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Old 07-14-2015, 07:29 PM   #1
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What's the best route in 40' MH pulling toad? Thanks.

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Old 07-14-2015, 08:28 PM   #2
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40' Plus Toad Suggestions

Haven't been that big yet but have done 30' Plus Toad Jeep Wrangler. A couple of suggestions:
1. Refer to a Rand McNally Road Atlas - Motor Carriers' Road Atlas Version
2. I like the Rand McNally/Good Sam GPS - I'm Using the RVND 7710 - there are newer versions but this one updates and works just fine.
3. This unit allows you to set some restrictions for the route based on vehicle type.

The GPS has never led me into a problem with height restrictions, I need 12' and you're probably a little taller.

Refer back to the Atlas as you select a route and you should be OK.

The last time I was up that way I was riding a Harley so none of this mattered but I'm looking at heading that way next year and I'll be thinking 12'.

Good luck, not sure if I helped but you did make me a little envious!

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Old 07-14-2015, 08:40 PM   #3
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Did it 2 days ago with a 39" 5th wheel toyhauler pulled by a pickup. Take 16 west from Custer to I-90 (Moorecroft), I-90 to Buffalo, 16 again to 14, 14 to Cody. Easy low stress drive except for going over the Big Horns west of Buffalo (Powder River Pass/Tensleep Canyon). I didn't measure the climb and decent, but 18 miles up and 18 miles down sounds good. The grade never exceeds 7% - most is 6% or less. The road is wide and in good shape. The turns are easy to make. The scenery going over the pass is great!

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Old 07-14-2015, 09:05 PM   #4
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Thanks to both of you. Andy...That's the route I was looking at. Love the pictures.
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Old 07-29-2015, 09:26 PM   #5
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If you want a route bypassing mountains, which is what I do, I drive I 80 West to Rawlins, WY, then WY 287 North to Lander, Then 789 N to US26 N to US 20 N to Thermopolis, overnight there (an RV park/motel downtown on highway) and soak in the hot springs a while to relax. Then continue N on120 to Cody. This passes through the Wind River Canyon Reservation, the rock formations are amazing. You are driving uphill (~2-3% grade) but the rocks make you think you are descending. My first drive I looked at the rock formations, removed my foot from the accelerator and the truck practically stopped on the highway.
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My family and I just drove from Sundance over the Bighorns into Cody a few weeks ago.

I'll agree with what Andy said. The route off of I-90 from Buffalo on US-16 into Worland, then north to Greybull and west into Cody was great. This is also the pass that was most appealing via the "Mountain Directory West" descriptions.

I've been over Beartooth Pass (212) in a vehicle before - and I really wanted to do that in the coach - but since this was my first time driving it into western WY, I thought I better gain some experience with a simpler route for now.

We did it in a 35' Class A, Ford V10. Since this was my first time on that route, I took the advice from 2 other veterans and disconnected the towed vehicle and had a family member drive it. And it went very smoothly. But for future trips, I wouldn't hesitate to pull the towed. The V10 did fantastic - I'm very pleasantly surprised at how it performed.

So - if you want this to be as visually appealing yet carefree as possible, you could take that route, and consider detaching the towed your first time over. It boils down to a matter of safety and experience.

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