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Old 09-25-2020, 05:24 PM   #1
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Mountain Driving

We are on a trip which took us over some mountain passes in southern Colorado. I was a bit worried about driving over the high passes.
Yesterday I met a fellow with the same RV as ours, and he calmed my concerns. I learned that our RV with using the exhaust brake and keeping it to 25-30 mph should be no problem. I followed his advice and coming down the mountain was no problem. Just jammed the brakes when I got 4-5 mph above my desired speed was great. No problems. Thanks to so many RV’ers For sharing their experiences.
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Paying close attention to your control speed at the summit of any mountain pass will help deal with almost ALL of your downhill speed problems .

Speed down , exhaust brake on , watch the tach , and proceed with caution .
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Yep. Never ride the brakes. They get no chance to cool down.
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With the 2 stage Jake brake, I can descend from Loveland pass @ 11,000' into Denver and rarely use the brakes. If managed correctly that high compression big diesel can get you down the mountain as easily as it got you up.
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Yep. Never ride the brakes. They get no chance to cool down.
With air brakes, never pump them either.
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