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Old 05-25-2012, 11:16 PM   #1
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Pulled up and over 11,500'

Drove over Hoosier Pass (Colorado) today with my Ridgeline pulling my 4200lb Rockwood 2306. Let me tell ya, the Honda was sucking wind on the way up. I could really feel the lack of power, but I just slowed down and took it easy.

I have to say also, I was getting some brake fade on the way down which wasn't fun. I'd taken the truck out of OD, but in hindsight I should have dropped it down into 2nd. Engaging the boost function on my brake controller definitely helped.

All in all a good experience, with some lessons learned for next time! Here we are camping at 9000'+. Pretty cool to be so near the treeline!
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Old 05-25-2012, 11:21 PM   #2
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I have been through there several times. Beautiful area!
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Old 05-25-2012, 11:37 PM   #3
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The altitude really sucks the life out of a non-turbo engine.
Were you going up in 2nd gear? Like they say, always go down in the same gear you went up.
Enjoy the weekend, it is awesome in the high country.
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Oh, did I mention it was windy as heck the whole way? lol

I left the selector in Drive the whole time -- Honda is pretty clear in their manual that you shouldn't downshift to 2nd unless you need extra traction I think. That said, the tranny kept itself in 2nd for most of the climb.
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This is why I love my manual transmissions. I don't own an automatic tranny in my fleet... Now the wife, that's a different story--if I can just get her to start using the auto-stick feature for hill descent, she wouldn't be replacing brake pads every 8 months!

That looks like an awesome spot, BTW. Was out in CO for CampJeep in 1998, scenery was second only to AK in my book (and hey, what the heck could ever beat Alaska in the scenery department anyway?) Can't wait to get back to CO again, although I might have to take out a loan for fuel to get there! Happy camping...
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If you were going up in 2nd gear, you should have kept it in 2nd on the way down, and at the same speed. As most people would, you probably started to speed up cresting the pass, and were just going to fast to begin the decent. Everyone does it until they experience the brake fade you mentioned, then they change the way they drive.
Boosting the trailer brakes may have worked this time, but just imagine what would have happened if they failed!
We are never in such a rush that we can't take an extra 5 minutes to make a safe decent.
I have been on many of Colorado's mountain highways, and have always been extra cautious. And most other drivers realise the danger, and seldom give you a hard time for driving slower.
Be safe!
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