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Old 04-25-2014, 12:07 AM   #1
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So just a general question after the wind I had to pull threw today. What is the approx wind mph before everyone says it is too much to tow in? I'm not sure how bad it was today all I know is anything above 52mph was making me go all over the road. My TT is loaded the same as normal and I know it was just the wind pushing me beyond any faster limits hence why I am asking the question of when does everyone consider it unsafe to tow??
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:30 AM   #2
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We just stop when we feel unsafe no set speed limit.
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:36 AM   #3
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Tail winds are great! No issues for me.
Head winds kills mpg.
Side wind is the one I really stop if it gets into the 20-25 mph range.
Side wind you can easily lose control.

Like NO3putt says. When you feel you can not control your trailer safely is time to find a rest area or a campground for the night.
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Side winds are the killer. As said, when it feels unsafe, then get off the road.

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Old 04-25-2014, 08:06 AM   #5
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We pulled into a C/G at Shipshewanna,Indiana and told the Lady at the desk that the Wind was getting Bad! She said if we had a (5er) we wouldn't have a Prob. with that. The next day some (5ers) pulled by (Peterbilts) pulled into the C/G and told the same Lady that they were (1)day late because of (High Winds)! Made my day! Youroo!!
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Old 04-25-2014, 08:16 AM   #6
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We just stop when we feel unsafe no set speed limit.
X2 if it feels unsafe then get off the road. It all depends on your trailer. I had a TT and anything in the range of 20-30 mph felt unsafe. My current FW I drove through 30-40 mph with gust up to 50 and felt okay. It was a side wind and the trailer pulled great but my entry stairs keep popping out so I had to bungee them. As mention it all depends if it is a head, tail, or side wind.
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Old 04-25-2014, 08:23 AM   #7
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I have pulled my trailer with gusts in the upper 20s and low 30s, with some gusts around 40 mpg. High wind warnings were out. Not the best towing experience, and only once had a scare. A strong gust hit me between some overpasses in Greensboro NC, and thought it was going to blow the trailer over. Still stayed in the lane without a problem.

I think the scariest part of that trip was when we stopped to eat, and I was afraid the overhead signs and lamp posts might topple on our rig.
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Old 04-25-2014, 08:28 AM   #8
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Regardless of how heavy they sound like they are, their no more then a hollow box. If you don't feel safe, then find a place to lay low for a while.
If and when the wind does get a hold of it, I think what happened in the vid above, is pretty much what you could expect. I didn't see anything that looked like an anti sway set up on the hitch. I don't know if that would have made any difference at all based on what happened to the trailer when the wind got under it, other then the guy would have been pulling faster, more then likely.
Insurance is a great idea.
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When ever the "tail starts wagging the dog" slow down and think about it. Pilots can correct me but I think it takes real skill and luck when crosswinds hit 40-45 to keep a plane on a runway. The Mackinac Bridge with steady 40-50mph headwinds and 20mph speed limit seemed like an adventure but do-able, a little mushy feeling as gusts blow through the grated pavement under you in the center span and it all seems much lighter. Need a bigger truck..
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