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Old 03-19-2016, 12:22 PM   #1
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Does anyone know if you can easily drive a 40' MH to Cloudcroft from Alamogordo?

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Old 03-19-2016, 02:40 PM   #2
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I live in Las Cruces NM, and I drive my 42' Country Coach to Cloudcroft many times each summer. It is a pretty steep climb, and fairly winding, but just watch your engine temperature and keep a low gear, and you will be just fine. I also pull my tow vehicle at the same time. No problems at all.


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Hiway 82 from Alamogordo to Cloudcroft is a beautiful drive in summer. it gains about 5,000 ft depending on where you measure from/to, its about 6% grade in the steep sections, its mostly 2 lane with a few passing lanes, its got the only road tunnel in NM, the tunnel has plenty of height clearance but its narrow and some feel claustrophobic in it, its got one hairpin curve. no reason not to take a coach up it if you've got some mountain driving experience. it reminds me of many 2 lane roads through the Colorado mountains. I spend the winters in southern NM and the summers in CO.
the biggest problem I've seen on 82 are the speed freaks who don't want to stay behind a slow moving RV and will pass into oncoming traffic.
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I'm about 45 feet with the toad. It was a pleasant drive in late February 2015 for us.
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Yes you can but it also depends on your mountain driving experience and how confident you feel with your motorhome. It is a beautiful drive.
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Old 03-21-2016, 06:55 AM   #6
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Thanks for the information. I think we'll give it a try.
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I make the climb fairly regularly. In my case, I just have to keep an eye on my water temp. 43' MH with toad.

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