How much wind can a hybrid camper take?

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: How much wind can a hybrid camper take? We will explain how the wind influences driving a camper and how to properly secure your hybrid camper during high winds and/or a storm. 

How much wind can a hybrid camper take?

A hybrid camper can take up to 40 mph gusts of wind. At this speed, it is still considered safe to tow your camper, but you must travel with great precaution. If the speed of the wind is higher than 40 mph, we recommend you stop and park your vehicles.

How can the wind affect a hybrid camper?

Like all other forms of bad weather, wind can have a very strong impact on driving. While users driving in built-up areas are rarely subject to the inconvenience generated by the wind, drivers travelling outside built-up areas suffer more regularly.

When it blows hard enough and hits one side of the vehicle, the wind can cause the car to deviate in direction. These deviations occur when a force deviates the vehicle towards one side of the road, forcing the driver to correct his trajectory.

  • Crosswind driving: Crosswinds tend to be the most frightening for a driver because if they are strong enough they can cause you to deviate from your route. If you feel the crosswind changing the direction of your vehicle, gently move in the opposite direction to bring you back. 

Don’t panic and turn your steering wheel quickly or suddenly, just make gentle, supple movements. The inclination of the branches of a tree can give a good idea of ​​the force of the wind.

  • Headwind driving: Headwinds and tailwinds aren’t as difficult to deal with as they are only likely to change your speed slightly. You may need to adjust your acceleration slightly to compensate.

The best advice you can give for driving in windy conditions is to be a safe and responsible driver. Be prepared for whatever might happen.

Should you tow a hybrid camper in high winds?

The general rule is to avoid towing a caravan/trailer in winds that exceed 50mph, as it can pose a real danger for yourself and other drivers.  

Although an increasing effort has been made to reduce the number of accidents on the road in recent years, it is in our hands to have responsible and calm traffic to avoid possible driving problems.

Suppose we already do it when we circulate with our utility vehicle. In that case, when we have a hooked caravan, we must take extreme precautions, especially if the weather conditions are not favourable.

In strong wind situations, overtaking can pose a risk, and even an inadvisable manoeuvre, if the vehicle to be overtaken, is a heavy vehicle. 

If the wind blows from the left, the movements of the steering wheel to the right to try to counteract the force of the wind will have to be stopped gently when overtaking, since the truck to overtake will function as a screen, which will protect us from the wind while the overtaking manoeuvre lasts. 

If the wind blows in our favour, we will have to control the speedometer more assiduously, since it is more than likely that thanks to the help of the wind we will exceed the allowed speed limits. In these cases, it is recommended to use a lower gear (higher engine rpm improves grip on a trajectory) or to a lesser extent, continuous and smooth braking. 

How to properly secure a hybrid camper in high winds

Living in a hurricane-prone area, or travelling to one in a camper, means preparing for a potential storm. It is not advisable to ride any hurricane in an RV, but you can prepare it to tackle storms. Your priority should be keeping your family safe and moving them to a shelter from the elements or near family and friends’ homes. You will prepare your RV as you would your home with subtle differences.

  • Check the terrain that your camper is parked on. If you live in a flat swampy area not far from the ocean, you might be susceptible to flooding and storm surges.
  • Stock an emergency kit filled with water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit and medication. Place sleeping bags and blankets in waterproof bags to protect them from moisture. Place all car documents as well as personal identification in waterproof bags and keep them with you.
  • Check the condition of your camper. Make sure the mobile home has enough fuel and check the tires for their condition, especially if you decide to evacuate in your RV. Check the windshield and windows for cracks and have them repaired.
  • Position your camper so that the wind will blow over as little of your vehicle as possible. Turn your vehicle so that the initial wind blows at the back of the RV, protecting the windshield. Remember, if the eye passes overhead, the wind will blow in the opposite direction when the storms restart.
  • Anchor your camper in place using buried junk tires. You can also buy straps that attach to anchors buried in the ground, especially useful if you are travelling. Bury the tires wrapped in nylon cord, at least two feet in the ground. Attach a hook to the buried tire, then wrap the camper in a ratchet strap and pull down at least three to four inches.

Secure all loose parts inside the trailer to avoid blowing them around. Remove any branches that might fall on the camper. Stay put, empty the storage tanks and turn off the propane cylinders. Cover all vents and air conditioning units.

  • Board your windows with plywood. Have a stock on hand long before a storm approaches.

Conclusions

Strong winds can be a hazard to driving, and it doesn’t matter whether you drive a large aero vehicle or a small vehicle: strong winds can be a problem for anyone on the road. 

Drive slower. Not only do you have less control over a vehicle the faster it moves, but you also have less time to react. Sudden gusts of wind can cause problems that no one can anticipate, and if you go slower you are more likely to avoid them.

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FAQ on How much wind can a hybrid camper take?

Are 40mph winds dangerous?

40 mph is not considered very dangerous winds, however, you must be careful while driving, because it can be strong enough to break trees, to damage power lines and small structures.

Can a camper be blown over in the wind?

Yes, a camper can be blown over in high winds. If necessary, better stop and wait for the wind to subside or in any case, change direction or its strength to be able to drive better.

Can you tow a camper in 40mph winds?

The short answer is yes; you can tow a camper in 40mph winds. The general rule is to avoid towing a caravan/trailer in winds that exceed 50mph, as it can pose a real danger for yourself and other drivers.  

How to drive with a lot of wind?

Here are some safe driving tips for windy conditions:

  • Determine the direction of the wind.
  • Check the tires. 
  • Know your vehicle well. 
  • Keep your hands behind the wheel. 
  • Reduce speed.
  • Drive in the middle of the lane.
  • Avoid overtaking.

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