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Old 03-19-2017, 10:30 AM   #1
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Towing over Mount Eagle TN / Chattanooga

We have a Wildwood 30KQBSS, about 6900 dry weight and about 7600lbs loaded.
I tow with a 2014 Ram 1500 Laramie Ecodiesel with airlift 1000 bags and an Equalizer 4pt WDH.
We are heading to Florida (from Southern Indiana) in two weeks for vacation and would like to know from others about your towing experiences through that part of the mountain and area.
We went last year and chose to go 65 to Alabama, turn left to Atlanta and head south. That route bypasses all the mountains with decent grades. At that time I towed with a similar truck but was a Hemi vs the Ecodiesel.
A buddy of mine has a duramax and a 30ft Rockwood. He went over mount eagle last year and swore he wouldn't do it again. He is somewhat of a candy ***** though. Lol. He also doesn't have much tow experience.
I would like to hear from others that have gone this route.
Thanks folks
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Old 03-19-2017, 10:52 AM   #2
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I know it is not the same but I drove tractor trailers across for years just take it slow and stay I the right lane you should be ok just remember take it easy and you will make it
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He is somewhat of a candy ***** though.

Me too. Obviously you have not driven it. It is a steep grade. A trailer would raise the pucker factor squared when going down hill.

Give it a go and report back.
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He is somewhat of a candy ***** though.

Me too. Obviously you have not driven it. It is a steep grade. A trailer would raise the pucker factor squared when going down hill.

Give it a go and report back.


I am too when it comes to towing. Just curious how others felt about that stretch.
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I think that it is such a long way down without an up stretch is what gets me. Once you start is does not go up for miles until you get to the bottom. Then sometimes there were cops at the bottom when you thought you could just let it rip. It's not like other mountain roads with sharp turns and short up hill sections.
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I towed a 7k toy hauler with a 14 ram 1500 5.7 hemi through there on the way to bike week. two harley's in the back. stopped at the dragon's tail on the way down from Michigan. I dont even remember anything that worked my truck or gave me a concern.
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He is somewhat of a candy ***** though.

Me too. Obviously you have not driven it. It is a steep grade. A trailer would raise the pucker factor squared when going down hill.

Give it a go and report back.
Hi it's not that bad! Just take your time up and pay attention to what gear the TV is using to climb the pass. You did not say what transmission you have is it a 6 speed? It most likely you will be in 4th or 5th gear going up the hill. So you have a diesel under that hood right. It has a 16 to 1 compression ratio a gas has 8 to 1 compression ratio so your engine has a lot more power to slow you down with your engine. If you have the engine brake option you have this will help even more. On the way down just use 4th or 5th gear tap the brakes so you don't over heat them and so you stay below the red line on the engine tack.

Hope This Helps Tim
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Hi it's not that bad! Just take your time up and pay attention to what gear the TV is using to climb the pass. You did not say what transmission you have is it a 6 speed? It most likely you will be in 4th or 5th gear going up the hill. So you have a diesel under that hood right. It has a 16 to 1 compression ratio a gas has 8 to 1 compression ratio so your engine has a lot more power to slow you down with your engine. If you have the engine brake option you have this will help even more. On the way down just use 4th or 5th gear tap the brakes so you don't over heat them and so you stay below the red line on the engine tack.

Hope This Helps Tim


I have the 8 speed trans but no exhaust break on the ecodiesel
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It is an 1100 ft elevation change up going south and then 900 down at an average of 4 percent grade. I'm sure you can handle that. Use your gears to help slow you down and take it easy. I like to average 45 to 50 when going down long grades. It will be good practice since 4 percent is not really steep at all.
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It is an 1100 ft elevation change up going south and then 900 down at an average of 4 percent grade. I'm sure you can handle that. Use your gears to help slow you down and take it easy. I like to average 45 to 50 when going down long grades. It will be good practice since 4 percent is not really steep at all.


Thank ibrjet I was actually thinking of the 30-40mph range. First time towing through that pass and wondered what strategy/gears others used with similar set up
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