Mountain Directory: A Manual for Truckers, RV and Motorhome Drivers

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From the author, RW:

When potentialities get out that I am from Kansas, they typically relate, “Kansas?  What are you able to show me about mountain passes when you slay up from Kansas?”  But after they hear my account, they prick me a chunk slack.  (By the model, did you know that there modified into once once a researcher with too grand government grant money who obvious that Kansas no doubt is flatter than a pancake?)

After I modified into once a kid within the early 60’s my fogeys owned a 16 foot Mobil Scout walk back and forth trailer.  We pulled that trailer right by the western United States and Canada with a 1962 Chevy with a 283 cubic gallop engine and a three tempo on the column.  So I realized to love mountains and I realized to love traveling the extensive beginning areas of our huge land.  With that small trailer and the respectable Chevy, we never had any problems ice climbing or descending grades.

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In an strive to do mountain riding a chunk safer for truckers
and RV’ers, R&R Publishing Inc. has been amassing and steep gragepublishing
knowledge about mountain passes and steep grades since 1993. The Mountain Directory Ebooks give the areas
and descriptions of over 700 mountain passes and steep grades in
22 states. The Mountain Directory ebooks show you where the
steep grades are, how long they are, how steep (%) they are, whether
the toll road is 2 lane, three lane, or four lane, if there are flee
ramps, switchbacks, appealing curves, tempo limits, and heaps others. With this
knowledge, one can know forward of time what a pass is admire and
do an instructed resolution about whether to walk over or spherical. If
you to make your mind up on to walk over, perhaps the cool morning hours would ease
the stress on the engine and transmission at some level of the climb. Unhooking
the towed automobile would do the climb and the descent more straightforward. Lustrous
what lies forward is half the fight.

The printed variations of the Mountain Directory books had almost 240 pages of text and shade aid maps. All 240 pages are within the downloadable variations of the Mountain Directory ebooks. Nothing is lacking. In the published variations, mountain pass areas had been marked with a yellow triangle on the shade aid maps.  In the e-book variations, you are going to click on on the yellow triangles and the text appears to be like that describes that pickle.

Virginia Kentucky East draw

4. US 33
(between Harrisonburg, VA and Judy Gap, WV.)

There are three summits alongside this stretch of US 33. The eastern summit is between Rawley Springs, VA and Brandywine, WV.  The east facet is 4 miles of 8 to 9% grade. The west facet is 4½ miles of 9% grade and every aspects absorb actual appealing curves and hairpin turns.  The toll road is 2 lane on every aspects.

The heart summit is between Oak Flat and Franklin, WV. The east facet of this hill is 2½ miles of 8% with 25 mph curves.  The west facet is about 3½ miles of grand milder grade.  It’s 4 to 5% over most of its length.  There are some appealing curves near the bottom.  The toll road is 2 lane on every aspects of the hill.

The western summit is between Franklin and Judy Gap, WV.  It’s 5 miles of actual 9% grade on every aspects. Every facet are two lane with appealing curves and hairpin turns. Employ warning on this toll road.

Guide Introduction:

There is an gentle announcing among over-the-toll road truckers. “There are two forms of drivers — of us who’ve been in effort on a mountain grade, and those that shall be.” Sadly, this additionally applies to many RVers. Vehicles and RVs absorb an identical problems regarding weight, engine strength, and braking in mountainous terrain.

Imagine yourself descending a mountain grade in your RV. You did not know there modified into once the type of long, steep grade on this toll road. What a surprise! And things are no longer going neatly. You’ve a white-knuckle grip on the steering wheel. The engine is no longer maintaining abet all of this weight, the brakes are smelling sizzling or even smoking, you are pushing tougher on the brake pedal however your tempo retains rising. All you are going to search forward is more mountain. Your thoughts is racing by all of the obtainable choices and none of them are factual. “I’ve got to attain something,” you relate “or I am no longer going to do it.” The selections embody: flee into the rock wall, walk over the facet, hit those trees, or search when you are going to do the next curve and hurry it out. You to make your mind up the closing option and, when you slay up lucky, you do it to the bottom in one portion. You pull over and when you slay up searching forward to your coronary heart to discontinuance pounding, you wipe the sweat from your face and you survey your shirt is soaked, your mouth is dry, and your hands are shaking. That you might perhaps presumably neatly be thinking, “If I had known it modified into once going to be admire that………….”

