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Old 05-28-2013, 10:53 AM   #15
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One thing to note, strapping the awning arms will not prevent the main awning from unfurling in a strong crosswind. The wind overcomes or breaks the ratchet mechanism.
You need to have an awning lock. There are a number of them available. I use a homemade one that works well and is easy to put on and take off.

You can see it HERE.

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Old 05-28-2013, 01:42 PM   #16
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high winds and other weather

Some wise pilot once said, "Its better to be on the ground, wishing you were up there than to be up there wishing you were on the ground." To change it for our purposes, "Its better to be in the campground wishing you were on the road, than to be on the road wishing you were in a campground."

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Old 05-28-2013, 02:01 PM   #17
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Here is a website that shows area wind forecasts. Just put in the areas that you want to check. It shows wind speeds and directions.

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Old 05-28-2013, 02:45 PM   #18
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Thanks, that is a neat site.

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Old 05-28-2013, 11:35 PM   #19
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Until I retired, most of my RV driving was in the west, predominantly from So Cal to family in Redding. I hit winds at times, but nothing like what I encountered going east on I-10 in West Texas in late February, and to a lesser degree heading west recently on I-40. I'm currently watching weather reports for a good couple of days to head back to So Cal from Camp Verde, Arizona. The day after we got here, there were 49 mph gusts in the Flagstaff area. I wouldn't want to drive a car in that! Wind definitely kicks up in the west in the afternoon, so I'm quietly leaving early and stopping early. I do think it's the gusts that bother me the most. I'm also planning to visit a highly recommended shop in the Inland Empire to get their expert opinion on what throwing money at the problem can solve.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:31 PM   #20
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Sway bars front and back helped me ....
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:38 PM   #21
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If you must drive, driving after midnight and stopping before noon will help avoid the winds caused by daytime heating.

Normally its very still at dawn- Can you drive from 4am to 10am?
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:47 PM   #22
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On my gas coach I made sure I topped off the water and fuel tank, that definitely helped. On my current coach I'll top off the diesel's 150 gal tank. The extra weight on the front wheels help.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:52 PM   #23
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Sway bars, good shocks. Drive about 3.5 hours a day so you are rested. If you have a DP be sure your ride height is properly set.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:53 PM   #24
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Common sense is the greatest tool. Know your limits and stay within them. What is right for one can be a disaster for others. I have had years of commercial driving and have drien in all kinds of weather. Most RV trips usually have some wind to deal with. It is a matter of how your rig handles in the wind, and knowing when it is time to get off the road and wait for it to die down.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:51 PM   #25
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Since you are full-timers you already know to hole-up and wait out bad weather. The same applies to high wind. I was caught in high cross wind once in AZ. The first exit I found I pulled off the interstate, found a sturdy-looking building and parked downwind, with the rear of the coach to the wind. Macho has been the downfall of many folks.
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I thought the winds were bad in KS and CO. We are now in Wyoming and woke up to 40 mph headwinds. We are headed to a Campground in Cheyenne for at least the next 2 days. Like many of you are saying -- it's just not worth the risk.

Thanks Steve for the wind report site. Great resource! And I already have an awning lock. Thanks everyone for your help.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:43 AM   #27
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Everyone here has excellent points. Being from SW Kansas, I know the wind blows almost every day.

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The tallest mountain in Wyoming is in the WIND River Range.

Wyoming Wind Speed Map - Air Sports Net

A Wyoming Poem:

He said "The wind never blows

in Wyoming,"

I said, "Mister, where you from?

It'll take the top offa big R.V.

Or peel an unripened plum!

Wherever you been, you been lied to!

I lived in Wyoming, I know.

I once seen a horse turned clean inside out

From standin' outside in a blow!

You don't have to shave in the winter.

Just pick a cool, windy place.

Stand there a minute, yer whiskers'll freeze

and break off next to yer face!

They claim that a boxcar in Rawlins,

A Denver and ol' Rio Grande,

Was picked off the track

and blowed to the east

And beat the whole train to Cheyenne.

Why, they tell of a feller in Lander

Who jumped off a bale of hay

Before he hit ground the wind picked 'im up

He came down in Caster next day!

They don't have to shear sheep in Worland

When they're ready, they wait for a breeze

And bunch 'em in draws

where the willers are thick

Then pick the wool offa the trees!

But the windiest tale that I heard

Was about the small town of Sinclair.

It used to set on the Idaho line

Then one spring it just blew over there!

I carry this rock in my pocket

For good luck and here's one for you.

Every little bit helps in Wyoming.

If yer skinny you better take two!

Well, Stranger, you might just be part right.

Though, fer sure you ain't seen Devil's Tower.

Let's say the wind never blows in Wyoming ...

Under 85 miles an hour!


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