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Old 10-29-2014, 03:32 PM   #15
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I think the OP is referring to headwind and sidewind, not fuel mileage due to wind resistance.
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:12 PM   #16
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I think the OP is referring to headwind and sidewind, not fuel mileage due to wind resistance.
Really??
See his original post:

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So many of us who are RViers go south this time of year. Problem is, there is so much wind resistance in the average Motorhome, and it can severely effect gas milage. So my question is. What do you do to reduce Wind Resistance? I usually have never worried much about wind resistance, but with 2 larger motorhomes what can I do to reduce wind drag???
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:36 PM   #17
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My bad, i read the sign more than the post I suppose.
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:48 PM   #18
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Wind Map URL

We try to keep an eye on the wind direction with this: Wind Map
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Old 10-29-2014, 05:47 PM   #19
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Ok next week lets all leave home and follow the wind map Wind Map. Before long there will be thousands upon thousands of MH's in about 4-6 key locations

somewhere in America, I think.

Wait a minute I think I turned into the wind??

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On a side note......I would like to see some wind socks installed along the areas of highway where they advise of possible high winds. I've seen a couple of places in my travels where they had wind socks at the entrance and exit to canyons that usually had severe cross winds. I think places like I-10 and I-40 out west would be good places to occasionally place wind socks in the center median.

They could be made of aluminum, making them low maintenance. They would benefit both trucks and RV's.
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On a side note......I would like to see some wind socks installed along the areas of highway where they advise of possible high winds. I've seen a couple of places in my travels where they had wind socks at the entrance and exit to canyons that usually had severe cross winds. I think places like I-10 and I-40 out west would be good places to occasionally place wind socks in the center median.

They could be made of aluminum, making them low maintenance. They would benefit both trucks and RV's.
I 25 in New Mexico has them.
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My toad is a Jeep Wrangler and I when it's hooked up I use it to push my MH. Now the MH gets great gas mileage!! The problem the Jeep only gets about 3 mpg.
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...To answer your question, I park the RV or go as slow as possible...
Slow it down if you want to go, that's all you can do.
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I stay home in the winter and never run into winter winds....works for me
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I just pretend I'm a NASCAR driver, pick a tractor trailer that's doing the speed I'm comfortable with (around 65 mph) and draft behind that sumbitch like there's no tomorrow !!!!



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I just pretend I'm a NASCAR driver, pick a tractor trailer that's doing the speed I'm comfortable with (around 65 mph) and draft behind that sumbitch like there's no tomorrow !!!!



And then some will do almost anything to get you off their tail as sometimes hurts their mileage and stability.
Plus a lot of the OTR drivers already dislike RV'ers, no use antagonizing them any more!
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How to reduce wind resistance..

Well there are practical and non-practical means for doing this.

First: Wash and Wax.. this is #1 in my book, but do yourself a favor, Make a round trip and record fuel usage so you know you MPG, then Wash and Wax and make the same round trip again keeping Fuel records so you know your MPG... Post results please.

Next: The proper choice of a towed (If you are driving a motor home) I used to tow a 4,000 pound Chevy Lumina APV,, towed "Lighter" than my 2500 pound Dodge Neon believe it or not. My best guess is the effect it had on air flow at the rear of the motor home.

A "Spoiler" to break up the natural vacuum at the rear of the rig (The Lumina had one).

Drive slower (55-60 on most RVs)

Non-practrical: Streamline the MH (Remove things that stick out like awnings)
Ever see the Mythbusters on clean vs dirty vehicles and fuel economy? They found the dirtier the car (mh) the better the fuel mileage. Think divits on a golf ball! But yup, I wash and wax mine also
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