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Old 04-02-2014, 07:55 AM   #71
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Info gypsy is a she and I towed last autumn 4500 miles in 40 days without getting your message and did fine. I do appreciate the input and as I said, I am level and in great shape - getting 24-30 mph gas my expert on this list says I am in great shape per stability; just avoid towing in 40-60 mph crosswinds on interstates. I'm from Michigan and we never have those kind of crosswinds (with trucks bumped to bumper around us). Again I am leaving the subject here and will take private messages if they are not righteous. I've had some great ones. Good travels.
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:35 AM   #72
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Judi.... Have a quick look at this Vid. It shows how relaxing towing can be, even on a windy day when the set up is done right.....

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Old 04-02-2014, 11:48 AM   #73
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Years ago, while full timing in our Airstream, we were on a long interstate downgrade in Utah and triple-tow passed us at about 80 MPH. The wind push that he gave us as he passed started the trailer swaying so violently that we swapped ends right in the middle of the interstate. Of course Mr. Professional Truck Driver kept on truckin'.
Wow, sorry to hear about your mishap BoB. Not a good experience I'm sure.

I am not surprised to hear though. Generally speaking most TT set up by RV dealers using a WDH are far from optimal. In fact most are not and it doesn't matter how capable the TV or the trailer is, crap can hit the fan.
Like the OP's rig this one (see image below) is not set up right and is an accident waiting to happen.
PS, do you have any pics of your rig before the incident? Did you tow with a Suburban too? Would luv to have a look at your pics.
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Old 04-02-2014, 12:02 PM   #74
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Nope, no pics, this was back in 1978 and, needless to say, at 34 & 25 y.o. respectively, we were about the youngest Airstreamers on the road at the time.

We were more interested in getting turned back around when the Utah SP's were kind enough to block the entire freeway to allow this. There was also an immediate need for a change of chonies on both our parts.

TV was a 4 y.o. Chevy Blazer 4x4, trailer was a 25' Airstream

The point I was trying to make is that there are any number of variables that have to be considered. Just stopping when there is a crosswind isn't the answer to a problematic set-up. The situation we were in was the perfect storm for what happened.
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Old 04-02-2014, 12:35 PM   #75
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Reducing the effects of passing trucks.

Small things.

There are many little things that can be done to minimize road risk.

After a number of towing years we have yet to have a significant disturbance due to a passing truck. We typically drive 60 mph on Interstate highways.

On multi-lane roads we stay to the right in our lane as much as possible to increase the distance between our trailer and passing high speed trucks with the intent of minimizing the 'push' of the truck's displaced air.

We do have a rear view camera on our trailer that provides a good view of the trailers position with respect to the edge of the road.

We attempt to do small things beside our rear view camera, and road driving position to minimize road and rowing risk. One is tire pressure sensors on both trailer and tow vehicle.

We did have an unusual situation on a rear wheel on our Honda's passenger side rear tire. We have temperature/pressure sensors on the trailer tires and on the Honda's rear tires (apparently some tire pressure sensors do not also report temperature).

I noticed the tire temperature increasing, rising to 139F before I could pull over. Apparently the brake caliper had cocked causing the brake to drag.

We applied water to the brake to cool it (causing much steam). We than put the Honda in reverse and slammed the brakes on. This relieved the problem at least for the last few days. I'll check the problem when we get home in a day or so before leaving for Newfoundland.
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:15 PM   #76
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Nope, no pics, this was back in 1978 and, needless to say, at 34 & 25 y.o. respectively, we were about the youngest Airstreamers on the road at the time.

TV was a 4 y.o. Chevy Blazer 4x4, trailer was a 25' Airstream
I think you may have been the youngest full timers on the roads back then BoB.

My buddy also had a 1st gen Blazer. It was a great off road vehicle. He blew up the 350 and dropped in a 302 from a 69 Z28. It didn't work that well. As a GM automotive drivetrain engineer he should have realized that torque is the name of the game when mudding, not necessary HP.

Anyway there is a guy on the RVNet forum that talked about the poor towing performance of his older Blazer (mostly stability) when towing his pop up. He found that the vehicle that replaced the Blazer (a Subaru Forester) was much more stable towing the pop up. Note the Forester was Towcar of the year many times off shore.
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:23 PM   #77
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He found that the vehicle that replaced the Blazer (a Subaru Forester) was much more stable towing the pop up. Note the Forester was Towcar of the year many times off shore.
Not surprised the Subaru's do indeed make very solid tow vehicles when towing trailers with weights within their limits & when the trailer is loaded correctly.
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Well, as we had only towed about 10,000 miles at that point, and rear view cameras hadn't yet been invented, I guess we were just a couple of newbies with bad luck.....

But a 60's Airstream and a 70's TV aren't a 16' Scamp or a Honda CRV. And trailer brakes were still electric, with hydraulic actuation in the TV.
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We covered almost 20,000 miles in 11 months, mostly towing the Airstream, and that was the only time that stability came into play. Now, we didn't have jacked up suspension or oversize tires as most full size Blazer owners seem to need when they encounter anything higher than a curb.

And I have pulled the Lil'Bigfoot, the Hunter, a 26' Coleman hybrid and several tent trailers with my 2003 Blazer and have never had any stability problems there either. If someone has stability problems pulling a tent trailer with a Blazer then maybe they have other causes that are being ignored.
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Small Things

Carol, Bob wrote about his accident due to a passing high speed truck. I noticed on our way home that I stay well to the right in my lane and that this 'small thing' may help some one, maybe the original poster or even Bob.

I of course mentioned the camera because it helps me stay to the right. Sorry you didn't catch the concept.

Once on the 'small thing' topic I decided to slip in a second small thing that might help someone. There are many ways to make towing safer, many are the result of doing small things.
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Not surprised the Subaru's do indeed make very solid tow vehicles when towing trailers with weights within their limits & when the trailer is loaded correctly.
Most importantly he discovered that the Forester towing at 95% of the tow rating produce a better towing experience than the big Blazer towing at 40% of it's tow rating.
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:58 PM   #82
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Now, we didn't have jacked up suspension or oversize tires as most full size Blazer owners seem to need when they encounter anything higher than a curb.
Keeping the lift kit and over sized tires off the Blazer is impressive. Kuto's heading out your way.
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One big reason manufacturers do things...
LAW SUITS.........

Edit: except some recalls........lol

Best thing to do is be ALERT.
I read the traffic coming and going.
The movement of traffic can tell you
many things if you know what to look for.
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In closing, and I mean that,

we have towed successfully all over the country including being passed many times by high speed trucks without incident.

We use a rear view camera in place of mirrors because it works. I proudly told the OP not to drive in high winds, like a sailor I look for tell tale signs of high winds.

As to a Forestor as a tow vehicle I know nothing. As to towing a trailer I know a lot and have given good advice in that area.

It's too bad that some on this site attempt to transfer their paranoia and trauma about towing to others.
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