Perhaps your rig has device back at some level of the steep climbs. The temperature is within the 90’s and the grade is so steep that you just’re going to barely climb it in first equipment. The engine and transmission temperatures are rising. How some distance to the discontinuance of this hill? You don’t know if it’s one mile or ten. One thing smells sizzling. What to attain? Pull over and funky off? But then all momentum is lost. Are you able to even collect started all over again? You wish you had unhooked the auto you are dragging up this hill at the abet of the motorhome. Whereas you happen to’re lucky, you are going to attain that next time. You are questioning what number of thousand greenbacks a fresh engine and transmission shall be.

Throughout the outdated few years now we absorb heard many tales about very costly repairs to drive educate ingredients. Ceaselessly rigs are lost fully. A toll road patrol officer in Oregon instructed us that within the summertime a mean of 1 motorhome per week burns to the bottom while searching to climb Cabbage Hill on I-84 east of Pendleton. If a fireplace begins, the nearest fireplace department is in all probability to be many miles away. By the level they come, there is nothing left to attain however dampen the ashes.

Many folk are under the impact that the grades within the eastern mountains are no longer as severe as the grades within the western mountains. Curiously here is since the elevations are no longer as high within the eastern states. But elevation alone is no longer the device back–it is the trade in elevation that makes a grade doubtlessly dangerous. If all other components are equal, a grade that descends from 4000′ to 1000′ over 10 miles isn’t any diverse than a grade that descends from 10000′ to 7000′ over 10 miles. Either manner you absorb a 3000′ trade in elevation unfold over 10 miles. (This situation would end result in a mean grade of almost 6% for 10 miles.)

A mountainous proportion of the grades within the western states are within the 6% range. A mountainous proportion of the grades within the eastern states are 8, 9, or 10% and most frequently even more. The eastern grades are frequently shorter however here is no longer incessantly so. A transient search by the eastern e-book will notify over 50 grades that are between 7 and 10% and from 4 to 7 miles long. There are others that are even more tense. The toll road to the discontinuance of Whiteface Mountain in New York is 8 to 10% for 8 miles. There can be no need for truckers to dispute this toll road however RVs are allowed. Attain Cumberland, Maryland there is a hill on I-68 that is posted as 6% for 13 miles. In North Carolina toll road 181 crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway and the southbound descent is 11 miles of grade that varies from 6 to 10%. Mighty of it is 8 to 9%. These grades are factual as dangerous as the grades within the western states.

From the
Colorado piece of the Mountain Directory West:

VAIL PASS elev. 10603′ (on I-70 east of Vail, CO)

The descent on the westbound facet of Vail Recede is about 10 miles in length and begins at milepost 189 on I-70. One half mile west of the summit there are warning signs for westbound site traffic–“Scuttle restrict forty five mph for vehicles over 30,000 lbs.” and “Steep grade next 8 miles–vehicles stay in decrease equipment.” The next mile is rolling hills.  Then there is a signal–“7% grade next 7 miles.”

The descent is actual at 7% and there are 3 advisory signs for the first runaway truck ramp which is about milepost 185 or 4 miles down from the summit. The flee ramp is upsloping on the simply.  The 2d runaway truck ramp is about milepost 182, which is 3¼ miles after the first flee ramp, or about 7¼ miles down from the summit. There are numerous advisory signs earlier than reaching it and it is an upsloping ramp on the simply. Have no longer be fooled when the grade eases after the 2d flee ramp.  It soon goes abet to 7% and doesn’t bottom out until 2½ miles after the 2d flee ramp or about milepost 179.

