Originally Posted by htsparks
Will I have any problem driving in 50mph cross winds? I have a 23ft FlyingCloud with an equalizer weight distribution hitch and am pulling with a Ford F150 eco boost. Driving from Lake Havasu AZ to to Palm Springs CA. Thanks for your help. Hank
Side winds can cause loss of control. The higher the wind, the greater the chance.
I am also a pilot, so I installed the following, which was a great 100 percent help when on the road, even with just the tow vehicle.
Install an "aircraft airspeed meter", in the tow vehicle.
Compared what it says with the speedometer.
If you have a "head wind", which has a negative effect on the fuel mileage, the airspeed will show a higher speed than the speedometer. The greater the difference, the more you should back off from your normal towing speed.
On the other hand, if you have a "tail wind", which adds to the fuel mileage, you can increase your towing speed.
Using that method, gives you very positive information as to what is going on with the wind, outside of the tow vehicle.
There is no way to tell what's going on with the wind currects or speeds, unless you do the above. Sure you can stop. get out amd some what guess what the wind is doing, but that is a GUESS" The way I stated, gives you absolute information, that in turn, if you adjust you towing spees accordingly, you will find a very noticeable increase in the fuel mileage.
At today's fuel prices, using anything that helps you to increase the mileage per gallon, then you are saving as many dollars as you can. Going a few hundred miles makes that savings, very noticeable.
Try it, and report back, so that others might have serious thoughts about doing the same thing.
New Airspeed indicators, available at "Aircraft Spruce" cost as low as $ 138.00 for a meter that shows 0 to 100 mph.
Then, if you really want to jazz up your towing instruments, you can add a sensitive "altimeter", which will tell you what altitude your at, but most importantly, it also tells you if your "climbing or descending, or level !!
That is impossible to tell all to many times, when your on a strange highway. They cost as low as $ 129.00, from Aircraft Spruce.
Outfitting your tow vehicle with specific kinds of instruments, becomes very usefull to those owners that tow their Airstream many miles, and directly contribute to fuel savings, if you let the information from those instruments be your traveling speed guides.
They did for me, and many time made a difference of better than 20 percent.