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Old 09-18-2019, 10:17 AM   #1
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Bryce to Moab: 14% 4 mile grade Hwy 12

So, we've made it with no problems from Florida to GC South and North Rims + 89a to Zion area. Headed to Bryce tomorrow, then on to Moab. Great trip so far with no issues dealing with mountain grades.

I've researched Hwy 12, including YouTube, but just found out there is a 4 mile, 14% grade heading east on Hwy 12. We really want to travel this route to Moab, but I'm a little concerned about that climb in my Class A towing a car. We are about 1,000# under GCWR and this RV has the 362hp V-10 + 5 speed transmission + Tow-Haul, which works great.

Thoughts? Advice? Am I worrying too much? Thanks!
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So, we've made it with no problems from Florida to GC South and North Rims + 89a to Zion area. Headed to Bryce tomorrow, then on to Moab. Great trip so far with no issues dealing with mountain grades.

I've researched Hwy 12, including YouTube, but just found out there is a 4 mile, 14% grade heading east on Hwy 12. We really want to travel this route to Moab, but I'm a little concerned about that climb in my Class A towing a car. We are about 1,000# under GCWR and this RV has the 362hp V-10 + 5 speed transmission + Tow-Haul, which works great.

Thoughts? Advice? Am I worrying too much? Thanks!
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So, we've made it with no problems from Florida to GC South and North Rims + 89a to Zion area. Headed to Bryce tomorrow, then on to Moab. Great trip so far with no issues dealing with mountain grades.

I've researched Hwy 12, including YouTube, but just found out there is a 4 mile, 14% grade heading east on Hwy 12. We really want to travel this route to Moab, but I'm a little concerned about that climb in my Class A towing a car. We are about 1,000# under GCWR and this RV has the 362hp V-10 + 5 speed transmission + Tow-Haul, which works great.

Thoughts? Advice? Am I worrying too much? Thanks!
Not an Issue IMHO -

First you will not be trying to go 60 MPH.

Even if you could go 60 you would slow down to enjoy the Views.

Until just a few years ago I never knew it had these steep Grades as I never even Noticed them on the drive. We will never miss the Drive - it is just Too Beautiful!!!

Much ado about Nothing.

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Why Hwy 12? I'd go north and then east and avoid the 14% grade.
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Why Hwy 12? I'd go north and then east and avoid the 14% grade.
.... because Hwy 12 is awesome!!!

OP: It's very doable with your motorhome. Thousands and thousands of RVers have driven it in all kinds of vehicles.

(By the way.... from Hwy 89 to Bryce you'll see a tunnel. Don't worry. The tallest RVs easily fit. Try to do a hike at Bryce below the Rim. It's like walking through a fairyland.)

Plan on a couple nights (Escalante State Park or a private RV park) in Escalante to take your car to tour along Hwy 12. If you're a hiker there are a couple of slot canyons to explore. Ask at the Visitor Center. You drive a good but probably washboard flat gravel road to the slots - Peek-A-Boo and Spooky. From Escalante you can also hike to Calf Creek Rec Area - wear your swimsuit if you want to get wet at the falls. Lovely.

Be sure to plan on time in Torrey to tour Capitol Reef Nat'l Park.

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We traveled the same route with our Tuscany and the F50

Nice drive and a lot of great scenery

Cedar Breaks is a great smaller park hardly ever mentioned. We were there in a huge snow storm and back down the mountain the sun was shining. It is worth driving to.
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hwy 12

Where is the 14 percent grade section? I have driven this route and there were some pretty good grades.
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.... because Hwy 12 is awesome!!!
I'd do the 12 also but the OP is from FL where the tallest road there is an overpass and he may not be ready for the big time. lol
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Haven driven that area for decades, often in underpowered rigs, Iíve often wondered about the signage on that road. It indicates the steepest grades of just about any road in Utah with the exception of a couple back roads, yet Iíve never found the part with the supposed steep parts to be an issue, while the lesser signage grades such as the max 8% pull over boulder pass has be tough for the underpowered vehicles. Length of pull maybe?

Personally I doubt youíll find it any harder on the equipment than much of the stuff youíve already done. It is an area however where scenery distracts to the point that keeping your eyes on the road can be difficult.
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Haven driven that area for decades, often in underpowered rigs, Iíve often wondered about the signage on that road. It indicates the steepest grades of just about any road in Utah with the exception of a couple back roads, yet Iíve never found the part with the supposed steep parts to be an issue, while the lesser signage grades such as the max 8% pull over boulder pass has be tough for the underpowered vehicles. Length of pull maybe?

Personally I doubt youíll find it any harder on the equipment than much of the stuff youíve already done. It is an area however where scenery distracts to the point that keeping your eyes on the road can be difficult.
I agree. We've driven CO 550 (Red Mtn. Hwy) which is 7% and CO I-70 which is 7% and they seem much, much steeper but those are long hauls.

I agree. It must be because of climbing a short distance. However, drove it in our motorhome and also with a gas and a diesel truck hauling 5th wheels. No issues.
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The steepest grade I remember in the area is the road East out of the Bryce canyon area

Couple of very good state parks out that way and if you're really an explorer take the gravel road through the dessert which comes out a bit above Lake Powell
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So, we've made it with no problems from Florida to GC South and North Rims + 89a to Zion area. Headed to Bryce tomorrow, then on to Moab. Great trip so far with no issues dealing with mountain grades.



I've researched Hwy 12, including YouTube, but just found out there is a 4 mile, 14% grade heading east on Hwy 12. We really want to travel this route to Moab, but I'm a little concerned about that climb in my Class A towing a car. We are about 1,000# under GCWR and this RV has the 362hp V-10 + 5 speed transmission + Tow-Haul, which works great.



Thoughts? Advice? Am I worrying too much? Thanks!


I have the triton v 10 but loaded with the 5 star tune and have tow haul in my Ď14 bounder. Donít need to downshift
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So we made drive from Bryce Canyon to Moab and with the exception of two cows stopping in front of us during a steep climb, it was a beautiful and pretty easy drive, clearly a result of the advice from this forum.

Tow-Haul rocks and the V-10 never struggled at all. Our dashcam captured some amazing footage and still shots. DW only needed half a bottle of tequila for a complete recovery. Skipping this route would have been a real loss.

The steepest and longest west to east climb seemed to be on the Torrey side of Boulder, which could be the 4 mile climb I read about, but it was not 14%, maybe 8-10% in places and lots of switchbacks and a few 180 degree climbing and descending curves.

Thanks again for all the advice...this drive is simply amazing and not to be feared, just watch your speeds and respect the grades and curves.
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Thanks for returning with an update. Wish more folks would do that! Sounds like a good drive for you.
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