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Old 12-03-2013, 08:54 AM   #1
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Driving in the rain!

Driving in the rain! Even though it sounds a lot like singing in the rain, which brings thoughts of Gene Kelly in the movie "I'M singing in the Rain".
Where on our way Wednesday hopefully from Longview TX going hwy 84 to Gulf Shores AL. and it's showing a chance of rain.
So when chance of rain whats every one suggestions. The way I drive slowly it will take three days to get there. Reports from several internet weather sites say on the way, rain will catch us from 40%-80%. The rain is going the same route pretty much and it seems like it's not going to be as bad.
I'm just looking for suggestion, we can always hunker down. Calling for reservation it seems like maybe we can't say we will be there a certain day.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:20 AM   #2
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With rains can come wind. If your uncomfortable driving in these conditions, and in no great hurry, I would "hunker down".
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:24 AM   #3
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I have done it 2 times over the years I slow down the bad about that is the cars don't once on I10 and once on 37 into corpus I was in Henderson for thanksgiving you got 6 inches. That said it was slower than I wanted with iPhone I can make reservations when needed
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If you are comfortable driving in the rain, do it. If not stop. If you opt to drive...turn on the lights, slow down, increase spacing between traffic and plan ahead for lane changes.
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Actually ours seems to handle just as well in the rain....

in fact, somewhat better since I have slowed down some and the risk of hydroplaning is lessened due to weight, etc... (IF loaded properly )
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:12 AM   #6
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Actually ours seems to handle just as well in the rain....

in fact, somewhat better since I have slowed down some and the risk of hydroplaning is lessened due to weight, etc... (IF loaded properly )
Ditto.
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Just another opportunity to wash your rig afterwards...especially the toad.
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It's not RV related but once driving my F150 towing a uhaul rented car hauler (not a tow dolly) with an old engineless VW Beetle on it, I hit rain so thick you couldn't see more than 10 feet ahead probably. I had to pull into the shoulder and put my flashers on until it let up. Some idiots were still driving through it, albeit very slowly.

Light to moderate rain? Odds are I'm not going to take an exit or find a parking lot when on a highway in order to stop. In city? Maybe.. there's a lot more places you can park and wait it out.

My wiper speeds are really lousy though. Normal seems like half speed and fast seems slightly faster than what normal speed SHOULD be.

Best rule of thumb that few people obey... slow down in the rain. The ground is wet, your tires are wet and your brakes are wet.
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With rains can come wind. If your uncomfortable driving in these conditions, and in no great hurry, I would "hunker down".
With one exception,, Rain, Snow, Wind, "Other hazard" when it gets scary,, Find parking, even if it is just a Flying-J or Wal-mart.

The one exception is freezing rain, Do not wait for it to become scary.. PARK QUICK.

The RV life style is not about getting there first.. IT is about stopping along the way to smell the roses.

And as for the guy doing 90 on black ice.. Well he is going to get where he is going hopefully a long time before I get to where I am going.

He's going to HIS funeral

And I'm taking the longest route I can find to mine.
I would not mind if it took DECADES for me to get there.
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That is what windshield wipers are for. Where we live if you don't drive in the rain you are staying home alot.
Seriously,if it bothers you to drive in the rain, wait it out.
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Its a good way to find incidental leaks. Check all you storage areas & around slides after the drive to see where you need better gaskets.
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That is what windshield wipers are for. Where we live if you don't drive in the rain you are staying home alot.
Seriously,if it bothers you to drive in the rain, wait it out.
Yep, that is about it. Rain is just like fog, or snow or whatever. When your visibility is impaired, SLOW down. If it gets to a point where you are uncomfortable, find the nearest safe place to pull over and let it pass.

Most problems that come from inclement conditions are about speed. Your stopping distances are going to be longer, large puddles can compete with you for the right to steer your vehicle, and your windshield may look a little like the glass most people have for a bathroom window. Drive accordingly. Sometimes, with a large vehicle, you can get to feeling like you are in a Dreadnaught; you aren't. Prudence and common sense will serve to get you though most any driving situation if you use them.
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I keep the windshield coated with RainX helps a lot
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