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Old 07-14-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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Question trip from zion to jackson wy with class A plus toad

has anyone made this trip before- have seen lots of cautions and purchased the Mountain Directory West with gives further cautions about the grades.
which route to take??
or take either routes Good Sam suggests and just drive "toad" behind for those sections of the trip?

Any input would be great!

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No need to disconnect the toad on grades that are shown on US 20 in MWD.

Watch what gear your transmission downshifts to on the way up ... then manually downshift to the same gear on the way down ...

DO NOT ride your brakes ... when you apply your brakes put them on firmly for a couple of seconds and then release ... this will enable you to keep your speed under control without heating up your brakes.
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No need to disconnect the toad on grades that are shown on US 20 in MWD.

Watch what gear your transmission downshifts to on the way up ... then manually downshift to the same gear on the way down ...

DO NOT ride your brakes ... when you apply your brakes put them on firmly for a couple of seconds and then release ... this will enable you to keep your speed under control without heating up your brakes.
What he said!
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What he said!
Thanks for seconding what Skigramp said!
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:20 AM   #5
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We've driven many of the roads between Zion and Jackson, and if you are looking to take the scenic route instead of the interstate, US-89 is excellent. However, Route 9 east of Zion has some intense turns and requires a pilot for RV's through the tunnel, I believe (haven't done that part with an RV). So you might want to take I-15 for a ways and then pick up 89.

There is construction in Provo Canyon (89 NE of Provo) right now, so best not to do it during rush hour (we did -- white knuckle drive... did it again when quiet and it was fine). We just took Route 150 (Mirror Lake Scenic Byway) from Heber City, UT to Evanston, WY two weeks ago and it had some climbs (all manageable) but the alpine lakes were very pretty.
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Thanks for the information.
Loved your website - it's great - five years on the road - the road less traveled truly.
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Thanks for the kind words, MerryDM. Enjoy your trip through Utah - it's our favorite state!
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This late spring the route 9 tunnel. The powers to be just shut the tunnel down when a tall RV is to go through and then oneway the traffic until the traffic is through. During the tunnel travel center the RV in the tunnel as it is the height clearance at the edges that's the problem.

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Hwy 9 tunnel

Just came through both. There is both height and length restrictions on the Hwy 9 tunnel.. Usuall the height isn't a problem because they shut the tunnel so you can drive down the center as the walls are curved and shorter. They do charge you when they have to do it. Last I heard as of June '12 was 15.00. OF more concern is the length if you have an unusually long combination. Again, last I heard it was 65 ft overall. After the tunnel is a fairly long grade out of the Zion hole. Normal mountain driving to Jackson. When you leave Jackson if you're still heading east, Yellowstone is sloooooow due to speed limits and traffic. It is longer but quicker to go up from West Yellowstone and out through Bozeman abnd down I90, but if you do go out thru Yellowstone and cross the Big Horns use 16. See BOTH of my posts under "Towing the Big Horns", (one before and one after). Did this all within the last 30 days. PS Cody is way cool.
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