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Old 08-26-2018, 08:04 PM   #1
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Trip to los angeles, ca

looking for any problems pulling my 2017 sprinter 34 foot long . driving up the grape vine in california
i have a dodge 2500 3/4 ton diesel ,long bed 4 door truck
i will be traveling at the end of Sept,2018
any pointers would be great, thanks
i heard of a lot rumers ,

I'm sorry i put this in the wrong thread. Don't know how to move it


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Old 08-26-2018, 08:53 PM   #2
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You want have any problem with that but the word is that when you do go thru CA to keep it at 55 mph, I'm leaving for Las Vegas Friday morning, I have a 35' footer and going up in the passes I don't think that I have any problem.

Have a good safe trip.

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Old 08-27-2018, 05:28 AM   #3
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The Grapevine is a serious hill at 6% for 5+ miles - but there are no bad curves. The thing that might unnerve some folks is the heavy truck traffic and trucks suddenly pulling out to pass. Climbing up southbound, there are two or three "water holes" (pull outs where radiator water is available). These are hold overs from the days when under powered cars and trucks would overheat during the climb. These offer a place to get out of traffic - if needed. There is also a rest area near the top, truck stops and restaurants just below the summit and a truckers' brake check area at the summit. Descending the mountain into the San Fernando Valley is 5+ miles of 6% with a truck speed limit of 35mph - so watch for those slow moving trucks. Like any long hill, watch your temps, watch your speed and be willing to get out of the way of the big rigs - in case he is losing or has lost his brakes.

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Old 08-27-2018, 05:38 AM   #4
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We did it 5 or 6 years ago, with a RAM diesel and 29' 5th wheel. It is a bit like a action video game. 5-10 MPH trucks in the right lane, 25-30 MPH trucks in the next lane out, I was in the third lane out going 55 MPH South bound at around 20.5K combined wieght, and the fast lane had traffic flying by at 70-75 MPH.

Having an exhaust brake for going down the other side is almost a must have with a diesel truck.

Just be alert and enjoy the action game. Chris
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:36 AM   #5
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Living in Northern California, we've gone over the grapevine many times. First, it was with our 1997 33' National Sea Breeze (7.4 liter Chevy Vortac gas engine with toad). Slow and steady gets you over. 35 mpg and that's the fastest it would go.

Much better with F250 and Montana, however I purposely get into one of the "slow truck lanes" because I don't want to push my truck. 35 to 40 mph up and down makes it a much easier and safer drive.

We're retired, so where am I rushing to?
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:45 AM   #6
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I do it all the time. No issues. Just be prepared to either go slow or go into the third lanes like mentioned above to pass the trucks.
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:50 AM   #7
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You did not mention the age of your truck but any Dodge/Ram diesel with an exhaust brake will do the trick for you. We have pulled the Grapevine as well as the hills on I-70 across Colorado with our old ('01) CTD with no problem going up or down. Keep in mind that towing in Cal has a 55 mph speed limit.
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Old 08-27-2018, 08:08 AM   #8
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Also, the chp is serious there. I got a ticket for going 62. So now i have the radar detector and waze on just to make sure i go exactly 55 around them.
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Old 08-27-2018, 04:53 PM   #9
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Yep 55 mph for all trailers in ca.
I used to pull the grapevine from Castaic to Gorman every 2-3 weeks as our favorite campsite is on Mt Pinos.

Many trips over into the central valley. Very doable with a modern truck that is not overloaded.

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Old 08-27-2018, 08:26 PM   #10
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Where in mt pinos if i may ask?

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