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Old 06-16-2015, 07:57 PM   #29
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I've been to Yosemite any number of times from Sacramento, using Hwy 120, including several times towing. The worst part is Priest grade from Moccasin to Groveland. In a car or truck without the trailer, we usually take Old Priest grade, which is very steep but quicker than New Priest grade. New Priest grade is very doable hauling a trailer. Aside from doing it myself, whenever I'm driving up Old Priest grade I can look across to New Priest grade and always see people pulling trailers up or down, so it can't be that difficult.

As with any mountain driving, one has to take full advantage of trailer brakes, car brakes, and engine braking all at the same time in order to be safe. I see posts that imply the contrary, but additional power going uphill does absolutely nothing to help you going downhill. The wimpiest vehicle going uphill might (or might not) be the strongest vehicle going downhill.

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Old 06-16-2015, 08:27 PM   #30
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Pretty sure that's how we'll be coming in, as it's the shortest distance. We will have two 7+ hour days of driving to get there!


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