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Old 03-13-2019, 09:39 PM   #1
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High Winds forecast in IL and Mo

They are forecasting wind gusts of 55+ mph in IL and MO tomorrow. I was going to start driving Southwest with my trailer... Hmmmm. At what wind mph level do fellow Airstreamers stay off the road?
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:13 PM   #2
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Personally, if itís gusting crosswind at about 45 or headwinds around that, I park it and wait it out. Snow and ice also means park it.

I like travel, but there is no need to attempt to validate or prove my manhood by traveling into known danger any more.

Did that in the military, but Iím no longer in that specific business.
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Old 03-14-2019, 03:11 AM   #3
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They are forecasting wind gusts of 55+ mph in IL and MO tomorrow. I was going to start driving Southwest with my trailer... Hmmmm. At what wind mph level do fellow Airstreamers stay off the road?
Trust your gut.

If it does not feel right to travel, just sit tight and wait out the weather.

We are all headed for the same final destination, but there is no rush to get there!



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Old 03-14-2019, 06:58 AM   #4
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We got socked here in Colorado yesterday. 40 to 60 mph winds with gusts of 97 mph recorded at the Colorado Springs airport. And, we got 15 inches of snow where we live which created some 4 to 6 foot drifts. Hundreds were stranded in there cars into the evening. The governor called out the National Guard to help the stranded motorists. The roads here are still closed this morning and probably will be most of the day.

It is headed your way. Do not go out on the road in these winds!!
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:45 PM   #5
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We left Washington Mo on Monday and after 2 days in Cave Spring, Ar (Bentonville area) left for OkCity...all days were very windy. Not sure of the level but very windy for sure.

This a.m. on hwy 412 to Tulsa they were very strong cross winds. The equalizer set-up performed well and I never felt it was too strong or not in control.

However if we ever got to that point i would find a park/place to park and await calmer weather.
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What if you decide to stay put? My trailer has survived 93 knot or higher winds on two occasions. A weather station anemometer located 25 feet away was destroyed by the high winds at some greater wind speed. In this case my trailer remained upright while a box trailer three spaces away turnover on a stored boat. In the other case the wind speed was undetermined, but it shook my trailer and tow vehicle severely. All I did to prepare for this was to extend the stabilizers, tongue jack and chock the wheels. In the first case I took no preventive action except to chock the wheels. You just have to do the best you can with in the severe weather warning window that you have.
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:14 PM   #7
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I will not have the wind, but will be watching for flooding as I head home from Texas to Iowa. Will be on 55 along the Mississippi and the flood is cresting in the
Quad cities on Sunday so will e running into it. I should make it close to home before problems. The crest will be 18.5, but in 3 weeks, will have a second crest projected at 23.5 which will be a NEW record.
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FWIW, I've towed many times where I've come in contact with 50mph winds at various angles. Worst are headwinds due to significant drop in MPG, from an already dismal 11mpg (gasser). Tail winds are pretty good, I can get near what a diesel can get towing (15mpg).



Sidewinds, are noticeable, but with a proper hitch setup and decent wheelbase, the winds really only gave me a few pushes here and there on a recent road trip with a couple of SOBs, one a 30' trailer, the other a 31' class C. I found also having more water in the fresh tank that is parked above the axles on the trailer make for an even more stable tow in general and moreso in higher than normal winds.



Anyway, twenty minutes into the winds on the last trip, I'm told the boxy RVs are going 45 mph with ample white knuckle driving as they are getting pushed all over the interstate, as I look back they are miles behind. We had nowhere near that exp, and I attribute that mostly to the rounded edges of the Airstream.


Looking at your info, you are towing a 30' with a 3500hd. I think that wheelbase is even longer than mine (as is your trailer). Your results may vary, but I would not be concerned with that setup in 50mph winds. I'd be more concerned about the semis and other travelers on the road with not as great of a rig getting pushed into you.
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We are planning a trip out west in less than a month and this thread is an eye opener. We don't like traveling in high winds so we would be stopping when necessary. 45 mph sustained winds is no place I want to be driving in. I would say 15 to 20 sustained and 30 mph gust will make me pull over.
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We are use to sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph here in eastern Colorado on the front range. It is okay (not good, but okay) if from the front or rear. Cross wind are the problem. It all depends on your rig, your total weight, your weight distribution, your hitch set-up, etc. whether it is time to pull over or just slow down. We usually slow down until the rig feels comfortable or we pull over if we cannot slow down enough to feel safe. If it beyond your comfort zone, just pull off and take a break.
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Gus...good advice.

As Always since all rigs and tt are different...proceed with caution and know your rigs driving/wind charactics. We're all different.

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What if you decide to stay put? My trailer has survived 93 knot or higher winds on two occasions. A weather station anemometer located 25 feet away was destroyed by the high winds at some greater wind speed. In this case my trailer remained upright while a box trailer three spaces away turnover on a stored boat. In the other case the wind speed was undetermined, but it shook my trailer and tow vehicle severely. All I did to prepare for this was to extend the stabilizers, tongue jack and chock the wheels. In the first case I took no preventive action except to chock the wheels. You just have to do the best you can with in the severe weather warning window that you have.
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