From the author, RW:
When prospects derive out that I’m from Kansas, they frequently tell, “Kansas? What can you expose me about mountain passes whereas you’re from Kansas?” But after they hear my story, they reduce me a shrimp bit slack. (Incidentally, manufacture you know that there became once once a researcher with too grand govt grant money who sure that Kansas truly is flatter than a pancake?)
When I became once a shrimp bit one within the early 60’s my dad and mom owned a 16 foot Mobil Scout shuttle trailer. We pulled that trailer at some level of the western United States and Canada with a 1962 Chevy with a 283 cubic lunge engine and a three hotfoot on the column. So I learned to fancy mountains and I learned to fancy traveling the massive birth areas of our great land. With that minute trailer and the legitimate Chevy, we never had any complications ice climbing or descending grades.
VITAL INFORMATION FOR ANYONE DRIVING A LARGE OR HEAVY VEHICLE
In an strive to get mountain riding a shrimp bit safer for truckers
The broadcast variations of the Mountain Itemizing books had practically 240 pages of textual content and coloration reduction maps. All 240 pages are within the downloadable variations of the Mountain Itemizing ebooks. Nothing is lacking. Within the broadcast variations, mountain lunge locations were marked with a yellow triangle on the coloration reduction maps. Within the guide variations, possibilities are you’ll perhaps well well click on on the yellow triangles and the textual content appears to be like that describes that location.
4. US 33
There are three summits along this stretch of US 33. The eastern summit is between Rawley Springs, VA and Brandywine, WV. The east aspect is 4 miles of 8 to 9% grade. The west aspect is 4½ miles of 9% grade and each aspect have real inspiring curves and hairpin turns. The dual carriageway is 2 lane on both sides.
The center summit is between Oak Flat and Franklin, WV. The east aspect of this hill is 2½ miles of 8% with 25 mph curves. The west aspect is about 3½ miles of grand milder grade. It is some distance 4 to 5% over most of its size. There are some inspiring curves finish to the bottom. The street is 2 lane on both sides of the hill.
The western summit is between Franklin and Judy Gap, WV. It is some distance 5 miles of real 9% grade on every aspect. All sides are two lane with inspiring curves and hairpin turns. Utilize caution on this street.
E book Introduction:
There is an outdated asserting amongst over-the-street truckers. “There are two types of drivers — those who’ve been in wretchedness on a mountain grade, and those who will seemingly be.” Sadly, this additionally applies to many RVers. Trucks and RVs have equal complications concerning weight, engine vitality, and braking in mountainous terrain.
Imagine your self descending a mountain grade on your RV. You didn’t know there became once such a protracted, steep grade on this dual carriageway. What a surprise! And things will no longer be going effectively. It is seemingly you’ll perhaps well merely have a white-knuckle grip on the guidance wheel. The engine is no longer conserving wait on all of this weight, the brakes are smelling hot or even smoking, you’re pushing more challenging on the brake pedal however your hotfoot keeps rising. All possibilities are you’ll perhaps well well see ahead is extra mountain. Your thoughts is racing throughout the total on hand alternate choices and none of them are merely. “I’ve got to enact one thing,” you tell “or I’m no longer going to get it.” The alternate choices embody: flee into the rock wall, lunge over the aspect, hit those trees, or see whereas possibilities are you’ll perhaps well well get the next curve and shuffle it out. You have chose the final option and, whereas you’re lucky, you bought it to the bottom in a single part. You pull over and whereas you atomize up making an try ahead to your heart to stop pounding, you wipe the sweat from your face and you see your shirt is soaked, your mouth is dry, and your hands are shaking. It is seemingly you’ll perhaps well well perhaps be thinking, “If I had known it became once going to be fancy that………….”
Presumably your rig has wretchedness at some level of the steep climbs. The temperature is within the 90’s and the grade is so steep that possibilities are you’ll perhaps well well barely climb it in first instruments. The engine and transmission temperatures are rising. How some distance to the end of this hill? You manufacture no longer know if it is one mile or ten. Something smells hot. What to enact? Pull over and icy off? But then all momentum is lost. Can you even initiate again? You prefer you had unhooked the vehicle you’re dragging up this hill within the wait on of the motorhome. Ought to you’re lucky, possibilities are you’ll perhaps well well enact that next time. You are questioning how many thousand greenbacks a glossy engine and transmission will seemingly be.
