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Old 01-09-2017, 09:52 PM   #15
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If in doubt, PARK! Gusting wind can do terrible things to a box, and if it can blow over a loaded semi, you are even more at risk.
A steady wind is much different than sudden gusts/microbursts.
I've got off the road several times when I began to feel uneasy driving. NOTHING is worth endangering your families safety.
I remember one time we were parked in a valley(no wind), left to continue our trip, and just as soon as I entered the interstate, knew I shouldn't be driving. I slowed to 35, turned on flashers, and exited at the next ramp. Parked for another day in a truck-stop until the wind died enough I felt safe driving.
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Old 01-09-2017, 09:53 PM   #16
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As a retired truckdriver (Aircraft/Aerospace) super loads. anything over 45mph sustained is "park it" time..Even with a heavy coach such as ours.
There is a very good RV park just south of Corning @ the casino (Liberty exit) that has an outstanding buffet.

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Old 01-09-2017, 09:58 PM   #17
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We went thru the Morongo Valley in our Fleetwood Storm in, I don't know what kind of wind! We used all of the 2 lane road, and if there was a place to turn off we would have. I've never been more happy to have a place to stop and rest! If you can stay put, I would do it. We will never forget that 20 mins or so!
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Old 01-09-2017, 10:32 PM   #18
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I was in a monsoon microburst with severe crosswinds coming in to Tucson after a trip. We slowed to 40-45 but kept on driving and rode it out. My toy hauler behind my dually never felt unstable. One other time we were southbound in Idaho with strong winds from the west. The rig felt stable so we kept on. Lot to be said for having lots of tires on the ground; I have 12.
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Old 01-09-2017, 10:36 PM   #19
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Just saw a news article that said there was a 173 mph gust at one on the ski resorts on Donner today.

Think I'd sit this one out.
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Old 01-10-2017, 11:38 AM   #20
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I had my patio awning blow out, a couple of years ago, travelling fairly close to where you are. Believe the gusts were reaching about 65mph. About 1/4 mile up the road from myself, there was a small C class, and the driver was busy piling his awning on the side of the highway.
Climbing onto the roof of your coach to cut off your awning material, and hopefully strap back the arms (if they didn't get ripped off the side), isn't much fun under those conditions. Next time I will wait it out!
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Old 01-10-2017, 12:25 PM   #21
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After a knuckle biter trip across western Kansas I installed one of these on my awning.

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Cheap insurance for windy driving. I too have waited out the winds in a Wyoming RV park.
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Old 01-11-2017, 05:45 PM   #22
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I have never driven in winds like I got in yesterday and today.
Yesterday it started out fair, then I started across I 64 in Illinois, there
much have been some microbursts, in the east bound land an overturned semi, I got pushed past the rumble strips about that time and a little further on I saw 3 semis stopped, one with his tarp ripped off and one with his whole top billowing like a parachute and a 3rd with something wrong.

I finally got to 57 south and didn't go to far, stopped at a Truck Stop for a drink and saw my awning billowing out a few inches at the top, its under an aluminum cover.

I went to a truck place, they mainly towed trucks, but they had me park the motorhome against the wind and got a fork lift and taped my arms and had them around the top too. Nothing has ripped and I've watched it today its not moving but I know its not right, but I think the top tabs have come loose, I also have electrical ties on it. What we need to do is unfurl it and redo, I think. I got to Boom town just about 3 miles down the road and parked it, got maybe 300 miles, enough was enough, I was driving 55 at times, then it rained some too. I parked in a site with the driver side facing the wind. Wouldn't you know, the site was just a bit to far away from services, I wasn't about to unhook, so had to drag out extra sewer hose, electrical, and water hose.

So this morning I get up at 7, fog, I mean fog, went back to bed till 8 or so. So takes extra time to unhook when you have all that out there and it starts misting. When I started driving, was going good then the wind hit again. I got across 40 to Little Rock and to I 30, I mean normally I could have driven this far in 1 day. We dismissed me driving 70 after we saw the reports on the weather and what I saw last night indicted past Memphis I would be ok, not so. Hoping tomorrow is better. I can't ever remember a trip I've taken with winds like this. The semis were all over the place and some today I got behind were going 60 or less, of course many really loaded were hitting it. My old motorhome is heavy but I was still getting pushed around at times, I heard word there were 60 mph winds, I believe it. I even saw big road signs broken.

Today I got to get on 55 south and a semi was hijacked on the exit to 55, so lines of us were going down and were able to do a u turn. So what happens next, one windshield wiper started coming apart, they are only a couple of years old and the coach is kept inside?? So I used them again and the other shredded!!

I stopped at a TA, and they were trying to tell me the blades they had would only fit a clip on. I read the back and they would fit 4 different applications one of which was mine. The guy comes out slowly, goes back to get some tools, comes back, drops off a nut, we can't find it, goes back again, in the interim, I'm thinking I can at least take the other apart while he is fiddling around. A truck driver asks me if needed help I said no the guy was supposed to be doing it. He went and parked and the guy still wasn't back, so he says let me help, the guy comes back says oh then you guys can do it?? He didn't want to anyway as he had a truck come in for a diagnostics which was fine I told the driver he didn't have to, he said it was ok, he was in no hurry. So he and I put on new blades, lets see, he wanted to know if I was married, yes, 49 years, was I still married, yes, to bad. I'm about to die laughing to myself. He didn't want any money but I told him to go buy himself a good dinner, he said I was just doing a good deed, I said it would have cost me more. He was a nice guy. I told hubby he thought it was funny, but also wondered why they failed.

Also I likely should not say something good but the motorhome is performing well. He had changed the oil, we don't know why but my oil pressure has been consistently at 45 sometimes a little above and 60 on start up. It says running pressure is 30, then can be between 30 and 70, so whatever its good.

This is not a normal trip, I usually run 65 to 70, only could a few times today.
It is 72 here this evening on my way I 30 and it was 75, unbelievable.

And that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!

We stopped early, easy hook up and I'm done today.
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