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Old 10-31-2019, 12:12 PM   #371
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Default Re: Suspension upgrades to improve handling in gusty winds

My experience with snow and wind on I-80 eastbound in Wyoming, 2010, trailer blown sideways, so I slowed to 35 mph for next 75 miles , six semi's following all agreeing on CB to the speed. Photo taken next morning in Petro Laramie parking lot.

AirstreamREV_2009_Int_27FB_Snow_04.2010-3 by Tommie Lauer, on Flickr

BTW, I do have tire chains for the outer duals on my Unity. Not so much for snow, but for wet grass and hilly approach to a parking spot.
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Old 10-31-2019, 04:33 PM   #372
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My experience with snow and wind on I-80 eastbound in Wyoming, 2010, trailer blown sideways, so I slowed to 35 mph for next 75 miles , six semi's following all agreeing on CB to the speed. Photo taken next morning in Petro Laramie parking lot.

AirstreamREV_2009_Int_27FB_Snow_04.2010-3 by Tommie Lauer, on Flickr

BTW, I do have tire chains for the outer duals on my Unity. Not so much for snow, but for wet grass and hilly approach to a parking spot.
Smart.

I've used a CB for decades, but these days it seems very few truckers (let alone RVers) use them. I'm surprised that, even back in 2010, all 6 drivers a) had CB's, b) had them turned on, and c) you were able to get all of them to agree to a fixed speed!

We generally avoid the peak tourist season (typically June > August) so we do see some snow at higher elevations, but usually what's left on the ground (not falling). The closest we came to needing chains was in an early fall snowstorm in Colorado on I-70 near the Eisenhower Tunnel. The pavement was mostly wet but snow was accumulating between the lanes and on the shoulders. We kept rolling east and stayed ahead of it.
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Old 11-01-2019, 01:56 AM   #373
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The renewed interest in this post is interesting. I had Scarecrow's rig last week for an 800 mile trip from SLC to Phoenix. Wife went along to keep me company. No mission of mercy like this should be done alone but I digress. Probably the rum.

As we had owned the Unity MB we knew what to expect. What did surprise us, though, was how much driving the Crow's reminded us why we switched! As you recall there were about six things that argued for the move to the Wonder, two of them related to driving comfort. But after a dozen hours in the seat I wouldn't trade my Transit on a bet. I know why this is: the Transit sits at least 6" lower. That makes a huge difference especially on those turns with a little a bump at low speeds. You know what I'm talking about? The turn where you are sure that everything above 6" off the floor is going to end up on the floor. Geez! I was amazed at how that felt. Again. Didn't miss it, I gotta tell you. And it wasn't just me.

I know, I know this is a Sprinter forum.

Don't get me started on the whole turbo lag thing. Or the inability to accelerate quickly when trying to pass. Astonished. Again.

Love me my Wonder.

Oh, and I don't worry at all about DEF or B20 or the B or A service or any of that crap. And Jiffy Lube does a fine job thank you very much!

Sorry. I just squandered all my good will didn't I?
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Old 11-01-2019, 03:23 AM   #374
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Ha! I like hearing the pros and cons of different rigs. No one rig gives everything one wants but some units get us a lot closer than others. Keep the comments and comparisons coming!


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