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Old 06-23-2012, 08:52 AM   #1
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Winds in the west

We left Wichita Falls, TX last Thursday headed for Sedona, AZ. All day, as we drove towards Albuquerque, NM we had crosswinds that were 15-20 gusting 30's. Not a fun 500+ mile drive. Friday we left early bound for Sedona with no wind until we rounded a bend and BAM!, crosswinds again 20-30. Just before we were to exit I-40 a big gust hit us on the DS and pulled the larger slide awning out about half way. Crap! Pulled over and realized that we needed to run the slide out to re-roll the awning. Limped to the next exit and luckily there was a protected area on the ramp to do the fix. Very happy to get to the park and park. Is this the norm out here?

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Old 06-23-2012, 09:08 AM   #2
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Down in that area it is. We have some of the same issues in Eastern Washington. 30 to 40 mph winds with gusts. I take it even slower than normal (50 on freeway) and slower on back roads. Seems to help. I have a lighter 33' gasser and it can be blown around easier than a big DP. When I drive in the Eastern part of the state I look for signs (trees, grass, bushes) that show the gusts coming.

Just go slow and take your time.

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Old 06-23-2012, 09:27 AM   #3
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I've been in NM , Az and now Ut since mid May and these winds have been a factor most days. I had my slide topper unfurl about 10 times one day but luckily it sprung back. I use an app called weatherbug on my iPhone and it forecasts winds on an hourly basis. I have left some CG's before daylight to avoid these gusts. It has worked out well. Travel safely.


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Old 06-23-2012, 06:03 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Clifftall View Post
I have left some CG's before daylight to avoid these gusts. It has worked out well.
This is very good advice. Where I live, the winds normally don't pick up until late afternoon, unless it is a Santa Ana condition. When those hit, they can topple a big rig. As Cliff said, check the weather forecast.

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Old 06-23-2012, 07:16 PM   #5
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They're not unusual at all and can even get considerably stronger. I10 is no picnic through the desert either... especially when the dust begins to blow with it.

But... no you are in magical Sedona!

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