From the author, RW:
When customers uncover that I’m from Kansas, they steadily suppose, “Kansas? What are you able to assert me about mountain passes for folk that would per chance maybe also very properly be from Kansas?” But after they hear my narrative, they slice me a small slack. (Incidentally, did that there modified into once a researcher with too mighty govt grant money who obvious that Kansas surely is flatter than a pancake?)
When I modified into a kid in the early 60’s my oldsters owned a 16 foot Mobil Scout shuttle trailer. We pulled that trailer all the arrangement in which during the western United States and Canada with a 1962 Chevy with a 283 cubic slump engine and a three lunge on the column. So I learned to bask in mountains and I learned to bask in traveling the broad delivery spaces of our extraordinary land. With that minute trailer and the legit Chevy, we by no approach had any complications climbing or descending grades.
VITAL INFORMATION FOR ANYONE DRIVING A LARGE OR HEAVY VEHICLE
In an are trying to arrangement mountain riding a small safer for truckers
The broadcast versions of the Mountain Listing books had nearly 240 pages of textual advise material and coloration relief maps. All 240 pages are in the downloadable versions of the Mountain Listing ebooks. Nothing is lacking. Within the broadcast versions, mountain lunge locations were marked with a yellow triangle on the coloration relief maps. Within the e-book versions, you most certainly can also click on on the yellow triangles and the textual advise material appears that describes that notify.
4. US 33
There are three summits along this stretch of US 33. The jap summit is between Rawley Springs, VA and Brandywine, WV. The east facet is 4 miles of 8 to 9% grade. The west facet is 4½ miles of 9% grade and all sides maintain proper fascinating curves and hairpin turns. The toll road is 2 lane on each sides.
The center summit is between Oak Flat and Franklin, WV. The east facet of this hill is 2½ miles of 8% with 25 mph curves. The west facet is ready 3½ miles of mighty milder grade. It’s 4 to 5% over most of its size. There are some fascinating curves approach the bottom. The facet toll road is 2 lane on each sides of the hill.
The western summit is between Franklin and Judy Gap, WV. It’s 5 miles of proper 9% grade on all sides. Either facet are two lane with fascinating curves and hairpin turns. Employ caution on this facet toll road.
There is an feeble announcing amongst over-the-facet toll road truckers. “There are two styles of drivers — folk that’ve been in anguish on a mountain grade, and folk that will seemingly be.” Unfortunately, this additionally applies to many RVers. Trucks and RVs maintain same complications concerning weight, engine power, and braking in mountainous terrain.
Imagine yourself descending a mountain grade to your RV. You didn’t know there modified into this kind of prolonged, steep grade on this toll road. What a shock! And issues are no longer going properly. You will maintain a white-knuckle grip on the steering wheel. The engine isn’t very any longer maintaining attend all of this weight, the brakes are smelling hot or even smoking, you most certainly can also very properly be pushing tougher on the brake pedal nevertheless your lunge keeps rising. All you most certainly can also peep forward is more mountain. Your mind is racing through all of the on hand choices and none of them are exact. “I’ve got to produce one thing,” you suppose “or I’m no longer going to arrangement it.” The decisions encompass: lunge into the rock wall, lunge over the facet, hit these trees, or peep for folk that would per chance maybe also arrangement the subsequent curve and breeze it out. You to determine the last option and, for folk that would per chance maybe also very properly be lucky, you arrangement it to the bottom in one fragment. You pull over and while you most certainly can also very properly be watching to your heart to quit pounding, you wipe the sweat out of your face and you look your shirt is soaked, your mouth is dry, and your fingers are shaking. You are thinking, “If I had identified it modified into going to be bask in that………….”
In all likelihood your rig has build of dwelling all the arrangement in which during the steep climbs. The temperature is in the 90’s and the grade is so steep that you just most certainly can also barely climb it in first gear. The engine and transmission temperatures are rising. How some distance to the live of this hill? You do not know if or no longer it’s one mile or ten. One thing smells hot. What to produce? Pull over and frigid off? But then all momentum is lost. Can you even obtain started again? You wish you had unhooked the auto you most certainly can also very properly be dragging up this hill on the attend of the motorhome. While you most certainly can also very properly be lucky, you most certainly can also produce that subsequent time. You are questioning how many thousand dollars a brand modern engine and transmission would per chance be.
