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Old 11-18-2010, 01:08 PM   #15
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I got caught in a severe thunder storm in N. Dakota at dusk shortly after purchasing my 31 foot ASCL with Hensley the summer of 2001. Basis the vegetation blowing across the road in my headlights I would guestimate the 90 degree side winds to be 40 to 50+ mph and I was concerned that hail might fall (tremendous lightening show). I reduced speed to 50 mph due to visibility, but NEVER had any controllability problems; in fact the side winds affected the assembly LESS than the wake push from a passing bus. This event lasted about 10 minutes until I cleared the storm gust front.
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Old 11-18-2010, 01:14 PM   #16
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Apparently because of the low centre of gravity and overall design an Airstream will slide sideways on dry pavement and very rarely will they roll.
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:37 PM   #17
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My in-laws flipped their 1996 34' Airstream. It was less than six months old at the time. However, witnesses said they had some help from the tractor-trailer that clipped the back of the Airstream when merging onto the highway. The Airstream rolled three times, and the Suburban 1500 received a dent in the rear quarter panel and stayed upright. The Semi kept moving down the highway and nobody saw the tag number to call it in. The Suburban was coupled to the Airstream with a Reese W/D hitch and 1000# sway bars. The chains stayed attached as well, jus tthe ball lifted. Thor uses some strong chains on the Airstreams
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:57 PM   #18
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The Airstream rolled three times, and the Suburban 1500 received a dent in the rear quarter panel and stayed upright.
Holy cow! Did they get another 'stream and get back on the road? Because I think I might switch to staying in hotels after an accident like that! Lucky lucky lucky!
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Old 11-18-2010, 04:44 PM   #19
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At the end of the video where they show the hitch setup, it doesn't look like there was any weight distribution or sway control being used either.
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Old 11-18-2010, 04:52 PM   #20
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We recently had a very very close call on the 93/95 just outside of Kingman. When an individual we believe was intoxicated pulled right out of a bar onto the highway in front of us. My husband only had a few seconds to react. He had to swerve to avoid hitting the car as the. The Airstream Fishtailed left to right a few times. I thought it was going over. Keep in mind we were traveling in the daytime going 55 miles per hour on flat land. The driver of the car didn't even stop to look he flew right out of the parking lot. You cant always control what is going on around you. We have a weight distribution hitch and are very very thankful we were able to pull out of that one. It may have been a lot different if we ere towing a SOB.

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We recently had a very very close call on the 93/95 just outside of Kingman.
My husband only had a few seconds to react. He had to swerve to avoid hitting the car as the.
You cant always control what is going on around you.
Forsure! It is amazing how many folks out there say they would never perform an emergency avoidance maneuver with the trailer in tow.
Like you said, sometimes you can't always control what is going on around you.
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Stephanie,

Actually they went straight back to the dealer and ordered a new one just like the old one (except a 1997). They were full timing at the that time and needed a new house! The '97 they purchased is the same trailer our family now uses. I am not sure, but they may have even gone on another caravan after the accident. They were on one at the time.
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