Aug 272015
 

When it comes to kite flying, the wind is your friend, unless you’re in a flat out hurricane. There are different models of kites that will fly in almost 0 wind conditions, and others that perform great in winds over 30 miles per hour.



But that’s not the case when you’re an RVer. When you’re driving or towing a high profile vehicle as big as a billboard, the wind is definitely not your friend. It can make for some real white knuckle driving. More than once we’ve been beaten up by the wind, and more than once our first motorhome, a Pace Arrow Vision, was blown from one lane to another in strong winds. We quickly learned to stay off the road when it got too windy.

You can’t always trust the weather reports, either. Here on the Oregon coast we have been on the beach with our kites when the weather said we are having 10-15 mile per hour winds and there wasn’t enough breeze to ruffle your hair. And we’ve hit the road when the weatherman said it was going to be nice for traveling, and found ourselves holding on tight as the wind hit us broadside.

A unit like this WeatherFlow wind meter can be invaluable for both kite flyers and RVers. It works in most smart phones and will tell you what the exact winds are where you are. I use it all the time.

Wind meter

So what can you do to keep safe in the wind? Stay off the road if it’s too windy. There is no place you have to be that’s worth traveling in bad weather to get to.

A couple of years ago we had the nice folks at Redlands Truck & RV Performance Center in Redlands, California install a Safe-T-Plus steering control device on our Winnebago diesel pusher. It really helps when driving in the wind and when those big eighteen wheelers go flying past on the highway. It’s an investment in your safety that I highly recommend.

But just because you’re not on the road doesn’t mean you can ignore the wind. More than once we’ve seen RV awnings suffer this fate. If you’re going to be away from your RV, make sure your awning is securely anchored to the ground, or put it up every time. It only takes seconds for the wind to do hundreds of dollars worth of damage.

Torn trailer awning small

We were supposed to be able to pick up the new issue from the freight dock in Astoria on Tuesday, then it got changed to Wednesday, and now it’s “maybe” today or tomorrow. We know they arrived in Portland on Monday, but they seem to have gone missing since then. This isn’t the first time this has happened and it’s one hassle we won’t miss when we make the switch to an all digital edition.



It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of my friend Ken Rossignol’s Pirate Trials: Famous Murderous Pirates Book Series: THE LIVES AND ADVENTURES of FAMOUS and SUNDRY PIRATES. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Pirate Trials book 3

Thought For The Day – You get credit for what you finish, not what you start.

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Nick Russell

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  One Response to “The Wind Is Not Your Friend”

  1. Hey Nick, I am a full time RVer who follows the weather religiously. Always looking for bad turn in weather that will do me in. Wind has always been a major concern for me. While I am traveling I sometimes monitor weather underground as I progress down the road. I never thought of looking for a “wind app” and I consider myself a nerd from way back. Great suggestion, downloading as I write this to give it a try. Thanks for the suggestion, and safe travels…Gary

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