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Old 05-19-2016, 10:14 PM   #1
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When is wind too much?

Camped at Buffalo Bill State Park tonight. Storms all around us with winds gusting to mid 30's. Looks like the same wind speed on Sunday.
Just curious: when do others decide not to drive based on wind speed?
We're driving our Allegro 31sa and flat towing the Honda CRV. We will be heading from Cody down th Riverton, Wy via 120 and 20.

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Old 05-19-2016, 10:17 PM   #2
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I don't know, we've never found it I guess. 45' long with tag and weighing 50,000#'s or so keeps it pretty stable.

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Old 05-19-2016, 11:01 PM   #3
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Towing a 5th wheel toy hauler I don't much worry about the wind. Stationary it would take a tornado to disrupt us. Out on the road we've been in 40+ mph gusting crosswinds and having 12 tires (6 truck, 6 trailer) on the ground keeps us in our lane just fine. I do slow down with the rest of the traffic but I've never considered pulling off. I've never driven a short wheel-base Class A gasser in a strong wind but hear it can be quit an experience getting blown about.
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Old 05-20-2016, 07:10 AM   #4
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Short wheelbase coaches are sometimes problematic in the wind.

It is almost impossible to find a windless day to travel. It seems that there is always a constant side wind whenever we are driving. You will get used to it. Just slow down and enjoy the scenery.

I installed a blue ox true center, that takes all the fight out the steering, just for that reason.
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Whenever your butt starts biting chunks out of the seat cushion it is time to pull off.
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:17 AM   #6
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When is wind too much?

I'll respond relevant to the coach you HAVE. Wind is no reason to upgrade!
If it's a side wind and gusting, pull off if you don't feel comfortable or confident. Head winds: just slow down. Tail winds: WHOO-HOO!
I got used to it up to about 40, but not on a long bridge or causeway.

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Old 05-20-2016, 09:38 AM   #7
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I have been out in a couple of VERY strong winds ... the first was a side wind that was gusting ... it blew a small 4 wheel drive vehicle that was just ahead of us off the roadway and into the ditch (did not tip ... just slid it sideways) ... the second was on I-80 in Wyoming ... they closed the road ... the next day there were 2 18 wheelers on their sides in the ditch ...

I was glad to get off the road and into an RV park on both occasions.
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Old 05-20-2016, 02:01 PM   #8
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It is a long day where ever you are if you deal with a cross wind. Crossed Oklahoma and was purely exhausted at the end of the day.
Previous coach was a 36 foot DP with a toad and 300 Cat. Best mileage we ever got was across SD with a strong tail wind. Didn't realize it was that strong until I stopped to check the hookup and the door was snatched out of my hand.
Not sure what to do if it gets too rough while you are stopped or overnighting. I guess keep the slides and awnings in and the jacks down for stability.
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I've driven in 40 MPH winds. Kept it around 50 and gripped the wheel with both hands. Not something I would enjoy on a regular basis, but never felt unsafe or worried about maintaining control. My biggest concern was 18 wheelers passing me going 70 and they were being blown all over the interstate.

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