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Old 06-20-2012, 08:20 AM   #15
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Trying a Safty-T-Plus front end steering stabilizer bar. Once we got one of those, the winds and the passing trucks have MUCH MUCH MUCH less effect on us.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:31 AM   #16
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drove from Colorado Springs Monday now in Mid Kansas. Had to slow to 55 (normally do 60-65) due to the winds. Have 20k up and down East coast and Colorado 2x's. Never had to slow due to winds. Heat reached 102, had to run ac on genny while driving. always an adventure!!
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:43 AM   #17
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Aerodynamics are what you are dealing with. Even an airplane is affected by wind. Consider what wind can do to a class A with a front end like a billboard and sides 10' tall x 36'+ long!
Rather than fight the wind try to make it work for you by traveling with it if you can. Otherwise play safe and drive with a safety margin re handling.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:50 AM   #18
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DP with tags offer some improved stability, but heavy shifting wind directions impact DP's too. We found Airtabs really helped our comfort level of traveling, in our T28 Bounder. Passing trucks, and up to moderate direction changing winds... We also had made many mod's to our F53 chassis, which helped too. In big winds, slow down, and pull off and sit it out when prudent to do so...
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:22 PM   #19
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There truly are no stupid questions....and I stand by that, so don't listen to those whose replies have an undertone of "are you serious??". But sometimes we must recognize when our education system has failed us a little. This is all the more reason why we should focus on the Sciences more, they would have covered this.

I'll be the first to admit, I can't do division without a calculator, and have highschool to thank for that. That made college math rough.

Anyway, DPushers benefit from having more weight at the rear, and tag axles help too (just like how having a table with 6 legs is more stable than 4 for obvious reasons). Does having more weight at the rear help?? well it depends on which way the wind blows. The rear would be more stable, but with a smaller DP, you'll get more wondering in the front, because there's no weight over the front wheels (that's why it's nice to have a front mounted generator, as it adds weight). Traditionally DPs sit lower and on big heavy frames, so you have a lower center of gravity.
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:30 PM   #20
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The question is weather a DP can be 'pushed over' as easy as a gasser..
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:30 PM   #21
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Yes, DP's handle better in the wind than Gassers. Extra weight plus the air suspension allowing for more "roll" than mechanical suspension tends to provide for slightly greater comfort. Now, a tag axle coach, whole different story. This is my second tag and third DP and fifth coach. Tags are a whole different form of driving and well worth every penny. Towing a Jeep GC helps too as it helps keep that "tial" in check. One consideration that I am surprised to not see much on here is tire size. I find that the 305's on this coach sure let you know where all the truck ruts and soft spots are compared even to the 285's on my previous tag and 275's on my 40'. Big tires like to follow the shape of the pavement, especially in a strong side wind. Hydraulic steering sure helps along with a good all*wheel alignment and correct air pressure. This coach has proven to be particulary good to us; if I wasn't watching him go by I wouldn't know there was a semi passing us.
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Aside from the handling issues, the wind really plays havoc with fuel mileage too.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:32 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by Midniteoyl
The question is weather a DP can be 'pushed over' as easy as a gasser..
There is no way I could push either one over!
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:45 PM   #24
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We have a DP, handles nicely up to 40+mph wind, where we start to feel it. If we know the wind will be over 50 we try to settle in till the blow dies down. In the Baja desert there are occasional wind days the fuel trucks are required to stay off the highway (because they blow over). We've traveled on two of those days. Not many trucks of any kind, so that was nice. Not much of anyone else either, so we can take our half of the road out of the middle. But its both hands on the wheel in all but tail wind like that. Any quartering wind and you need full control at a moment's notice.

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Old 06-20-2012, 08:18 PM   #25
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DP's in my opinion manage the wind better, it's not just weight but some of the actual chassis dynamics.

If you look at a DP with a chassis with rails, you have your fuel and engine down fairly low in the chassis, whereas a gas setup has the (admittedly lighter) engine up over the top of the front suspension. If you are loading a basement model, again, that load isn't that far up off the ground -- and is generally at or below the centerline of the axles, all of which helps a lot.

Also, DP's by nature generally don't have a big rear overhang, so unlike some of the gas models, you don't have this big tail with leverage pushing you around like a game of 'crack the whip.'

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i have had it leaning so far over i got SKEEEERED and had to stop, because the wind off the passenger side.

i thought for sure we were going over, or at least not putting any wear on the right side tires
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:05 PM   #27
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I drove a 45' Vam Hool coach across Michigan, empty, in a windstorm that blown down trees. and had a very hard time holding it on the road. After loading the passengers and their luggage it weighed several pounds more. There was a big difference in handling with the weight of the passengers and their luggage. They were going for 2 nights so they all had all of their personal belongings in their suitcases.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:11 PM   #28
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I have read posts about Motorhomes being blown into the next lane etc. No matter what you drive, the key word is DRIVE. You have to take charge of where your vehicle is going. There is no excuse for having your vehicle drifting out of your lane no matter how heavy the side wind . I have never driven across the U.S. without encountering heavy winds somewhere on the journey. I have never owned a vehicle that drove like it was on tracks ESPECIALLY a Motorhome. If you don't steer the thing it will wander !!
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