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Old 01-22-2013, 06:04 AM   #1
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We'll be leaving in our FR. Georgetown class A on our first trip to Florida tomorrow morning. The Weather will be cold with a a 15 to 20 MPH wind. At what wind speed does handling begin to get dicey?
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:18 AM   #2
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You shouldn't have any issues with 15-20
It depends where it's hitting you. The worst would be broadside. I was in Co. once and began to get moved out of my lane with some gusts. We passed a rest stop and saw it filled with 18 wheelers. We got off and joined them. That's always a good indicator. I drove this past spring from Roswell NM to Sante Fe NM and my slide toppers on the drivers side were unfurling. The winds were 25-35 that day. I will avoid 25-35 in the future. Tomorrows another day. I'm retired

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I suppose the answer is different for each of us based on experience and the rig you are driving. We seem to be OK into the high twenties in our 40' Class A, but it can be tiring. We will delay a day if higher winds are forecast or if we will cut a driving day short if winds become too tiring to deal with or seem dangerous. Remember it is supposed to be fun.

You will get a feel for what you are comfortable with. If you find yourself uneasy with the winds you experience just cut the day short and find a place to set up camp. Sometimes those unexpected stops provide a wonderful experience you would have missed otherwise.
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We were hit with 40-60 mph winds in Colorado and were told fire trucks won't go when the winds go above 40 mph. Best to pull off and be safe.
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What can bite you is something blocking the wind for a bit (bridges, trucks, trees, berms, etc.), then the wind hitting you again when you clear the blockage. As long as you pay attention you should be fine.

The bottom line is if it doesn't feel right - stop. If it feels right and everyone else is stopping - reevaluate what feels right.
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My two worst wind days both had gusts up to 50 MPH.

One was on Rt. 44 in SD coming from the Badlands and heading to Rapid City. Was in a Class C and had my steering wheel turned 45 degrees to go straight!

Other time was on I-70 in KS. Cross wind blew so hard that my slideout awning un-rolled!

Like the previous poster said, driving in cross winds can be tiring but 15-20 mph won't tip you over.
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I have driven in winds as high as 40 mph. Not good. That being said did not have any handling problems. Just be aware of what direction wind is blowing from. Then be ready to react to bridges, passing trucks and other things that cause wind to change how it hits RV. My problems with high winds seems to be they are hitting front of RV causing bad fuel economy.
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At what speed does handling become dicey... It varies. big time. Many factors apply, The suspension, how your rig is loaded, added handling aids, and what direction the wind is blowing from.

For example I have tooled down the highway with winds approaching 100 MPH, from dead astern, I mean tumble weeds were passing me like I had the brakes on and going STRAIGHT down the freeway..

Good thing I did not have to turn though. (Eventually I did turn but I was down to like 10MPH when I did it)
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When we made a trip out west in 2007, The winds were gusting to 70 MPH on several different days. We lost the front AC cover. The whole cover just blew off. I didn't enjoy it, but I was never afraid or felt in danger. Of course, I did slow down
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My problems with high winds seems to be they are hitting front of RV causing bad fuel economy.
I think a tail wind is like the unicorn, bigfoot, government really helping, et al. I have heard about all of these but...
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What can bite you is something blocking the wind for a bit (bridges, trucks, trees, berms, etc.), then the wind hitting you again when you clear the blockage. As long as you pay attention you should be fine.

The bottom line is if it doesn't feel right - stop. If it feels right and everyone else is stopping - reevaluate what feels right.


Some times you just won't feel up to fighting cross winds. Your mental state plays a part in this. If you are tired then fighting the wind will tire you out faster. "Today" you might feel up to 30 MPH cross winds while the next day you just don't have the same energy.

My point is this. It doesn't matter if you are talking winds, road conditions and all other aspects of traveling that are less fun...your mental state has as much to do with safe operations as does the conditions themselves.
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You shouldn't have any issues with 15-20
It depends where it's hitting you. The worst would be broadside. I was in Co. once and began to get moved out of my lane with some gusts. We passed a rest stop and saw it filled with 18 wheelers. We got off and joined them. That's always a good indicator. I drove this past spring from Roswell NM to Sante Fe NM and my slide toppers on the drivers side were unfurling. The winds were 25-35 that day. I will avoid 25-35 in the future. Tomorrows another day. I'm retired

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Per-Retirement I would push it to keep on schedule to get home for work. Post-Retirement I have time to wait and enjoy the drive. Sustained >25 MPH I find someplace to park until it settles down.
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