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Posted: 07/24/20 09:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Buzzcut1 wrote:

when I crossed Wyoming on 80 last November on I80 camper in the bed horse trailer in tow the message signs were reading wind gusts 50+ we just slowed down a bit and had no issues. The blowing spindrift and icy patches were worse than the winds.


^^^^ This

In the world of trucks, campers aren't really that heavy. But as a unit, they're really quite stable.

Think about it: travel trailers and typical semi-trailers blow over often in heavy winds, but they aren't actually heavy. People think tractor-trailer as being full, but more often than not, they're not, hauling LLT, and they are a huge sail. Vs a camper...squat and concentrated load. 15k in one spot. Not going to blow over. Probably why you don't see a bunch of pictures of camper rigs sitting sideways on the freeway. Relax, and slow down a touch if it makes you feel better. But you're not going to blow over.


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Kayteg1 wrote:

I've been driving my dually with 6000lb camper in winds that would blow the boot I had between the 2, yet never felt any danger.
So it is definitely setup -unique and dually certainly has huge advantage.
I also have RWD, who is 3" lower than 4WD and that plays role as well.
Semi trailer are not only 12' tall all the way, but also sit higher, so COG of empty trailer is pretty high.


I agree with the dually advantage. Having a DRW hauling an AF1150 I have not had concerns with some pretty strong crosswinds.

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Posted: 07/25/20 09:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have to keep going and know that you aren't going to stop, it would probably help if you filled the tanks for some bottom weight. Fill the F/W full but leave some room in the black and grey tanks for the travel.

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covered wagon wrote:

If you have to keep going and know that you aren't going to stop, it would probably help if you filled the tanks for some bottom weight. Fill the F/W full but leave some room in the black and grey tanks for the travel.


I never travel with my Fresh water tank empty, I keep it topped off as much as I can. It would suck to get stuck somewhere and have no water


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Driving west on I-90 a few years ago I saw ominous looking clouds north/northwest of us. I said to my wife/navigator, "Is that something we need to worry about?". She looks up, "Oh ****!" quickly grabs her phone and sees a severe weather warning for our vicinity. Straight line winds going north to south start pushing us a little. She looks at the radar and if we stay put, we're getting hit so we decide to go forward at 45 MPH. We drive forward for about ten minutes and her phone starts erupting "Cyclonic activity in your area! Take Shelter Now!"

As we crept forward we see an overpass, but it is filled and we can't stop there. I see another one and it's the same thing.

As we move forward I look in the side mirrors and the rear video feed and I see what appears to be a tornado, passing behind us about a mile or two.

I can only describe the experience as the most terrified I have ever been.


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Never take shelter from a storm below an overpass. It's the worst place you could be in high winds.

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markchengr wrote:

Never take shelter from a storm below an overpass. It's the worst place you could be in high winds.


but it's a great refuge in a hail storm

* This post was edited 07/26/20 11:33am by Buzzcut1 *

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I love my F450. First week we had it, driving down hwy 1 in California and hit some fierce cross winds. Didn't hardly feel it. Complete change from our previous sail of a motorhome. I do try to avoid storms, but driving with a cross wind is much easier and less "thrilling" with my current rig.


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