High Winds Can Damage Your RV

High winds can be unsettling, whether you’re driving an RV or parked in an RV park or campground.

High Winds Can Damage Your RV (Source: newsnet5.com)

High Winds Can Damage Your RV (Source: newsnet5.com)

Winds can be unpredictable, loud, and damaging. Before you take to the road, check the weather reports for the areas you’ll be driving through. If wind gusts or high winds could occur, you want to be aware of it so you can deal with the situation properly.

Winds can be deadly. They can overturn your RV, your tow vehicle, and cause major damage to them. In severe cases, you may become trapped or separated from your RV which leads to a handful of other dangerous situations.

If you’re driving when high winds or gusts occurs, you’ll know immediate because you’ll feel it.

The best thing to do when wind is hitting an RV from the side is to drive slower.

Do not speed during a windstorm. You never know when the wind will change direction severely affecting your ability to control your RV.

Reduce your speed when high winds occur. The faster you travel, the greater effect the wind will have on your vehicle. When wind gusts are 30 mph and you’re traveling at a speed of 45 mph, you’ll create a vacuum effect of a 75 mph wind gust around your vehicle.

If winds are severe and you no longer feel safe driving, wait it out by pulling well off to the side of the highway. If you stop too close to the road, a severe gust could move another vehicle into the path of your RV. Be aware of the traffic around you before you park to wait out a windstorm. Be even more cautious in the event of blowing dust or sand.

 

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An approaching dust storm over Phoenix. (Source: gawker.com)

Dust storms that turn day into night are a hazard to drivers. Dust storms can strike with little warning. Blinding, choking dust can quickly reduce visibility, causing accidents that may involve chain collisions, creating massive pileups.

Wind can be an issue even on an otherwise pleasant day. In many regions of the U.S. and Canada a fast moving front can produce substantially strong winds seemingly at anytime and in any season. Unexpected high winds and gusts can occur anywhere and at any time.

These winds can cause difficulty for the driver to maintain one’s own lane especially when driving an Interstate highway. Wind gusts, as opposed to a steady wind state, can amplify the problem greatly.

Numerous accidents occur as a result of driving in high wind conditions. These range from damaging a mirror to side-swiping a passing semi-truck and being struck by a flying object to leaving the road due to loss of control.

Know your vehicle and control level in windy conditions.  If you are driving with white knuckles or become nervous, you have passed your driving comfort level. Slow it down.

As a general rule, reduce speed by 10 percent when wind conditions are between 15 and 20 mph and a further 10 percent for every 10 mph over 20. However, do not drive at a speed less than the minimum posted. If such a speed is warranted due to wind, it is time to get off the road and find a camping site.

All RV’s are capable of being upset by the wind force. Fortunately, in general, it takes a considerable wind force, far more than you would think to flip a trailer or motorhome.

If high winds or inclement weather ever have you concerned while driving or towing your RV, pull off the road and wait it out. It’s simply not worth jeopardizing your safety and the safety of your rig.

High Winds Can Damage Your RV (Credit: RGJ)

High Winds Can Damage Your RV (Credit: RGJ)

Only travel if absolutely necessary. It sounds obvious, but the best way to avoid having your RV tip over in high winds is to avoid driving in those conditions. Putting aside the damage to your RV in the event of an accident, the risk of injury to you and your passengers safety, it is simply not worth the risk.

Worth Pondering…

Whether the weather be fine,
Whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Whether the weather be hot,
We’ll weather the weather,
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not
—Anon

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