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Old 12-12-2002, 11:59 AM   #1
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I am a newbie to Airstream however, not new to towing.
I would like to know if the Wide Body models cause any additional concern when pulling them through a construction zone? Thank you.
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If the construction zone is not as wide as the trailer , then you should be concerned.

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Old 12-12-2002, 12:31 PM   #3
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Trailers (highway tractor-trailer) can legally be 102" wide. If you are narrower than that you should be OK.

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Thank you John. I was not aware of these limitations. Going through those cement barriers at night is not one of my favorite past times even with a standard width trailer (96") . I have been looking at a 30' Limited W. B. and was concerned with the additional width. Again, thank you.

Ron - Your insight was also most helpful.
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Casey,

Its all a matter of time and place. I've had my share of white knuckle towing in construction zones. Obviously you are at the mercy of the folks who set up the barriers and cones.

Nothing better than to be in a restricted lane with an 18 wheeler already above the speed limit attempting to pass you with his lane also restricted, or dealing with gusty wind conditions, or finally the old dreaded pavement separation where to stay centered in your lane, your trailer wheel sits at a point where two pavements join together. All of which make the diminished lane become all the more tight.

I've found the best answer to this situation is to reduce speed. At times I hate to do it but I'm not going to leave a silver stripe on those concrete barriers if I can help it.

Bottom line you can navigate these things but every inch in width brings you closer to the edge.

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Thank you for your response Jack. Yes, I know what you mean. There is an area on Hwy I 65, just outside of Louisville, Ky. that I have experienced many close calls. As you said, the truckers are pushing you all the time and your rig is shifting side to side. For some reason they want you to get in the left lane next to the concrete barriers. In the meantime some turkey is trying to pass you on the right. Hey, and I'm, already over the speed limit.

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Here in Ohio, they make trucks move to the left lane... so they have a better view of how close they are to the barrier... and they aren't allowed to pass. I get in the left lane behind one and just stay there.

And I don't give a rat's ass what anyone thinks. If there's a damn groove in the pavement my tires will be tracking back and forth on when I'm up against the barrier in a construction zone, then I'm gonna straddle both lanes and let 'em honk.

Getting a ticket for obstructing traffic is better than having the trailer bounce off the barrier and take out a bunch of cars in the process.
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then I'm gonna straddle both lanes and let 'em honk.

Getting a ticket for obstructing traffic is better than having the trailer bounce off the barrier and take out a bunch of cars in the process.


Thank you. The ones honking are the ones that are trying to go 70 in a 45 construction zone.

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I might just get one of those little transmitters that set off radar detectors. I saw them at Hamvention a few years ago (not a ham but attend for fun sometimes).

Might back 'em down a bit... at least for awhile.
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Going through a tight construction zone in Florida on i-95 last year, trying to stay out of everybody's way.....read: going too fast and I slapped one of those orange, round construction workers. Luckily all that was damaged was a 75 dollar piece of an aluminum awning strut. (I didn't stop and check on the plastic barrel) Now I just slow down and let 'em get mad if they want.

Mostly, the only time the WB seems really wide is going down the country roads near our home. No problems after we hit the state and interstate highways. Concrete lane barriers are the state mascots in North and South Carolina.

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