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Old 01-23-2022, 12:02 PM   #1
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25% grade - should I worry?

New member here, appreciate everyone's posts - so much knowledge out there. I'm heading to a NE Georgia campground that warns of a 25% grade to get to it - not a long pull, maybe a mile or two. I'll be pulling 22' Sport w/2019 Tahoe w/Max Tow Pkg - should I worry about the pull? Thanks in advance, have not done heavy mountain towing.
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Old 01-23-2022, 12:15 PM   #2
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If the campground is in northwest Georgia I think I have heard of it. I seem to remember people saying there is an easier way into that spot.
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Old 01-23-2022, 07:12 PM   #3
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I would not recommend it if in fact it is a 25% grade. That is about a 14 degree angle. I've never seen a road that steep. Going up is the easy part.

Going down it would be the pits. I can't imagine anyone building a road like that. I drive a 7% grade down our "mountain" here in Colorado with my trailer pushing me and I do so cautiously.

But I bet others will chime in with more experience than I have. Let's see what they say.

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Old 01-23-2022, 08:08 PM   #4
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I had to go up a similar grade (not sure if it was 25% though) but for only a 1/4 mile one time. It was a gravel road. Had to put it in 4WD low. One place you want 4WD. Thankfully I didn’t have to go down it. But it was only 1/4 mile. I think you will have plenty of power. And going down shouldn’t be a problem if you go slow. For one thing a mile or so isn’t going to heat the brakes up that much if you have to brake. Will look a bit scary though. Maybe find the steepest hill you can around where you live and see what it’s like.
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Old 01-23-2022, 08:25 PM   #5
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I was curious, so I went looking. Amicalola Falls State Park. It seems like a beautiful spot.

Using Google Earth, I checked the length of the access road. It's about 1.4 miles uphill. The grade averages out to about 12%; perhaps half of it is 14 to 16%. A short stretch (maybe 500 feet) is close to 20%. If Google Earth's elevations are accurate, 25% is an exaggeration.

It's still a hard first gear pull with virtually any tow vehicle. But I wouldn't be concerned about towing a 22' with a Tahoe.
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Old 01-24-2022, 09:13 AM   #6
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I avoided that park because of that 25% grade warning. I am pulling a 27’ FC with a Ram 2500 diesel. Didn’t want to chance getting pushed off the road on the downhill route out of there!
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Old 01-24-2022, 09:15 AM   #7
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You should probably be OK. But be certain to go slow and use first gear going downhill!
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Old 01-24-2022, 09:22 AM   #8
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I've been to a couple campgrounds like that. If you have 4WD, and a transfer case with low-range, that's going to help tremendously.

I'd be less worried about downhill as every wheel, including the trailer, is braked. As opposed to driven wheels.
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Old 01-24-2022, 09:58 AM   #9
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When in doubt, try it out without your trailer. If your vehicle has 4 wheel drive and you are competent driving that type of road in it, ditch the trailer and test drive the road.

We have a favorite family campground in a canyon down 3 miles of dirt road, complete with washouts, ruts, washboards, downed trees, curves, elevation changes and absolutely no where to turn around, even in a car. Once the snow has melted and the road is accessible without a snowmobile, we make a run down in a vehicle with 4 wheel drive. Sometimes it is fine and sometimes it's not.

The worst year was where the road was relatively clear, but the campground's turn around spot at the far was blocked because a culvert had washed away. Every big vehicle or trailer that came in bottomed out and got stuck. It was worse when other vehicles were headed down and some poor shmuck was trying to get out, making itty bitty partial turns with his trailer unhitched.

Sadly, the fix the forest service put in that year was a typed sign at the top of the road that said "campground may be impassible". Folks who'd been there before laughed it off and charged ahead. It was a great year for being a tent camper!
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Old 01-24-2022, 10:31 AM   #10
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I'm quite sure that if snow or ice was possible, I would want to avoid that road.

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Old 01-24-2022, 11:05 AM   #11
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I've done 20% with a C
JCWlassic 25 behind my Dakota 2WD...by this forum's opinion seriously under rated for that trailer. Going down is easy as long as the brakes are ok all round. Going up or down on dirt or gravel ...with your rig I wouldn't be worried. Obviously a lot of folks who don't know better maker it in and out of that campground.
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Old 01-24-2022, 11:16 AM   #12
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If you are referring to Amicalola Falls State Park, I've been there with a passenger vehicle when I lived in Atlanta. Yes, up and down is steep but not unmanageable.

There is a good summary of campground reviews here. Lots of campers seem to enjoy it.

https://campgrounds.rvlife.com/regio...park-lodge-881

While I haven't driven the approach/departure in a travel trailer, based on your description of your TV+TT, I would be surprised if you had any issues. Obviously make sure your brakes are in good shape, and everything is working correctly. But I'd do that for any tow of any distance, of course.

It's well worth the visit and a beautiful area.
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Old 01-24-2022, 11:21 AM   #13
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If you are, in fact, referencing Amicalola Falls State Park you will see evidence of how many folks had tough time decending. The sites at top are tiny at best too although your Airstream should fit fine. Cloudland Canyon is another GA park with kinda steep, switchback, entry road but well worth tackling it cautiously for the beauty. There are surrounding roads that are definitely not towable roads but the main one is fine if you keep your wits about you. Just do your due diligence to be sure you know which roads you want to take.

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Old 01-25-2022, 07:29 AM   #14
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Thanks for all your replies. Yes, it is Amicalola Falls I'm asking about. It will be late May so frozen precip should not be a factor (else I'll bail..), and Tahoe/Trailer brakes are both solid. No 4WD, but I've noticed Max Tow Pkg activates engine braking during steep downhill. I've navigated up/down Cloudland Canyon many times w/no issues, so I guess I'll give this a try.. Thanks again for everyone's feedback - good stuff.
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Old 01-25-2022, 08:13 AM   #15
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I had to bring our 27FC down a very steep grade once, not far, but I was the first trailer down the mud/gravel road after it was built (!). Use 4 Low and engine brake to control the rig, and I dialed down the gain a smidgen and manually brake checked the electric trailer brakes to make sure the trailer didn't try to push my tail around going down the mud grade. Go slow and drive smart.
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Old 01-30-2022, 10:16 AM   #16
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25% grade is huge, you did not mention the surface, ie asphalt, gravel?. If you do not have 4wd and the surface is gravel it would be a no go for me. Life is too short to get stressed out and risk an insurance claim that would take you a year to sort out.
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Old 01-30-2022, 12:52 PM   #17
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Ya, I’d def be interested in surface type
before trying it. If 4Wd Low is needed
there may be a risk of driveline damage
on pavement . At least in the past trucks we have owned that is.

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Old 01-30-2022, 06:18 PM   #18
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If amicalola state park. It’s steep for a short bit but not bad. Good paved road. Some spots are a bit tight but if your backing skills are decent then no issue. I’ve done it a couple of times, no issue
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I pulled my 16 foot Bambi with my Toyota Tacoma to Amicalola Falls campground with no problem whatsoever in or out. And some of the campsites are spectacular. It’s like you’re parking on a deck overlooking the forest
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Old 01-30-2022, 08:39 PM   #20
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If amicalola state park. It’s steep for a short bit but not bad. Good paved road. Some spots are a bit tight but if your backing skills are decent then no issue. I’ve done it a couple of times, no issue
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