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Old 09-29-2013, 11:55 PM   #15
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[QUOTE=Infogypsy;421537]Thanks. Sitting in rest area between Laramie and rawlins. Think I need to get off this mountain top rest areA.QUOTE]



Are you sure your in "Laramie"?
Cause there really aren't any mountain's in Laramie!



I agree with others, NO cruz control when towning!

And if the wind is so bad, you will be better off stopping and moving on when things calm down. It's not worth it! Driven WY wind for years. I hate it! It's not just unnerving but it can be dangerous! Stay safe! Enjoy the journey...........
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:46 AM   #16
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Thanks Russ. Heading to Moab myself in two weeks. I'm selling my awning on my 16' scamp if you are interested. I'm parking trailer in Fairfield CA at someone's house and will be 1 1/2 hours away in Marin. I need brackets left with me but awning is too big for me to manage (female 5'4). It's 2005 scamp awning. Cost 550 new, asking 300 or perhaps less. Want to sell in California.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:22 AM   #17
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Good luck with your drive today.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:26 AM   #18
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Thanks. Leaving at dawn - 30 min. - intention to escape high wind area before it really starts to pick up. Predicting 60 mph gusts today in Laramie to rawlins wy stretch. I'm heading other direction.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:44 AM   #19
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Later while we were in camp a gust turned my awning into scrap with one puff!Russ
We carry a removeable awning but rarely use it for just that reason. Over the years we see awnings simply ripped off every year. They simply can not be left unattended in most parts of the country. Even attended they can be gone in seconds either from water weight or the strong gust.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:08 AM   #20
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We carry a removeable awning but rarely use it for just that reason. Over the years we see awnings simply ripped off every year. They simply can not be left unattended in most parts of the country. Even attended they can be gone in seconds either from water weight or the strong gust.
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I had really been lucky with the awning the last two years! It is one of my favorite features, and is used constantly while camping. In the past I had sufficed with lowering the legs down to about 5' high at night or in windy conditions. I even left it out in the rain. Now I'll have to retract it which is a drag. The Dometic 2500 is not known for its ease of use, but is deployable by one person once mastered. You just have to pay attention to the many required steps and intermeshing parts to avoid damage to the awning.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:26 AM   #21
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Thanks Russ. Heading to Moab myself in two weeks. I'm selling my awning on my 16' scamp if you are interested. I'm parking trailer in Fairfield CA at someone's house and will be 1 1/2 hours away in Marin. I need brackets left with me but awning is too big for me to manage (female 5'4). It's 2005 scamp awning. Cost 550 new, asking 300 or perhaps less. Want to sell in California.
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Have fun in Moab. We stayed in Canyonlands Camp ground. It is right on the main drag so can access all of town on foot.
I would be interested in your awning, but connecting may be difficult as Marin is far from Carlsbad. I'm North of mexico by about 25 miles. You can PM me when you get to CA.
Regarding cruise control and trailers, I don't know why not. I use mine in the Jeep while towing. Mine is a 5 speed manual and requires me to do the down shifts when necessary. I then have to hit "resume" after shifting. My Honda Fit is automatic and shifts for itself when in cruise control, no "resume" needed. No, I don't tow with the Fit! You can try to set your cruise control while not in overdrive. It should still work.
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No, I don't tow with the Fit!
Why not Russ? The vehicle seems "fit" enough!

Ouch, sorry, couldn't resist. Canadian humour
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:06 AM   #23
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Yep, we've driven across Wyoming, good idea to stop or slow down. Saw this sign there

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Old 10-01-2013, 09:33 AM   #24
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Yesterday they were 60mph. Done. Today near Salt Lake City.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:51 AM   #25
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Lots of good advise here but I don't agree with "never" use cruise while towing. I use it in flat areas with no problem. I will also set the transmission to tow mode. I do agree that we shouldn't use overdrive, although I do use it a little on nice flat highways and take it out when I come to hills or bucking strong winds.
I'm wondering if anyone has made a cable system to anchor their trailer to the ground in these windy conditions. They are predicting winds here in ND over 40 today. I'll have to keep my hat on "lock" when I go out.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:14 AM   #26
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"Large "Ground Screws" are used in places like FL and WY to help tie down mobile homes and larger residential trailers in high winds.

They look like giant corkscrews that you turn into the ground and then run cables over your house to help tie it down.

When I first saw one, I immediately looked for the bottle of wine it was designed to open.
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Yep, we've driven across Wyoming, good idea to stop or slow down. Saw this sign there

Good luck!
love that sign, hadn't seen it before.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:43 AM   #28
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Don't know about towing w/wo water I gave about 6 gallons only in mine but all my gear for two months.
While I have no experience with towing a 16' with the smaller Forester I have pulled one with the larger Outback in windy winter conditions in Arizona and S. Cal. Found the tow to be surprisingly stable in windy conditions but I am very careful about keeping my tongue weight up to at least 10% of the axle weight.

Based on my experience with the larger Subaru and what situations can/will put it into an unstable tow state I would suggest that by adding water to the tanks (which are at the rear of the trailer) that you would be taking weight off the tongue and create a more unstable tow than what you already have - not just in windy conditions. Would be much better if you where able to add weight over the axle area or slightly ahead of it to increase the trailers towing stability.

Agree with others though that sometimes its just better to pull in for the day/night and wait it out.
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