The eastbound descent from the summit of Vail Recede continues almost to the Frisco exit about 11 miles down the hill however the descent is no longer actual.  There are short steep sections followed by short sections of lesser grade.  The closing half of the descent is 3-4% grade. There are no flee ramps on the east facet of the pass.

Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the accuracy of the maps incorporated on this e-book, it is type of about not possible to embody all indispensable component on such small maps. We imply that these maps be inclined in conjunction with greater, more detailed toll road maps.

Usually the passes and hills are described as descents. In other words, a pass shall be described from the summit down in one course after which from the summit down within the other course. This list does no longer inform to embody every steep grade. In reality, attributable to of the massive put of dwelling now we absorb tried to quilt, we are going to guarantee that now we absorb doubtlessly disregarded some. Ceaselessly the potentialities quoted are estimates and heaps of instances they are in step with toll road signs or knowledge supplied by toll road departments. This e-book does no longer strive to payment passes or grades in step with device back. There might perhaps be a immense kind in vehicles and equipment. A hill that is amazingly sophisticated for one automobile shall be no device back at smitten by a an identical automobile that is equipped in a utterly different arrangement. Driver judgment is serious in deciding which hills should be performed without.

The cause of this e-book is no longer to discourage drivers from going where they please. It’s handiest to indicate them of the must haves they are going to easily bump into and to assist them to ensure that their equipment is in factual repair. Brakes should be in factual working show and wisely adjusted and the engine and transmission should be inclined to sluggish the auto every time possible, thus saving the brakes and keeping them cool enough to preserve their stopping strength. The engine’s cooling machine should be in factual repair to forestall overheating at some level of the climbs. Turning off the air conditioner at some level of climbs might perhaps simply abet, and if indispensable, turning on the heater will abet dissipate warmth from the engine.

From the
North Carolina piece of the Mountain Directory East:

I-40 (between Shaded Mountain and Worn Fortress, NC)

By law, all vehicles with the exception of pickups and trucks are required to discontinuance at the discontinuance of this hill and skim the working out posted about the eastbound descent forward. The highest of the hill is near milepost 67 factual east of Shaded Mountain.  The grade is posted as 5 miles of 6%.  It is a solid 6%.  There are three runaway truck ramps, all of which might perhaps be short sand beds with sand piles at the discontinuance.  There is about a mile of grade left after the closing flee ramp.   The westbound descent is about 1¼ mile of 6%.

There are many aftermarket devices that can abet heavy vehicles in the mountains. Some will abet by rising horsepower for the climbs. These embody turbos and utilize systems. Assorted devices, corresponding to engine braking systems can abet at some level of the descents. Some products, admire equipment splitters and auxiliary transmissions can abet at some level of the climbs and the descents. Many of those products additionally toughen gasoline economic system (while handing over more horsepower) and decrease wear and hotfoot on the drive educate.

The predominant ingredients alive to on overheated brakes are the length of the grade, the steepness of the grade, and the velocity and weight of the auto. Reducing any of those will toughen the potentialities of getting down the mountain without overheating the brakes. Most of the time, the ultimate one the driving force can trade is tempo. Reducing tempo might perhaps simply retain you alive. Endure in thoughts the gentle phrase, “You can walk down a mountain a thousand instances too slowly, however handiest once too mercurial.”

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“Miller designed his two directories for RV as well to truck drivers
attributable to, he says, ‘RV drivers would face the connected problems as truckers
attributable to of the burden of their vehicles and braking systems that might perhaps simply
no longer be designed to accommodate the intense prerequisites encountered at some level of
mountain descents.’ Since most toll road atlases attain no longer embody this particular
recordsdata, many motorhomers will get one or every of those books purposeful
in taking the surprises out of riding within the mountains.” Sherry McBride,
Senior Managing Editor, Motorhome

“RVers frequently absorb problems with mountain grades–every going up and
coming down. It’s priceless to be warned when a steep grade is coming
up, and that is factual what the 2 Mountain Directories attain.” Cruise to Cruise

“Color aid maps and more than 150 fresh mountain pass and grade areas
were added to R&R Publishing’s 1999 editions of Mountain
Directory West
and Mountain Directory
. Together, the books provide areas and descriptions
for more than 700 mountain passes and steep grade areas in 22
states, as well to other well-known knowledge for someone riding a mountainous
or heavy automobile. In Mountain Directory East,
the introduction notes that elevation by itself does no longer gift
a grade’s device back; the trade in elevation, depicted within the e-book
as percentages, is the serious component.”

