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Jim

Joined
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996
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North Carolina
RV Year
2009
RV Make
Tiffin
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Phaeton QTH
RV Length
40
TOW/TOAD
2016 Jeep Rubicon Hard Rock
OMG, what a trip! I figured we could wait in Orlando until the hurricane went back out to sea, and that part of the plan worked fine. We left Orlando yesterday and stayed the night in Homestead after a very windy/rainy day on the road. Somewhere along the line we developed a strange noise that we never could find. So we grit our teeth and tried to ignore it. Then after hitting a HUGE hole in the road (yeah, the toll road that FL makes you pay to drive on) the power vanity shade that extends across the windshield came crashing down. Not surprisingly, the noise that we were wondering about was replaced with my wife's screaming, as well as with a few not to be repeated words of my own.

Made an emergency stop on the side of the road and got the mess cleared up. Mind you, the wind is hitting 60 mph and the rain is sheeting down so bad you can't see 20' in front of you. Got back on the road, both of us in somewhat a diminished state of shock, and continued in a new found silence. Well, until the windshield wiper self-destructed and started flopping around on the windshield. No way to pull over as we were on the Interstate, and things got serious in a hurry. Vision was limited to me seeing a couple of the white dashes on the road, and that vanished whenever a car/truck went by. We were in near panic as we hunted for a side road to get off on. Finally, we found a place to pull over and I fixed the wiper with some zip ties.

So we got back on the road again and started to do battle with the bridges you have to cross to get to the keys. The bridges themselves are not bad but the wind was so violent that I crawled along at 35 mph, promising myself that I would find a bottle of 100 year old scotch when (and if) we ever got to Key West.

We finally got to Bluewater Key, got backed into our lot, and celebrated our survival with a couple of high-fives. :) And now, I'm off to find that bottle of scotch.

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Jim

Joined
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Messages
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Location
North Carolina
RV Year
2009
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Tiffin
RV Model
Phaeton QTH
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40
TOW/TOAD
2016 Jeep Rubicon Hard Rock
Don't kid yourselves, the place looks nice and quiet. But every 20-30 minutes a new band of diminishing hurricane will hit, and the rain/wind is not to be taken lightly. :)
 
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Yikes. would a lighter gasser have survived? Glad you are ok. Mkes me think maybe being packed away for the winter, waiting for snow to be over is not so bad after all.:cool:
 

Jim

Joined
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Messages
996
Location
North Carolina
RV Year
2009
RV Make
Tiffin
RV Model
Phaeton QTH
RV Length
40
TOW/TOAD
2016 Jeep Rubicon Hard Rock
Yikes. would a lighter gasser have survived? Glad you are ok. Mkes me think maybe being packed away for the winter, waiting for snow to be over is not so bad after all.:cool:
Drive slow and you would have been fine. It's just a little unnerving to have wind hitting that hard when you're on a bridge with nothing but a 3' wall between you and the ocean below. (One of these bridges is 60' above the water. :eek: ) And of course, you're sitting much higher in the coach so you're looking down at the road and the ocean below.

My steering wheel will forever be imprinted from my white-knuckle grip!
 

Jim

Joined
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Messages
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Location
North Carolina
RV Year
2009
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Tiffin
RV Model
Phaeton QTH
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TOW/TOAD
2016 Jeep Rubicon Hard Rock
It's a very busy table. . .

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Jim

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Location
North Carolina
RV Year
2009
RV Make
Tiffin
RV Model
Phaeton QTH
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40
TOW/TOAD
2016 Jeep Rubicon Hard Rock
My heart started pounding when reading what you went thru....sheesh....
lol, you should have been in the drivers seat! :)

Trish was so scared that she wouldn't sit in the passenger's seat and stayed in the back of the motor home where she couldn't see what was going on around us. Kind of like an ostrich with it's head in the sand. I kept telling her to get the camera and take some pictures so she would have something to remember this with, but she was not coming out.

And now, here we are all safe and sound with no pictures. :confused: But as the say in the Jeep world, "we didn't die!"
 
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Location
Cypress Inn, TN
RV Year
2011
RV Make
Thor
RV Model
Hurricane
RV Length
32ft
TOW/TOAD
2018 Nissan Rogue
Glad you made it safe. Same thing happened to me on the way to Charlotte on our last trip. Rain coming down and the wiper blade assembly unlatched. Duck tape to the rescue. I think the wipers are just too big for the latches. I have an idea for a fix.
 

Jim

Joined
Dec 18, 2019
Messages
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Location
North Carolina
RV Year
2009
RV Make
Tiffin
RV Model
Phaeton QTH
RV Length
40
TOW/TOAD
2016 Jeep Rubicon Hard Rock
Stand by, @Jim; @Neal will be along shortly to sell you a dash cam! :ROFLMAO:

TJ
I have one in the Jeep and before we left I was going to move it to the RV. But the window in the RV is almost straight up/down and the suction cup mount wants to be mounted on a window that is sloped. So unfortunately, no dash cam when I needed it.
 
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Location
Midlothian, VA
RV Year
2017
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Ventana 4037
RV Length
40' 10"
TOW/TOAD
2017 Chevy Colorado
Fulltimer
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Jim

Joined
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Messages
996
Location
North Carolina
RV Year
2009
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Tiffin
RV Model
Phaeton QTH
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40
TOW/TOAD
2016 Jeep Rubicon Hard Rock
We wandered around on Duval Street today, going back tomorrow now that we know where to go. Ate where the locals eat, it was good! Took some random pics. Key West is a no-fly zone, so no drone video. :(


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Jim

Joined
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Messages
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Location
North Carolina
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2009
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Tiffin
RV Model
Phaeton QTH
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40
TOW/TOAD
2016 Jeep Rubicon Hard Rock
Everywhere you go there are chickens walking around! So I asked one of the locals what's up with the chickens? He said (so the story goes) that they were originally brought over from the Caribbean Islands and Cuba to be used for cock fighting. Later, when the practice was outlawed, the chickens/roosters were let go. Also to note, Key West is a bird sanctuary, so it became illegal to hurt the chickens, so they just wandered around and made themselves at home.

Who knew?


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