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Old 02-19-2013, 01:31 PM   #1
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Rocky Mountain National Park area Hwys?

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The BIG family adventure this year is taking aim at RMNP....going to come in from Longmont to Lyons to Estes Park. After a few days there, the consideration is to go over to Granby then to Kemmling and point West via Hwy 34 and then Hwy 40......

Has anyone driven those routes in a Class C? I am in a V-10 and will be towing a flatbed with my toad on it....

My concern is both grade and turns.....we made it thru the Continental Divide last year with no issues so trying to gauge how similar the driving experience might be??

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:40 PM   #2
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Steep climbs with a number of momentum-killing turns, so you'll need to lay on the power, which will get scarce the higher you go. Even at park entry in summer you'll be 15% down on power, and closer to 35% down across the top. Make sure your cooling system is up to snuff -- warm, thin air coupling with having to work the engine will definitely be a touch of stress on the cooling system (but nothing it can't handle, as long as your radiator isn't full of bugs and dirt and your coolant levels aren't low).

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Old 02-20-2013, 12:56 PM   #3
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Hi WogStL,
You will be fine. The road speed limits are not much (35-45). For most of the drive in RMNP you be going 25 MPH due to the traffic.
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Thanks for the feedback thus far...I greatly appreciate it.....

How about between RMNP and Granby....anyone know this stretch?

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It has been 3 years since I was on that road. When there, the road quality was fine. The route is gentle slope and turns. The traffic will slow you down more than the road.
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