Family Motor Teaching

Virginia Kentucky East draw

12. TETON PASS elev. 8429′

(on Wyoming Highway 22 west of Jackson, WY)

Teton Recede has sustained 10% grades on every aspects of the summit.  An odd feature is that every runaway truck ramps on the east facet of the pass might perhaps additionally be inclined handiest if the runaway truck crosses the oncoming lane of site traffic.  There might perhaps be a posted weight restrict of 60,000 lbs. on this pass.

The westbound descent from the summit of Teton Recede begins with a 25 mph tempo restrict and a truck warning signal–“Steep grade–10% next 3 miles–dispute decrease equipment.” This grade warning is repeated a mile later.  About 2½ miles down from the summit the grade eases to 6-7% and the velocity restrict will increase.  This grade continues for about 3-4 miles and eases near the Idaho notify line.

The eastbound descent from the summit of Teton Recede begins with a truck warning signal–“Steep grade–10% next 5 1/2 miles–dispute decrease equipment.” There are 20 mph curves near the discontinuance.  About 1/3 mile down from the summit is a signal–“Runaway truck ramp–2½ miles LEFT facet.” This warning is repeated numerous instances as you capacity the ramp. To dispute the ramp you will must immoral the oncoming lane of site traffic. The ramp slopes uphill.

The 2d runaway truck ramp is about 1 mile after the first. It, too, is on the left facet and is an upsloping ramp.  At this level the grade begins to ease to about 6-7% and the velocity restrict will increase.  The hill continues to the city of Wilson, which is about 5½ miles from the summit.

“The worst section is no longer the white knuckles, the icy sweat, the amazing
adrenaline flee. It is the emptiness within the very pit of the abdomen,
the relate hopelessness of the device back. Any individual that has ever lived
by a runaway can expose…. a rig out of retain watch over on a long downgrade
has a thoughts of its absorb. And it doesn’t care what will get within the model. Miller’s
directories are fat of factual stuff that’ll abet drivers do clear
routing choices and prepare them for unhealthy grades – admire length
and severity of grades, sharpness of curves and pickle of flee
ramps. It’s purposeful info for rookie drivers or gentle hands traveling
into a mountainous put of dwelling for the first time.” Andrew Ryder, Editor, Heavy Duty Trucking

“Many truckers absorb had the horrible skills of cresting a mountain
grade too mercurial and questioning within the event that they can have the choice to discontinuance at the bottom.
Richard Miller is surely one of them. After a thrilling descent into Camp
Verde Valley, AZ in 1993, he decided to attain something about the dearth
of knowledge on many mountain grades. The effects of his efforts
are two ravishing property: Mountain
Directory West and Mountain Directory
Every contains maps exhibiting the placement of grades and detailed knowledge
about them, alongside side the discontinuance of the summit, length and steepness
of grades, severity of curves, pickle of flee ramps, and signage.” Truckers Records

From the
Southern California piece of the Mountain Directory West:

CAJON PASS elev. 4190′

(on I-15 south of Victorville, CA)

There is very little descent on the north facet of Cajon Recede.  The southbound descent begins with warning signs–“Downgrade next 12 miles–vehicles test brakes” and “Truck tempo restrict forty five mph” and “Truck scales 5 miles” and “6% grade next 4 miles” and “Runaway truck ramp 2½ miles.”

The grade shall be a chunk more than 6% all of the arrangement down to the flee ramp where it eases for a very short distance after which suits abet to 6% until reaching the truck scales.  After the scales the grade eases to about 2-3% for 3 miles, then goes to about 5% for one more 4½ miles.

