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Old 09-14-2016, 06:44 PM   #1
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I-90 Homestake Pass

Anyone driven I-90 Eastbound out of Butte, MT and traveled down Homestake Pass?? I have an exhaust brake in my 2001 Tradewinds DP will this be enough? Is it as bad as Mountain States Directory says?

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Steep? Sure. Just start slow and you'll be fine. It's an interstate highway, not some remote mountain pass.

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I have probably made a dozen or so RV trips across I-90 from Seattle to points east. Get your speed under control BEFORE you head down the pass and let the exhaust brake do its job. You might have to occasionally tap the brakes to keep the RPM's within limits, but should be no problem.
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It is posted 25mph for vehicles 12,000 lbs or over. Would 1st gear on my Allison 6 speed be ok. Years ago before I got smart I overheated my brakes on a down grade, that was scary.
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Been down it many times with a 7500+# trailer and a gas tow vehicle. Never had a problem. Normal warnings are the key, use brakes only as necc, use lower gears, and stay at a reasonable speed. There are worse passes out this way than this one.
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