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Old 05-18-2012, 11:53 AM   #1
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Does anyone know a way to get to the Grand Canyon Az. from Grants NM without going thru more mountains? We have taken I40 from Tn. We are over heating going up the mountains. We have already gone thru Albuquerqe NM. Which way would be steeper to go, keep on I40 to AZ or turn around and go back to Texas and find a different route to AZ that is more flat land? We have a 38' diesel pusher and we are towing a town and country van.
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:06 PM   #2
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I would say you have a problem with your cooling system. There is no route that has less grades than I-40 that will go to the canyon.
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:14 PM   #3
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From Albuquerque to Flagstaff is pretty darned flat. From Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon also is pretty flat. We've driven that route many times. Have to agree with az bound that if you're overheating, it must be a cooling system issue.
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We have not had a problem until we got to the mountains in NM. And we only have problems on a upward grade. After we get over the hill we are fine again.
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Need advice on negotiating mountain passes

Maybe there are some thoughts there that might come into play.
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Have you downshifted on the hills? Watch RPMs, don't let the engine work hard at low RPMs. Also, check that fan is O.K. There's not much between Grants and Grand Canyon, better get it checked out in Grants. Google 'Grants, NM diesel service for a list of possible service places.
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A tip that may help you is to not use the engine ac. Run the genny and use the house ac, less strain on the engine and it will run cooler, plus cool the whole motorhome.
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As you are going west through there, the altitude builds slowly. The air's thinner and will not cool your rig as efficiently. I do agree with those telling you to get the cooling system checked. Enjoy that trip... it's beautigul out there.
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