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Old 07-23-2013, 06:05 PM   #11
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I know this is an old thread but maybe someone else will read it. We drive that road between Ouray and Silverton and Durango often and have pulled everything from our 36 foot fifth wheel to our current 21 foot TT over the last 25 years. Usually twice a week in summer. Yes ,its scary and I don't recommend it in the winter although us "locals" do it. Pick your time of travel for minimum traffic. And this is important!!! Stay in your lane, you will fit! Use every safe opportunity to pull over and let folks pass.(There are several.)They won't get so foolish and you can enjoy the scenery. Pulling our 32 ft fiver with three slides with our 2003 GMC 2500HD 6.0L Auto w/ 4:10 diff. and haul package I use 2nd gear for the real steep parts and third for the rest. Gear down on downgrades and save your brakes for when you really need them. Remember when you are "riding" the brakes, your rig brakes are heating and wearing, too. Even if your tow truck has super brakes, most trailers do not! Going south you are on the outside, the scary part. Watch ahead and give the big guys a break if you can.Take your time. After Red Mountain Pass you will be on the inside. And by all means stop and enjoy Silverton. There are five RV parks and acres of boondocking!

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