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#1 OFFLINE   busfacebitbit

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Posted 24 November 2017 - 03:00 PM

    I do have a question about what do you do when driving and encounters high winds. Try to find a spot to pull off , get off the next exit , or just pray and hope for the best? Or all of the above?



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Posted 24 November 2017 - 05:35 PM

Depends on what you consider high winds are. 25 MPH? 50 MPH? 60+ MPH? 

 

 I have no problem up to around 40 MPH winds, after that it can get a bet much for me. Over 50 is too dangerous for me and I will park it out of the wind somewhere if I can and wait it out. 

 

 I have a dually with stiff suspension. 


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Posted 24 November 2017 - 09:54 PM

I avoid high gusts or hail, otherwise I just drive slower to meet conditions.

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 06:35 AM

I generally just slow down to the point of my comfort level. I've never really been able to associate a "wind speed" just because i'm usually driving and the moment. Our 1T dually does a great job in the stability department. It really just depends on you, your time in the saddle and your individual setup.



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Posted 25 November 2017 - 05:39 PM

Good point about wind speed...

When the wind gets strong enough to start blowing around damaging objects, I'm looking for shelter. 

 

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 11:30 PM

Slow down. If you are not comfortable driving in high winds Pull off in a safe location. Don't park next to a tree, if you are already concerned about high winds, you should also avoid falling branches. If you can, point into the wind for a little more stability, less rocking while waiting for it to pass Make a sandwich or something and relax. 


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Posted 26 November 2017 - 11:42 AM

I've been in winds where the TC is off center by 20 degrees its a white hand driving time. Out around El Paso Texas they can get some very high winds on a reg base's


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Posted 27 November 2017 - 03:02 AM

Yeah, I've been in West Texas when the wind blows so hard it SUCKS.  When going east got better mileage.  Head back west it was still honking I had to give back my mpg and then some due to the headwind.   

 

One trip back in 2007 I was traveling west on I-90 up over Snoqualmie Pass into Western WA towards Seattle.  Winds were predicted at 50-60 mph.  I was new to driving a vehicle with a truck camper on it and was towing my cargo trailer.  As I traveled toward the pass I found myself having to travel in the right lane with all the high profile vehicles, semis at 45 mph as the truck was pushing near 100 mph wind off the nose of the camper.   Between the vehicle speed and the head winds.  It was so bad I pulled off on 2 off ramps and checked to make sure all tires were inflated.  Once I crested the summit the wind was gone on the west side of the pass.  


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Posted 27 November 2017 - 08:07 AM

I had a similar experience with a moving truck years ago when I relocated from the SE to the NW. 45-50 mph top speed at 3-5 mpg thinking I was given a lemon of a truck until I talked to the truckers along my route.

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 12:26 PM

   thanks for the advice. Sorry it took so long to get back to you all. Wife had back surgery , and it's been a busy time at the old homestead. Slowly getting better Still a long recovery time.



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Posted 14 December 2017 - 09:02 AM



   thanks for the advice. Sorry it took so long to get back to you all. Wife had back surgery , and it's been a busy time at the old homestead. Slowly getting better Still a long recovery time.

Not a problem busfacebitbit. Life gets busy and I understand perfectly. . .

 

After 56 years of perfect health my wife (and co-pilot/navigator/camping partner) had minor surgery about 2 months ago and due to some unexpected complications she has been (for the first time in her life) pretty much incapacitated!

No more work, no more driving, no shopping, no camping, YIKES! 

Man, I tell ya'; Life can change drastically in the blink of an eye.  :sign0175:

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