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Old 09-11-2013, 02:07 PM   #1
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Towing while it's raining.

Please add to this list...looks like rain on the way to the mountain
#1 Pull over, play mandolin, then take a nap, then eat ( did this last week )
If it keeps raining, call up work and tell them it's raining???????
#2 Emergency flashers, slow as possible, loosen friction sway control

That's all i can come up with. Would applying just trailer brakes be of any help?

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Old 09-11-2013, 02:14 PM   #2
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I just keep towing. Lot of rain here down south, if ii quit towing everytime it rainded I would never get anywhere.
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:38 PM   #3
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There's rain, and then there's what my granny would've called a "gully-washer." If it's raining but I can see far enough past the end of the hood that it doesn't make me too nervous, I'll roll on. I try to stay conscious of the fact that driving in the rain adds to the amount of attention required to be safe and therefore my workload as a driver, so I stop more often, etc.

If it's "serious" rain, I might look for a rest area or decide it's time for lunch, etc.

This thankfully hasn't happened while towing, but if it's a hailstorm I look for a covered place to hide. Even having hail total my difficult-to-replace car wouldn't make me as sad as it beating up the Argosy.
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:54 PM   #4
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It should just simply slow everybody down. Unfortunately there are some knuckleheads that just continue to drive like maniacs. I just slow myself down to where I feel comfortable and continue on. If it's real bad I just might call the day early. Now if it's so heavy I can't see beyond my hood it's time to pull over and sit it out.
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It should just simply slow everybody down. Unfortunately there are some knuckleheads that just continue to drive like maniacs. I just slow myself down to where I feel comfortable and continue on. If it's real bad I just might call the day early. Now if it's so heavy I can't see beyond my hood it's time to pull over and sit it out.
Heh... long long ago on my first RV trip Dad, Mom and I went to the grandparents' house for Christmas in a smallish (by modern standards) Class A Winnebago that belonged to one of Dad's customers. I don't know if Dad was thinking about buying it or what (he bought a used Class C a few months later.) Uncharacteristically for Texas, it was quite cold and on our way home from San Antonio it started to rain while I was driving (I was about 19, home from college.) I was talking to Dad about the lack of traction, thinking I35 was starting to actually get icy, and we were planning to exit and find someplace with a 30A hookup because we already knew the generator wouldn't start.

I was tooling along about 40 mph, the speed everyone else seemed to be running, keeping 150 yards or so between us and a clump of vehicles ahead. An early 80s Cutlass blew past fast enough that I commented on it, and apparently had no intention of slowing down. I blinked when his brakelights came on just before he reached the traffic ahead of us and when I opened my eyes it seems like he was gone for a sec... then headlights, taillights, headlights, taillights for a bit before he spun off into the muddy median. I never had to even touch the brakes, but I was coasting while we watched the show.
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:07 PM   #6
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Only time I've stopped early in a day's drive is when hitting freezing rain just west of Oklahoma City. We didnt have any problems driving it it, but we jusy saw so many cars and trucks in the ditch that we figured we would call it a day at noon before our number was up.

Spent a pleasant afternoon playinhg scrabble and drinking home made wine and watchng the miserable weather outside!

Normally I would never consider stopping during rain unless it was torrential. I do of course adjust driving speed as needed.

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Old 09-11-2013, 06:45 PM   #7
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Can't let rain slow me down. People in Louisiana don't tan; they rust!

Seriously, I'd rather travel on a rain day so that I'm accomplishing something than to be stuck in camp on a rain day and waste the good weather driving.
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:58 PM   #8
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I am from NJ, i know hurricanes, but found tornados this Summer in midwest, a good time to stop. I simply was not experienced to drive in that type of weather.

On another note, I recently found out I am to take the sway bar off in rain. i do to back up, but I am not quite sure why I take it off in rain. That could be a lot of work on a day with showers. Why would I do that?
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:07 PM   #9
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I would not loosen the sway control unless there is standing water on the road. I almost bought the farm by loosening the sway control in the rain. I don't know what happens when it is raining really hard and the sway control is too tight but I do know that if the the road does not look like glass then it does more harm than good in light rain. You sure as heck don't want uncontrolled sway in the rain. I slow down a little and increase following distance and slow down alot when it is raining real hard. If you pull over turn your lights off because people will follow your lights if they can't see anything else in heavy rain or fog. They will run right up your tail if you are stopped on the side of the road.

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Old 09-11-2013, 07:36 PM   #10
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Please add to this list...looks like rain on the way to the mountain
#1 Pull over, play mandolin, then take a nap, then eat ( did this last week )
If it keeps raining, call up work and tell them it's raining???????
#2 Emergency flashers, slow as possible, loosen friction sway control

That's all i can come up with. Would applying just trailer brakes be of any help?

Bueller.....Bueller......anybody???
What I do if towing: (rain or snow)
1. If the cruise control is on, turn it off when it starts. Turn on lights
2. Slow down
3. Slow down more in a downpour when visibility is a problem. I also tap the brake pedal to blink the lights as vehicles approach from the rear to let them know I am traveling slow.
4. Release the friction type sway control, if/when there is a safe place to pull off the road.
4. NEVER stop in the roadway, unless the road is blocked and cannot move (only then four way flasher on)
5. If it is uncomfortable to drive, get off the road and park in a safe spot

If snow covers the road or ice forms, I get off the road when I am towing.
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:51 PM   #11
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What I do if towing: (rain or snow)
1. If the cruise control is on, turn it off when it starts. Turn on lights
2. Slow down
3. Slow down more in a downpour when visibility is a problem. I also tap the brake pedal to blink the lights as vehicles approach from the rear to let them know I am traveling slow.
4. Release the friction type sway control, if/when there is a safe place to pull off the road.
4. NEVER stop in the roadway, unless the road is blocked and cannot move (only then four way flasher on)
5. If it is uncomfortable to drive, get off the road and park in a safe spot

If snow covers the road or ice forms, I get off the road when I am towing.
I pretty much agree with alan and Adam (post #4) except
I don't use cc and my tundra has daytime running lights.

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I am from NJ, i know hurricanes, but found tornados this Summer in midwest, a good time to stop. I simply was not experienced to drive in that type of weather.

On another note, I recently found out I am to take the sway bar off in rain. i do to back up, but I am not quite sure why I take it off in rain. That could be a lot of work on a day with showers. Why would I do that?
Much better to slow down a bit than loosen the sway bars.
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:28 PM   #13
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We have almost never traveled without a rain storm. We left today in the bright sunshine and hit two minor rains with an almost cloudless sky.
We hit one coming back from Texas in April that scared the living @3$% out of me. It poured so hard you could not see anything. Also had a bit of hail. There was no place to pull off and no near exits. We just stayed behind the tail lights we could see ahead of us and put our flashers on to let people know we were going slow.
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Wait till you try the unexpected early Fall/late Spring snowstorms here in the Colorado Rockies...now that's fun!
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