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Nomadtek 08-26-2011 11:42 AM

A little nervous. :(
 
So, my wife (Aluminomad) & I are brave/foolhardy fulltimers. Living in and renovating Raquel (1968 Safari 22'). We are in Maine and a bit inland but, I am still getting nervous about the impending hurricane. I don't want to be melodramatic but, this is our home. Not a hobby. Not a vacation vehicle. All we have.
If you pray to God, I don't care how. Please pray for us. We can use all the help we can get. I hope everyone stays safe. Jah Bless & keep us all.

Jim Clark 08-26-2011 12:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Nomadtek (Post 1038092)
So, my wife (Aluminomad) & I are brave/foolhardy fulltimers. Living in and renovating Raquel (1968 Safari 22'). We are in Maine and a bit inland but, I am still getting nervous about the impending hurricane. I don't want to be melodramatic but, this is our home. Not a hobby. Not a vacation vehicle. All we have.
If you pray to God, I don't care how. Please pray for us. We can use all the help we can get. I hope everyone stays safe. Jah Bless & keep us all.

I would advise that you secure your trailer and leave, you can not replace your life. Hurricanes spawn tornadoes and high wind. Flying debris and falling trees are dangerous. If you stay and have a problem no one can get to you during the storm. If you are in an area hit hard by the storm no water or food will be available for days until relief can get in. If you are advised to evacuate do so immediately, do not add to the problems. I am from New Orleans and have evacuated at least 10 time in my life. If you leave when you return you can bring food and water with you as eating MREs will get old very quickly, ask me how I know.

Let me add that you have wheel on your home and can roll out with what you have, many others can't, that is the best option.

BTW Myself, Wife, Son, Mother-in-Law, and 2 dogs rode out Katrina at Fort Wilderness, we were there for 2 weeks before we could return to New Orleans and had to sneak back in.

Jim

timmaah 08-26-2011 01:02 PM

Define a "bit inland"?

Trees are what you need to worry about. If the ground around the roots gets wet enough, they will topple.

I'm over in Vermont and am worried about 3 tall hemlocks near my driveway. I think I may try to prop the sides facing my Airstream with old 2x10s. So if they do fall.. they get a push in the other direction.

Nomadtek 08-26-2011 01:14 PM

I should clarify. We are parked on a family member's property. We can go up to the house. We should all be safe/fed/dry. Raquel, on the other hand, is within falling distance of several trees. Out in the open and vulnerable to the afforementioned flying debris. We really can't afford any costly repair bills. We are trying to save and prepare for our cross country trek in the fall.
Thank you for your advice. Don't think this area is going to be evacuated. If it were, we'd scoot. I just love Raquel. She's our rolling house. I'm most worried about her and what the hell we would do if any major damage/calamity were to occur.
Be interested to hear the MRE story sometime.
Peace.

Jim Clark 08-26-2011 01:27 PM

The MRE story is that after we returned to New Orleans that is all the was available to eat but they were free. We did load the trailer with food and water but that only will last so long.

Pickup the obvious things that will fly around and trim any limbs you can. Unfortunately it doesn't take much to dent an Airstream. Best of luck and don't risk your own safety to save the trailer.

If the trailer is road worthy move on out and come back in that is the way the power companies here operate. They go to a safe location and they come back in after the storm. We always make our evacuations into a mini vacation.

Jim

timmaah 08-26-2011 01:36 PM

Just got to do what you can and hope on the rest.

Insurance covers the bad. The day my trailer got delivered we had tornado warnings. Called Progressive the instant I looked up the vin and they had me covered before I hung up the phone. So still time if you need to..

Good luck on your adventure prep. We are set to go nomadic in ours in the spring.

aluminomad 08-26-2011 01:52 PM

she's not insured yet, but we do have a house to literally run to for safety if need be... batting down the hatches as best we can

TinCanLand 08-26-2011 01:53 PM

Securing the trailer
 
Usually what we do it pull it up right next to the garage, I mean close, <12 inches but NOT touching. Close up all the vents and windows. Trailers are light and anything you can do to keep wind from getting around and under it will help.

Some folks (we have not tried this but might in future) have a set of mobile home anchors already set up but the cables not attached. When there's a storm expected, they rig up the cables, padded with moving pads. Has worked pretty well. (so far!)

DEFINITELY DO NOT STAY IN THE TRAILER WHEN WIND OF ANY APPRECIABLE SPEED PICKS UP.

From what I am seeing on the NOAA site just now 1500 EDST should not be a big deal (this time!)

Aviator 08-26-2011 02:30 PM

APPLY FOR INSURANCE NOW! At least that way you are covered if disaster strikes, you are going to want to be insured on your trek this fall, so just take out the policy a couple of months sooner.

Jim Clark 08-26-2011 03:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Aviator (Post 1038154)
APPLY FOR INSURANCE NOW! At least that way you are covered if disaster strikes, you are going to want to be insured on your trek this fall, so just take out the policy a couple of months sooner.

You can try but they normally they will put a moratorium in place and you can't purchase insurance when a natural disaster in eminent.

Splitrock 08-26-2011 04:32 PM

I'd hook on to the trailer and head west.

TinCrumpet 08-26-2011 04:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Jim Clark (Post 1038169)
You can try but they normally they will put a moratorium in place and you can't purchase insurance when a natural disaster in eminent.

I hope you don't mind me intruding..I do hope you are all right with things and coping with it all..I got drenched today here in Middle England..Torrential rain but my goodness nothing like your yourselves..nothing at all..Kindest Regards TC

Rick F 08-26-2011 04:43 PM

One other thing to consider -- which may or may not apply in this case is that (I think) some home owner policies may possibly cover damage if something were to befall your trailer.. Of course, if it's not too late you could drive far away (west) and hope for the best -- as long as nobody whacks your trailer on the way out of dodge! Just a thought -- I'm FAR away on the 'left' coast.. YMMV!!

Gene 08-26-2011 04:56 PM

According to Nomad's profile they don't have tow vehicle. However, in an emergency something can be done to move the trailer—any vehicle can work with a ball on the hitch receiver, or maybe use a tractor. It sounds like the problem is trees and moving it 20 or 40' may be enough.

I don't know if anyone is praying for you as you asked, but in the meantime you should consider taking some action yourselves.

Gene


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