Many folk are under the influence that the grades in the jap mountains are no longer as serious because the grades in the western mountains. Evidently right here’s since the elevations are no longer as high in the jap states. But elevation alone isn’t very any longer the build of dwelling–it’s some distance the swap in elevation that makes a grade doubtlessly perilous. If all other factors are equal, a grade that descends from 4000′ to 1000′ over 10 miles isn’t very any hundreds of than a grade that descends from 10000′ to 7000′ over 10 miles. Either arrangement you maintain gotten a 3000′ swap in elevation spread over 10 miles. (This case would result in a median grade of nearly 6% for 10 miles.)
A neat percentage of the grades in the western states are in the 6% vary. A neat percentage of the grades in the jap states are 8, 9, or 10% and continuously much more. The jap grades are continuously shorter nevertheless right here’s no longer continually so. A brief glance during the jap book will point to over 50 grades that are between 7 and 10% and from 4 to 7 miles prolonged. There are others that are much more anxious. The facet toll road to the live of Whiteface Mountain in Contemporary York is 8 to 10% for 8 miles. There would per chance maybe be no need for truckers to utilize this facet toll road nevertheless RVs are allowed. Attain Cumberland, Maryland there is a hill on I-68 that is posted as 6% for 13 miles. In North Carolina toll road 181 crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway and the southbound descent is 11 miles of grade that varies from 6 to 10%. Great of it’s some distance 8 to 9%. These grades are exact as perilous because the grades in the western states.
VAIL PASS elev. 10603′ (on I-70 east of Vail, CO)
The descent on the westbound facet of Vail Scurry is ready 10 miles in size and begins at milepost 189 on I-70. One half mile west of the summit there are warning indicators for westbound website online visitors–“Flee limit forty five mph for vehicles over 30,000 lbs.” and “Steep grade subsequent 8 miles–trucks end in decrease gear.” The subsequent mile is rolling hills. Then there is a signal–“7% grade subsequent 7 miles.”
The descent is proper at 7% and there are 3 advisory indicators for the first runaway truck ramp which is ready milepost 185 or 4 miles down from the summit. The breeze ramp is upsloping on the graceful. The second runaway truck ramp is ready milepost 182, which is 3¼ miles after the first breeze ramp, or about 7¼ miles down from the summit. There are a entire lot of advisory indicators earlier than reaching it and it’s some distance an upsloping ramp on the graceful. Produce no longer be fooled when the grade eases after the second breeze ramp. It quickly goes attend to 7% and doesn’t bottom out until 2½ miles after the second breeze ramp or about milepost 179.
The eastbound descent from the summit of Vail Scurry continues nearly to the Frisco exit about 11 miles down the hill nevertheless the descent isn’t very any longer proper. There are quick steep sections adopted by quick sections of lesser grade. The last half of the descent is 3-4% grade. There are no breeze ramps on the east facet of the lunge.
While every effort has been made to substantiate that that the accuracy of the maps included in this book, it’s some distance barely about no longer attainable to incorporate all fundamental factor on such minute maps. We recommend that these maps be extinct along side elevated, more detailed facet toll road maps.
In most instances the passes and hills are described as descents. In other words, a lunge would per chance be described from the summit down in one direction after which from the summit down in the improper arrangement. This listing does no longer claim to incorporate every steep grade. If truth be told, because of the enormous rental we maintain tried to quilt, we can guarantee that we maintain doubtlessly overlooked some. Every so often the percentages quoted are estimates and persistently they are in step with facet toll road indicators or knowledge equipped by toll road departments. This book does no longer are trying to charge passes or grades in step with build of dwelling. There’s a broad vary in vehicles and instruments. A hill that is extraordinarily sophisticated for one vehicle would per chance be no build of dwelling at taking into consideration a same vehicle that is equipped in a different way. Driver judgment is serious in deciding which hills needs to be shunned.
The explanation of this book isn’t very any longer to discourage drivers from going the build they please. It’s most productive to portray them of the stipulations they would maybe also stumble upon and to relieve them to substantiate that that their instruments is in exact restore. Brakes needs to be in exact working assert and properly adjusted and the engine and transmission needs to be extinct to behind the vehicle every time imaginable, thus saving the brakes and conserving them frigid enough to preserve their stopping power. The engine’s cooling machine would per chance maybe also silent be in exact restore to forestall overheating all the arrangement in which during the climbs. Turning off the air conditioner all the arrangement in which through climbs would per chance maybe also attend, and if fundamental, turning on the heater will attend dissipate warmth from the engine.
