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Old 09-29-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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I'm pulling 16' scamp, now in laramie Wyoming with wind advisory for light trailers (gusts to 50 mph) do I slow way down to 35-40 mph or ? 2nd question: climbing passes do I turn off cruise control and just downshift (2009 Subaru Forrester MT)?
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:31 PM   #2
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Suggest you read Subaru manual.
I never use cruise when towing ( up or down ). Transmission is in 4 and not overdrive as per my RAV4 manual.
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Agreed, never use cruise nor overdrive while towing, I'm sure your manual will explain this.
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I'm pulling 16' scamp, now in laramie Wyoming with wind advisory for light trailers (gusts to 50 mph) do I slow way down to 35-40 mph or ? 2nd question: climbing passes do I turn off cruise control and just downshift (2009 Subaru Forrester MT)?
Speed you drive depends on which way the wind is blowing. Head wind slow down, in fact you may be forced to slow way down. Side winds slow down but not as much as a head wind. Tail wind stay in the safe towing speed of 55 to 60.
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:30 PM   #5
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Thanks. Sitting in rest area between Laramie and rawlins. Think I need to get off this mountain top rest areA. I've been using cruise control but will check manual. Right now side winds are 60 mph so need to stop.
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:31 PM   #6
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When's the wind due to blow over? I'd park, but that's just me I don't do well with sweaty palms... and I have enough gray hair...
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:32 PM   #7
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We have the same trailer and similar sized tow vehicles.

I assume MT means manual transmission. Generally I tow in 4th, though with a strong tail wind or flat land towing I occasionally tow in 5th. I never use cruise going up hill and do downshift on steep down hills to insure I don't get going to fast down hill.

If the winds are extremely strong we just take some time off and hole up.
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Those sound like nasty winds.

Time to take a break.
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:20 PM   #9
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Yes. I'm turning it in tonight. Even going to a good Sam camp which I usually avoid commercial sites. Thanks all. Perhaps once I get the last 200 miles done early tomorrow in Wyoming Utah will be better.
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:55 PM   #10
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You and Sally get a good night's sleep. Personally, I'm glad you are parked and off the windy road
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:15 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone. Feel like I have you all looking after me. A whole campground of travelers are holed up here in Rawlins, everyone else with enormous 5rh wheels. They're all complaining about impossible wind and being stuck here for two days. I plan on leaving early, finishing the windy stretch between here and 150 miles west in the morning and take my time. I have my first big pass to go over Tuesday morning.
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:23 PM   #12
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We are driving in the same wind, and maybe a day ahead of you coming west. We're towing our new Parkliner with a Nissan xterra 4wd. No problems or concerns with the tow vehicle but those winds from Laramie to Rawlins yesterday were insane! We pulled off about 50 miles west of Laramie, and sat for about 2 hours in an old closed gas station to wait it out. Finally went around it along highway 30 to Rawlins and by then the winds had died enough for our comfort to make it easily into Rock Springs. I think they were blowing around the 25-30 range with similar gusts at that point. Today we only made it as far as West Wendover, NV and stopped because of the high wind warnings extending form just past here to basically Reno. We could definitely feel the increase in the head winds as we came into here during the last 20-30 miles. Very frustrating! The trailer is towing beautifully, but it's definitely light. We're staying at KOAs along the way and need to get home.

Our question is- does filling our water tank and the added weight help with stability in the high wind? We just picked ours up and have purposely been waiting to go through our water sterilization, etc at home and just running light as we cross the country. Maybe we should fill up for ballast?
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:43 PM   #13
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Yup same winds. Mostly 40-55 today on passes. I could not get my scamp door open, it was blowing that hard. I was hoping winds would be gone by Nevada. Bah. I'm on a schedule this trip and need to make SF by Friday. Don't know about towing w/wo water I gave about 6 gallons only in mine but all my gear for two months. One good nite: I'm getting as much as 23.8 mpg on flat days and 22 mpg today even with elevation changes.
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:10 PM   #14
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I just returned to California from Moab, Utah today with my 16' Scamp. We hit some pretty strong winds along the way which moved the rig over about 4' at times. That is an uncomfortable feeling for sure. Later while we were in camp a gust turned my awning into scrap with one puff! I don't have any idea how much wind it takes to overturn a Scamp and don't want to find out the hard way! Any weight you add down low would help resist overturning, but waiting out the storm is the sane way to stay safe.
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