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Old 02-23-2019, 11:15 PM   #1
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Highway speed, and wind

Hi. My questions are about maximum safe highway speeds, and winds.

I drove through parts of West Texas today -- without a truck camper attached. Here, a regular road might have a posted speed of 75 mph, parts of I-10 have an 80 mph limit, and I-20 seems mostly 75 mph. So...

Assuming a proper match between truck camper weight and truck capability, and general safe practices (tire inflation, etc.), is it safe to run at those posted speeds with a truck camper attached? If not, what are the issues, and what do you recommend that I do? I mean, the slow lane is at least 70mph (and on I-20, sometimes the slow lane IS the posted speed limit).

Next question: well it was really windy today. There are several places on multiple roads and interstates where signs indicate "high wind area" or "watch for wind gusts." What advice do you have for driving with a truck camper through those situations -- again, on these fast Texas roads and highways.

Thanks so much in advance for your advice!
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Old 02-24-2019, 12:13 AM   #2
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Just because the speed limit is "elevated".. That DOES NOT mean that you have to drive the limit!
SLOW DOWN and run what's comfortable for you (and your experience)
55 to 65 mph should keep you out of trouble with the crosswinds/weather/passing 18 wheelers.
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I run across Texas at about 62 to 65 mph.

Many years ago a gust of crosswind moved me three feet across my lane in a heartbeat. Made a believer out of me. On windy days I keep the speed down at 55 or less if it's real bad.

You'll soon learn what speed is comfortable for you.
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Highway speed, and wind

We are fortunate to own a Newmar that has something named “comfort drive” that combats this type of scenario witch wind and truck traffic. That being said I typically keep it at no more than 65 and I am not afraid of speed. We have seen semi’s blown around and some fifth wheel campers tossed around like nothing.

I wouldn’t chance it for 10mph. You have to just think about how crappy it will be to drive your unit in the ditch or injure your passengers.
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Windy conditions are always something to consider when driving some sort of RV.

After all, it has a BIG wall and acts like a sail.

What is more dangerous than the wind are gusts.

Gusts are not like water waves where you can see them coming - - gusts frankly are dangerous.........and will move you to another lane or off the road.

Be safe, drive accordingly.

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Windy conditions are always something to consider when driving some sort of RV.

After all, it has a BIG wall and acts like a sail.

What is more dangerous than the wind are gusts.

Gusts are not like water waves where you can see them coming - - gusts frankly are dangerous.........and will move you to another lane or off the road.

Be safe, drive accordingly.

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Are there tie-downs that minimize the wind and/or gusts, that are better than others?
I will be buying a light weight TC in the spring for my F250 SC SRW 149" WB truck.
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Tie-downs have nothing to do with wind other than anchoring the camper to the truck. As for speeds of 70-75-80 mph on some freeways, I'd check the speed rating on the truck tires. 65 mph may be the manufacturer rated speed for the inflation/load specs. Gusty wind conditions are hazardous; I've seen big trucks laid over in the ditch on I-80/Wyoming. Slow down. That extra speed can kill; and it gains little by the end of the driving day. I drove company-owned big rigs, governed to 63 mph. On long days of driving, I'd be passed by some trucks hammering down at 70-75 mph; in fact, they were going SO fast, that by the end of the driving day, the same truck ripping along at 75 would have passed me three times! (Slower but steady eats miles like you wouldn't believe!) So, hold that TC down to 60 and relax. Its safer, easier, and much easier on fuel.
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My sweet spot for driving is around 60 mph, whether it's a solo vehicle, truck pulling a trailer, or a motorcycle. I enjoy driving and usually I am not in a rush to finish a drive. At any speeds over 60 mph and I can feel tension increasing and I don't like that. Also, pulling a camper, I try to avoid windy periods by doing early morning drives or waiting for another day.
PS - I'm a product of the 70's oil embargo and 55 national speed limits.
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Thank you all for the advice!

Thank you to all the experienced folks for sharing their advice. It is much appreciated!
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Best truck camper

New to this. What is the best fit for my dodge ram 1500 crew cab short bed 4x4. 5.7 hemi 3.21 rear.
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Are you high jacking this thread and asking what camper fits best? You are new at this. LOL
OP, I have found my rig is very capable of running 80/85 MPH. I have driven it at such speeds but only during ideal conditions. During wind, or other outstanding weather/road conditions, I drive at speeds like a highway patrol was following. Better to be safe than sorry.
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New to this. What is the best fit for my dodge ram 1500 crew cab short bed 4x4. 5.7 hemi 3.21 rear.
You will probably get better responses if you post this in the Truck Camper Discussion under RV forums at the top of the page.

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Came through Palm Springs yesterday, with winds gusting unpredictably. Kept it at 55 and still had a few white knuckle moments.
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New to this. What is the best fit for my dodge ram 1500 crew cab short bed 4x4. 5.7 hemi 3.21 rear.
Trade it off and buy a Chevy
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