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Old 09-09-2014, 10:14 PM   #1
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Towing through the Smokey Mountains

I tow a 2012 346 QBUD with a 2012 Ford F-250 with a Diesel Engine. I planning a trip through the Smokey Mountains on I-40 to Ashville N.C.. Then on to Charleston S.C. via I-26. Should I have any special concerns?
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Old 09-09-2014, 10:21 PM   #2
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Watch your speed through the gorge. The curves through there are flat and sometimes off camber. Use lower gears when descending, and watch the temps when climbing up the plateau. Enjoy the beautiful scenery!
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I tow a 2012 346 QBUD with a 2012 Ford F-250 with a Diesel Engine. I planning a trip through the Smokey Mountains on I-40 to Ashville N.C.. Then on to Charleston S.C. via I-26. Should I have any special concerns?
No, have towed it many times with a 5.3L 1500 Silverado and a 831RLSS and a 8528RKWS and no problems.
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Old 09-09-2014, 10:39 PM   #4
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I would not be concerned. The grades are not that steep or long compared to others we have done. We have done it with an f150 5.4 l and a 31 foot trailer.
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Coming up the western side on I-40 can have some rough, narrow road and there always seems to be a section that has construction, so I would plan for the possibility that it might take longer than planned to get through. Other than that as has been said above lots of nice scenery.
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Old 09-11-2014, 04:14 PM   #6
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No problems as long as you stay off the the Blue Ridge Parkway and those low tunnels.


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You won't have any problems. We drove it west bound coming back from MB. Now the WV Turnpike!!!!!! That's a different story. Still had no issues, but much more steep and more grades!
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The Saluda grade in Columbus NC on I26 is a 6% down grade in the direction you are going and is 3 miles long. It has some fairly tight curves also. Be prepared.
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I can't really add anything other than to be sure and use the tow/haul mode. It does a great job helping to control speed on the downhills.
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No problems as long as you stay off the the Blue Ridge Parkway and those low tunnels.


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I'd have to disagree. Traveled Blue Ridge from Ashville, NC to Roanoke, VA a few years back to salvage a disappointing vacation including the Pigeon Forge area. Blue Ridge was fantastic.
TUNNEL HEIGHTS - Blue Ridge Parkway (U.S. National Park Service) Notice the lows are the far edges, not the center.
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