This toll road has four lanes downhill and a huge deal of site traffic. Employ warning on this hill.

“Rvers traveling to fresh areas frequently meet unforeseen and presumably
unhealthy challenges in mountainous terrain attributable to they are going to no longer
know what form of toll road lay forward. Atlases might perhaps simply label elevation, however
no longer how steep and the arrangement many miles a grade is, whether or no longer there
are turnouts, and the placement of the toll road. Mountain
Directory West
and Mountain Directory
give areas and detailed descriptions of almost 700
mountain passes and steep grades in 22 states. This lets in drivers
to devise safer and more straightforward routes, or to be willing to face the grade.” Highways

“A purposeful e-book for those planning to walk back and forth within the Western states
is Mountain Directory…. It tells you
the proportion of grade, alignment, width and length of well-known
mountain passes in 11 Western states. (In reality, there is now Mountain Directory East as neatly, which covers almost 300 mountain passes
and steep grades in 11 Eastern states.)”

Joe and Vickie Kieva Collins, Highways

“As RVers and vacationers within the west, we recommend this e-book as a factual
reference and we arrangement to retain it within the cab of our truck. Clearly,
if we collect a possibility to walk back and forth within the east, we are willing with
that e-book as neatly.”Tale

“On occasion, humorists writing in RV literature will gleefully
do hay out of the understanding of an RV hurtling down a mountainside
the dispute of G forces to checklist the velocity rather then miles per hour. Nonetheless,
the reality of brake failure within the mountains, as of us who absorb experienced
this might perhaps simply attest, is no longer in the least silly. For the RVer tackling
the Rockies and other western ranges, this list can be an purposeful
reference.” RV Times

“Mountain Directory is neatly do collectively,
straightforward to dispute, and prepares the person for riding within the mountains. When
it involves private safety and holding the investments made in
RVs and motorhomes, drivers can be neatly served to retain this e-book
helpful.” Nationwide Motorists Affiliation Records

Mountain Directory for Truckers, RV, and Motorhome
Drivers… Wow! With a title that long, this e-book better provide
a service to RVers—and it does.”

Jim Brightly, Managing Editor, Motorhome

“It’s certain to provide the traveler with knowledge and peace of thoughts…..
Here is a e-book that should be positioned next to every rig’s navigator…
Preserve this e-book helpful at some level of your travels.”

Bob Carter, RV This day

“…. should surely be incorporated in your RV library… chock fat
of knowledge… our traveling columnists absorb already made ravishing
dispute of this list.” Camping Canada

Mountain Directory …. modified into once namely
written for drivers of RVs and other heavy vehicles. The text, accompanied
by maps pinpointing areas, describes how steep and long every grade
is, plus other pertinent well-known capabilities.” Trailer Life

“… let me show you straight: this e-book applies to you.”

Invoice Farlow, Woodall’s Southern RV

“Ache Heights No Extra” “Whereas the publishers are the fist to admit
that it’d be in the case of not possible to list every steep hill within the
western United States, Mountain Directory covers most grades that are long enough and steep enough to pose a
device back to RVs.” Cruise to Cruise

“Motorhome drivers and truckers absorb very an identical problems appealing
steep grades, weight, brakes, and heaps others., and section of the resolution is knowledge
about the hills earlier than you collect there.”

Family Motor Teaching

From the
Pennsylvania East piece of the Mountain Directory East:

Pennsylvania toll road 125

(between Shamokin and Factual Spring, PA.)

Successfully-organized vehicles might perhaps desire to avoid this 18 mile piece of toll road. It crosses four mountains and entails heaps of 15 mph hairpin turns and heaps of more 20 and 25 mph curves. Irrespective of your course of walk back and forth you are going to absorb to climb and fall some very steep hills.  Mighty of the grade is 7 to 9% however there are heaps of sections that should be 12% or more, some lasting almost a mile.  Brake sneakers haven’t got enough time to chill grand between descents.

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