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Old 03-25-2015, 10:03 PM   #1
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As I'm relatively new to towing TTs, the max safe crosswind is on my mind. Anyone have a figure? Thanks

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Old 03-25-2015, 10:29 PM   #2
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That's impossible to say. It all depends on how long and tall your trailer is. (It's essentially a big sail.) And what tow vehicle do you have - 1/2-ton, 3/4-ton, 1-ton? Your truck's suspension - standard, HD, etc? What sway control, if any, do you have?

There are lots of variables, but the most important is what is comfortable for you? The faster you drive, the more any/all of these things factor in. Rule of thumb - as the crosswinds increase, decrease your speed. But you probably already knew that! LOL!


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Old 03-25-2015, 10:38 PM   #3
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I don't know the correct answer but I know that my cap is about 50-60mph. I was coming home through the Columbia River Gorge 10yrs ago towing a 30' trailer with a Ram 2500 diesel. Winds were about 45-50mph with gusts to 60. Well, one of those 60mph gusts hit my trailer perpendicularly and blew it and my truck right into the other lane of traffic. There was nothing I could do to stop it. Scared the heck out of my wife and convinced me that I will not attempt the Gorge during high winds again.
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Old 03-26-2015, 02:43 AM   #4
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I concur... it depends on circumstances.
Wind behind me? Virtually no limit as it helps with gas mileage!
Wind in my face? Had that a couple years ago coming back from Florida, my mileage dropped from 10 to 6 because we were heading into 35+ mph winds the whole way. It would have been cheaper to stop and spend another night in a campground.
Wind from the side? Once the wind starts pushing me around, its time to pull off the road and have a snack or find a campground.
Find YOUR comfort level and stick to it.
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Old 03-26-2015, 05:45 AM   #5
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I had a wind hit me from the side one time around Nebraska I pulled over to see because I thought my tires had blown. It depends to me if it's really gusty winds or a steady wind and head/tail or side wind. Once you get used to it it's not as bad, starting out if your hitch is set up well 30 mph might be tough, but just take it easy and stop if you don't feel comfortable.
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:09 AM   #6
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My rule of thumb is if you can feel the wind "playing" with the RV then pull over and park
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:25 AM   #7
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We generally won't go if sustained winds are over 20 mph. A bit conservative perhaps, but it's the gusts that I worry about. Around here, sustained winds of 20 mph usually means gusts over 40, and 40 is too much for me.

I towed the trailer back to storage (very short drive) once in those conditions. Most of the trip was perpendicular to the wind (cross wind) and I could see the trailer leaning over and wiggling more than I'm used to. I was able to tough it out for the short trip to storage, but if it were like that on a trip, I would pull over and wait it out. Even for just that short time, I had to pry my fingers off the wheel when I got there.

Cruising across a prairie near a shallow lake in the Texas Coastal Plains, I hit what I'll call a "micro gust". It was a very short, very strong cross-gust, but the weather was completely calm. Something like if you were being passed by a semi, but there was no one else around me on the 2-lane. Or kind of like driving through a wind tunnel perpendicularly. It was SO strange; the sensation was what I imagine having a blowout on one of the trailer tires would feel like. Wind does some funny and scary things.

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Old 03-26-2015, 08:38 AM   #8
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Just fyi..I hate crosswinds! Makes a grown man shake like a rattle!

..and Micro bursts are the meanest!
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:45 AM   #9
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If wind is forecast to be 20-25 mph I stay put. If I can make a leg of a trip before noon I might give it a shot. I have pulled in much worse because I simply got caught in the conditions, you can't plan for everything that's possible. Two years ago I did a white knuckle trip home from the beach. Looking back on it I should have stayed an extra day. No damage done but its not worth it to your health.
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Old 03-27-2015, 08:16 AM   #10
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That is a very good rule. Serves us well. We also try to travel in the mornings before the winds get up.

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