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Old 07-10-2012, 11:11 PM   #1
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First pull up the Saluda Grade

First pull up the Saluda Grade. I was nervous about pulling my rolling condo up the hill, but the F350 pulled it with no problems! SWEET!
Now just to get back down the hill at the end of the week!
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:09 AM   #2
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Mountain grades certainly can be challenging and tax your truck. Glad you made it without problems. I’m not familiar with the Saluda Grade, I’m guessing it’s in North Carolina but which highway and where?
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:42 PM   #3
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You are pulling a 5er with a one-ton? I thought they only used half-ton trucks to do that...
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Saluda Grade in on I-26 in North Carolina. 7% grade, can really tax your truck...
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You are pulling a 5er with a one-ton? I thought they only used half-ton trucks to do that...
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Now just to get back down the hill at the end of the week!
Three words: factory exhaust brake.

It's my second favorite feature in my new Dodge (first is the awesome torque production that sometimes needs slowing down in the first place!)
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Three words: factory exhaust brake.

It's my second favorite feature in my new Dodge (first is the awesome torque production that sometimes needs slowing down in the first place!)
Same here! Love that my 2500HD has the exhaust brake...makes those long downhill grades so easy (and easy on the brakes!).
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I hate to be one that points out errors, but I-26 is not in NC. It is in SC.
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I hate to be one that points out errors, but I-26 is not in NC. It is in SC.
Hmmm, check your map again. I-26 runs into NC from SC. Once it enters NC it turns west for a bit before going north again. You are hereby demoted to driving duties only and you're no longer allowed to be a navigator.
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Saluda Grade in on I-26 in North Carolina. 7% grade, can really tax your truck...
I can relate to how you are feeling as I faced this hill challenge recently myself driving to San Barbara (7-1/2% grade). Going down the hill was easier because the tow haul helped maintain my speed and I only applied my brakes once for a short period. On the return trip I faced going up the hill - slow & steady while watching the rpms.

The 7+% grade taxed the driver (me) more than it did the truck.
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