Originally Posted by asquared
Just remember to gear down going up and down the mountains. A good rule of thumb is to use the same gear going down that you went up in. If you have to use your brakes, do a quick stab to drop you about 10 mph and then let off. You can do this intermittently. Do not ride your brakes. Gearing down will help immensely. 5% is a little steep but not horrible. Many mountains in NC and VA Have 7% grades and out west they are steeper than that. I think with smart driving you will be ok.
What she said !!
The typical 7-8% grades in the mountains here require my tranny to be in 2nd gear going up the mountain, and I use 2nd going down also. I don't make the engine do the high rev thing, I just like to settle in the mid to upper 2000 rpm range, and enjoy the scenery. Some mountains in Western Va and WVa I have even used 1st gear, and again there is no need for high rpms. On and off the brakes as asquared indicated.....gotta give the brakes time to cool off. I pull of the road when I get a chance to let traffic go around me, and usually receive a polite wave.
Growing up with mountain roads results in me not being concerned with them with a trailer behind me, although some tight turns on the Va/WVa line had me concerned when I could see the tail-lights on the trailer.
(Of course, that is an exaggeration.
I keep the eastern mountain in my truck for reference: http://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Direc...directory+east
The last paragraph in the description is interesting comparing the eastern mountains to the western mountains.
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