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Old 09-05-2017, 11:57 AM   #1
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Facing a headwind! Ugh!

So this weekend, Deb and I drove the Thor 23U from St.Louis to Floyds Knob, IN. We followed the remains of Harvey on the way out. Some rain and wind and camped at Chelina Lake in Hoosier National Forest! What a beautiful lake and campsite!
What a fantastic weekend! Sunny and warm Sat., Sun. & Monday. We had a wonderful time sight seeing New Albany, Jeffersonville and Floyds Knob!
On the way home we faced gusty headwinds of maybe 25 - 30 miles per hour! Wow!
What I learned is this. Dump the black & grey tanks prior to travel! We drove the first 30 miles into this wind with full tanks. No dump station at my brothers house. Flying J Haubstead, IN has a dump station. Thank you Flying J!
The RV was much easier to handle with empty tanks! Less wind effect and buffeting! It really is a learning process!
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Old 09-05-2017, 12:13 PM   #2
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Actually emptying the tanks removed ballast! Imagine 20 or 30 gallons (or more) at about 7 pounds per gallon sloshing from side to side and all around.
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Old 09-05-2017, 12:48 PM   #3
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This is a good thing to know; thanks for reminding us newbies!
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Old 09-05-2017, 02:13 PM   #4
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The RV was much easier to handle with empty tanks! Less wind effect and buffeting! It really is a learning process!
FWIW... Some rigs handle better when full
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But if you've got your nose pointed into the wind: wouldn't being lighter make it easier for you to keep pushing forward?
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Old 09-07-2017, 05:26 PM   #6
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FWIW... Some rigs handle better when full
I agree completely, so shouldn't conclude empty tanks are always better in wind.

Like they say the Devil is in the details, and in this case I expect at least one of the tanks is well behind the rear axle. That not only makes front end lighter when tank is full (which normally makes steering worse), but it also makes weight distribution worse in other ways.

Also, short wheelbase with motorhome near 25-feet long isn't ideal when heavy tank(s) are near the rear under bathroom. Just my 2 cents .....
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Actually emptying the tanks removed ballast! Imagine 20 or 30 gallons (or more) at about 7 pounds per gallon sloshing from side to side and all around.
H2O = 8.34lbs/gallon. Sorry, couldn't help it. Many years in water reclamation.

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I agree completely, so shouldn't conclude empty tanks are always better in wind.

Like they say the Devil is in the details, and in this case I expect at least one of the tanks is well behind the rear axle. That not only makes front end lighter when tank is full (which normally makes steering worse), but it also makes weight distribution worse in other ways.

Also, short wheelbase with motorhome near 25-feet long isn't ideal when heavy tank(s) are near the rear under bathroom. Just my 2 cents .....
Yep... devil is in the details ... is a good phrase!
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