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ppine

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Posted: 07/02/18 08:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Years ago I did some logging in Summit Co on the backside of Loveland Pass which is around 11,990 feet. Our log loaded took 45 minutes to make it up the grade from Dillon to the top of the pass. When it gets high and steep try a lower gear. Be careful going downhill. I drove a 5 ton flat bed with a load of logs over Berthoud Pass in a blizzard once but do not want to try that again.

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Posted: 07/02/18 08:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I used to do it with a half ton Chevy towing much more weight; 25 ft. 5th wheel. When in doubt, consult the manual for towing capacity.


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You loss about 3% of your power for every 1,000 feet of altitude so at 10,000 feet you've lost 30% of your engine power. What was a piece of cake to tow at sea level is going to be a struggle for a regularly aspirating engine at 10,000 feet. Add summer heat to that and the power loss increases.

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Bobbo wrote:

I have a friend who is a retired RV salesman. That is what he did all his life. He towed a medium/large fiver with his F-250 for years before deciding to go out west. Driving through the Rocky Mountains, he went up a medium grade, crested the top, and went down a steep grade into the valley. When he tried to make it up the steep grade on the other side, the truck couldn't pull the fiver. He turned around to go back to find another route, and the truck couldn't pull the grade the other way either. He ended up having to trade his truck for a bigger truck to get his fiver out of the valley.

Moral of this story, don't use trust a marginal set-up.

What?? Not even in 1st gear? Hard to believe.

A 4wd would have been beneficial in such a case. Shift into low range, first gear... plenty of slow speed power to the wheels.


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rexlion wrote:

Bobbo wrote:

I have a friend who is a retired RV salesman. That is what he did all his life. He towed a medium/large fiver with his F-250 for years before deciding to go out west. Driving through the Rocky Mountains, he went up a medium grade, crested the top, and went down a steep grade into the valley. When he tried to make it up the steep grade on the other side, the truck couldn't pull the fiver. He turned around to go back to find another route, and the truck couldn't pull the grade the other way either. He ended up having to trade his truck for a bigger truck to get his fiver out of the valley.

Moral of this story, don't use trust a marginal set-up.

What?? Not even in 1st gear? Hard to believe.

A 4wd would have been beneficial in such a case. Shift into low range, first gear... plenty of slow speed power to the wheels.

It is what he told me. He wasn't bragging.


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Posted: 07/02/18 08:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My older 2001 F150 has pulled 7500# over the Rockies a couple times and will again next summer. (4.10 gears)
No worries, no fear.


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Posted: 07/02/18 08:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bobbo wrote:

I have a friend who is a retired RV salesman. That is what he did all his life. He towed a medium/large fiver with his F-250 for years before deciding to go out west. Driving through the Rocky Mountains, he went up a medium grade, crested the top, and went down a steep grade into the valley. When he tried to make it up the steep grade on the other side, the truck couldn't pull the fiver. He turned around to go back to find another route, and the truck couldn't pull the grade the other way either. He ended up having to trade his truck for a bigger truck to get his fiver out of the valley.

Moral of this story, don't use trust a marginal set-up.
For a few hundred $$ a new ring gear would have gotten him over that hill with no worry.
I think he just wanted a new truck.

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You won't win any speed races going both up and down, but you should be fine. As someone else mentioned, going down is the harder part in a smaller truck.


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I have a similar set up in Idaho. You'll be fine. Just use your gears, and take the downhills slow.


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Posted: 07/04/18 10:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My TT weighs about 6,000 lbs loaded to travel and we have a few camping areas we go that are 8,000' to 10,000' in elevation.

I use tow/haul and downshift manually to 2nd gear in some cases. But I'm always able to get to 45-50 MPH where conditions allow. I used to ride motorcycles so high RPMs don't bother me.


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