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Old 04-13-2021, 11:00 AM   #1
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Warning: 13% Grade With Very Sharp Curves Ahead

Warning: 13% Grade With Very Sharp Curves Ahead

Boy oh boy, they weren't kidding! On top of the steepest grade and sharpest curves and narrow road was road construction! The construction equipment blocked most of the road and before we could get by, they had to move a tracked backhoe, dump truck and traffic cones and then posted workers to watch my left front end of the coach and the toads right tail end! The one worker indicated we had several inches of clearance between the coach and the backhoe. The tail end of the toad dropped off the right edge of the asphalt and missed scraping the guardrail by only inches. They all clapped and gave us as we cleared.

Welcome to Bandy Creek Campground in Tennessee! I'm glad we have a washing machine to clean my underwear!
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Try the western access roads up to Cedar Breaks NM in southern Utah, if you want a fear factor. They're marked with all kinds of posted warnings about grade and sharp curves, trucks with trailers should avoid, and they weren't kidding. We tried 143 from Parowan and turned back after a few miles of grade back in 2016 in a Roadtrek w/5.7L V8, then we did 14 from the same side, and we struggled against the uphill grades on it, too. Forget about taking 143 up from Parowan, 14 is doable, and it's definitely easier to get there from the eastern side, 14 west off Hwy 89.
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Please tell me you have a dashcam and there's a video. OMG I have nightmares about this.
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Try the western access roads up to Cedar Breaks NM in southern Utah, if you want a fear factor. They're marked with all kinds of posted warnings about grade and sharp curves, trucks with trailers should avoid, and they weren't kidding. We tried 143 from Parowan and turned back after a few miles of grade back in 2016 in a Roadtrek w/5.7L V8, then we did 14 from the same side, and we struggled against the uphill grades on it, too. Forget about taking 143 up from Parowan, 14 is doable, and it's definitely easier to get there from the eastern side, 14 west off Hwy 89.
The 'Mountain Directory for Truckers and RVers' states: "13% uphill grades - not recommended for trailers. 10,400' elevation. Westbound descent is 13 mi. long 8-13%".
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We've never been to Tennessee, but we hit Cedar Breaks on our way south last year and found it to be no problem. Not a bunch of fast traffic and beautiful scenery. We entered from the north via 143 and exited to the south on 148. There is a good boondock area just off 148 as you exit the park to the south. We plan to go back next fall on our way south.
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The 'Mountain Directory for Truckers and RVers' states: "13% uphill grades - not recommended for trailers. 10,400' elevation. Westbound descent is 13 mi. long 8-13%"
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The grades are accurate! But something is wrong with the elevation. The highest point in all of Tennessee is Clingmans Dome at about 6.643 feet. Around this campground it only 1,600 ft+-
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The grades are accurate! But something is wrong with the elevation. The highest point in all of Tennessee is Clingmans Dome at about 6.643 feet. Around this campground it only 1,600 ft+-
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No dash cam, but I'm not sure I wanted to watch it again anyway, especially the several hundred foot drop right on the other side of the guardrail! Now Sharon is talking about walking the 15 miles or so down the "hill" while I drive the coach down!!!! Either that or maybe I can lock her in the bedroom until I get back to flat and level!!!!

But looking around the campground there are dozen of coaches and BIG 5th wheels up here. They all had to experience the 13 % grade!
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Just some info here, there are two entrances in tennessee . You must have taken the Oneida or east side. Not recommended. There is a west entrance on the Jamestown side that is more rig friendly. May be a few more miles but not scarey.
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