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Old 07-21-2004, 11:04 PM   #15
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Install a couple of aircraft devices.

First, a parachute.
Second, an ejection seat.

Instructions: if the parachute does not deploy when released, then use the ejection seat.............................................. ...........................

Naw Just Kidding!

On the real side keeping your brakes cool is the key. If there are no stops midway down the slope, then you may try alternating between using your trailer brakes alone and then in unision with your vehicle brakes. This is considering that your towing and not in a MH.

Another thing is not to let your speed get up high. It seems that your brakes can slow you better if your not moving so fast down a hill and I think this will probably cause less heat in your brake system too.
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Old 07-22-2004, 12:38 AM   #16
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2nd is fine if you need it, like on steep downhill secondary roads. It is doubtful that you would encounter an interstate downhill grade that was so steep you would need to use 2nd gear, nor would you want to slow down that much on the freeway for fear of being rear-ended. I use 2nd a lot in the twisty, hilly roads around Northern Calif. I have to use first on some of the very steep streets in my neighborhood to save my brakes excessive wear, but I go pretty slow when I do that. Just watch your tach to ensure engine speed stays below 3500-4000 max, and if you are moving significantly slower than the flow of traffic make sure you put your flashers on like truckers do.

The others are correct about using the brakes periodically to bring your speed down, then letting it slowly build back up and giving them time to cool briefly before applying them again, rather than riding them constantly. Be careful about pulling off and stopping to let them cool. They do not get nearly as much airflow just sitting there stopped and you can even warp a rotor where it is sitting stationary in the caliper between the pads. Better to keep it moving and cool them down as the road levels off.
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Old 07-27-2004, 12:23 PM   #17
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traction control

Paul,

If you find youself in a really steep grade and you feel second isn't holding the unit to your satisfaction you can always go into first. Howerver with your vehicle, if you have traction control, you must turn that off. Otherwise the transmission will not go into first.

I forgot about that until I came down the loveland pass in Co the other day. I had the transmission in first, but it stayed in second and I had to stay on the brakes a little too much. Finally I remembered and had a much less stressful decent.

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Old 07-27-2004, 01:05 PM   #18
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I have not been over the pass since they turned on the smog factory in Denver. In fact was leaving town that day listening to the traffic guy in the helicopter, he was all but crusing the power plant. Heard he was fired for not cooperating with progress. Heard Denver has had alot of progress since then. Cann't imagine coming down with an trailer pushing you the whole way.
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Do keep in mind that there is only so much an engine can do brakeing the kind of loads that we are pulling. Watch your Tach! Don't over rev your engine! 454's have been known to come apart by careless downshifts. Just use your head and good judgement you will do fine.
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