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Is anyone towing during this awful weather? I'm guessing that the answer is no. I'm hoping to travel 1 and half hours to pick up my caravan from a workshop and bring it back in time for a half term trip away but have had to abandon the idea. We were going to get it last Saturday and then again this Saturday but just about giving up on the idea of getting away at all next week. 20 to 30 mile hour winds with 30 to 50 mile gusts! I'm just not that brave!
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Its no fun trying to tow in high winds, and even less fun being unable to sleep due to the wind noise, or to go out for the day incase the wind blows your Caravan over on an exposed campsite.
The winds blowing down our valley yesterday were so strong that the set off our caravan's alarm several times, and we have our van behind a sheltered wall. Definately not a day for towing, and very much like a couple of times in the past when we were unable to leave site, and had to stay an extra night for the winds to calm down before we could tow home.
Much better to stay safe, as disapointing as it is at the time, at least your caravan will live to see another trip out in better weather.
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I wouldnt fancy towing in some of these winds. The problem is, you cant always 'feel' whats going on behind. I drove the motorhome a couple of times in decent winds, and it wasnt funny.
One time i was following a caravan ( i think we were both just heading home after a weekend away) and he was swaying about all over the place. I was fairly convinced he didnt know all that was going on behind him as he was going too quick. Whereas i could feel every gust hitting the side of my van, sending it hither and yon.
I think this is why you see so many more caravans on their sides, as the towers arent appreciating what a buffeting its getting in the relative safety of the tow car - till it flips the lot!
I think the longer caravans have most trouble in winds from what I observe. But a man`s gotta do what a man`s gotta do . . . I don`t think they`re as vulnerable as high sided lorries. And you get a 60mph wind whenever you travel at that speed . . . yes; some do rock and roll. And they seem to like it!
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High sided lorries are quite heavy though in comparison to the weight of a touring caravan so my theory would be that a lighter caravan would be more likely to lift off the ground more easily than a high sided lorry will, however, with these extreme high winds anything is possible. It's not advisable to tow in high winds if avoidable as I have been caught out a couple of times when we have gone away in calm weather and have to return towing in windy conditions which can be quite a daunting experience to say the least.
Putting two filled aquarolls in the boot of the car plus the weight of the caravan noseweight taken into consideration may well exceed the recommended towball weight of the car putting excess weight on the rear suspension and springs. The best idea would be to put the extra weight in the caravan directly over the axle if possible but then you have the problem that they may move around and roll over thus doing some serious interior damage due to the weight of the barrels. If you have some bungee cords you could try to restrain them to avoid any movement but 40 litres of water is quite a lot to restrain.