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Old 07-31-2013, 05:02 PM   #1
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The Grade You Hate To Drive....

I guess my most hated grade is Hwy 68 from Bullhead City to Kingman. I've seen more dead TV's on that stretch than any other in all my travels. I've pulled it 3 times, twice in the summer at over 110 degrees and hope I never have to do it again, at least in the summer.

Of course Grapevine is very famous and is due respect as well. Any others??

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Old 07-31-2013, 05:32 PM   #2
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Hwy 120 in the Sierra's

There is a grade going east on Hwy 120 from the Gold Rush Hwy (49) that is the worst I've ever been on.

It's just west of Groveland, CA just outside the West entrance of Yosemite. I towed it with my 2010 Jeep and my 2013 16' Bambi and at one point I thought I was going backwards down the hill.

The other is at the East side of Yosemite also on 120 heading up to the East entrance to Yosemite from Mono Lake called the Lee Vining grade.

Both times I really wished I had a V8!

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Old 08-01-2013, 09:00 PM   #3
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There is a grade going east on Hwy 120 from the Gold Rush Hwy (49) that is the worst I've ever been on.

It's just west of Groveland, CA just outside the West entrance of Yosemite. I towed it with my 2010 Jeep and my 2013 16' Bambi and at one point I thought I was going backwards down the hill.

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I think that is called "PRIEST GRADE." I have never towed it, but even in a car it is a beast. I used to have a cabin in Groveland and drove that grade every weekend. I would never consider towing my 25'/Suburban on that grade! Too chicken. You da man, if you towed that! The alternate route is fine though about an hour longer.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:20 PM   #4
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Cabbage Hill just East of Pendleton, OR on I-84. The grades are so steep going down that there are multiple warning signs for trucks of varying weights and very limited speeds. The presence of a couple of truck 'runaway ramps' are not great instillers of confidence either. Try this downhill with no diesel exhaust brake and you WILL be smelling your brakes in short order.

On the flip side, this grade is a very long, curvy climb from almost sea level up to around 5000 feet in the Wallawas. Not a huge height, but a severe climb back up just the same.

I do this trip every year and it is always a white knuckler....even without a trailer!
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:38 AM   #5
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Well... Our best 'Grade' passage was back in the 70's... In those days with our two young kids, we were driving a 23 Ft, class C Ford Moho, towing a VW fiberglass tub dune buggy...

We were on our way to meet our folks at Canyonlands Nat Park in Utah and plunged 'down' the infamous Shafer Trail...! It's a narrow dirt track, with many switchbacks and breath taking scenery...!

Here's a video I found: Canyonlands Shafer Trail 4x4 - YouTube

I don't think I'd try it with our current 28Ft AS, but I'm sure some have done it with similar trailers...

Make sure you have good brakes if you try this...
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:05 AM   #6
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I 24 south in Tenn. Going up across Monteagle just north of Chattanooga. Not dangerous just hard on your TV.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:27 AM   #7
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Well... Our best 'Grade' passage was back in the 70's... In those days with our two young kids, we were driving a 23 Ft, class C Ford Moho, towing a VW fiberglass tub dune buggy...

We were on our way to meet our folks at Canyonlands Nat Park in Utah and plunged 'down' the infamous Shafer Trail...! It's a narrow dirt track, with many switchbacks and breath taking scenery...!

Here's a video I found: Canyonlands Shafer Trail 4x4 - YouTube

I don't think I'd try it with our current 28Ft AS, but I'm sure some have done it with similar trailers...

Make sure you have good brakes if you try this...
You were in the Island In The Sky district of the Canyonlands.

Schaeffer connects to a road going around the bottom of Island. It's even hairier and 100 plus miles. Pulling even a short (16 ft) rig, is something not recommended.

Absolutely gorgeous scenery, though.
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:39 AM   #8
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Most of Colorado's Passes. Generally in the summer it's the aviators nightmare, High-Hot-Heavy
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1. US 50 in northeast West Virginia between Grafton WV & Winchester MD is a transmission overheater of repeated ups and downs like you wouldn't believe.

2. Between Red Lodge MT and Beartooth Pass into Yellowstone. I've done this in a car and would do it again without a tow with any vehicle in excellent condition. One clue -- Beartooth Pass is higher than the highest peak in Glacier National Park.
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We just towed up the beartooth by mistake with 19' and Toyota
Tacoma. no real problem but made me nervouse.
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:37 PM   #11
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Virginia Highland Haven

Lovely place. Between Roanoke VA and Floyd Va. This Airstream only campground gives directions "from the north" that advise one to take the Blue Ridge parkway from Roanoke to an exit near the campground. As opposed to route 221 all the way....

While visiting a few years ago, my sister and I followed those directions then a few days later we decided to go to Roanoke for dinner and took 221. HOLY TOLEDO... the route is not recommended for RV's and we know why. I'm sure some of the western states have worse switchbacks and grades... but this route has heavy traffic and LOTS of deer, LOTS of deer. If you want to go to Roanoke for a meal, let me recommend LUNCH. 221 is bad enough during the day, you don't want to take even a truck up and down it for the first time at dusk or after dark.

We had NO drinks at dinner either.

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This is the steepest grade I've ever climbed. Route 4 in California, east of Ebbets pass. At the switchbacks the inside corners must get to 45 degrees. I saw one guy towing a trailer. He barely, just barely made the turns going up, floored in first gear and hardly moving.

This route is one of the three mountain pass's crossed on the "Tour of the California Alps - Death Ride".


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Wow I cannot imagine cycling that hill. We saw cyclists on Apalacian Pass in Vermont last summer which is 18% and I thought they were in amazing shape.
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This is the steepest grade I've ever climbed. Route 4 in California, east of Ebbets pass. At the switchbacks the inside corners must get to 45 degrees. I saw one guy towing a trailer. He barely, just barely made the turns going up, floored in first gear and hardly moving.

This route is one of the three mountain pass's crossed on the "Tour of the California Alps - Death Ride".


I used to climb and descend that road to camp at Alpine Lake in the early '80s. We used to live in Washoe Valley, north of Carson City. We did that climb with a '67 Ford van, canoe on top and tent trailer behind. The more I think of it now that old van took us Everywhere.
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