I just picked up a 1999 Dodge SMB from Austin and drove it to Massachusetts On the way through VA we hit 50 mph plus cross winds, to the point that it was lifting the penthouse, straining the hooks. We stopped and strapped the driver side handle to the frame of the seat below it. Then tried to continue and found the back was still being lifted. We stopped again and waited out the winds till they died down to 30 mph and ran a strap across the back, from just behind the rear tires across the top. It was pretty scary for a while there.
Has anyone else had their top almost lift off?
We know that the top shifted in the wind and now looking at it closed, it seems to be still not closing tightly. Not having examined it too close from the beginning I'm not sure if it's different or not. Looking back at the Texas OP page at the picture, (It's the MacLean SMB, first one under SOLD) it looks like the rubber edge is running properly along the drip ledge. Now it's not, it's overhanging about 1/2". The driver side sees to be sitting properly. That is the side the wind was blowing on. Any advise/pointers/suggestions welcome.
Also being up north, we get lots of snow. Are there things to be aware of with snow? Should I make a point to clear snow off the penthouse? Will water flow under the penthouse in the front if the van is not perfectly level?