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Old 03-22-2019, 05:49 AM   #1
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Driving when itís windy

Hi All, Still new with our class A and been lucky, haven't had to drive in the wind. Heading north and they are calling for 20-30mph winds and I would guess gusts to be higher.

What's eveyone's take for when it's better to just sit it out or drive when it comes to dealing with the wind?

FYI, 39' DP pusher with toad.

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Old 03-22-2019, 05:53 AM   #2
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Tough call,

I personal would drive but on back roads if I had to be back for work etc. If not I would not.
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It doesn't bother me too much with the wind since I did the mod's on my chassis. But if it gets around 30 to 35, I will sit it out somewhere. I only have a 36 ft long rig.
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Old 03-22-2019, 05:58 AM   #4
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I say personal comfort.
Overtime you will get the feel of how you're coach handles.
Every vehicle handles different to different driving styles.
Dont hesitate to pull over and set it out.
Its all about your personal choise.
No one can tell YOU what your capabilities are.
Your responsibility is Your decision making.

Ive been on I-25 between Denver and Colorado spring when semi trucks blew over.
Thats Definite sign
To pull over.
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Old 03-22-2019, 06:16 AM   #5
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You are heading the wrong way
That said, we'll drive in sustained 20 mph winds if we have to. We just take more breaks and end the travel day sooner because you do tire faster. But the 40 mph gusts (or more) for the next 2 days, that we don't do. I'd wait until Sunday to head north. Especially with the snow coming down in the NE. (not sure which actual direction you are going)

We've gotten to the point in life that we prefer safe over pushing through just because.
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It depends on your skill/comfort level....and if you're asking here the answer is probably "no".

That said, you'll never find out without trying so give it a shot and if you're white knuckling it.... sit it out. If you feel the groove and handle it without too much thinking or worrying press on.

I drive in pretty gnarly winds, but it can be "sporting" and you have to work it. Get's tiring after a while.

Still not as bad as the trucks of the late 70's or landing a 300,000 pound airplane in 40 knot gusts.
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As mentioned, every driver and every coach has different limitations. I've owned a gas coach that was a bear to handle in 20-30 mph winds. Had another 36' gas with a tag that was a breeze (no pun intended) to drive in the same wind. Our DP with tag feels stable in 35+mph cross winds. The heavier the coach, the better it will handle the wind. The bulk of the weight is low which helps to stabilize. It still comes down to each person staying in their comfort zone.
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Leaving tomorrow and going east on I40 with forecast winds of 20 to 25 MPH out of the west. Looking forward to the tailwind.
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Leaving tomorrow and going east on I40 with forecast winds of 20 to 25 MPH out of the west. Looking forward to the tailwind.
That would push me from 9/10 to 11+mpg.......
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Sailboaters have a saying: "If you're wondering if it's time to reef (reduce sail area), it's time."

The same goes for driving in the wind (or rain, or anything else). If you're wondering if it's a good idea to do so, it's not.
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No problem with 35 mph winds, I got caught in Palm Springs area with 45 + mph winds and was surprised at how well the rig handled them, tag axle really helps. Normally I do not travel in high winds, better to sit them out.
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start out as early as possible. And end your day early. Winds tend to be at peak during the heat of the day. Or when a cold front passes. Do some basic recon and plan accordingly.
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Well I unknowingly drove almost 400 miles in central Texas the day of the recent Bomb Cyclone. never felt unsafe or out of control but id guess winds were 25-30 sustained with gusts higher. but took the back roads as usual and was glad to go slow in small towns for a short break. And I was thanking my safe-T-steer all day.
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