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Old 02-26-2016, 07:47 PM   #15
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The amount of wind is just one of the factors that must be considered. What experience level does one also have. I have parked a tractor trailer that weighted 80,000 lbs. My girls drive a class C weighing 16,000 lbs. we travel together quit a bit and I have parked with just a 20 mph cross wind. Not because the wind was to much for me but the girls were having trouble. I gross at 36,296 and have a lot of experience driving in windy conditions. I have been asked this same question by new otr drivers. I always tell them "If you are wondering if you should stop, you have already passed that time". Lives are much more important than getting to your destination or trying to be macho. You can go down a mountain 1,000 times correctly, but only once the wrong way.

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Old 02-27-2016, 06:52 AM   #16
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thanks everyone

Thanks for all the great advice and tips. Drove north on 95 last week and according to weather reports had 25 mph cross wind gusts off and on for the entire 2.5 hours. Told my co-pilot that much higher than that would make for a VERY difficult drive for any length of time.

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There used to be a sign on I-80 east of Cheyenne that said "trailer house gulch" warning about cross winds, I wonder if the sign is still there. Very strong constant cross winds in that area.
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:37 PM   #18
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High Wind Warnings for high profile vehicles are issued when sustained wind speeds are 40 mph (+) OR wind gusts are 58 mph (+)

IF the night before wind is forecast to be above 35 mph for the next day we stay put

If encountered while traveling then we find a place to pull off and stay put----preferably a campground vs side of the road or some parking lot.
Chances are if that windy it will blow next day also
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:47 PM   #19
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Depends on direction of the wind. I always appreciate a tail wind. A head or side wind, not so much.

I've delayed driving a day because of high wind weather warnings.

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We had a tail wind coming back from Las Vegas on I-40 one time and my gas mileage averaged out to 13 MPG (normal around 8 MPG). We were traveling in our 2003 Allegro Open Road 26 1A with the Workhorse 8.1L engine.

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There used to be a sign on I-80 east of Cheyenne that said "trailer house gulch" warning about cross winds, I wonder if the sign is still there. Very strong constant cross winds in that area.
The signs on I 80 in Wy. are still there.
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We like others pay attention to weather reports and being fulltimers have the luxury of just not moving in predicted weather. However as the driver when I feel even the least bit anxious about wind we just get off the road. No particular wind speed dictates it but gusts usually do

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