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Old 12-22-2016, 11:52 AM   #1
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Western mountain travel with V10, GT364 TS.

Has anyone had any problems traveling over any of the mountains in the western states with the V10 in a GT364 TS? Did you have to unhook the toad at any of the passes, etc.? Render any information you have on this subject.
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Old 12-22-2016, 11:57 AM   #2
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Old 12-22-2016, 12:09 PM   #3
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I'm asking a general question. No route specific, just any problems climbing, any place where a unhook of the toad to travel safely. I plan on traveling through most of the western states this next summer.
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Old 12-22-2016, 01:31 PM   #4
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With our Lexington we do not tow our Trailblazer often but when we do it does ok. Not the speediest vehicle on the road but it gets up the grades. We have towed the toad from our home near Carson City NV to Twin Lakes near Bridgeport CA. There are some fairly good climes and like I said it does ok considering our toad is close to the max towing capacity of the rv.
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Old 12-23-2016, 12:14 PM   #5
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Over the course of three years and 44k miles, we have done most of the roads in the west. The V 10 does fine on the climbs. Yes, there are times when you go slow and the engine gets loud due to the high rpm's. We always try to pull over when possible to let the backed up traffic pass. I remember that in Washington state, it is posted to let traffic pass when more than 5 vehicles are backed up. No big deal as they often have pull over spots.

When going downhill, the tow haul is a must along with being sure to use the brakes sparingly. We have done the steep and tight Million Dollar Highway in southwest Colorado. We did unhitch the Jeep on the downhill drive from Silverton to Durango. Im sure we didnt need to but why put the extra stain on the brakes. We did Hwy 22 over Teton Pass outside of Jackson Wy with the Jeep in tow. This was likely the steepest road we have traveled. I believe it was 10 percent grade.

Of course this was all summer and early fall travel. The west is beautiful. Go slow and enjoy the view!


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Old 12-23-2016, 01:47 PM   #6
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Last year we traveled through the Dakotas to Yellowstone and Grand Teton NP, then back through Colorado. Never a problem with our 2011 350. I was very pleased on the performance through the mountain areas.
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Old 12-23-2016, 03:46 PM   #7
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Found some 6 and 7% grades that were long. Remember one was at least 10 mi
GT did fine but dropped to 35-40 mph and high RPMs. Found one down hill grade - signs said next 14 miles use low gear. Put on tow haul and was in 3rd
No problems. Wind was my biggest bug-a-boo out west. Don t be in hurry. You ll love the trip Check out the Casinos for camping- we found some had campgrounds with $10 and $15 campsites full hook ups. You don t have to gamble.
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Old 12-23-2016, 04:40 PM   #8
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I too have a 2015 364. We also tow a Jeep Liberty. It should be obvious that the definition of "problem" is highly relative. I don't call 35-45 mph with a screaming engine near 5K rpm as "doing fine". But, there are some little techniques that help: don't use cruise control even on modest grades; lead the hill with some extra speed (only helps on shorter climbs - "e" still equals mc2), use tow haul after learning its pluses and minuses; use flashers below 45 as required; install 5-Star Tune for a small increase in torque and a much-improved shift sequence - at least on my 5 speed); be extra courteous to other drivers; relax and enjoy the scenery. Had our 364 a year and a half, and have 20K miles on it...great coach!
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Old 12-23-2016, 05:40 PM   #9
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I have 5 star as well, and it improves shifting, acceleration, gas mileage. I have 10,000 miles on mine and the engine seems to be getting more and more broke in. It run a lot smoother, not as loud when it shifts way down on the steeper hills. I use tow/haul when I get to steeper hills or I need to brake down better. Tap the brakes a couple times and it slows the rigg down just right moving up to a stop light in heavy traffic. We really like the coach. I only wish it had opposing slides in the living area. We stay all winter in either Arizona or Florida in the coach. Knock on wood, we have only had one leak in the main slide over the dinette. Caulked the slide under the awning, and fixed it. One of the screws wasn't caulked. Wash machine mother board went out, replaced under warranty.
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