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Old 06-10-2014, 03:06 PM   #1
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Hwy I-80 from Sacramento over the Sierra down into Nevada

How bad is this? New to my 2012 Tiffin Allegro 36la. 37' gasser pulling 2800lb toad. Anyone with a similar rig have any insight?

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I did it in my DP last October with no trouble. It is a more gradual climb from Sac to Donner Pass. I personally think the climb on 80 coming out of Salt Lake City is worse.

Just take it slow and you should not have trouble with your rig.

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The Donner Summit is the high point at 7,300 ft. Short compared to passes in Wyoming and Colorado. Just drive with a little more attention to RPMs and temperature gauge. When RPMs are down and Temp gauge starts to climb, DOWNSHIFT. More RPMs means engine isn't lugging and coolant circulates faster. Don't wait for the computer to downshift, do it manually. Downhill, also downshift and use engine retarder. Apply brakes firmly to drop speed 10 mph then FOOT OFF PEDAL until you need to slow by 10 mph again. Biggest issue is folks that ride the brake pedal or apply lightly and build up heat.

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We just spent a few months in the Reno area. The best thing about the area is that there is no construction this year. As others have said, just take it slow and let everyone blow by you. It's curvy east of Truckee.
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It's a snap. Hundreds of thousands of trucks and MHs do it every year. If you want real fun, take US 50 up from Sacto instead. You'll never be afraid of an interstate climb again..
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