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Old 05-27-2019, 09:57 AM   #1
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Mountain ranges and toads

We are crossing the blue ridge mountains tommorows and there are a ton of good sized mountains
Do any of you disconnect your tow vehicle and drive that seperate to keep the strain down on the motorhome and the v10 engine
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It's really not necessary but if it makes you more comfortable then go for it.

I've only done that once. Somewhere out in Colorado.
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Most people, including myself when I had a gasoline engine powered motor home just down shifted and slowed down.
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Never did it, and now that my wife has died I can't do it.
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Downshift to a lower gear, keep the rpms up.. The V10 needs to turning high rpms to produce power.
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they do make alot of noise when they are reving going up a hill
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You'll do fine in the mountains. Even when you are out west.
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no problem going up, go slow and enjoy the scenery. Going down scares me more after I had a brake failure on flat land and realized the parking/emergency brake is like putting your foot out (on 09 F53). I’ll disconnect for decent for now on....
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Downshift, throttle up but not to max, just enough to make parts happy. V-10, I'd say around 3500, give or take. I just don't like running mine at 4000 plus for very long, JMHO. Hey, I used to drive a Big Truck, LOL.
I think everyone who drives should drive a big rig for awhile. So they know what the heck is going on, and, it will teach you good driving habits, I hope.
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In all my years of RVing I have never disconnected the toad for either ascending or descending a mountain road. However if it makes you feel safer then by all means do it.
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