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Old 05-16-2016, 09:57 AM   #15
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As I live in North Alabama and travel the Smokey Mountain areas a lot, I read the replies to Randy's question with interest and lots of good and accurate info was shared.
Now, I have a question for the other side of the country. We have a 34TGA gasser and a Honda Fit toad. When we head out later this year for Montana and other points west, is there a recommended route over the Rockies for us low-torque gassers? Other than crossing the Southern Tier on I-20 and then head north?

My advise is kind of "off the hook" but I would take one of the northern routes. In my opinion, I70 west of Denver is one of the most scenic of interstates. True, the climb up to the Eisenhower tunnel will be slow, but after that there will be more gradual down than up and the scenery is magnificent.
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Now, I have a question for the other side of the country. We have a 34TGA gasser and a Honda Fit toad. When we head out later this year for Montana and other points west, is there a recommended route over the Rockies for us low-torque gassers?
I really don't think it will make any difference - you still have adequate power to climb those grades. The only difference is that you have to rev the gas engine higher to get the required horsepower to do the job. You may object to the extra noise, especially since the engine is right under your feet, but the power is not an issue. I've traveled all over the US and Canadian Rockies in a 2002 gas chassis coach (8.1L V8 and Allison 5-speed) with never a problem.

The biggest concern in any long steep grade is engine cooling, so make sure the cooling system is in good shape.
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Taking a trip from Savannah Ga to Gatlinburg Tn our route looks like highway 40 over the smokey mountains never been over the smokey mountains how does that compare to the Rocky Mountains on 70 thru Colorado

Been over the smokies several times pulling a toad the tunnels are a little scary watch out for rocks on a couple of right hand corners.
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Very busy. Going from south to north is more uphill. A few years back, we had camping plans in both Gatlinburg TN. and Cherokee NC. we choice to go around the mountain on I-40 rather than route 441 directly over the mountain thru the park. Next time I'll take 441. I-40 was busy...a lot of trucks. I few turns were advised / signed at 50 MPH. Just watch what time of day you go.
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As I live in North Alabama and travel the Smokey Mountain areas a lot, I read the replies to Randy's question with interest and lots of good and accurate info was shared.
Now, I have a question for the other side of the country. We have a 34TGA gasser and a Honda Fit toad. When we head out later this year for Montana and other points west, is there a recommended route over the Rockies for us low-torque gassers? Other than crossing the Southern Tier on I-20 and then head north?
Glad you asked this question. We live in Huntsville, AL as well and have been considering a similar route.
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I had a 2006 Winnebago on the F53 v10. We made several trips over Black Mountain (NC) on I 40 with no problem. We made one trip over Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado westbound (elevation almost 11,000 ft). That V10 was screaming at 5300 rpm. But it did the job. We were doing 25 mph when we got to the top.
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If you have never been to builtmoor in Ashville NC it is a must see for people who like american castles.
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I90 through Montana is fairly easy to climb, did it last week in a tractor trailer only had to drop 2 gears.
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Taking a trip from Savannah Ga to Gatlinburg Tn our route looks like highway 40 over the smokey mountains never been over the smokey mountains how does that compare to the Rocky Mountains on 70 thru Colorado
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IMO I-40 through the Smokey's a is simply a road with a few small hills when compared to I-70 thru Colorado.
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