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Old 07-06-2015, 03:33 PM   #1
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Georgetown in the Mountains

We are considering a trip out west after the Indiana Rally to Rushmore and the National Parks in Utah. I am nervous about pulling the mountains.

Anyone have experience with the older Georgetowns (mine's a 2005) and these trips?



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Old 07-07-2015, 01:04 AM   #2
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I can not speak about the older ones by I have traveled back and forth from Id to Texas and have not had any issues with the grades and such. I never push the engine but I am in no hurry.

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Old 07-07-2015, 01:44 AM   #3
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We have done most of Utah and Colorado pulling our Jeep. Go slow up and use the tow haul on the way down with no problems. I do try to carry as little liquid weight as possible excluding a fridge full of beer. We use the passing lanes and pull outs to let the cars and motorcycles go by when possible. Go enjoy and dont worry.

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Old 07-07-2015, 03:22 PM   #4
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I have a 2005 342 DS XL, and have been over some of the worst mountain passes in the country with it!

Just got back from a trip to Idaho, where I drove the dreaded 395 from Bishop to Bridgeport, with transitions from 200' up to 9,000'. It's not an interstate, so the grades went up to over 7-degrees, and my 342 with the V-10 and Banks package did quite well, fully loaded and towing a 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade weighing over 4-K.

We often go to Lake Isabella, where there is one 8-degree climb for over a mile. We bog down to around 40-MPH and 4500-RPM, but have never overheated or over temped on the tranny.

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Old 07-07-2015, 05:38 PM   #5
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We have a 2001 Mirada F53 w/V10. we pull a small Honda Civic.

No problems. When going uphill, instead of pushing the gas to the floor and getting constant upshift/downshift, I'll manually downshift, slow down, and maintain a slower speed, and usually higher RPMs (4000-4500). Going downhill, slow down, downshift to a lower gear, let the engine do the braking.

Highest is I-70, Eisenhower tunnel, west of Denver, 11,000 ft. Did the climb at 25-35 mph in 2nd gear, following a line of 18 wheelers.

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Old 07-08-2015, 10:36 AM   #6
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Bill I wouldn't worry much about the hills.
Being you have a 2006 Georgetown I hope you do some planned maintenance before you leave.
My suggestions would be to check all fluids
If you need an oil and filter change do it.
Change your air filter if you haven't.
Also make sure you check the proper tire pressures on the motorhome and on your toad.

If you have never climbed and big hills or passes this is what I do.
You usually see or know a climb is coming and I usually pick up speed a little so the rpm's are at a reasonable range 2200 - 2500 rpms before you reach the start of the climb.
I don't use my tow haul mode going up hills only down hill.
Don't be scared to hit the gas pedal to drop a gear or two as the transmission and engine have plenty of torque.

Another suggestion is just stay with he truckers as they know what coming up and adjust speed.

The biggest problem with most inexperienced drivers is you lose your RPM going up hill and when you lose it its sometimes hard to make it up.
So keep your speed up before your climb and you will be ok.

This is my thoughts on the matter and I'm sure others will have other opinions but this is what I do.
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Old 07-08-2015, 05:10 PM   #7
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Took my 2003, 325S out to Utah and back. Going again in two weeks. No problems but it will be slow in places. Cut out the overdrive and drop a gear. The rpms will increase but the V10 will take it.
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