Many people are under the affect that the grades within the eastern mountains will no longer be as vital as the grades within the western mountains. Curiously here’s because the elevations will no longer be as high within the eastern states. But elevation by myself is no longer the problem–it is the commerce in elevation that makes a grade doubtlessly dangerous. If all other components are equal, a grade that descends from 4000′ to 1000′ over 10 miles is rarely any varied than a grade that descends from 10000′ to 7000′ over 10 miles. Either draw possibilities are you’ll perhaps well merely have a 3000′ commerce in elevation unfold over 10 miles. (This case would end in an reasonable grade of practically 6% for 10 miles.)
A huge percentage of the grades within the western states are within the 6% vary. A huge percentage of the grades within the eastern states are 8, 9, or 10% and now and again even extra. The eastern grades are frequently shorter however here’s no longer repeatedly so. A mercurial peep throughout the eastern e book will tag over 50 grades which would be between 7 and 10% and from 4 to 7 miles long. There are others which would be even extra no longer easy. The street to the end of Whiteface Mountain in New York is 8 to 10% for 8 miles. There would be no need for truckers to use this street however RVs are allowed. Shut to Cumberland, Maryland there is a hill on I-68 that is posted as 6% for 13 miles. In North Carolina dual carriageway 181 crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway and the southbound descent is 11 miles of grade that varies from 6 to 10%. Mighty of it is 8 to 9%. These grades are true as dangerous as the grades within the western states.
VAIL PASS elev. 10603′ (on I-70 east of Vail, CO)
The descent on the westbound aspect of Vail Pass is about 10 miles in size and begins at milepost 189 on I-70. One half mile west of the summit there are warning indicators for westbound traffic–“Depart limit Forty five mph for autos over 30,000 lbs.” and “Steep grade next 8 miles–vans preserve in lower instruments.” The next mile is rolling hills. Then there is a signal–“7% grade next 7 miles.”
The descent is real at 7% and there are 3 advisory indicators for the first runaway truck ramp which is about milepost 185 or 4 miles down from the summit. The stride ramp is upsloping on the upright. The 2d runaway truck ramp is about milepost 182, which is 3¼ miles after the first stride ramp, or about 7¼ miles down from the summit. There are several advisory indicators earlier than reaching it and it is an upsloping ramp on the upright. Gain no longer be fooled when the grade eases after the 2d stride ramp. It rapidly goes wait on to 7% and does no longer bottom out till 2½ miles after the 2d stride ramp or about milepost 179.
The eastbound descent from the summit of Vail Pass continues practically to the Frisco exit about 11 miles down the hill however the descent is no longer real. There are fast steep sections adopted by fast sections of lesser grade. The final half of the descent is 3-4% grade. There are no stride ramps on the east aspect of the lunge.
Whereas every effort has been made to make certain that the accuracy of the maps incorporated on this e book, it is nearly not seemingly to incorporate all compulsory part on such minute maps. We counsel that these maps be feeble together with better, extra detailed street maps.
Most frequently the passes and hills are described as descents. In other words, a lunge will seemingly be described from the summit down in a single route after which from the summit down within the replacement route. This directory does no longer dispute to incorporate every steep grade. The truth is, because of the enormous space now we have got tried to duvet, we can voice that now we have got presumably missed some. Usually the percentages quoted are estimates and plenty cases they are based totally totally on street indicators or recordsdata provided by dual carriageway departments. This e book does no longer strive to price passes or grades in response to wretchedness. There could be an limitless diversity in autos and instruments. A hill that is highly subtle for one vehicle could perhaps well even be no dispute at thinking just a few equal vehicle that is equipped otherwise. Driver judgment is notable in deciding which hills must be averted.
The reason of this e book is no longer to discourage drivers from going the place they please. It is some distance easiest to say them of the must haves they’d perhaps well merely attain at some level of and to encourage them to make certain that their instruments is in merely restore. Brakes must be in merely working dispute and effectively adjusted and the engine and transmission must be feeble to sluggish the vehicle at any time when seemingly, thus saving the brakes and conserving them icy sufficient to preserve their stopping vitality. The engine’s cooling machine have to be in merely restore to stop overheating at some level of the climbs. Turning off the air conditioner at some level of climbs could perhaps well merely abet, and if compulsory, turning on the heater will abet dissipate warmth from the engine.
