Whether you are parked, or driving down the road, high winds can topple your RV or travel trailer. Below are 10 tips RVers give for preventing a toppling.
- Drive into the wind- HA, HA! That’s a laugh. Like the wind always travels directly down a highway, and the highway never curves.
- Slow down- This makes sense. At least it would reduce the number of times your RV rolls.
- Watch out for wind gusts- How can you see a wind gust? Do they mean, like, wind from trucks passing you? In which case you ignore #2 and speed up so the truck can’t pass?
- Constantly adjust your speed- If the wind is blowing, slow down. If the wind is not blowing, you can speed up. This, my friend, is rocket science.
- Close your slide outs- This refers to parked RVs and trailers (I hope). Slide-outs can catch the wind like sails.
- Monitor the weather- An RV has less chance of rollover when parked than when traveling down the road. If the weather is going to get bad, it’s just better to hunker down.
- Weigh down your RV- When parked. I don’t really understand their plan here (We need more rocks, Lucy!).
- Don’t over steer or over correct- High winds, added to your vehicle wind speed, can greatly affect these actions. Even simply making turns during high winds can lead to disaster. There are times it better to just find a place to park.
- Support your RV or trailer with jack stands- This reduces rocking and helps to steady your rig. Also, leave your trailer connected to your vehicle for added support.
- Just park it- Most parked RVs can withstand wind speeds of 70+ mph. Most traveling RVs run the risk of rollover in wind speeds of as low as 30 mph.
The greatest risk to a parked RV, during high winds, is not of being overturned, but of falling trees and limbs.