Windy situations can be dangerous for RVs, so it's important to take special care to prevent wind from leading to an accident or an RV malfunction.
The following are six important things to keep in mind to avoid RV damage in even the windiest situations:
Understand how wind resistance relates to your RV's design
Unfortunately, RV's are susceptible to wind resistance because they have generally large and bulky shapes.
Your RV is not going to react to wind exposure in the same way that a more aerodynamic vehicle like a car will. You need to take this into account as your drive.
Don't drive your RV like you would drive your car or you may put yourself at risk of rollover accidents and other disasters. Instead, give yourself more room and go slower when you're cornering or passing other vehicles.
Always drive slowly when there's a breeze
The number one thing you can do during situations where there is slight wind is slow down. The slower you drive, the less wind resistance your RV will face. Stay well under the speed limit when driving an RV in windy situations to stay safe.
Bring in awnings and slide outs even when your RV is stationary
Bring in any RV accessories that consist of components that extend outwards from your RV's surfaces when a breeze starts to blow. This is especially true if you're driving your RV, but it's even true if your RV is parked at a campground or another location.
Avoid parking your RV anywhere other than in an RV lot
When you're traveling, it's a good idea to avoid staying anywhere other than an RV park or other location specially designated for RV camping.
Parking an RV elsewhere could leave your RV dangerously exposed to wind and hazards caused by other vehicles or structures in the environs.
Stop immediately when the wind starts to pick up
It doesn't need to be that breezy out there to make roadways dangerous for RVs. It's always a good idea to pull over when it's windy. If there is no other shelter, you might simply consider stopping under a spacious overpass or at a truck stop until the wind dies down.
Be familiar with your RV's turning radius before any trips
The turning radius of an RV is much different from the turning radius of a small vehicle like a sedan or coupe.
Make sure you're skilled at maneuvering your RV before you set out on any long trips. Remember that you will get out of practice driving your RV if you haven't done it in a long time, so refresh yourself before you set out if you don't go on RV trips very often.
Contact a local RV collision repair company for more information and assistance.Share