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Old 03-24-2016, 02:09 PM   #1
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So im headed up to Colorado here in a couple of months, was trying to get some advice on driving that terrain with the travel trailer. Im from south Texas where its flat, last month drove up to the hill country with the trailer but still just big hills. So i did slow my speed down and also used the truck to shift manually to let the motor help slow down, any other advice or caution?
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Seems you know the drill. Just use the brake sparingly to slow down when Engine RPM's getting to high or go down to lower gear.
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Seems you know the drill. Just use the brake sparingly to slow down when Engine RPM's getting to high or go down to lower gear.
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Old 03-24-2016, 02:39 PM   #4
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Just don't let your speed ever get up to a uncomfortable gut feeling. If you can still quickly slow down at 50 mph at any time make that your max, or drive slower. If ya get a line up behind ya pull over let them pass if you can safely pull over. Don't make the mistake of driving "They're " speed and not be comfortable.
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Thanks guys, didnt think there was too much else but wanted to make sure
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We have a separate brake controller for our little unit. Even though its little , we cant leave home without climbs or descents of several hundred feet over a mile.

I feel more secure even though now we routinely downshift without a TT or with to second going downhill particularly if it is icy.
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I live at 5000ft in mountains, on long down hill grades a lower gear is your friend. Down shift and use the brakes to keep RPM down. An old truckers quote: you can go down hill too slow lots of times but too fast only once.
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When I get to the top of a hil, I let the rig slow down and start the downgrade as slow as legal. Let the engine and transmission do it's job and tap brakes sparingly.

You will start to feel like a big rig trucker.
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When I get to the top of a hil, I let the rig slow down and start the downgrade as slow as legal. Let the engine and transmission do it's job and tap brakes sparingly.

You will start to feel like a big rig trucker.
And don't be afraid to use your emergency flashers if it's a steep grade and you're going extra slow. I've used them often, both going up and down.
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And don't be afraid to use your emergency flashers if it's a steep grade and you're going extra slow. I've used them often, both going up and down.
Perhaps you missed my sig line. I'm driving a Ford Diesel which passes those blinking lights going uphill.
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