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Old 11-18-2010, 09:13 AM   #1
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SOB gets blown over

Caught on video this SOB gets blown over. Those shoe box designs don't handle strong winds very well. Guess this is one big reason we prefer towing an Airstream.

RV Videos: Trailer flips on highway as video camera rolls
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:34 AM   #2
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Wow! I saw one this fall that flipped over into the median in New York state. The whole chassis came off......
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:41 AM   #3
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Don't kid yourselves, it has happened with Airstreams as well. But- that was one heck of a long, boxy trailer, and the video maker had gotten clues (wind/swaying?) that it was in trouble. It whipped that truck around like a cat toy! Dam good thing there was no-one in the way of it.
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:22 AM   #4
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I have heard these big dually's were in charge when a trailer starts to sway.
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:48 AM   #5
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Going from 8' height to 10' height doubles the chances of tipping over due to the combination of:
- larger wall area for the wind to hit
- longer moment arm for the wind to act upon
- higher cg making the rig more tippy

Also sobs typically have leaf springs with no shocks which makes them much more susceptible to the kind of oscillations that contribute to tipping over.

It's hard to say for sure but a less than ideal wd and sway control setup may have contributed
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:53 AM   #6
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Hi from Ga. . . If you watch that video all the way thru, you'll see a strip of other videos......one of which is a 2 axle Airstream doing the same thing ! just sayin...
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:55 AM   #7
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I suppose the only difference had he had a Hensley would have been that the truck might have stayed aimed straight ahead as the whole works went over!

Brian

PS - we had a little 20' Sprite travel trailer we owned years ago lifted out of a car park and dumped on its side about 200 feet away by a mini-tornado.

Amazingly the trailer was lifted out from between two parked cars and never touched either!
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:05 AM   #8
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I have heard these big dually's were in charge when a trailer starts to sway.
Looks like no one was injured...

Imagine if that had been a lesser vehicle...they would have been tossed around like rag dolls...

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Old 11-18-2010, 11:10 AM   #9
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Safety Chains sure worked. They are holding the rear of the truck off the ground.
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:19 AM   #10
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Hi from Ga. . . If you watch that video all the way thru, you'll see a strip of other videos......one of which is a 2 axle Airstream doing the same thing ! just sayin...
Here's the link
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:25 AM   #11
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@Jim Foster: Well, from that video you can't tell WHY the Airstream is on its side, just that it is. It could have been a failed emergency maneuver, sleepy driver, etc. as easily as a crosswind issue.
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Perhaps a lesson here is you can put all the truck you want in front your trailer, but the real safety measure is good hitch rigging, safe driving habits, and recognizing some weather conditions when you should not be on the road.

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Old 11-18-2010, 11:33 AM   #13
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I doubt it was a blow over. Looks to me like the highway has trees along side which should somewhat protect it from the wind.

In both this and the blow over video the TV is still attached to the trailer and the rear wheels are held off the ground by the hitch.

Interesting.
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:53 AM   #14
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What a behemoth!
Talk about towing a BILLBOARD

Must have been some freak gust, because the guy walking over to assist, at the end, doesn't appear to be getting buffeted by the wind very much...

Ramblinman', you need to link the video of an airstream blowing over- I've never seen one
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