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Old 01-24-2014, 04:32 PM   #1
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Taking my bumper pull out west

Leaving from North Mississippi going to the Grand canyon then to Monument valley, up to Moab, Ut, then going north heading to Yellowstone.
I have a 2005 dodge 2500 with the Cummins and I'm a little worried about the roads going to Yellowstone, specifically the steepness of the roads not sure how tough that will be on the truck up the hills and coming down the other sides, riding the brakes, etc.
Anyone have any experience pulling a camper up there? Any info will be appreciated.
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Old 01-24-2014, 04:56 PM   #2
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You will encounter at least 6% grades, an exhaust brake is recommended for coming down these. Check your trailer weight, making sure you are not over loading your truck. Engine & Transmision cooling systems in good condition. Beware of the unexpected, don't get in a hurry and make or copy a predeparture check list. Above all have a great time. gps
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It's according to what route you use. Avoid Teton Pass on 22 between Victor ID and Wilson (Jackson) WY. Grades of 10% in both directions, one of the toughest passes in the Rockies. Many alternatives, let me know where you want to go. You might want to buy The Mountain Directory, a book that describes each pass and route in the region. Mountain Driving Guide for Truckers, RV and Motorhome Drivers (By the way the link to book has excerpt of Teton Pass info) Also available: http://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Direc...pd_sim_sbs_b_1

Make sure brakes are good, don't go down faster than you go up, don't 'ride' brakes, firmly apply to drop 10 MPH then let off until needed again. Use engine brake if engine is equipped. Downshift going up for coolant temperature more than speed, don't worry about how slow you're going, it gives more time for sights!
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Good info, did some checking on the exhaust brake and due to mine being a 2005 auto tranny in my truck dodge doesn't reccomend using one
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Use the TOW HAUL mode - the button on the end of the gear selector. Letting off the throttle gives a little engine brake effect, but nothing like a true exhaust/engine brake.

Stay in the right lane for slower traffic, and travel at YOUR safe speed. Coast a lot down hills and look far ahead for tight turns and trouble. Slow in advance and coast going down and your brake won't get as hot as if you stay on them (riding them). Adjust trailer brakes on smaller inclines and if you feel brake fade, find a place to pull over to let them cool.
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Just made that trip over the summer, from Boston to Flagstaff to the grand cayon to Yellowstone then back home.

Truck is a Dodge 1500 with tow package and our trailer is a KZ Spree 22 footer. Both handled great taking the hills with no problem up or down just down shift going down and take your time steppest grade was 7%.

Our trip took 6 Weeks so if you can take in all the sights along the way.
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