Originally Posted by Bassdogs
Just watch the tranny temps and take it easy on long climbs and curvy roads.
X2 with Bassdogs on this. Watch that temp gauge.
As a newbie, also don't push your speeds. There have been many threads on the forum asking folks what speed they pull at and what their TT tires are rated for. Most agree the 55-65 as a maximum is safest.
We have a YUKON XL and are pretty maxed out on our tow rating with our Jayflight 26 BHS. Here is an experience I haven't read on the forum but may become of some use to you in regard to climbing mountain passes.
We were climbing out of the Santa Cruz beach area headed to Sequoia NP. The ascent traveling to the park entrance for us started below sea level and climbed to 8,000 feet. My tendency was to try and force the transmission to downshift as we climbed by punching the accelerator. Not an effective choice. As we passed the 6,000 foot mark the TV started to chug and stopped in the road. This is a two lane road, no shoulders and a pretty steep incline. I'm blocking traffic on a winding road. The engine acted like it was vapor locked, which since it's fuel injected had me confused. Fortunately a tow truck driver stopped and had me remove the gas cap. Hot summer temps create excessive fumes and indeed create a "vapor lock" type engine chug. Removing the cap to let the fumes escape worked like a charm, engine started right up and purred. Next advice he had for me was to just baby the throttle and let the engine do its job, slow & steady in low gear. We made it with no issues.
Good luck on your new camper. I love the Whitehawk line up. Enjoy!
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