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Old 06-13-2011, 12:00 PM   #1
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Scared Myself - That's Probably a Good Thing!

This newbie was a bit too smug about AS stability after seeing some photos of one member's rollover.

Is there a thread that can offer some safe-driving tips somewhere? I did a search, but couldn't find anything specific. Regardless, I am going to utilize a lot of common sense. I won't be going over 50 m.p.h. for one thing.

And if it's windy, I think I'll just pull over and wait it out. This is what this guy shudda done! Yikes!

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Old 06-13-2011, 12:05 PM   #2
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:14 PM   #3
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That's a good one to watch, it doesn't even seem they're going all that fast. I'll never understand the attraction for those slab-sided SOB's, with crosswinds what they are sometimes out on the open road.

Oh well... hopefully Airstreams would behave differently, but I don't plan to find out.
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I'm not so sure that is an RV, or if it is, it is about an ungainly as it could be. It looked more like half of a double wide or maybe a mobile dorm for workers.

Fly, I think driving at 50 mph may not be safe. Disrupting the flow of traffic creates opportunities for accidents.

A good hitch and sway control system, good tow mirrors, paying attention to what you are doing and what is going on around you, good tires and a tire monitoring system for the trailer, a good tow vehicle/trailer match all help keeping you safe.

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Old 06-13-2011, 12:53 PM   #5
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I wondered about that too (whether or not it's an RV) but it is.

A workers' dorm and/or 1/2 mobile do not have those kinds of graphics on the back, nor do they usually have roll-up awnings. The make of the trailer is on the front, but I can't make it out.
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Fly, I think driving at 50 mph may not be safe. Disrupting the flow of traffic creates opportunities for accidents.

A good hitch and sway control system, good tow mirrors, paying attention to what you are doing and what is going on around you, good tires and a tire monitoring system for the trailer, a good tow vehicle/trailer match all help keeping you safe.
I second Gene. Driving slow all the time is not the answer, and will increase your risk in faster traffic situations.

Most of the avoidance of this kind of accident takes place before you pull out of your campsite. Trailer weight distribution right, CG forward of the wheels, 10% of the trailer weight on the tongue is the usual rule of thumb. Note that this is strongly affected by your tank status, since the fresh water tank is usually forward and your waste tanks are aft. Tire pressures right, hitch set up right.

Once in motion, drive at speeds appropriate for conditions. In a crosswind situation--especially gusty crosswinds--then do slow down. Remember aerodynamic forces are proportional to the square of the relative wind velocity. If cross winds are high, reduce your speed over the ground! The worst case and the common accident situation is going down hill. Slow down when going down hill--don't let the speed build up on a downgrade.

But you have an advantage in your Airstream. You're CG is lower than most white box trailers, and your aerodynamics are incomparably better. So relax and have a safe trip!
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