The Mountain Directory: A GUIDE E-books give the locations and descriptions of over 700 mountain passes and steep grades in 22 states. The Mountain Directory E-books tell you where the steep grades are, their length, and how steep the grade is. Also included is whether the road is two lane, three lane, or four lane, if there are escape ramps, switchbacks, sharp curves, and speed limits. If you decide to go over, perhaps the cool morning hours would ease the strain on the engine and transmission during the climb. Unhooking the towed vehicle would make the climb and the descent easier. Knowing what lies ahead is half the battle.
There is an old saying among over-the-road truckers say, “There are two kinds of drivers — those who’ve been in trouble on a mountain grade, and those who will be”. Unfortunately, this also applies to many RVers because of their size and weight. Trucks and RVs have similar problems regarding weight, engine power, and braking in mountainous terrain.
The purpose of this Mountain Directory A Guide is not to discourage drivers from going where they please. It is only to inform them of the conditions they may encounter. We encourage you to make sure your equipment is in good repair. Brakes must be in good working order and properly adjusted. The engine and transmission should be used to slow the vehicle down whenever possible.
Saving the brakes and keeping them cool enough retains their stopping power. The engine’s cooling system should be in good repair to prevent overheating during the climbs. Turning off the air conditioner during climbs may help, and if necessary, turning on the heater will help dissipate heat from the engine.
The best plan is to “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO”!