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Old 03-17-2014, 02:27 PM   #1
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High Wind Warnings

We arrived from Spokane yesterday afternoon at Ambassadors RV Resort in Caldwell, Idaho. It was our first scheduled stop for a planned three day trip to Phoenix, AZ. Woke up in the night with the wind rocking the MH. I brought the slides in and brought down the satellite. Checked on the wind from here down to Ely, NV and wind warnings are up all the way. Had a guy pull in next to us this morning coming up from Boise, Id and he said he couldn't keep it on the road so they pulled in to wait it out. That made our minds up to. So we'll spend another day here and wait it out. Winds are supposed to calm down tonight. If your coming up from AZ, beware. North of here winds are being posted at 50+.
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:40 PM   #2
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Great idea, stopping an extra day, non of the Highways on your route lend themselves to travel with winds.
Nevada 93, 318 , 95 even I-15 , been on them all, and if you don't have to travel them when it's windy.
Made the trip, Jackpot to Vegas, last week of Oct. on a calm day, another RV'r left the same time but stopped in Alamo for the night, winds the next day were so bad that Alamo to Vegas took him 7 hrs. He said no one was doing over 30.
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Waiting in Bullhead City for wind (and cold) to ease up en route to Grand Canyon. Kingman area gusts to 50 mph through Tuesday. South rim temps down to teens. Supposed to be better Wednesday. Not really complaining - high today in Bullhead about 90. Sleeping with the windows open.
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Sitting it out is a great move. No sense taking any chances. Take care and have a safe trip once you resume.
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Going through southern Ohio last Sunday proved a disaster for the coach's main awning, as it came completely unfurled at 65mph. I swear it was locked before leaving Florida.

The wind found a way. I have yet to check to see how bad the damage may be. Just was able to fold it back up and bungie cord the two main bars at each end.

My advice for coaches with manual awnings, do yourself a favor and add a pair of bungie cords to your travel locking system for added insurance.

It's a miracle my awning did not get plain ripped of the coach the winds were so high. We barely got it folded up to hit the road again.
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:50 PM   #6
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It will be fine for you tomorrow in Southern Idaho. We had numerous truck blow overs in the Twin Falls area today. Smart move for you!
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Yep, the wind blows out west, in the Great Basin. Android app Weather Pro keeps me up as soon a weather alert is issued. Can be pain when not moving, however you don't miss a dangerous situation.

This was 3/17 in Idaho Falls Wind Blows Over Semi Truck On Snake River Bridge Twin Falls Idaho - YouTube

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I've laid-over more nights than I remember. If the weather makes me or DW uneasy we find a place to park until we do feel comfortable traveling, even if it's on the leeward side of a building.
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We arrived from Spokane yesterday afternoon at Ambassadors RV Resort in Caldwell, Idaho. It was our first scheduled stop for a planned three day trip to Phoenix, AZ. Woke up in the night with the wind rocking the MH. I brought the slides in and brought down the satellite. Checked on the wind from here down to Ely, NV and wind warnings are up all the way. Had a guy pull in next to us this morning coming up from Boise, Id and he said he couldn't keep it on the road so they pulled in to wait it out. That made our minds up to. So we'll spend another day here and wait it out. Winds are supposed to calm down tonight. If your coming up from AZ, beware. North of here winds are being posted at 50+.
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Yep, the wind blows out west, in the Great Basin. Android app Weather Pro keeps me up as soon a weather alert is issued. Can be pain when not moving, however you don't miss a dangerous situation.

This was 3/17 in Idaho Falls Wind Blows Over Semi Truck On Snake River Bridge Twin Falls Idaho - YouTube

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Actually that is the Hansen Bridge off I 84 going into Twin Falls.
That was a crazy windy day here is Southern Idaho
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Going through southern Ohio last Sunday proved a disaster for the coach's main awning, as it came completely unfurled at 65mph. I swear it was locked before leaving Florida.

The wind found a way. I have yet to check to see how bad the damage may be. Just was able to fold it back up and bungie cord the two main bars at each end.

My advice for coaches with manual awnings, do yourself a favor and add a pair of bungie cords to your travel locking system for added insurance.

It's a miracle my awning did not get plain ripped of the coach the winds were so high. We barely got it folded up to hit the road again.
Your insurance will probably cover it. I've had two blown off, not while moving but at campsite, and my insurance covered them both.
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Yesterday afternoon I passed an older Motorhome with an overturned utility trailer. Just east of Barstow on I40
We pulled off the road, just too windy to continue.
Here is a neat link to a wind map across USA in real time.
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Final Destination Results

Well we finally are set up at Sunflower RV Park in Surprise, AZ. Took us four days for a planned three day trip but every day on a MH adventure is an experience. Arrived just in time for the NCAA's too. We traveled 1385 miles and the diesel cost was $585.00. Diesel costs varied from $4.04 up north down to $3.62 here. Our Spokane icicles have melted in the 80 degree weather and it was a pleasant surprise to know both our air conditioners are working just fine. Hardly used them up north. We saw the truck wrecks in Twin Falls, Id on the news and were patting ourselves on the back for staying put. Won't hesitate again to pull over and wait out dangerous driving conditions.
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