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Old 10-18-2012, 03:58 PM   #1
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I've read it gets windy in South Dakota

Hmmm, any airstreams rolling up that way lately?
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:22 PM   #2
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Fascinating picture.. There are other spots in midwest that get windy along wide open interstates.. I've seen trucks "resting on their sides.." in Wyoming and Colorado as well..

Fortunately, Airstreams a little less likely to blow over with rounded sides, and low centers of gravity, but good general warning to slow down when crosswinds get really enthusiastic...
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:05 PM   #3
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Great Plains Winds

The wind is a reason that many of the older settler's houses, from the Dakotas down through Oklahoma and Texas, were built with crow bar holes. To check the weather, one would poke a crow bar out through the hole - if you could pull it back in it wasn't too windy, if you couldn't pull it in because it bent, it was too windy to go out.
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:48 PM   #4
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Just got back less than a week ago from SD. It was windy, but nothing crazy like your picture..

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Old 10-18-2012, 09:07 PM   #5
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The Wyoming crosswinds on I25 were an interesting experience this Summer. We were happily motoring along, passing the white boxes having one heckuva time maneuvering the ups and downs and crosswinds north of Casper. Just watching the swaying going on made me nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs, but our Airstream performed beautifully.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:30 PM   #6
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Windy, yes! While driving west on I-90 during June, 2011 I looked out my rearview mirror just in time to see my AC shroud shattering on the road behind me. A strong crosswind and interstate speeds were just too much for my 8 year old shroud on my 2003 Bambi. By the way, the AC does leak if the shroud isn't in place. A few strategically placed buckets came in handy that night. Lucky for us we got a new one shipped out of Denver and installed in Rapid City with only a couple of hours lost time. Had a great time in Custer State Park and the Badlands on the way to Glacier National Park.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:30 PM   #7
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Another reason that diets are dangerous! Seriously I've driven trucks through all of those regions and it's no fun in the wind.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:03 AM   #8
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Just to be clear, that picture is out of yesterday's Rapid City Journal. I found it interesting because there was a Airforums member in the midst of some work on his trailer and said he had to shut things down because the winds were going to be high.

Now we see high winds in Florida, but Ive got to say what 70 or 80 mph wind gusts do on the plains per this picture is quite different than the tropical storm and Cat 1 hurricane winds at that speed seem to do here.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:35 AM   #9
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I think an Airstream would be fine in the winds that blew those trailers over. My trailer stayed put when a tornado hit my house in March.

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Old 10-21-2012, 01:49 AM   #10
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Perry that is cutting it a bit close.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:38 AM   #11
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Tell me about it.

You can see it for yourself on my security cameras. You need to download it first because my download speeds are not fast enough to plate live. There are 4 separate videos strung together.

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I lived in Rapid City for quite a few years and it is the windiest place I've ever been. Trucks and campers would get blown off of the interstate quite often. I've also seen -70* F in the winter with windchill.
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I saw a whole bunch of trucks on their sides in a strong north wind on I-80 last winter. All of the ones that I got a good enough look at to identify were Volvo's. I wonder if they are lighter than the rest. It was a cloudless day, but the blowing snow was restricting visibility and causing some slick places on the roadway.

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Before that wind hit I had my shell off trying to align the shell to frame. The shell was on chain hoist/gantry's it started to cloud over so I went inside to look up the weather forecast, 40-70 mph wind higher gust for 48+hours.
Worked like a mad man to get the shell down and clecoed, then try and tie down the gantry's. During the wind storm I had one side of a gantry pull the stakes out of the ground, double staked it and made it through the storm.
I told my wife if the wind blew the shell off the frame when it hit the ground it would cure my alignment problems.
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