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Old 03-19-2020, 04:08 AM   #21
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^^Thanks. Should have guessed.
Maybe The Cabbage is just as simple?
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Old 03-19-2020, 06:10 AM   #22
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One of the best explanations on sway there is.

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Old 03-19-2020, 08:20 AM   #23
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Maybe The Cabbage is just as simple?
the "Cabbage" is Cabbage Hill just south of Pendleton
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Old 03-25-2020, 07:39 AM   #24
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The solution is easy........ don't drive in high winds. Stay safe and stay put.
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:13 AM   #25
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The solution is easy........ don't drive in high winds. Stay safe and stay put.
Discretion is the better part of valor......
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Old 03-25-2020, 10:46 AM   #26
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Cabbage hill is something like 6 miles up a 6% grade and about the same down with switch back turns. I think there is 2 truck escape ramps on the down grade. Never seen them being used, but seen truck tracks going way up them. For those who do not know DOT places thick gravel on a steep uphill off ramp.
The idea is a truck that lost it's brakes can get off the freeway and not kill someone. They go up the ramp and can finally come to a stop. Some slide back down a ways. They have big tow anchors buried into the ground. A tow truck gets them back on the road.
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Old 03-25-2020, 07:15 PM   #27
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We deal with winds up here all the time I have a similar set up to Ken /Claudia.
IMO a long wheel base heavy TV is the building block to combat sway. A quality hitch with sway control makes up the second part of the equation.
Some may say that the hitch I have is overkill for an 8800# 29' trailer I say it is just right. The combo remains rock solid when opposing traffic (tractor trailers) passes.
I have never canceled/delayed a trip due to wind, that is not saying I never will though
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Old Yesterday, 12:49 PM   #28
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This is a link to a thread posted earlier this year on the Montana forum. The photo in the first post says a lot.

https://www.montanaowners.com/forums...ad.php?t=79849
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I cannot see the photo, but the guy made the statement about this being his 1st outing as a full timer. Unknown if he ever pulled an RV before that day. He also said the wind blew and where was nothing he could do. If I investigated the crash and got truthful answers to my questions, I bet I could have informed him how he would have not crashed if he did a few things differently.
I have been hit with some really high winds on a motorcycle, car, truck, truck or SUV towing a boat,camper, TT and never crashed. Never even nearly crashed.
Bottom line I bet he panicked and had no idea how to recover.
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The only way to see photos on the Montana Owner's site is to be a member. Here is the photo linked in the post above: And, yes, it is (was) a Montana fifth wheel.
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That was a 2012 Montana 3585SA, but no idea how long they had it or what his experience with it was. This is a link to additional photos: https://imgur.com/gallery/Tm1R2mv
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He said in that forum that their only real loss was their cat running away from the scene and has never been found. Said the insurance company was more than fair. No serious injuries.
On a brighter note, I believe there is a crew in northern Indiana that could put that Montana back together.
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A little duct tape and viola...good as new! Glad they weren't hurt. That had to be scarey.
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That'll buff out, no problem.
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