We just got to Vegas on 93 south, the wind was blowing my motorhome to the point that I was nervous driving, Question is, are the bigger diesels more solid on the road than the gas class a?? mine is 2011 Tiffin 32' gas
they are more stable. but whatever your driving the sides of your motorhome is like a big sail. it catches the wind. larger the motorhome the more wind it catches... if the vehicle moves around to much, park and wait for the wind to die down. it's less expensive and causes less damage to park than having a accident. minor sand blasting excluded.. (i usually park between 2 trucks to lessen the amount of wind/sand blowing on my rig when waiting out a dust storm..
somewhere in the texas 'lost pines'
currently without rv.
'83' Ford Ranger with a 2.2 Diesel.
'56' Ford F100.
No matter what you are driving, when it becomes uncomfortable and unstable, it is time to get off the road. I am comfortable (42' and tag axle) in a crosswind/sidewind to about 25 and then I start hunting a rest stop if it doesn't feel right and I have to start fighting it. Best thing to do is use your own judgment and pull over if you are fighting it.
2005 Monaco Dynasty Diamond IV 42' ISL 400; Tag Axle; Residential Refrig
2004 F450, 6.0 auto, 4:30 pumpkin; BrakeSmart; 50 gal aux.tank, 01 HR Presidential 35CKS, 3 slides, axles flipped; TrailAir Pinbox. pin weight 2760. Total gross 24,060 lbs.
We just finished part of our trip going from California to TN. We drove through California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, etc.
Two days driving through Wyoming and Nebraska was really windy. We were solid as a rock on the interstate. I think having a tag axle sure helps. I noticed a few motorhomes that were ahead of me weaving but we were OK.
Yes, I have to hold the wheel but the airbags keep the coach level and stable. The only thing that I don't like is the fuel mileage with a strong headwind!
2008 Monaco Dynasty, 42.2 ft., 4 slides, 425 hp clean-air Cummins diesel
2013 Honda CR-V EXL, AWD, w/Nav, SMI Air Force One vacuum-assisted braking
You can improve your gasser handling in the wind. Tighten the sway bars into the tighter hold known as the cheap fix on this forum. A good steering stabilizer like road master reflex will help and a rear trac bar like blue ox tiger start with the cheap fix.
We just finished a 13-state, 6000 mile trip out west and encountered some really windy conditions out there. I'm happy to say that our coach was very stable through it all. I always kept both hands on the wheel, but never felt that nervous or had to "fight" the wheel to keep it in our lane. I don't know if it's the weight of the DP or the Roadmaster R8 chassis, but whatever it is, I'm glad we had it!