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Old 03-31-2012, 05:35 PM   #1
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45 ft MH on CO 550

Am planning a trip west of Denver for this summer. We will be towing a Jeep Wrangler our 45 ft Monaco. Any suggestions about travling south on the MILLION DOLLAR HIGHWAY (CO 550) with a rig such as ours. Wanted to go from Glenwood Springs thru Ridgeway to Cortez. Is this road advisable for sometime in late June? Is the rig too large?

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Old 03-31-2012, 05:48 PM   #2
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Semi trucks do it all the time.

That being said in July we're taking our 36' Alpine from Durango to Ouray towing my Cherokee and we'll be going the long way at my wife's request. I didn't argue.

550 is spectacular and I have no doubt you could "make it" but I don't think it would be fun. There are quite a few curves that would require no oncoming traffic to navigate IMO.

The above post is just my experience/opinion which is worth exactly what you paid for it.

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Old 03-31-2012, 05:55 PM   #3
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Most of that road has a 25 mph speed limit. If you are nervous, disconnect the toad and drive it seperately. We took our 31' over the road with no problems. There are several turn-outs if you get traffic backed up behind you.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:59 PM   #4
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:58 AM   #5
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My 42 ft'er has been on it even in some not so nice weather and it made it just fine. Just take it easy and you'll have no problem.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:55 AM   #6
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I have been driving that road since 1962 - in a car . Could I drive my 35 foot motor home pulling a car over it? Sure but I wouldn't enjoy it so I don't.
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:02 PM   #7
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If you want to take a slightly different route. Try Lizard Head Pass, Colorado route 145. It will take you to the same place, is a beautiful drive and has a lot less traffic.

Enjoy your trip
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:59 PM   #8
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Drove it in my 38' towing the chevy Z71... a total of 61'. Enjoyed every mile, its definitely an experience. You have to respect it and just take it slow and smart and you will have no problems. I would do it again.
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:08 PM   #9
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i have done it in a 40'footer with toad no problem. 102 "wide ,5' longer won't make a
difference as corners are not that tight. take your time you will be fine .lots of trucks longer than you drive it every day
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:24 PM   #10
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Depends on your nerves. It is certainly do-able, but many drivers would not be comfortable.
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Did it south bound our of Ouray, climbed the mountain while towing the Wrangler Unlimited. Slow, but easily doable. There are no guard rails. My wife wasn't real happy ;-)
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:47 AM   #12
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Have seen a few Doku's on that road on TV, so - have a look at
and search for the road...
No Guard Rail...?
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Done it with our 42' with toad many times no problem. Just give the 18 wheelers room to make the switchbacks as their rearend will come into your lane. Then take your toad and do Black Bear Pass!

At Silverton take your coach along the Animas River and camp at Eureka-beautiful spot!

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