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Old 10-06-2015, 12:01 PM   #31
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Need to try Trail Ridge Road, it goes higher than Pikes Peak and go across the suspension bridge. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TOW anything.

Suspension Bridge? where is a suspension bridge on Trail Ridge Road?
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Old 10-06-2015, 12:08 PM   #32
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If I was you I would run across some CAT scales.


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Old 10-06-2015, 12:39 PM   #33
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If I was you I would run across some CAT scales.

I scaled back in June and also did individual wheel weights about the same time. We've made some changes since then- removed stuff, added stuff, etc. So my numbers should be pretty close to accurate.
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Old 10-06-2015, 01:17 PM   #34
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Well, we made it to Avon, CO (just west of Vail) last night. We didn't leave Colorado Springs until after 6pm and had to stop for propane after that. Our whole drive was in the dark. As you all said- not bad, just take it slow. Between the exhaust brake and downshifting, I actually had to often accelerate down a hill or two.

But now- going up some grades, I could do 60-65mph but on some of the steeper grades, the truck was maxed out at 45-50 mph. My pedal was to the floor and I couldn't go any faster. The truck is a 2012 Ram 3500 with 4.10 gears. It's GVWR is 12,300 and I think I'm running down the road loaded at 12,300-12,500 with us, pin weight, and stuff in the truck bed. The camper is 42' X 13' 4" high and has a total loaded weight probably around 16,000 lbs.

My real question- is this performance up hill what I should expect? I can't say what I expected as I've never towed heavy before this.
I certainly canít say with authority, but I think maxing out at 50 MPH with the load you are pulling is probably normal for the mountain grades you traveled. Donít forget, wind speed also affects performance. It seems as though every time weíve headed west the headwinds were always terrible.
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Old 10-07-2015, 12:26 AM   #35
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I certainly canít say with authority, but I think maxing out at 50 MPH with the load you are pulling is probably normal for the mountain grades you traveled. Donít forget, wind speed also affects performance. It seems as though every time weíve headed west the headwinds were always terrible.

I can say that I was passing big rigs up these hills. Not by a lot, of course.
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Old 02-01-2016, 10:39 PM   #37
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The I-70 corridor can be like rush hour traffic in the summer. (And winter with ski traffic)Avoid Friday afternoon and Saturday morning going westbound, and Sunday noon to 8 pm east bound.
I've pulled my 12000# fifth wheel with a GMC 2500 diesel no problem. Truck will even pull Vail pass eastbound @ 65 mph which is faster than I care to go.
If you are underpowered, keep your eyes open way out front. Once you get trapped behind a slow moving vehicle it will be very hard to get back your speed when towing.
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