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Old 02-25-2016, 02:34 PM   #1
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Wyoming Hwy 22/Teton Pass

We are heading that way in July, after visiting a friend in Idaho, on our way to the WIT Grand National Rally. Has anyone gone over the Teton Pass in a biggish class A? I see that the grade is 10% in both directions. What is your take on this?

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Drove it in my toad, did not see any huge red flags. Exhaust brake
and downshifts will be the order of the day. It may be 10% in some
spots, but overall not that severe. Saw plenty of trucks and campers.
You will be busy, but the views are great.
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Drove it in my toad, did not see any huge red flags. Exhaust brake
and downshifts will be the order of the day. It may be 10% in some
spots, but overall not that severe. Saw plenty of trucks and campers.
You will be busy, but the views are great.
Mountain driving is not a big issue for me most of the time. The deception of the pass I read online caused me to question. This coach has not had overheating issues in the long mountain passes we have traversed since being on the west coast, about 2 years now. Sometimes the curves are a bit more distracting than the slope. No time for sightseeing.

Thank you for sharing your personal experience with me. It just settles any apprehension I may have been having.

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Old 02-25-2016, 06:46 PM   #4
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Rick.....We took that pass by accident several years ago. We were in our 36' Monaco Diplomat, towing a 4 door Nissan Frontier. We've traversed a lot of mountain passes, including the Eisenhower in Colorado, Siskyous (sp) in Oregon and routinely over the California Grapevine.

This was the first time we had issues. We had plenty of power and no overheating, but the brakes got hot going down into Jackson. Our coach only had an exhaust brake and I kept the speeds down. I couldn't keep the coach from upshifting, even with the exhaust brake on and using the brakes for short periods. I finally pulled into a turn out and let the brakes cool.

We should have stopped sooner, disconnected the toad and let the wife drive it.

With all that said, there were dump trucks running back and forth, but were most likely running with engine brakes.

I would do it again with my new coach and engine brake, but would be hesitant with just an exhaust. if I were towing.
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There is a turnout on top for checking your brakes and putting on chains--it would be a good place to unhitch the toad if that makes you more comfortable. There are brake runaways too but plan on a coronary if you need to use one of those.
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Did it in my first class A, a Chev 454 gas in a P30 chassis, which of course doesn't have any exhaust brake. You will be fine, just go slow and enjoy the ride. I wouldn't have thought twice about taking my diesels over it, in fact, someday I want to take my diesel over it just to compare the difference in power.


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These comments are great. Thank you all. For those not familiar with the towed breaking system I have, it runs off the air breaks and breaks proportionately to the pressure applied by my foot. I think the car is fine being towed over the passes from what you are all saying. This is a well built chassis. The engine is a Cummins ISC, 380HP against an Allison which has been working well. The front disk breaks are a plus. I do wish I had a 2 stage engine break though. I had that in my last coach and loved it.

Again, thanks all. We'll see what happens in July. I like to plan my trips well in advance, as you can tell.
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We did it last year in a 36 foot gasser pulling a Honda accord wagon on a master tow dolly with electric brakes, I was able to pull 36 mph going up and was able to come down the grades using engine braking in tow haul mode in a lower gear using very little brake and keeping rpm below 3400. Just take your time and let the truck do the work, start slow, stay slow and you'll be fine.
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