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Old 06-03-2016, 06:48 PM   #15
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This will be my last post on the subject and as I stated, this road is not for everyone but to tell people not to drive it in a RV isn't right. When driving mountain roads folks need to do research and decide for themselves if the road would be o.k. for them to drive. Another person shouldn't decide for them. Many, many drive these roads and love them. Likewise, many don't.

Regarding "the road is narrow". It does 'seem' narrow because of no shoulder but in the above link I gave, the DOT states it has a 12' vehicle allowance and typical 2-lane roads have the same.

If you have a problem with folks crossing the center line (& I stated that we never have), what I would do if I saw one coming, is to stop completely in my lane if no one is behind me until they move over to their lane and pass. They're not going to plow into you. They're going to get in their lane and pass. Folks are not driving fast on this road.

This is done all the time on the Alaskan Highway in gravel areas (for different reasons - rocks being thrown) when an oncoming fast vehicle approaches. You move to the farthest you can safely in your lane (& they're just as wide as this road) and stop until the vehicle passes.
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This will be my last post on the subject and as I stated, this road is not for everyone but to tell people not to drive it in a RV isn't right. When driving mountain roads folks need to do research and decide for themselves if the road would be o.k. for them to drive. Another person shouldn't decide for them.
In case you're directing your comment at me, I never said the OP shouldn't drive 550. He said he was comfortable with steep roads, and I pointed out that steepness isn't the only consideration, pointed out some other "features" of that road, and suggested an alternative if he decided not to take 550. I assume that sort of information would be part of his research for him to decide for himself; I never said he shouldn't do it.
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I just joined this thread as I also am investigating 550, but over on this thread:
Tusayan-Durango-Wheat Ridge, Road OK for Class A

So appreciate all comments...

I am perfectly comfortable riding a wild mouse, so can do this,
BUT, my passenger is not and since her official initials are SWMBO, she will have to go shopping while the guys take the jeep up to one of the famous jeep trails...
(I just need to know where my jeep can go without breaking and can still be towed behind coach )
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Well, just learned we will be staying at the Durango Riverside RV park which is ON 550 12 miles north of Durango so here we come
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Well, just learned we will be staying at the Durango Riverside RV park which is ON 550 12 miles north of Durango so here we come
We will be there is SEP. We are staying at a NF campground call Junction Creek. Then moving over to Priest Gulch between Dolores and Telluride.
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There is some major road work at the present time between Ouray and Silverton. The highway is down to 1 lane with 20 to 30 minute waits. It is very narrow but I have seen many large motorhome and trailers going through with no problem.

We have been in Ouray all week and made several trips to Silverton this week. It is an inconvenience but just have to have a little patience. By the way this construction could be going on for a good while.
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