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Old 10-09-2012, 05:17 AM   #15
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We went down Shafer switchbacks a few years ago, in the Tacoma, without the trailer. We had a 19' Bambi at the time. I'm sure it, and the Tacoma would not have made those switchbacks. Very tight..

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Old 10-09-2012, 05:59 PM   #16
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Excuse me but the most notorious downgrade in America is Tn hwy 129 better known as Deal's Gap or more appropriately "The Dragon." It involves 312 curves in 19 miles. More than 50 people die on it every year. Most of the people who die are motorcyclists. But if you dare to take an RV down it, the chances are your size will force most of the bikers off a cliff with no guardrails to their death. Nowhere else anywhere in America compares to it. Any rv who attempts it will endure the biggest rv risk of all times. Forget about those western weenies. This is TRULY the real deal.

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Old 10-09-2012, 06:24 PM   #17
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I've driven The Tail of the Dragon too (also on my motorcycle) I agree, it would be a tough drive pulling a trailer. I think this thread was more about steep or difficult downgrades. 129 with its 318 curves in 11 miles (or something like that) is sure twisty, but I don't think your brake fluid will be boiling when you get done. Just your blood pressure. Ha
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:08 PM   #18
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Most difficult downgrade? Why, selling your Airstream for an SOB, of course!
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If you haven't towed an Airstream down the Sea to Sun highway (HWY 99 going west from Lillooet to Whistler) in British Columbia, you have missed a real treat. There are some downgrades with 10km speed limits...yes 6.2mph! And, along the way stop off at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park and take a hike out to a beautiful glacier. That stretch of road has some of the most beautiful scenery we saw on our 14,000 mile trip in the summer/fall of 2011...a trip that included Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, all of the Canadian Rocky Mountain national parks, Vancouver Island, and the Olympic Peninsula.

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