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Old 05-02-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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Driving TT in wind

i realize driving travel trailer in high winds is not a good idea but what kimd of winds should we be staying out of?
Steady winds? Gusts?
What wind speeds do you feel is too high for comfort?
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:05 PM   #2
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I find gusty crosswinds the worst.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:09 PM   #3
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I find gusty crosswinds the worst.
We drove in gusty winds the other day to get the rig weighted. It towed great, no sway but I wonder if we shood have stayed home. I am told that gusty winds can pick up the tt and tip it or something like that. How do I know if it's too much wind if there is no sway? (we have dual cam)
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:11 PM   #4
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If at any time you feel you are losing control,then it is too much wind.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:25 PM   #5
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Several thing to think about towing in high winds. A good majority of towing in the winds is having the right set up for the TT. There are countless threads on here asking posters if their TV is safe to tow such and such TT. All the threads say basically the same thing and ask the posters to take into account the WB, GCVW, and payload.

Do your research, and ask yourself....
1) Tow Vehicle - is this safe to pull my TT.
2) WDH and anti sway control - the right set up will make towing enjoyable.

I see alot of people pulling 30 foot TT's with SUVs. Sure they have enough horsepower to pull the TT, but WB is lacking. WB along with WDH and sway bars are key in controling the vehicle on windy days. A 45-55 mph wind is common in the midwest, and your TT will act like a giant sail. If you don't have the right set up you will put yourself and your family in danger along with other people on the highway. Trust the posters on here when they say that the longer WB will prevent white knuckles. Trust posters on here when they say WDHs and sway bars are a must. Slow down and drive safe. Best of luck.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:38 PM   #6
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Bottom line, I don't care if you are towing with a Peterbilt or a Mack truck, with a 30'+ trailer behind you and a 30-40mph side wind, you are going to feel it regardless of any sway control. Maybe pulling with an Abrams A1 wouldn't feel it, but any tired vehicle will feel the trailer.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:40 PM   #7
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The only answer for that is that it depends: Dry road or wet road, fresh driver or tired, a steady wind on a bridge is going to affect you differently than the same on bald prairie vs. a highway with a tree belt or mountain valley. Gust are simply unpredictable - see
That being said a proper setup goes a long way to minimize the negative effects of towing.
I feel very little with my setup running in steady winds at 50km/h (30mph) with gusts to 60km/h (40mph) & I have been caught in winds with gusts at 80 + km/h (50+mph). I can say that i really prefer calm winds when towing or a light tail wind.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:47 PM   #8
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Best thing to do if you encounter those kinds of winds is to get off the road. Better to have the camper on its wheels on the side of the road or in a campground or parking lot. Life is too precious to risk it just to save a few hours or a day of travel time.
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