I-40 (between Shaded Mountain and Primitive Castle, NC)
By legislation, all vans excluding pickups and vans are required to stop on the end of this hill and learn the records posted about the eastbound descent ahead. The end of the hill is finish to milepost 67 true east of Shaded Mountain. The grade is posted as 5 miles of 6%. It is some distance a real 6%. There are three runaway truck ramps, all of which would be fast sand beds with sand piles at the atomize. There could be just a few mile of grade left after the final stride ramp. The westbound descent is about 1¼ mile of 6%.
There are a whole bunch aftermarket devices that can abet heavy autos in the mountains. Some will abet by rising horsepower for the climbs. These embody turbos and utilize programs. Other devices, equivalent to engine braking programs can abet at some level of the descents. Some products, fancy instruments splitters and auxiliary transmissions can abet at some level of the climbs and the descents. Heaps of these products additionally give a boost to gas economy (whereas turning in extra horsepower) and reduce put on and trip on the drive grunt.
The most fundamental substances fascinated with overheated brakes are the dimensions of the grade, the steepness of the grade, and the hotfoot and weight of the vehicle. Lowering any of these will give a boost to the possibilities of getting down the mountain without overheating the brakes. Most of the time, the most efficient one the motive force can commerce is hotfoot. Lowering hotfoot could perhaps well merely preserve you alive. Take into accout the outdated phrase, “You can lunge down a mountain a thousand cases too slowly, however easiest once too rapid.”
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“RVers frequently have complications with mountain grades–both going up and
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12. TETON PASS elev. 8429′
Teton Pass has sustained 10% grades on every aspect of the summit. An irregular characteristic is that both runaway truck ramps on the east aspect of the lunge could perhaps well even be feeble easiest if the runaway truck crosses the oncoming lane of traffic. There could be a posted weight limit of 60,000 lbs. on this lunge.
The westbound descent from the summit of Teton Pass begins with a 25 mph hotfoot limit and a truck warning signal–“Steep grade–10% next 3 miles–use lower instruments.” This grade warning is repeated a mile later. About 2½ miles down from the summit the grade eases to 6-7% and the hotfoot limit will enhance. This grade continues for roughly 3-4 miles and eases finish to the Idaho divulge line.
The eastbound descent from the summit of Teton Pass starts with a truck warning signal–“Steep grade–10% next 5 1/2 miles–use lower instruments.” There are 20 mph curves finish to the end. About 1/3 mile down from the summit is a signal–“Runaway truck ramp–2½ miles LEFT aspect.” This warning is repeated several cases as you capacity the ramp. To use the ramp that you must unpleasant the oncoming lane of traffic. The ramp slopes uphill.
The 2d runaway truck ramp is about 1 mile after the first. It, too, is on the left aspect and is an upsloping ramp. At this level the grade begins to ease to about 6-7% and the hotfoot limit will enhance. The hill continues to the metropolis of Wilson, which is about 5½ miles from the summit.
“The worst section is no longer the white knuckles, the cold sweat, the incredible
“Many truckers have had the upsetting experience of cresting a mountain
CAJON PASS elev. 4190′
There could be very shrimp descent on the north aspect of Cajon Pass. The southbound descent begins with warning indicators–“Downgrade next 12 miles–vans test brakes” and “Truck hotfoot limit Forty five mph” and “Truck scales 5 miles” and “6% grade next 4 miles” and “Runaway truck ramp 2½ miles.”
The grade could perhaps well even be slightly bigger than 6% down to the stride ramp the place it eases for a very fast distance after which works wait on to 6% till reaching the truck scales. After the scales the grade eases to about 2-3% for 3 miles, then goes to about 5% for but every other 4½ miles.
This street has four lanes downhill and a great deal of traffic. Utilize caution on this hill.
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Pennsylvania dual carriageway 125
Broad autos could perhaps well well must preserve away from this 18 mile a part of street. It crosses four mountains and entails a gigantic sequence of 15 mph hairpin turns and plenty extra 20 and 25 mph curves. Regardless of your route of shuttle possibilities are you’ll perhaps well well must climb and tumble some very steep hills. Mighty of the grade is 7 to 9% however there are reasonably just a few sections that must be 12% or extra, some lasting practically a mile. Brake sneakers manufacture no longer have sufficient time to icy grand between descents.