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Old 06-02-2011, 08:06 PM   #11
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Thanks Bikendan - I have already started to research the maps I need to have. Trust me I will not be without a map anymore and my GPS will not be my sole directions for getting me to my next destination. Do you have any recommendations on paper maps that I should add?

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Old 06-02-2011, 08:13 PM   #12
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i always have a pile of AAA maps, tour books and campgrounds books for the states i'm going to.
i also have a national map and a western states map.
it also doesn't hurt to have some kind of orientation to where you're going. like which way is north, south, east and west. and knowing what borders the sides of the states.

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Old 06-02-2011, 08:43 PM   #13
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Got me a truckers road atlas. Highlights the roads that are safe for semi-trailers. I try to stay on those roads when I map out my route. My set up is 56 ft long and I don't want any surprises like tight switchbacks.

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Old 06-02-2011, 09:11 PM   #14
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Ibrjet - I will definately look into a truckers map for sure.
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:54 PM   #15
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Good advice. Gps's are great but are a tool and you should never head out on a trip without maps, afterall, what would happen if the gps crapped need maps.
Traveling mountain rule of thumb...if you climbed up in 2nd or 3rd or 1st you sure as heck will need to decend in the same gear you went up on. Use tow haul mode, take your time and never ride the breaks. I have climbed passes with 7 percent grades for over 15 miles...these units will handle that. Keep the rpm's up and that will help to keep the old tranny cool. I never met a pass I couldn't conquer. It just takes a little patience and practise.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:36 PM   #16
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Good advice from TOMJSAS. Tow/haul mode, tap brakes, downshift to lower gears on steep decents. Don't get in a hurry. We hit two passes whenever we go from Montrose to Gunnison and usually only make about 35. I've also driven over Mighty Monarch, Eisenhower Tunnel and Vale Passes. My main advice is try to relax and enjoy the scenery out that big front window. Oh, and pull over once in a while to let the parade behind you to pass.
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Old 06-12-2011, 03:49 AM   #17
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Problem with many GPS units are that they are set for the shortest routes or fastest time. Both can get you in trouble. Some even have a setting for major highways only. To be safe, though it may take more miles (but usaully faster and safer set it to major highways only.
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:33 AM   #18
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I had a workhorse powered Bounder before I bought this 378. The workhorse with the 8.1 and allison 6 speed with tranny brake was far better in the rockies going up or down than this coach.
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Old 06-12-2011, 03:08 PM   #19
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We've not ventured up or down any sort of real mountain yet but hope to do a southern Utah trip this fall. I just ordered "Mountain Directory West for Truckers, RV and Motorhome Drivers" but haven't received it yet.

We'll be towing a '99 Jeep Wrangler and I wonder if unhitching & driving separately is advisable on days when traveling over the steeper inclines/declines.

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Old 06-13-2011, 12:18 PM   #20
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We just moved out to Colorado and had our first chance to take the motorhome through the Eisenhower tunnel. At 11,000ft the v10 really runs out of air and it could only maintain around 35mph on the long 6% grades. Tranny and water temps never budged from normal. Staying in the right lane you will often find yourself behind a slower moving semi-truck with not enough power to pass. Downhill in 3rd or 2nd gear made it easy to stay off the brakes. Adhere to the speed warnings posted for big trucks and you'll have no problems.

Taking your time and enjoying the scenery is great advice.

My neighbor at the Tiger Run RV resort in Breckenridge had a 625hp Newell. He said he could hold 52mph on the same section but his 400hp Country Coach only did 35mph.

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