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Old 06-19-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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Wolf Creek Pass-Steep Grade

Have a friend headed west and considering going over Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado.

His rig is a 34' V-10 gas coach pulling a newer Honda CR-v. He wonders if he'll have any trouble with this grade, either up or down.

I forgot to ask if he has an independent braking system for the toad.

I've never been over this pass with my pusher. Can anyone advise?

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Old 06-19-2013, 04:51 PM   #2
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not that steep. but if he has a problem, unhook the towed and drive it over. Same with going down into Pagosa Springs
CW McCall did more to 'enhance' the reputation of that road with is song years ago than he will ever know. Funny, but over stated
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Have a friend headed west and considering going over Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado.

His rig is a 34' V-10 gas coach pulling a newer Honda CR-v. He wonders if he'll have any trouble with this grade, either up or down.

I forgot to ask if he has an independent braking system for the toad.

I've never been over this pass with my pusher. Can anyone advise?

Thanks!

Jim
He shouldn't have any problems as back in 1997 or 98 we made it up and over with an old 84 Airstream coach powered by a GM 454 v8 while towing a 1990 Aerostar van. Of course we didn't go blazing up the grade at high speeds...
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:32 PM   #4
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Your friend needs to pay attention to RPM's going up and down. Downshift going up so engine doesn't lug. (strain at too low an RPM) Allow engine to rev up to keep coolant and fans doing their job. Going down, downshift and don't descend faster than he went up. If downshifted engine doesn't keep speed in check, apply the brakes firmly and reduce speed by 10 mph or so, then LET FOOT OFF BRAKE PEDAL, until the speed builds up again. Biggest issue folks have is keeping brakes on for long periods of time until the heat up and boil the fluid in the brake cylinders. If things start to get too hot, pull over and take some pictures until things cool down a bit.
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Presumably he has a Tow/Haul button if he has a V10 Ford. We used the Tow/Haul setting on the downside of Wolf Creek last fall, had no problem at all. Kept us at a steady 45 mph with minimal braking. We were not towing anything at the time.
I remember going over that pass back in the mid 70's when it was still two lane and my carburetor was adjusted for sea level elevation. It was 5 mph up, and then it stalled at the top, two lane, no shoulder, on the middle of a curve, at night in the winter. And I had to put chains on.
Oh well, when you're 19 you do stupid stuff like that. Even so, I have great respect for that pass.
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Also, there's a member here, Pagosa Joe, who lives in Pagosa Springs, at the bottom of Wolf Creek. Maybe send him a PM? I'm betting he could provide some local insight.
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I pulled a grand Vitera behind my 95 Flair up and over. No problem, just take it easy. Enjoy the ride. There is another pass on that route. We did both with o problems.
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won't set any speed records on the way up but it's all 4 lane IIRC--gorgeous scenery to enjoy!!
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We took route 160 from Mesa Verde Nat'l park, all the way to Walsenburg, Co. Really a nice ride. You will enjoy it. Campground in Walsenburg was not much, but a pizza hut was within walking distance. Did not feel like cooking after a long day of driving. We were heading home to Wisconsin, and had long driving days ahead of us.....
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Just read that hwy 160 at the pass is closed because of fires.
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We did it on our bicycles ten years ago -- yikes!
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That pass is closed. There are fires burning in the hills. So sad.
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