I-40 (between Shaded Mountain and Frail Citadel, NC)
By regulations, all trucks except pickups and vans are required to quit on the live of this hill and browse the records posted relating to the eastbound descent forward. The live of the hill is approach milepost 67 exact east of Shaded Mountain. The grade is posted as 5 miles of 6%. It’s a solid 6%. There are three runaway truck ramps, all of that are quick sand beds with sand piles at the cease. There’s about a mile of grade left after the last breeze ramp. The westbound descent is ready 1¼ mile of 6%.
There are hundreds of aftermarket devices that can attend heavy vehicles in the mountains. Some will attend by rising horsepower for the climbs. These encompass turbos and say programs. Diversified devices, such as engine braking programs can attend all the arrangement in which during the descents. Some products, bask in gear splitters and auxiliary transmissions can attend all the arrangement in which during the climbs and the descents. Various these products additionally enhance fuel financial system (while delivering more horsepower) and slice back save aside on and lag on the pressure prepare.
The fundamental substances thinking about overheated brakes are the scale of the grade, the steepness of the grade, and the lunge and weight of the vehicle. Reducing any of these will enhance the probabilities of getting down the mountain without overheating the brakes. Most of the time, the most practical one the motive force can swap is lunge. Reducing lunge would per chance maybe also preserve you alive. Bear in mind the feeble phrase, “You can lunge down a mountain a thousand times too slowly, nevertheless most productive once too rapidly.”
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“RVers continuously maintain complications with mountain grades–each going up and
“Colour relief maps and better than 150 modern mountain lunge and grade locations
12. TETON PASS elev. 8429′
Teton Scurry has sustained 10% grades on all sides of the summit. An consuming feature is that every runaway truck ramps on the east facet of the lunge would per chance be extinct most productive if the runaway truck crosses the oncoming lane of website online visitors. There’s a posted weight limit of 60,000 lbs. on this lunge.
The westbound descent from the summit of Teton Scurry begins with a 25 mph lunge limit and a truck warning signal–“Steep grade–10% subsequent 3 miles–utilize decrease gear.” This grade warning is repeated a mile later. About 2½ miles down from the summit the grade eases to 6-7% and the lunge limit will enhance. This grade continues for about 3-4 miles and eases approach the Idaho notify line.
The eastbound descent from the summit of Teton Scurry starts with a truck warning signal–“Steep grade–10% subsequent 5 1/2 miles–utilize decrease gear.” There are 20 mph curves approach the live. About 1/3 mile down from the summit is a signal–“Runaway truck ramp–2½ miles LEFT facet.” This warning is repeated a entire lot of times as you approach the ramp. To make utilize of the ramp you maintain gotten to substandard the oncoming lane of website online visitors. The ramp slopes uphill.
The second runaway truck ramp is ready 1 mile after the first. It, too, is on the left facet and is an upsloping ramp. At this point the grade begins to ease to about 6-7% and the lunge limit will enhance. The hill continues to town of Wilson, which is ready 5½ miles from the summit.
“The worst fragment isn’t very any longer the white knuckles, the cool sweat, the wonderful
“Many truckers maintain had the upsetting skills of cresting a mountain
CAJON PASS elev. 4190′
There’s small or no descent on the north facet of Cajon Scurry. The southbound descent begins with warning indicators–“Downgrade subsequent 12 miles–trucks test brakes” and “Truck lunge limit forty five mph” and “Truck scales 5 miles” and “6% grade subsequent 4 miles” and “Runaway truck ramp 2½ miles.”
The grade would per chance be fairly better than 6% down to the breeze ramp the build it eases for a very quick distance after which works attend to 6% until reaching the truck scales. After the scales the grade eases to about 2-3% for 3 miles, then goes to about 5% for one more 4½ miles.
This facet toll road has four lanes downhill and a extraordinary deal of website online visitors. Employ caution on this hill.
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Pennsylvania toll road 125
Immense vehicles would per chance maybe are attempting to steer clear of this 18 mile allotment of facet toll road. It crosses four mountains and features a fundamental need of 15 mph hairpin turns and masses more 20 and 25 mph curves. No topic your direction of shuttle you would per chance need to climb and tumble some very steep hills. Great of the grade is 7 to 9% nevertheless there are a total lot sections that needs to be 12% or more, some lasting nearly a mile. Brake shoes save no longer need enough time to chill mighty between descents.