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Old 05-04-2016, 01:46 PM   #1
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Wondering about route 14 and Alt 14 going west from Sheridan, WY going toward Cody. We have a Class A 38 footer.
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From Sheridan, WY the best and easiest way is to take I-90 south to Buffalo and then take Hwy 16 to Worland and 16/20 to Greybull and west to Cody.

14A is a definite 'no' with an RV and 14 is somewhat curvier and steeper than Hwy 16 but still doable.
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Old 05-04-2016, 08:40 PM   #3
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Wondering about route 14 and Alt 14 going west from Sheridan, WY going toward Cody. We have a Class A 38 footer.
Avoid this route... If you want to take the mountains use 16. Or as another alternative you can continue on 90 and come in Cody the back way, it will take you down 212 out of Billings to 72 to 120 into Cody. A little longer but still a nice ride.
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Old 05-04-2016, 08:45 PM   #4
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16 for sure. While I like 14a it's not for an rv...it scares some people in cars 😳. 14 is possible but 16 is much better.
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I haven't been over it, but my Motor Carriers Road Atlas shows US-14 as a route for semi's.
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Old 05-06-2016, 03:33 PM   #6
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I haven't been over it, but my Motor Carriers Road Atlas shows US-14 as a route for semi's.
I have also seen semi's coming over the bear tooth pass. Trust me on this one. Can it be done yes! Would 99% of the folks on this forum want to do it? I would think not. The description below that a fellow RVer wrote describes it well.

From Sheridan,
On I-90 at Ranchester take hwy 14, traveling west on US 14 you will climb (5 to 7% grades many curves), to Burgess Junction (summit is 9430 ft el.)where US 14 and US 14 Alt. divide. US 14 goes over Granite Pass and down Shell Canyon to Greybull, Wyoming.
US 14 Alt. goes over Bald Mountain and down what the locals call the "Oh My God Hill" into Lovell, Wyoming.

14A Westbound has 10% downgrade for 10 miles, sharp curves 3600' drop in elevation in 10 miles,and then 4 miles of 8% grade after 10 miles of 10%.

The descent on US 14 through Shell Canyon is 5-7% for 18 miles, sharp curves, 4600' drop in elevation in 18 miles. This is an average of about 5% for the entire 18 miles.

There are a number of places to pull off and a few brake checks if you are so inclined. I would stay with 16 If I wanted to go over the big horns. Either way have fun.
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Old 06-04-2016, 03:56 PM   #7
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Linch....

Are you driving a gasser or a diesel??? Reason I ask - engine brake.... My diesel has an engine brake and I've driving those routes in my coach and by downshifting the transmission and using the engine brake I had ZERO problems.... Go and have fun and enjoy the drive....
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I drove my 30' class A gasser west bound over US 14 from Sheridan about 10 years ago. It was slow going on the uphill side from Ranchester but a easy drive the rest of the way to Greybull.
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We did this route last year in our 40' coach. It was not the worse road we've ever been on. But if you are uncomfortable driving up, and more so down, winding steep, narrow roads - take a different route.

Our ISL has the Two Stage Jake Compression Brake, I went back and forth between 3rd and 2nd gear depending upon conditions. Very little use of the coach brakes. When possible, I did pull over to let others go by, and that was probably the highest usage of the coaches brakes. We never felt in danger, and it was a beautiful drive. (Though more so for the passenger then the driver!)

It all comes down to what your comfort levels are.

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Wondering about route 14 and Alt 14 going west from Sheridan, WY going toward Cody. We have a Class A 38 footer.
It's a beautiful drive that I wouldn't miss for anything. No problem with our previous 35' gas MH towing a CRV. They've done a lot of upgrading to the road since we drove it in 2008. Took out some of the curves, widened it, added climbing lanes and turning lanes, flattened some grades and constructed bunches of pull-offs. Not as much fun now. There's a very nice rest area with hiking paths and restrooms.

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We've driven 16, 14 and 14A with a 30' fiver and a 43' coach - recommend you avoid 14A. Our favorite is 14 - uphill is not bad - downhill is fine on the compression brake at controlled speeds. Dieselgem gave a good description of grades, etc.

There are beautiful views and some really nice FS campgrounds (Sibley Lake). Make plans to stop for lunch and go looking for moose and elk - and trout fishing is pretty good. If needed there's a large dump station just east of Burgess Junction. A stop at the Shell Canyon falls is worthwhile - the parking lot takes large RVs and busses.
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I agree with Smitty77. Several years ago we took 14 to 14A. The biggest problem was the climb to the summit. A lot of construction and a lot of very slow traffic, Had to watch the temps going up. We took 14a down the west side. With the two stage compression brake-no problem. I used the high setting (6 cylinders) and had to use some throttle to keep my speed at 40 mph. No use of service brakes on the down grade. If you don't have compression brakes all bets are off.

Do what is comfortable for you. In any case a beautiful drive.

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