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Old 03-25-2016, 02:07 PM   #21
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I learned ('old school'?) that, when going down hill, the proper way to brake was to brake moderately so your speed drops and then release the brakes completely, not ride them. This allows the brakes to cool bit.....
The newer model Ford trucks have a transmission setting called Tow/Haul mode. It is great... it takes the guessing out of the manual sifting of the automatic transmission.. it down-shifts and up-shifts as demanded by the current environment you are in. I just watch the gauges (which have never moved, even in the mountains) and let the truck do what it is programmed to do). I am constantly checking to see if the Tow/Haul mode icon is lit up.. just a safety measure. I believe all the manufactures have this feature. I wonder if GM is going to put their new 10 Speed automatic trans in their trucks in the future?

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This may have been covered. I didn't read all the posts. But on the long pulls you'll want to use lower gears to keep your RPMs up so you don't overheat the transmission. Also, your TV will lose 3% or more of its hp for every thousand feet above sea level. So at 9000', where we live, our gassers are down around 30%. If your Toy has gauges, watch them. If it just has idiot lights, if they are anything like what I've had over the years, you are already very close to trouble before they'll light up. Have a safe trip and enjoy our beautiful state.
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This may have been covered. I didn't read all the posts. But on the long pulls you'll want to use lower gears to keep your RPMs up so you don't overheat the transmission. Also, your TV will lose 3% or more of its hp for every thousand feet above sea level. So at 9000', where we live, our gassers are down around 30%. If your Toy has gauges, watch them. If it just has idiot lights, if they are anything like what I've had over the years, you are already very close to trouble before they'll light up. Have a safe trip and enjoy our beautiful state.
I do that religiously, i try to do a mirror check and gauge check every 5 to 10 min, we will be going to royal gorge koa i know its near colorado spring and pikes peak, maybe yall around that area or been there knows the grades
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I do that religiously, i try to do a mirror check and gauge check every 5 to 10 min, we will be going to royal gorge koa i know its near colorado spring and pikes peak, maybe yall around that area or been there knows the grades
Our RV club has stayed there. It's clean, a bit too sterile for my taste, but a good choice for the area. As for grades, if you come into Colorado on I-25 from New Mexico there really isn't much to worry about. Raton Pass is the only pull I can think of, and it's hardly difficult.

We live about 50 miles north of that KOA and take Hwy. 9 right across the road (US 50) from it. Now that has a grade. A guess, four or five miles of maybe 6% that will give my old F350's transmission trouble on a hot day if I'd get careless. But I wouldn't let that happen.

Caņon City has good scenery and quite a few things to do. I'd say it's major industry has to be the prison industry. I believe there are 13 of them in Florence and Penrose, just a few miles to the east. But on the west side of town is the Old Max, now a medium security I believe. Built in 1871, I find it fascinating. Try to spend an hour or so in the museum attached to it. I believe it was formerly the women's prison. I've worked a day or so in the Supermax in Penrose as well as the state penitentiary, Colorado's maximum security prison, in Florence and several of the others in those two complexes. But the one I really wanted to get into is that Old Max, but never made it before retiring.

There were a couple of train rides worth taking in the Royal Gorge area. I don't know if the small one survived the fire. We really enjoyed that one. Have a great time here in Colorado and let us know how the trip went.
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Were gonna try and make it to Amarillo the first day, kinda taking the scenic route through Texas, so we will be coming up US-50.
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50 from the west will bring you over Monarch Pass, a little more fun.
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Drive with confidence. Follow the speed on the signs for entering a corner if the recommended speed is 30 mph slow to that cars can go quicker but I find the recommended speed to be pretty accurate. I do prefer towing mountains with my current truck vs. my previous F150.
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I also use the emergency flashers going up and down hills, If I am not going fast enough for you, (Just go around) I am not in that big of hurry!
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Monarch Pass is beautiful but you will run into 7% grades and lots of turns. Go slow and be safe, enjoy the great views!
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I also use the emergency flashers going up and down hills, If I am not going fast enough for you, (Just go around) I am not in that big of hurry!
You drive like me. Nice and relaxed!
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