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Posted: 12/18/19 05:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Which RV handles best in windy weather and 18 wheelers passing you and then pulling over in front of you Motorhome, Pull Trailer or 5th Wheel???


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Posted: 12/18/19 05:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Depends on the individual rv and your set up. We have a class A that we have added a saf-t-plus steering stabalizer and did the cheap handling fix front and rear to our ford chassis. It is much better than when we originally got it, but it's still a high profile vehicle that will be affected by wind. We don't drive in windy conditions and it's safer for any RV to not travel when winds are bad, some of those 5th wheels are taller than we are (we are 12' 6") and the wind can catch a travel trailer and start you rolling.

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Posted: 12/18/19 06:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Doxiemom11, what do you consider bad wind. I have pulled along 101 on the Oregon Coast directly exposed to the Pacific in gale force winds with our old 2001 Ram 2500 pulling a 12,300# 5er, and never felt the wind.

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Posted: 12/18/19 06:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My experience regarding travel trailers shows my new Chevy Silverado 1500 much, much better in wind and when 18 wheelers go by me (regularly) than my 2015 Tahoe. Reason...IMO longer TV wheelbase.


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I've rented both class C MH '31 and TT '28 Both get that suck push feeling when a semi passes but not enough to add a second hand on the wheel.

I've been told 5th tow the best but I wonder how badly those 3/4 diesel pickup
payloads are overloaded. I would think only a 1 ton duaey should be used with the largest ones


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Mike134 wrote:

I've rented both class C MH '31 and TT '28 Both get that suck push feeling when a semi passes but not enough to add a second hand on the wheel.

I've been told 5th tow the best but I wonder how badly those 3/4 diesel pickup
payloads are overloaded. I would think only a 1 ton duaey should be used with the largest ones


Well our 2001 Ram 2500 in the picture above your post was likely about 1,500# over GVWR in that picture. The TV didn't have bags, just the Camper Package for bigger springs.

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My 5th wheel is very stable compared to my old tow trailer. Strong winds and 18 wheel trucks are hardly felt with my 5th. wheel. I have no experience with Class A's. I will tow in wind conditions up to about 25 miles, then I look for a safe place to pull over and wait out the high wind conditions.

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If that is indeed your biggest concern, go with a tent trailer.


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Hi.. We have a 3/4 ton long bed and tow a ultra light 5th wheel . We tow in wind up to 30mph with no safety problem. However, fuel consumption goes up compared to nil wind. We watch the 18 wheel rigs and pull over if pull over. Jim2007


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Problem is you have to consider specifics...I would generally go with in order (you could argue flip flopping a couple of those):
- Top of the line Class A
- 5th Wheel not overloaded
- 5th Wheel overloaded/Average Class A
- Bumper Pull set up well.
- Junk Class A
- Bumper Pull not set up well.


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