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High winds 6 years 8 months ago #300344

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Does anyone know the safe limit(in terms of wind speed) for towing caravans in high winds??



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High winds 6 years 8 months ago #300345

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No limit unless matrix's say so.Use your own common sense ie a speed you are conmfortable with,if that 30mph then so be it.
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High winds 6 years 8 months ago #300346

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Mikey,



The matrix signs only indicate a maximum speed. They do not necessarily indicate a safe speed. A safe speed may be much less than the matrix shows.



David,



Your question is rather like "how long is a piece of rope" I hope it is fairly obvious that the greater the wind speed, the greater the thrust it will exert on the caravan. the direction of the wind is important, as well as how sustained the speed is.



If the wind speed increases, the thrust also increases and eventually it will cause any caravan to become unstable.



Other than zero, there is no single winds speed at which you can say that it wont affect a caravan. and different outfits will be affected to a greater or lesser extent.



As always it is down to the driver to assess the situation, and to make a decision about driving in the prevailing conditions. If you feel unhappy about driving, the you should not.



You should always obey the matrix signs, but as with any speed sign they represent the upper limit, and you are perfectly at liberty to drive slower if it is safer.







eventually any caravan will be adversely affected, adnd may
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High winds 6 years 8 months ago #300347

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Yes John that is what i have said too.
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High winds 6 years 8 months ago #300348

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Just on the subject of wind; we were coming back from scotland the other week, it was quite windy (I have no idea how fast the wind speeds were or even how I would know), but it wasn't a gale. I am really careful on noseweight, caravan loading etc, but could feel the van being buffeted. OH who was driving said that it was fine and not affecting steering or driving. My question is, how much twitching of the van is normal in windy conditions or should I have done anything different in the loading to get better stability? It is a single axle van.

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