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Old 10-22-2019, 01:25 PM   #15
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Take the road going over the pass in Rocky Mountain National Park and I think you are. >12K feet on my GPS.

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Old 10-23-2019, 07:10 AM   #16
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Belgigue, there are a few highways in Nevada where its 100 plus mi between gas stops. Tonopah to Ely is 163mi, but there is gas part way if you take a detour.
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One difference is elevation and the way it reduces power. Pretty rare to get over 5000 feet in the east, and that is about where you will really start to notice a loss in power. Pretty common in the west to go to 7,000 feet and a few passes are 9,000 or more. The loss is reduced if you have a turbo charged engine.
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Old 10-23-2019, 03:03 PM   #18
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stay away from red mountain pass in the rockies outside of durango co.
Why? That is one of our favorite areas in CO, the San Juan Skyway is stunning in the fall and there are some great places to stay and visit along the "Million Dollar Highway"! We have pulled our 12K 5th wheel from Durango to Montrose many times and it really isn't a big deal. We like to stay in Ouray and Durango and often travel that hwy North to Blue Mesa and Gunnison. A good exhaust brake is very helpful and enough power to get you over the three ~11K+ climbs along the way but the scenery can't be beat!!
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The Beartooth pass between the N/E corner of Yellowstone NP and RedLodge,MT gets you up to about 9,400ft between the pass and Red Lodge is steep and miles and miles of switchbacks one on top of the another.
Beartooth Pass: My parents drove that route in the early 90's in a Class C with a 6.5L Chevy diesel. They had not trouble going up and down in 2nd gear. The trouble was they overheated the transmission. By the time they reached the bottom, they had to be towed into Gardiner, MT. After that they installed a transmission temperature gauge.
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