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Old 10-10-2013, 10:38 AM   #11
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Derail about undersized trucks aside (I also believe he is in over his head with this combo), I don't think I could give a hard and fast rule about crosswinds. I will say I've hauled in all sorts of weather. I have pulled over in a rest area or other safe place a few times. Usually though due to snowy conditions (we winter camp and often haul in the snow). For me it's not the winds so much as visibility that will determine when I pull over.
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:46 AM   #12
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Unfortunately, myself included have been guilty of 'get home itis' and we push on no matter what. That is when we can be subject to a severe crosswind and a accident in the making. Most of the time accidents are a series of wrong decisions leading to a final unfortunate conclusion. If winds are forecast to be VERY gusty and you see semi's parked, do the same. Weather will change.
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:59 AM   #13
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There are too many variables, in my opinion, to use that formula. Drw. Full or empty tanks, etc etc. I've towed with my 3/4 T. 40' fiver, 12 1/2' tall, in some serious winds(approx 30 with gusts to 50) and felt very stable. But with my old camper, 28' 10' 6" tall, been blown all over the road in 20mph winds with the same truck. I've purposely left tanks full, towing in winds as the ballast really helps.
I agree with the statement about shutting down when the big boys do.

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Old 10-10-2013, 11:10 AM   #14
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Variables are just way too many to fix a speed to anything.....but wt and distance are somewhat consistant....we tow with the longest wheel base possible and the biggest truck available....which for us and the weight we tow is the Chevy 2500hd commercial crew cab with 8 ft bed....most of the time never know the trailer is back there....but terrain and bridges over rivers can funnel a 20 mph wind to great impact speeds....we tow around 7000 lbs to 7500 in a 26 ft box 5er....the truck runs around 22 ft and gross out around 8000 lbs with the pin wt....wheel base probably around 16 feet,,,,....combined weight is usually 15k - 15.5 k ...speed driven 56-58 mph.....
on a 1500 mile trip the trailer might wiggle once.....enough to feel not enough to be dangerous...but we don t travel on wet roads and thunderstorms if possible...and other adverse conditions cause us to stay put.....and I can say everyone passes me on a trip like that....so I have a good view and know will be posting about Chinese tires....good luck to all who tow....
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:23 AM   #15
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Coming back from the Washington D.C. FROG rally earlier this year we hit crosswinds of 25 MPH gusting to 35 MPH. At one point the crosswind was strong enough to actually blow the steps extended on our fifth wheel. The only way I could tell we were in heavy winds was how far I had to push down on the accelerator, other than that the ride was very stable. I believe if the OP would move up to a ton truck he would see/feel a world of difference.
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:27 AM   #16
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A few years ago one of my very first towing experiences was from St. Louis to Kansas City in April through an approaching cold front with winds gusting to 40mph. While the majority of those were head winds every once and awhile the combo would get hit from the side and really cause me to freak out.

Couple my inexperience with towing a RV and the fact that my hitch set up was not dialed in yet it made for a very stressful ride.
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:46 AM   #17
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There are too many variables, in my opinion, to use that formula. Drw. Full or empty tanks, etc etc. I've towed with my 3/4 T. 40' fiver, 12 1/2' tall, in some serious winds(approx 30 with gusts to 50) and felt very stable. But with my old camper, 28' 10' 6" tall, been blown all over the road in 20mph winds with the same truck. I've purposely left tanks full, towing in winds as the ballast really helps.
I agree with the statement about shutting down when the big boys do.

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I am the same as you and could not agree more, got blown around more with the TT then the 5er. plus I find that if I air the bags a little more the sway lightens up a bit. but towing with a soft rear 1/2 ton would not be my choice IMO
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:31 AM   #18
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Jim, I appreciate your post. I guess it is because of my engineering background. Seems to be a bad thing on this forum. i certainly did not think you were suggesting anyone use that formula as a hard and fast rule but as an interesting point of information. I guess I missed the part where you were asking for anyone to fix a problem for you, but you sure got em.

I see you have towed over 13000 miles and are in control of your ship. You also know when to get off the road. Thanks for the post and keep em coming....
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:45 AM   #19
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Down in Amarillo several years ago it seemed the wind just never quit. I asked an oldtimer I was working with, "Does it always blow this way?"
After a studious pause he looked at me very seriously pointed to his left and said: "No, sometimes it blows that way."
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:53 AM   #20
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Just towed my new 45'6"L x 12'3"H Cherokee from Minnesota to Texas and at 37yrs young, I can say Kansas had me looking for a rest stop quick!! As awesome as that formula is, my seat of the pants math told me when enough was enough! LOL And when I'm on the far right of my lane and the tail end of the trailer is flirting with the left side doesn't help either. Yes, I know but its a destination trailer but its still got to make it to that destination. My hats off to Equalizer hitches though, that thing made all the difference in the world.
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