Originally Posted by SuwanneeDave
Cowracer; good analysis but there is another factor involved which is oscillation. The slightest sway or compression of the trailer suspension can set off an oscillation that is reinforced by the wind. The amplitude will increase until the trailer tips.
True, but unless Turbs wants to loan me his Columbus for testing (and promising not to ask too many questions about the damage to the side) I can't calculate oscillation frequency. He's kinda "one-way" about stuff like that...
Another factor to think of is that any yaw induced by the side load (trying to return to a straight line after you are blown into the other lane) will all add into the roll moment of the camper. We call that unintended feedback in a high-gain closed loop, and it never ends well for a mechanical thing. If that kind of 'death wobble' hits you, you will be lucky if you at least can offer the truck a suggestion about what you prefer to crash into.
Originally Posted by Wobbles
Can you help me with picking out just the right Kite for Christmas? I want to give it to my 98lb 5'6" wife.
I need more data. What is the anticipated windspeed... And do you wish her to come back (and if so, how tired do you want her to be after the walk back)? I will assume the "how mad she is going to be" factor as a constant no matter the distance traveled...