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Posted: 12/19/19 04:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have had tt, dp motor home, lite fivers and now a heavy fiver. The set up we now have is by far the most stable we have had. I know a big part of it is the dually, but even though I feel confident in winds I still will hold back on travelling if there are high wind warnings for high profile vehicles.


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IMHO...Good Quality Class A MH.


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Super C zero problems with wind or passing semi's


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IB853347201 wrote:

IMHO...Good Quality Class A MH.


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I have towed my 34k combo in some BAD AZZ winds at 75mph and never felt unsafe. Towed behind friends on Hwy 10 to Phoenix. They had a 40' MH, we had 40mph winds hitting us at a 45 from the front. When we arrived he got out and looked VERY frazzled. He had a time keeping it in the lane. He asked how mine was, I said I did not notice the wind. Later that night over some adult beverages he started asking lot's of 5er/RAM DRW questions. At that time I was towing my previous DRV at 29k combined.

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The worse I experienced with windy weather was when we traveled with a Chevy Lumina Mini-Van towing a Starcraft Venture pop-up. That combination in wind and semi-trucks blew us all over the road.

The bigger we got, the less we were pushed around.

Next combination was an 24 foot travel trailer we pulled with a Chevy 1500 Suburban. Wind and semi's were not as problematic and the pop-up, but we still knew we were not the biggest rig on the road either.

Move forward to a 3500 dually (which we've had 3 now), towing that same 24 foot trailer and all of a sudden, wind and semi's were no longer such an issue.

Moved to a 31 foot, then a 35 foot TT, and now a 41.5 foot fifth wheel.

So, from my experiences, the bigger you get, the less you feel the wind.

However, I think the bigger factor is NOT how big or small the trailer is, the BIGGER factor is how sturdy is the tow vehicle. Dually's are very stable. It takes a lot to shake them around, even when pulling a large trailer.

Simple law of physics. It take more energy to move a 14,000 pound hunk of metal than it does a 4,000 pound chunk. The heavier the vehicle, the less the wind is felt. But there is also a point where too-much-is-still-too-much ... for even Semi-trucks can get flipped over in high wind.

Now, I have no experience with a Motor Home. But I would imagine, they handle pretty well against the opposing wind forces and semi-truck's suck and pull vacuum effects, simply because of their sheer weight.

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I've driven/pulled them all and the 5th wheel is the most stable.


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Having had a small pull behind, then a small 5th wheel and now a 30 ft. Class C, I'm going to say the 5er wins this one. But, consider that you won't be traveling in high wind very much so its not a priority to me.


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Jayco-noslide wrote:

Having had a small pull behind, then a small 5th wheel and now a 30 ft. Class C, I'm going to say the 5er wins this one. But, consider that you won't be traveling in high wind very much so its not a priority to me.


You live in Galesburg, does that refer to gale force winds? [emoticon]

Have to agree with the fifth wheel. I've owned tent trailers, travel trailers, and now a fifth wheel behind a dually. We travel the Columbia River Gorge frequently with the fifth wheel and have virtually no wind movement with the rig. I will say the wind is usually in your face or on your tail. Probably makes a difference.

I have friends with motorhomes that complain about wandering with no wind at all.

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I have found if the trailer (5th Wheel or TT) is raised up, known as axles flipped, to provide more clearance you will experience less push or pull by semis. I had my TT raised for better clearance off road and our 5th wheel raised to prevent the tail from dragging. I noticed both of them were more stable in wind and when semis passed than before the axles were flipped.

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