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Old 10-01-2015, 08:32 PM   #1
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WOW, big pull over I-70

Wow, that is a steep hill east bound on I-70 to the Eisenhower Tunnel in Colorado. My Ford diesel truck was in 3rd gear and pulling hard. A beautiful ride, but don't be in a hurry.


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Old 10-01-2015, 08:47 PM   #2
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I went up and over and then dooowwwn last year, fourth gear between 55-60, no idea where the couple in a Tundra pulling a SOB TT went to after I passed them....
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Old 10-01-2015, 09:34 PM   #3
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Last time I pulled that grade was 1973 in a GMC Astro with a 318 Detroit and a 13spd. Had a full load on and got down into the low hole in one spot.
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Ugh, I'm thinking of doing this Monday evening. We are driving from Colorado Springs to some random overnight stop between there and Moab, UT. It's 400-ish miles, so I want to get a headstart on Monday before finishing it out on Tuesday. The problem is, I won't be able to start until the evening after a day at a RV repair center.

Any concerns to making the drive in the dark?
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Old 10-02-2015, 05:57 AM   #5
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Old 10-02-2015, 06:27 AM   #6
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Ugh, I'm thinking of doing this Monday evening. We are driving from Colorado Springs to some random overnight stop between there and Moab, UT. It's 400-ish miles, so I want to get a headstart on Monday before finishing it out on Tuesday. The problem is, I won't be able to start until the evening after a day at a RV repair center.

Any concerns to making the drive in the dark?

It's not that bad at night. More than half the time we drive through there is at night in the winter (but we are only towing a utility double axle trailer with 2 utvs). You should be fine. The road is pretty good, it's just steep. You're gonna miss some beautiful scenery.. But you should be safe regardless.
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Old 10-02-2015, 09:38 AM   #7
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I broke down in the Eisenhower Tunnel a few years ago. Bad gas and clogged filter. Nursed my MH into Breckenridge. Not a good feeling bringing stuck in that tunnel.


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Old 10-02-2015, 09:39 AM   #8
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Wow, that is a steep hill east bound on I-70 to the Eisenhower Tunnel in Colorado. My Ford diesel truck was in 3rd gear and pulling hard. A beautiful ride, but don't be in a hurry.


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did that pass last week . I think east bound vail pass is even worse
i pulled it at about 40 with the 2500hd 6.0 gasser hauling the hfs 29 . great colors now but it'll be over soon . you want to try a real steep pass try east bound teton pass 10% grade and only 25 mph
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Old 10-02-2015, 11:39 AM   #9
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I like to see where the curves are up ahead so I wouldn't drive it at night. If you take it slow would be OK, like 45 down Vail pass. By far not the steepest road I have gone down, but it is long and it is the steepest interstate road I have gone down. The curves aren't bad on that stretch, nothing you have to slow way down for, but there are some 45 MPH curves if I remember right.


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Old 10-02-2015, 01:40 PM   #10
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These guys have a ton of videos of all kinds of trucks pulling up Ike...

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