacola. This morning weather underground is all over the place. Some saying models predict Cat 3 hurricane. Ivan all over again
We rode Isabelle out at home... Longest 12 hours of our lives followed by several weeks of generator only power. Not fun. Was always worrying about trees falling on us. We no longer have a stick built house so it is just a matter of which way do we go when the forecast looks threatening.
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:17 PM   #17
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x2 on what Bluepill said.

Plus, know that depending on where your credit card service is located (the actual computers), if it is in the path of the storm and it goes down, only cash will work. Take plenty of cash.

Plus, when cell service is overloaded and you can't make a call, send text messages. Somehow they manage to sneak through even when phone calls are impossible.

AND, leave before everyone else does. You don't really want to be sitting on the freeway when the storm rolls through.
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Old 10-08-2018, 03:39 PM   #18
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Trying to convince DW .. Stay tuned
Great time to enjoy a few days in New Orleans. Find an RV Park near the intersection of I-55 and I-12. That leaves you away from the coast and with a good route North in case the storm turns left of the current predicted track.

If it stays on track, you can just drive down to Bourbon Street and have a really good Hurricane Party!
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Old 10-08-2018, 04:00 PM   #19
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x2 on what Bluepill says.

Is there a reason you just can't leave?
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Old 10-09-2018, 03:28 PM   #20
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Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton will have their campground open for evacuees.
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