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Old 11-19-2020, 07:46 PM   #71
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Here in Alberta there are road signs on some of the known windy areas on the Trans Canada highway.
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Old 11-19-2020, 08:11 PM   #72
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Here in Alberta there are road signs on some of the known windy areas on the Trans Canada highway.
That makes it hard to plan ahead though. One doesn't know they're there ahead of time.

Sometimes those people driving through the wind are people with a very limited amount of vacation time, and reservations.
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Old 11-19-2020, 08:23 PM   #73
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Here in Alberta there are road signs on some of the known windy areas on the Trans Canada highway.
The same here in Southern California. In known windy areas they have signs posted, and when it's especially windy they'll bring in other signs that caution high profile vehicles not to drive through. It's been like that since I was a kid, many many moons ago.

I don't risk it, I would pull over and spend the night rather than risk it when the wind is too strong. In fact about a month ago we had a whole bunch of big rigs that went over on their sides. I was actually planning to go out to Joshua Tree when that happened, and I canceled my plans because I'd heard about the winds.

In fact some of the big rigs had pulled over to the side of the road, and they blew over just sitting there. We have a phenomenon called the Santa Ana winds, that blows very strong winds from the desert to the ocean, and when it happens it can get nasty! Also dries out the air and ends up causing fires.

But I grew up with it, so I'm familiar with it, and always check before I leave.
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Old 11-19-2020, 11:56 PM   #74
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I decided to try a fifth wheel and stop trying to improve the handling. I already have a pickup and after talking to a number of people with fifth wheeler If you arenít comfortable itís time to switch I thought about the dynamic but I didnít want to take a chance again
Well then, I'll just slide on over to the towing forum and see how that works out. What truck do you have?

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Old 11-20-2020, 06:30 AM   #75
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Many RVs are poorly designed from a handling standpoint (e.g. insufficient wheelbase). However, there are plenty of them that are designed ok and just need tweaking to optimize handling. People need to steer clear of the former and recognize the need to make adjustments to the latter. Caveat emptor. Research, research and research.

The RV industry is still very much like the kit car industry. In many cases youíre buying an incomplete product that the end user needs to finish. Is this right? No, but it is what it is.

With the changes I made, my cheap Winnebago 25B handles fine. Nevertheless, it will never handle as well as a SUV. It canít. Itís a big boxy house on wheels.
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