RV drivers say stay off the road in high winds

RV drivers say stay off the road in high winds

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - At what wind speeds should RV and fifth-wheel drivers sit it out because of dangerous conditions?

"Probably between 20 and 40 miles an hour you're very concerned," said Jim Oliveri, who has driven his 48-foot RV from Pennsylvania to Tucson on several occasions. "Anything more than 40, you shouldn't be on the road at all."

Fifth-wheel driver Kerry Weynt says, "I try to stay out of the wind at all times. I think that's the wisest move."

In chat rooms, some owners say 55 mph or more makes them nervous and they will stay off the roads.

Others say to avoid whatever makes you feel uncomfortable.

The winds were blowing about 30 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph in southern Arizona on Thursday, April 12. Neither Weynt or Oliveri said they would drive their RVs in those conditions and even in less wind, they would slow down a lot.

If the speed limit is 75 mph, as it is on Interstate 10 between Tucson and Phoenix, Weynt said, "i wouldn't be going any faster than 55 or 60."

Oliveri said he would get in the the far right lane and slow down "a lot."

Both said they try to avoid big rigs in windy conditions.

"Especially between two big trucks," Weynt said. "I try to avoid that at all costs."

Both said there have been close calls but nothing that has made them panic.

"You want to keep both hands on the wheel and be aware of what's going on around you." Oliveri said. "A big gust of wind can move you a foot to one side."

Oliveri and Weynt were both staying at the Picacho Peak RV Resort north of Tucson.

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