First silly question of the day...

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  1. Binky

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    With the traffic announcements that certain roads & bridges are closed to high sided vehicles, can I assume that my 2.7m high Autocruise is classed as high sided?
     
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    If you want:Rofl1:
     
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    We've always considered our van a high sided vehicle.
     
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    Try it - if you end up at just 7 ft high, you know your MH is on it's side :BigGrin:
     
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    Yes you should consider your motorhome a high-sided vehicle, they can be blown further than you might think. If you are travelling too fast then you could be blown across two or even three carriageways, this of course could be more dangerous than being blown completely over.

    Of course beware open roads, with both hands on the steering wheel we can cope with steady strong winds but its the gusts that can blow us off course. If you are in gusty winds slow right down and be aware of other vehicles, don't put yourself in a position that they might be blown into you or you them.

    Far better not to drive, or sit the wind out parked away from trees, nose into the wind with a cuppa and a kip:thumb:
     
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    I was wondering the same thing just last night.

    After doing some searching, it appears that there are no actual definitions. I did read that one of the bridges included a car with a roof box as a high sided vehicle......

    Therefore, with that said, I'd class a MH as a highsided as it's taller than it's width.
     
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    So, not a silly question after all. I and I'm sure many others have often pondered this point.:thanks2:
    Geoff.
     
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    Aha! It seems that the reason there is no definition of High Side is down to the fact that each bridge crossing has their own definition depending on the design of the bridge's crosswind protection.

    But reading on some of the HGV forums, they tend to class it as anything higher than a standard Transit.
     
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    I would say yes , it is a high sided vehicle.....On our low profile MH , nose on to wind it handles well enough . Side on to wind/gusts , at times it feels like it has the aerodynamics of a brick . Not worth any hassles ,the thing is for relaxing in not fighting against weather , so we just stop and wait for a break in the conditions .
     
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    Years ago me n Sian, (pre- kids) were hammering it down an autoroute in France in an old AutoTrail Pullman, coming down a long sweeping hill doing about 75mph not paying too much attention to the stiff windsocks when we saw a German motorhome blown across three lanes and into onto an island between carriageways.

    We sobered up and slowed immediately and have since always paid attention to those windsocks. :Eeek:
     
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    I half remember reading a post from a police officer some time ago which defined a high sided vehicle as one which is higher than its width.

    As a general point, there are no silly questions just silly answers sometimes :Smile:
     
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    What a good definition, :thumb:
     
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    :thumb: didn't I already say that earlier! :Wink:
     
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    i need along ladder to get up on top of the roof so i would say my RV is defo high sided :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    any slab sided vehicle could be classed as high sided as far as wind is concerned.

    large, flat surface area facing high winds is asking for trouble.

    artic trailers with curtain sides seem to cope much better than 'box' type trailer as there is no rigidity in the side walls.
     
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    just today i was caught out by a cross wind while passing over a shortish river bridge on a duel carriageway.
    pushed across the white center lines....and i was only in a citroen berlingo van :Eeek:
     
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    Even a Sooty Van struggles in the wind and this could be classed as highsided due it's width/height ratio.
     
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