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Old 04-06-2014, 02:51 PM   #1
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Same question about AZ mountain driving except with Class C

Have the same concerns about AZ mountain driving except with a 32 ft Class C E450 chassis V-10 towing Chevy Colorado truck

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Old 04-06-2014, 03:46 PM   #2
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As long as your Toad has brakes, your rig will handle it, taking the proper cautions. Watch water temperatures going up hill, downshift when temp starts to climb. Going down, downshift and use the brakes like they cost money. Apply them firmly to slow down about 10mph, then foot off the pedal until you need to do it again.


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I use whatever gear is necessary to keep the RPMs between 2500-3000 going uphill. Drop OD first, then downshift as necessary. If the downgrade is similar, use the lowest gear that you ended up in when climbing the other side. As Bob and Donna said, stab the brakes hard for a few seconds and release them, don't ride them.
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you'll be fine, promise. It's not some crazy pass that no one travels. Just take your time, and please, whatever you do, enjoy it as best you can. Laugh, Smile, Go slow if you need to.
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Don't know what year your C is but if it's recent you should have the 5 speed Torque Shift tranny with full tow haul mode. Older models will come with the 4 speed with O/D. Either will serve you well and you really won't need to use your brakes much. On the down grades lock out O/D or lock in the tow haul mode and this should hold you at around 50-55 (the best part is that you won't be burning a drop of fuel even though the tach says 3,000 to 4,000 rpm).

This works well for us with our 24' C (V-10 , 5 speed Torque Shift trans), and on ten to twelve mile 6% grades I virtually never have to even touch the brakes. Since you are towing a heavy Toad some additional brake pedal will be necessary to activate the toads brakes but by using the transmission correctly you will greatly reduce the need for the brake pedal.
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