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Old 09-07-2013, 03:07 PM   #1
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Windy conditions,tipping danger

We are in extremely windy conditions on Prince Edward Island. Does anyone know when there is I risk of the trailer tipping? At what wind gust speed does one need extra support or stabilization?
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:09 PM   #2
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Are you talking moving down the road or when parked?
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Sorry. This is when parked. The trailer has a lot of movement even with the oem stabilizers down.
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From "Yahoo Answers".... YMMV

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"I have had to investigate and write reports on campers and mobile homes damaged in winds. It does depend a lot on the exact size and shape of the trailer. The ones that seem to go over the easiest are those that are parked in very exposed areas like a ridge of a hill (nice view but very vulnerable exposure), or a wide open treeless area.

In those cases, it only takes a 10 second gust of around 50 to 55 mph to push one over. This is very true of a 5th wheel type that has a relatively high profile in comparison to weight. Even more troubling, if the awning is down and the wind comes in from that side, it could take even less wind than that.

On the other side, if the trailer is anchored or tied down on the corners to trees, and I have seen this type of thing done, they will survive quite a bit more. Maybe gusts up to around 80 mph. Anything above that, they have a rough time surviving intact if the wind hits them from the side.

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I live in Kansas where we have wind and tornados often.
Most of the time I have noted that you don't start seeing RV's big trucks etc, start rolling over till you get 60mph plus straight line winds.
We did survive a tornado going over the top of us (75 mph)when we had pulled of in a city park to rest one night.I think the only thing that saved us was the equalizer hitch was still hooked to our 79 Lincolin Town car.The camper was only a 16ft but that town car was like an anchor.
They will do alot of rocking before they go over.
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:31 PM   #7
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Point it into the wind if you can to reduce the exposed surface area.
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:36 PM   #8
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Thanks to all. Right now it appears the max will be 30 mph.i do feel the need for extra stabilizers. Any suggestions for anchoring?
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Your TV, if you are really concerned hitch it up. The TV will act as an anchor.

You need the lowest center of gravity possible, are you holding tanks full? Especially fresh water. If you hold 80+ gallons FW, that would put another 550 +\- lbs pretty low to the ground, should help stabilize things.
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Best of luck.
You should be fine in 30mph winds, although a little unnerving.
I've been in everything from a pop-up to a TT in 30mph winds with no problems.

Now driving is another story :-)

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