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Old 02-01-2013, 07:30 PM   #1
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Cross country trip

We're planning a trip from Georgia to California, up the coast to Oregon, back across country to Wisconsin, then down I-75 back to GA. We have a 34' Allegro with a V-10 chassis. The toad is a Honda Element. My concern is crossing the Rockies. We're planning to cross the mountains on the interstates and make side trips in the Element. Will the V-10 have the power to safely cross the mountains?
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Should be no problem. It really depends on what your expectations are in getting across those mountains. If you expect to keep up with the DPs, forget that. But as far as overheating, just make sure your radiator has no issues and the coolant has been changed.

Likewise, going down them, gear down and don't put your rig in the position (speed wise) that you have to ride the brakes too much.

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You should have no problem crossing the rockies. You may not break any speed records, but you will make it. Make sure all systems have been checked and/or serviced prior to trip. If you plan on any stays along the beach most state parks (especially in Washington) are booked for the summer. You will find some private parks and if staying during the weekdays you should be OK. If you know any places where you want to stay at a certian time make reservations now.

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Old 02-02-2013, 07:28 AM   #4
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Thanks for the advice. The chassis is a 2011 with 10000 miles, but I will definitely have my mechanic service it and the toad before we leave. Also plan to have it serviced again mid-trip. I plan to drive only 200 - 300 miles per day and have at least 3 commercial parks at each stop. Not planning to stay at any national parks. Thanks again.
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Check out Lolos Extreme Cross Country Trips. Do a search and it will pop up. This family did a cross country trip every year for 12 yrs. It has a complete schedule of each trip and places to stop and avoid. Daily account of travel. A must read for anyone planning such a trip.I will do their Lake Powell trip in 2002r 2003. Must see places etc.
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Check this neat guide: Mountain Driving Guide for Truckers, RV and Motorhome Drivers it gives detailed information for grades and hazards for all major highways. We will have one with us for a trip to Oregon this summer.

Remember the expert advice; go down a grade in the same gear you used on the way up.

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We're planning a trip from Georgia to California, up the coast to Oregon, back across country to Wisconsin, then down I-75 back to GA. We have a 34' Allegro with a V-10 chassis. The toad is a Honda Element. My concern is crossing the Rockies. We're planning to cross the mountains on the interstates and make side trips in the Element. Will the V-10 have the power to safely cross the mountains?
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Just a thought but if your schedule allows you may want to consider taking the Oregon coast from north to south. Most of the view spots are on the west side of the highway and easiest access if going south. If going south to north you have to cross traffic going into and out of the view areas.
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2X on Lolo's Extreme Cross Country RV Trips, a great place to start. I've made many trips to the west, the last two pulling a 17' Escape fiberglass trailer with a RAV4. I try to avoid interstates, and prefer National & State parks. If interested, 2011 & 2012 trips.
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We have a 1998 Pace Arrow with the V10. We traveled from Georgia to Washington state and all through the rockies in 2007, 08, and 09. The V10 held 4000 rpm on every mountain pass with no problem. Some drivers push them to the rev. limiter at 5200 rpm, but I don't think that is a good idea. At 4000 rpm you will passing most trucks and some cars. The most important thing to remember is to hold second gear going down and DO NOT ride the brakes. As long as you have the brakes on, the heat is building and at some point the brakes will fail. Let the speed build to 50 mph brake back to 35 let off the brakes and brake again at 35 and so on. This gives your brakes a chance to cool off between cycles. Ours is a 35 footer pulling a Honda, so we were pretty loaded.
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Just a thought but if your schedule allows you may want to consider taking the Oregon coast from north to south. Most of the view spots are on the west side of the highway and easiest access if going south. If going south to north you have to cross traffic going into and out of the view areas.
Thanks for the tip, but we will be going south to north. We'll be driving about 4 - 5 hours between stops and stay 4 - 5 days at each stop while on the coast. We'll be doing our sightseeing in the toad. We have no set time-table.
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We have a 1998 Pace Arrow with the V10. We traveled from Georgia to Washington state and all through the rockies in 2007, 08, and 09. The V10 held 4000 rpm on every mountain pass with no problem. Some drivers push them to the rev. limiter at 5200 rpm, but I don't think that is a good idea. At 4000 rpm you will passing most trucks and some cars. The most important thing to remember is to hold second gear going down and DO NOT ride the brakes. As long as you have the brakes on, the heat is building and at some point the brakes will fail. Let the speed build to 50 mph brake back to 35 let off the brakes and brake again at 35 and so on. This gives your brakes a chance to cool off between cycles. Ours is a 35 footer pulling a Honda, so we were pretty loaded.
Ga traveler, that's great to hear. I was wondering about the rpm going up the mountains. I didn't want to push it to the limit. Downhill, I'll be shifting to lower gears and letting the rv transmission do most of the braking. Going downhill in the Smokies I seldom have to touch the brakes.
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Check this neat guide: Mountain Driving Guide for Truckers, RV and Motorhome Drivers it gives detailed information for grades and hazards for all major highways. We will have one with us for a trip to Oregon this summer.

Remember the expert advice; go down a grade in the same gear you used on the way up.
I just got one of these and it looks like it's going to be real handy.
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