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Old 10-07-2011, 06:08 PM   #1
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We came down from Colorado to New Mexico yesterday and encountered a 50 + mph crosswinds on State Highway 17 between Antonito and Alamosa.
This highway runs just west of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument.
I wondered how the dunes in the Monument were formed and now I know. The wind generated a huge dust storm. Visability was barely adequate to drive safely. When the wind hits the mountains just east of the dunes and slows as it is pushed up, it drops all that dust it is carrying and forms the dunes.
The crosswind generated extreme towing conditions. My streamlined Airstream and big, old, stiff springed diesel Excursion pushed right through it, tracking straight as an arrow with the steering wheel pointed straight ahead. I would have been stranded by the side of the road with an average rig.
Consider overkill with your rig if you are going to tow a lot of miles in all conditions.
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Old 10-07-2011, 07:21 PM   #3
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Consider overkill with your rig if you are going to tow a lot of miles in all conditions.
Or, consider a Hensley or ProPride hitch. A number of years ago we were in a sandstorm in the Mojave (pitted the finish on the Airstream) and our Hensley kept us "arrow"-straight (sorry about the pun) while motor homes and big-rig trucks were swerving all over.

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Old 10-07-2011, 07:39 PM   #4
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Living and towing around the Great Lakes it always seems as though we are dealing with a cross or head wind.
We thank our lucky stars for having a very aerodynamic combo that reduces the wind effects to a mere wimper.
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We came down from Colorado to New Mexico yesterday and encountered a 50 + mph crosswinds on State Highway 17 between Antonito and Alamosa.
This highway runs just west of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument.
I wondered how the dunes in the Monument were formed and now I know. The wind generated a huge dust storm. Visability was barely adequate to drive safely. When the wind hits the mountains just east of the dunes and slows as it is pushed up, it drops all that dust it is carrying and forms the dunes.
The crosswind generated extreme towing conditions. My streamlined Airstream and big, old, stiff springed diesel Excursion pushed right through it, tracking straight as an arrow with the steering wheel pointed straight ahead. I would have been stranded by the side of the road with an average rig.
Consider overkill with your rig if you are going to tow a lot of miles in all conditions.
TEHO....

Is it me or is it getting hot in here?

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We hit the same winds coming from Antonito to Alamosa on 285 and our Tundra with Equalizer hitch towed straight. When we got out the the truck, we were blown around and I could hardly open the truck door. Gusts were 53 at that time.

Several years ago we were going east on I-70 in a snowstorm in eastern Colorado with strong crosswind and even on wet snow, no problems except the anxiety that goes with such weather. The road was so slick large trucks couldn't make the small hills of the plains, but we just kept going.

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Or, consider a Hensley or ProPride hitch. A number of years ago we were in a sandstorm in the Mojave (pitted the finish on the Airstream) and our Hensley kept us "arrow"-straight (sorry about the pun) while motor homes and big-rig trucks were swerving all over.

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Ditto, I've been in high cross winds with my X5/Hensley/ASCL 31' without any affect.
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I was wondering about the comparative costs of just stopping for the day for that one storm that year, vs. the cost of driving and feeding the overkill truck for the other 364 days of it....

but then I'm a cheap SOB...
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We had the same winds that day driving from Cortez, CO to Gallup, NM. When we stopped just south of Shiprock to walk the dogs the wind was unbelievable. The Tundra with the Reese hitch did just fine.
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Bob -

Thanks for that visual image of you on your big wheel. Our oldest son (always in some sort of mischief) did something just like that. Can just picture him on the sidewalk in front of our house...sunglasses and all.

BTW Gene IMHO the most common meaning of TEHO is: "to each his own." But Bob will need to confirm that.
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Thanks for that visual image of you on your big wheel. Our oldest son (always in some sort of mischief) did something just like that. Can just picture him on the sidewalk in front of our house...sunglasses and all.

BTW Gene IMHO the most common meaning of TEHO is: "to each his own." But Bob will need to confirm that.
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Does an air cleaner for a big diesel cost more or less about the same as a night in a KOA?
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