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Old 03-16-2019, 03:50 PM   #1
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Navigating the Million Dollar Highway

I have about 6,000 miles experience in a class A pulling a TOAD. However, most of that was with a coach 10 feet shorter and using a tow dolly.

My question is how difficult will it be on the million dollar highway in Colorado for me now that I'm 10 feet longer and towing 4 wheels down?

I've watched a few videos of the million dollar highway and I'm feeling a little white knuckled already. Should I wimp out and have the wife drive the Jeep or towing the Jeep won't really make much of a difference on those tight turns?
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Towing the Jeep isn't going to make much of a difference. Just swing as wide as you can on the tight turns.
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Old 03-16-2019, 04:36 PM   #3
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Dude. I've ridden that route a dozen or more times on a motorcycle. I wouldn't even consider doing that in an RV. But I'm sure you will hear from those who have...
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I have traveled that road several times in my 40ft HR Endeavor when I had it. Have traveled both North & South. Just swing wide on the switchbacks and you will not have any issues. Keep in low gear going down hill as there are not any turn outs or Runaway Truck exits if your brakes heat up.


Semis go over that route on a regular basis. The road can be a bit narrow in a few spots. Also be aware that on both sides of Red Mtn Pass there are very few road guards on the cliff side of the road. Just stay in your lane and you will be fine. It is a great drive.
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"Swinging wide" is a great idea. Unless there's traffic coming from the other direction. Visibility around many of those curves is measured in feet, and not many of those at that.
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Been over it many times with 55' of truck/fiver. Just take it easy and watch all the inside on the curves. To me, it really isn't a bad drive, just scary with the dropoffs in places. Let the navigator watch the scenery....
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Been over it many times with 55' of truck/fiver. Just take it easy and watch all the inside on the curves. To me, it really isn't a bad drive, just scary with the dropoffs in places. Let the navigator watch the scenery....

Yep^^^^^
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I enjoy the drive. Absolutely beautiful and the views are breath taking.


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Towing the Jeep isn't going to make much of a difference. Just swing as wide as you can on the tight turns.
Please dont swing as wide as you can....i dont wont to be in the middle of your grill riding my motorcycle around the corner!!!!@!!
If you cant stay on your side of the road then KEEP off that road!!!!!!!
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You’d be much better off to go slightly West and go over Lizzard head pass. Easier driving and still beautiful country. If you must do the million dollar highway do it in the toad, you’ll have a more harmonious outcome.
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The climb out of Ouray heading south has a bit of a pucker factor to it.... but all is doable.
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Loved the drive, no problems, just don't get in a hurry. 40'DP pulling a Flex, S bound late Sept 2014, headed to the Balloon Fiesta. From Grand Junction to Durango.

Gosh how times flies, it doesn't seem that long ago. Might have to do it again this year.

Hint, get a good Dash Cam. The Fall colors were outstanding.
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You might want to wait a bit before you attempt.....
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Been over it many times with 55' of truck/fiver. Just take it easy and watch all the inside on the curves. To me, it really isn't a bad drive, just scary with the dropoffs in places. Let the navigator watch the scenery....
Yes indeed, and that made me LOL, I can just hear the wife saying to me " look over there, isn't that beautiful". I'll see what I can while watching the road. I will have a dash cam, so I can always watch the video from it later.
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Loved the drive, no problems, just don't get in a hurry. 40'DP pulling a Flex, S bound late Sept 2014, headed to the Balloon Fiesta. From Grand Junction to Durango.

Gosh how times flies, it doesn't seem that long ago. Might have to do it again this year.

Hint, get a good Dash Cam. The Fall colors were outstanding.
I would love to go in the fall, but we're going in June. We've turned around the failing business we bought here in Denver, but it just hasn't sold as fast as we'd like, so we're hiring a couple of managers and headed home to Florida starting in June; and those 7 grandkids on the East coast.
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