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Old 05-26-2016, 05:40 AM   #1
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Towing 5er in wind

Tomorrow after work we finally get to shove off with the new truck and trailer for our first trip. We will be going about 3 hrs away.

The weather forecast is calling for thunderstorms tomorrow and 15 mph winds....

Being a total Newby pulling 5ers, how does your rigs do in a 15 mph side wind? I know the old TT would have made my knuckles bleed long before arrival, but I have not yet been on the highway with the 5er and dually... just curious what to expect.
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You won't even notice a 15 mph wind. I towed with a 40 mph side wind all day and hardly new it.
The difference between a TT and a FW is night and day.

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Old 05-26-2016, 05:59 AM   #3
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Tomorrow after work we finally get to shove off with the new truck and trailer for our first trip. We will be going about 3 hrs away.

The weather forecast is calling for thunderstorms tomorrow and 15 mph winds....

Being a total Newby pulling 5ers, how does your rigs do in a 15 mph side wind? I know the old TT would have made my knuckles bleed long before arrival, but I have not yet been on the highway with the 5er and dually... just curious what to expect.
We just moved from a motorhome to a 5th wheel last year. The motorhome (gas) used to be all over the road in anything more than a slight breeze. The same is true of the travel trailers we had years ago. Our new 5th wheel is steady as a rock. I have driven in winds of 15-20 mph, and I don't get any significant disturbance at all from wind or passing trucks. Just take it easy because storms can frequently have stronger gusts. Find a safe spot and pull off until the storm passes if you get uncomfortable.
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I pull a 5ver out here in Western Kansas where winds frequently go 30 tp 40 or higher and the 5th wheel pulls much easier than a bumper pull. Just relax and enjoy the ride.
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In all of our years, only 1 time have we had a wind issue. We we're coming out of Edna Tx heading west on 59 and there was a storm blowing in. it is not too far from the coast. The wind didn't give us a problem with handling, but out fuel economy was greatly reduced. That was with a 2500. We just cut north because we were going to go north anyway, and got that wind at out back and made up for the loss.

BTW, there is a really nice state park in Edna. The deer will eat out of your hand and will stand beside you while sitting in your favorite lawn chair and let you pet them. Our boys lived it. it's one of our favorite Texas State parks.

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Never had a TT, but had a MH, now back in a FW. I am so much more comfortable towing a FW than I was driving a MH. Not that any of us are in this for fuel mileage, but like Charliez said the worst part of driving in winds is that they wreak havoc on your mileage (unless its a tail wind). Just use common sense and find a spot to stop if the winds get to high. You'll be fine, enjoy the trip.
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A 5th wheel and dually truck will be rock solid going down the road. I never notice any wind except head wind vs tail wind and my MPG.

You will notice the only other camping rig that will pass you will be the tag axle motorhomes.

Enjoy the trip
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Thanks yall.... Feeling much better now!

Will certainly be on the watch for storm cells coming thru!
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The difference between a TT and a FW is night and day.
That's true ONLYwith an ordinary weight-distributing/anti-sway hitch on the TT. But with the ProPride hitch, or its predecessor the Hensley Arrow, then the TT tows just as good as a 5er.

Yes, I've had both, as well as less-expensive ordinary TT hitches. I've towed my TT with the ProPride hitch trough some high cross-winds with no problems. It didn't feel any different than when towing my 5er in the same conditions.

As a rule, 5ers cost more than the TTs with the same size box and equivalent quality. But a TT with a ProPride hitch costs about the same as an equivalent 5er with a good 5er hitch. Medium-size 5ers average about 18% hitch weight, while the same box size TT averages about 13% hitch weight. That 5% difference in hitch weight means a payload-challenged tow vehicle can tow a TT without being overloaded, while the equivalent 5er would overload the tow vehicle. So if you don't want to tow with a dually, a tow vehicle with single rear wheels (SRW) might be suitable for the hitch weight of a TT but overloaded with the pin weight of a 5er.

So ignore those that say a 5er tows better than a TT. But if you opt for the TT, then also pay the big bucks for a ProPride hitch.
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Thank you for the commercial Smokey
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I think Smokey went off the deep and.

I think I will add a pro-pride wizz bang hitch to my 5 th wheel...ugh
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I have towed my combo in some very windy conditions even at 75mph and have had zero issues other than major fuel consumption!!!

Heading West on I-40 with a 40 mph head wind!

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Solid as a rock is a bit of a stretch, but I can tell you I experienced, for the first time just yesterday, a bit of reaction to strong cross winds. It wasn't much, it wasn't scary, I was never concerned yada yada.
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Just returned home from taking my wife and our 5r to southern Missouri so she can stay in it and visit her parents. Had some side winds, can't say how strong, but it didn't bother the handling. Traffic, bad roads and construction on the other hand....
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