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Old 01-09-2012, 01:44 PM   #15
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We were traveling west on I-70 a few years ago going from Kansas to Colorado. I don't know how high the side winds were, but when my husband started seeing the fifth wheel move in the side mirrors, we got off the road and spent the night in an RV park!
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I spent my working lifetime driving with two trailers behind me. They would have varying amounts loaded into them depending on the trip. So the weight would vary each time. Of course when the load was heavy and the load was on the bottom and forward the way the trailer handled the wind would be best. However, when the wind was on the side and above 55mph it did not matter how heavy the load was, I would start to see the wheels on the opposite side of the wind come off the ground on the back trailer. That does not mean that I had complete control of the tractor in less wind. Part of that depended on how tight the steering was on the tractor.
When to decide to pull over because of the wind will vary on many things from your comfort and ability as well as the comfort of your spouse. Don't let the habits or opinions of others decide when is the best time to be safe! If you are questioning when, you maybe should have already made the decision earlier!
We used to call the doubles "Wiggle Wagons" when you checked them with the mirrors, depending on the conditions, you would find them wiggling all over the place. As a new driver this could at times stand your hair on end until you learned how they handled. Many would say the best way was to not look in the mirror!
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This may need a new thread but you guys have reminded me of a similar question. What is the best way to ride out a wind storm in the park? Sitting on the levelers (I would think more stable), or air out on the ground(sitting lower and less area for wind to get under).

I haven't been in very high winds yet but sitting in Florida with ugly black skys, and a tin can is a little unsettling....
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This may need a new thread but you guys have reminded me of a similar question. What is the best way to ride out a wind storm in the park? Sitting on the levelers (I would think more stable), or air out on the ground(sitting lower and less area for wind to get under).

I haven't been in very high winds yet but sitting in Florida with ugly black skys, and a tin can is a little unsettling....
See this thread for some answers to your question

What would you do in a bad storm?
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If you have a smart phone get a weather app and stay tuned. If you see semi trailers leaning away from the wind it's time to pull off. If it feels bad to you, it's time to pull off. Park so the wind is fore and aft of the unit rather than across the unit. Have a beer, or whatever else floats yer boat.
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