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Old 09-24-2016, 02:33 PM   #71
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Hwy 12 in Utah......cringe

We have done some of the passes in Colorado, but the no guardrails and steep dropoffs in addition to being able to see for miles and miles and miles (many times down) were scary for me as a passenger. Husband did an awesome job driving but I felt like Lucy in the Long, Long Trailer, but I couldn't even talk and for me - that is a rarity.....never again for me - driving or riding Hwy 12 between Bryce and Torrey....
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Old 09-24-2016, 07:48 PM   #72
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Interesting you mention Highway 12 in Utah. I wanted to drive it pulling my 34' Airstream. The folks at the Bryce area campground office did not advise it. So we went around on a more boring road up to I-70.

We saw the campers we met in the Bryce campground area when we got to Moab. Turns out they drove Highway 12 and loved it. They felt I would not have had any problems even though my trailer was longer.

I took some tight switchbacks today where my long trailer encroached into the other lane a bit (left turns). I didn't want the nose of my Super Duty to hit the guardrail. Those tight turns are one reason I might avoid a mountain road. Another is snow. We had snow over Vail pass today, although at 36 degrees it was not icy in any way. Mountain weather changes fast.

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Old 10-01-2016, 06:57 AM   #73
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This is my first post, currently planning to buy the AirStream rig my grandparents have lived in for the last 16 years (and that I have been dreaming of owning since I was 9)... This rig is a longbed 2500 chevy with the 1984 34' Excella trailer. THIS is a rig that needs serious question before taking on any mountain pass road, let alone those crazy 1.5 lane roads that take you from mountain town to mountain town. Most likely I will be saying NO WAY to a lot of them and taking the way that a semi truck would prefer.

Anybody with a 34' airstream have experience in this area?!
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Old 10-01-2016, 09:21 AM   #74
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London1201 in Post #71 is a very common reaction to the roads blasted into the sides of the Rocky Mountains for access to gold and silver mines of the 19th Century!

Interstate 70 of the western third of Colorado is a great example of how the Colorado River did much of the work excavating soft rock. I-70 is then dug in or 'layered' to fit between towering cliffs of rock. Road closures are common due to rock falls... year round. If it is raining... keep a close watch of the possible rock debris ON the road.

With the Spring Snow Melt of the Colorado... the bicycle paths up to the sides of the Interstate is white water and menacing to those looking at this torrent of water heading to Lake Powell and Hoover Dam!

Often you will encounter 'signs' that warn those towing any kind of trailer according to length.

Independence Pass, leaving Aspen and heading East to the pass, is a good example. The WARNING sign appears as you enter the lower access towards the Pass. You cannot stop and turn around once you see the LARGE sign. There is NO way to exit. The asphalt road has short 'guard rails' that would prevent a bicyclist from going over into the chasm below... but a trailer or automobile... just for looks, in my opinion. It is the WIDTH of some of the blasted out of solid granite that is the problem. It is difficult enough with two large pickups on several curved sections. There is no room for error. We were unfortunate to discover this oursevles, but lucky, getting funneled onto this road and the lack of traffic made the trip without incident at the narrow sections. Enough, barely, for two pickup trucks, where one hugs the guard rail and the other the drainage ditch on the inside of the road. The inside lane... for those coming into Aspen have the distinct advantage. If... you wanted an option to try this one.

At Independence Pass... there is NO warning sign about towing a trailer down to Aspen... apparently only warning those on the OUTSIDE LANE going east out of Aspen.

In New Mexico one large sign towards the Gila Wilderness, warns drivers with trailers over 20 feet travel is not recommended. The fifty miles of dirt road appears to be wide and well maintained... and about 30 miles south of the sign... there are dry creek beds that would hang up the tow vehicle and trailer. The tow vehicle stuck coming up one side and the trailer stuck on the going down side. So be careful. All it takes is ignoring a 'warning sign'.

We were towing our 23 foot Safari... survived, but never a second time.

I do not recommend ANY sized travel trailer pass this sign! Been there and had it not been for the road grader fixing the road from the previous year's traffic... we would have not continued to the two make it or break it spots on this road.
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Old 10-01-2016, 10:27 AM   #75
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Welcome! That sounds like a wonderful opportunity to get into Airstreaming. Never hurts to start careful.

Meanwhile feel free to start a fresh thread to get detailed input on your new-to-you 34' Airstream. One quick thought: given the age of the trailer, you may want to look at maintenance items that typically arise at that point in its life, especially before towing over mountain passes, etc.

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This is my first post, currently planning to buy the AirStream rig my grandparents have lived in for the last 16 years (and that I have been dreaming of owning since I was 9)... This rig is a longbed 2500 chevy with the 1984 34' Excella trailer. THIS is a rig that needs serious question before taking on any mountain pass road, let alone those crazy 1.5 lane roads that take you from mountain town to mountain town. Most likely I will be saying NO WAY to a lot of them and taking the way that a semi truck would prefer.

Anybody with a 34' airstream have experience in this area?!
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The only real challenging mountain road I recall traveling is Colorado Rt. 149 between Creede & Lake City. It is also the only one that I felt the need to stop at the bottom to let my brakes cool down. I was towing a 30' AS with a 3500 Dodge diesel. Would I do it again ?? Sure. It's a decent road just a bit steep and narrow but if you keep your speed under control and look ahead on the curves I have no problem going up or down these roads.
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Old 10-01-2016, 04:34 PM   #77
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Bumping this Thread to those intending to tackle the many high mountain Passes in Colorado this year.

They remain just as challenging as they have been since horse drawn wagons... Passes are rated on some site you can find on a Google Search. Colorado 'offers you the best of the best' if that is what you are looking forward to experiencing.
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I tried Imogene Pass between Ouray and Telluride many times on my motorcycle. I chickened out every time. OMG! I finally took the jeep tour to the pass at 13,114'.
The road(?) was built in the 1880's to supply the miners by mule.
After that, no paved mountain roads seemed as scary.
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Has anyone ever gone up or down Route 261, better known as the Moki Dugway out of Medicine Hat, Utah? We've towed our boat down from Lake Powell a couple of times, but never seen a trailer on the route. Every time we travel on it, I think of Lucy and Desi in that scene from the Long Trailer going up and up at that obviously faked steep angle.
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I was just down around Moki Dugway the first of March. Camped in Natural Bridges National Monument. I drove up and down the Moki Dugway in my car, but not towing my 16 footer. I considered it. There is some amazing boondocking at the bottom along the Valley of the Gods road. I can imagine myself towing up the cliff (it's literally a gravel road up a cliff face), but I'm not so sure about going down.

I did see a couple of rental RVs at the bottom. The drivers did not look happy.
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I tried Imogene Pass between Ouray and Telluride many times on my motorcycle. I chickened out every time. OMG! I finally took the jeep tour to the pass at 13,114'.
The road(?) was built in the 1880's to supply the miners by mule.
After that, no paved mountain roads seemed as scary.
Great memories from Imogene Pass. Haven't done it on a bike,, yet. Took the Landcruiser across with the kids, then my wife and I did it later in the Tacoma. Biggest mistake I made was letting my wife see BalckBear Pass while we were on Imogene. She will never do BlackBear.. Took the bike over Tin Cup, Hancock, Tomichi, Mosquito, and Schofield, but haven't been able to get to Imogene..
We've pulled the AS over most of the paved passes in Colo. No problems, we just go a bit slow on the downhills.
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