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Old 12-13-2015, 07:21 AM   #15
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There is another route if you are concerned about the switchbacks which aren't that bad. Go west out of Durango then take Highway 145 north thru Dolores and Rico over Lizard Head Pass.

Hwy 145 is a gorgeous route as well, with dispersed camping at Lizard Head and a fine NF CG, Sunshine, just before Telluride. We've also done 550 a dozen times with our FC23FB, and I love the driving. Camping at Haviland Lake SP just out of Durango is really fine, as is Molas a bit further up. Enjoy our area!
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Old 12-13-2015, 11:28 AM   #16
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I would not worry about the above statement. You will have plenty of power with a normally aspirated engine. The recommended speed limits (yellow signs) will in most cases not exceed 45 mph on this route and many are 25 to 35 mph.
If you head these speeds you will do fine going up or down hill.
Are you sure he has plenty of power? His info lists a Silverado, but does not mention his engine. If he has the 5.3L and is towing a loaded 34', I do not think he could do the speed limit going up hill.
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Old 12-13-2015, 12:11 PM   #17
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5.3 Ltr = 285Hp
6.0Ltr = 345Hp

Even derated for the altitude it should work. One would assume he has the 6.0 with a tow package for a trailer of that size.
Maintaining speed over the continental divide will be a greater challenge than Hwy 550 or 145. IMHO
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I was on Lizard Head pass several years ago on Memorial weekend and it snowed 6 inches. Be sure and check the weather.
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