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Windy weather
#1
PHi Guys,

Just a quick question. I am travelling from Kent to Poole Dorset this weekend . With the weather forecast over the UK saying high gusts of wind would you tow your caravan?
Thank you
Martin
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#2
Frankly it depends on your rig! In 40 years of Caravanning I was always confident that my tow car, normally a Toyota Land Cruiser or latterly a Mercedes ML was man enough to cope with almost all conditions. That gave me great confidence but I would have never risked it otherwise.
I would never set off, without the confidence that I could cope with every eventuality.
I guess it depends on you and your experience at the end of the day!
Best wishes

TF
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#3
Hi , as TF says  its all depends on your outfit and confidence, only you can decide, but if you do then drop your speed ,better to take a bit longer to get there than not at all 
I take it that you would use the M26,M25and M3 ,that is a route I do quite often and the motorways are quite sheltered. But if you don't feel happy ,then best not ,there's always another time
In life ,always have a plan B Dodgy
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#4
M!Thank you guys for the reply.

TF my set up is a Toyota Estima pulling a Bailey-Pegasus 545. I am a confident tower but never towed in really high winds. I will be taking my time and lowering my speed but you just hear horror stories on other forums.

Thank you Husky, that is the route I will be taking.
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#5
Hi Martin

Welcome to CaravanChat!

As has been said above, this has to be a personal decision taking into account all the factors you can glean about the likely conditions.

Down where you are, the wind is generally forecast to be from S/SW - so for most of the journey it should be "on the nose" (as we sailing types say!) rather than from the side?

Weather warnings on tv/radio/internet often mention "high sided vehicles" as being particularly at risk if the wind speed reaches dangerous levels - which I've always also interpreted as a warning to caravanners!

We haven't got windy conditions here in the north east yet, but its been raining very heavily non-stop since the early hours of this morning. 

Good luck

Cheers
Bugs
bunny  We Live In A Rainbow Of Chaos, I'm Chasing The Carrot At The End Of The Tunnel bunny
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#6
(09-08-2019, 10:01 AM)Bugs Wrote: Hi Martin

Welcome to CaravanChat!

As has been said above, this has to be a personal decision taking into account all the factors you can glean about the likely conditions.

Down where you are, the wind is generally forecast to be from S/SW - so for most of the journey it should be "on the nose" (as we sailing types say!) rather than from the side?

Weather warnings on tv/radio/internet often mention "high sided vehicles" as being particularly at risk if the wind speed reaches dangerous levels - which I've always also interpreted as a warning to caravanners!

We haven't got windy conditions here in the north east yet, but its been raining very heavily non-stop since the early hours of this morning. 

Good luck

Cheers
Bugs

Thank Bugs

Beautiful sunshine here at the moment with slight wind. I think I will leave my decision until the morning.

Thank you so much for your help.

Martin
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#7
Agree with you MartinS. Make a decision in the morning. If the wind is heat on ou will use a lot of fuel if it is ide on can come in gusts and lorries overtaking don’t help. I would say if in doubt leave your journey till next day.

Dianne
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