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Old 06-20-2016, 09:49 AM   #1
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Holy Cow!

Yesterday coming back from Eau Claire WI on I94 there was a really strong cross wind and we notice ahead of us a TT swaying so much using all of the slow lane and some shoulder, occasionally seemed the TV was following the lead of the TT in going from side to side of highway. The TT was about 29' and towed by a Suburban. Considered not trying to pass it (we're in our car) but this rig was backing up traffic even though going near the speed limit of 70mph.
Finally zipped past and notice it did in deed have weight and sway control setup in use.
I've towed in such wind and noted some discomfort with control but nothing like that, though I was keeping speed down to 60mph or so. Someday going to get that 5th wheel cause you just never know what nature is going to throw at you..

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Old 06-20-2016, 10:30 AM   #2
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Personaly, I was that person once, my issue was not checking tire pressures on the htt. Even cars passing me was pushing me around. Checked the tire pressure when I got home and they where down 5 to 7 psi. I now always top them off and have never experienced anything like that again, and I have been in some hefty wind since then.
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Old 06-20-2016, 10:58 AM   #3
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I was that guy as well back when I was brand new to all this.

The WDH & Sway Control was not set up properly and I had too much weight still off the steer axle.

I finally visited a CAT Scale and dialed in the WDH and rebalanced the trailer, and instantly the sway was gone.

Visiting a scale is a must.
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Old 06-20-2016, 11:02 AM   #4
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I don't think I would pull my TT at 70 mph with no wind. That seems like he was asking for trouble. If that guy is concerned with keeping up with traffic, his priorities are misplaced. My .02 cents
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Old 06-20-2016, 11:14 AM   #5
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I don't think I would pull my TT at 70 mph with no wind. That seems like he was asking for trouble. If that guy is concerned with keeping up with traffic, his priorities are misplaced. My .02 cents
I agree as well, with and without wind. Speed limit while towing here in CA is 55 MPH. I still see folks towing at 70 all the time, you are out to enjoy yourself, slow down! Best part of towing at 55 is you get much better mileage, which means less spent on gas and more money for other stuff!

I have towed though with heavy crosswinds (30-40 mph gusts) with my old TT and it was not fun since we had no WDH or anti-sway. It was only a 19' trailer though coming in under 4,000 lbs and was towing it with my 350. Just cruised along at 55 and we were fine. Even the semi-truck in front of me was swerving a bit and his trailer was leaning over on the big gusts.

A few hours later that same section of freeway was closed for a few hours after 3 or 4 semi trucks and a toy hauler went over on their sides in 50+MPH gusts, happens fairly often around here though. We have one section of freeway just north of us that routinely sees 80+ MPH gusts during stronger wind storms.
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Old 06-20-2016, 04:26 PM   #6
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We left the same area yesterday (Cadott, WI) and agree the wind was terrible-we stayed off of I-94 and kept it to 55mph because of the wind which made it tolerable.

When we got home my husband said it was time to get a 5th Wheel.
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Old 06-20-2016, 04:50 PM   #7
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I don't think I would pull my TT at 70 mph with no wind. That seems like he was asking for trouble. If that guy is concerned with keeping up with traffic, his priorities are misplaced. My .02 cents
On a windy day 50-55 max
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I agree with the Holy Cow! I was towing south on I75 and US23 in Michigan yesterday. Winds were 20 mph with 40 mph gusts. It was definitely not an easy drive, even with an Equal-i-zer and proper WD setup. It was the random gusts that will keep you on your toes. Drove between 55 and 65 depending on whether I was on open road or there was some sort of windbreak. I used a semi as a windbreak going over the Zilwaukee bridge.
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Home made arrangement, small trailer towing a fifth wheel.


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Home made arrangement, small trailer towing a fifth wheel.
Interesting, though I suspect that might get sticky with trailer law depending on where you go.
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