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Old 03-14-2019, 09:57 AM   #1
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Pulling in mountains

We live in Iowa and want to visit NP's in Utah. I'm concerned about pulling in the mountains. We have a gas 2016 Chevy 2500HD 4wd pulling a New keystone hitch pull TT. Trailer is about 10k loaded with a Reese hitch with sway control. Truck pulls and stops great but never pulled in the mountains.
Worries are pulling the long hills and trailer pushing me down them. Any thoughts.
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:27 AM   #2
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You don't mention your engine size or transmission gear ratio. But.. We had an F150 with a 5.4L Triton V8 and 373 gears. Our TT then had a 7500# GVW. We pulled for 3 years throughout the Rocky Mountains. You will be shifting a lot both uphill and down, but that's normal. Your 2500 should be equipped with "tow/haul" mode. Use it. Plan on seeing 3500 to 4k rpms keeping your truck in it's best power band. All should be good in my opinion. Key to maintaining control downhill is to start slowing early. Down shift early and use the marked speed limits for big trucks as your guide.
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:27 AM   #3
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Thanks. It's a 6.0 L with 4:10 gearing. I guess going down has me more conserned. Some great pictures. That's why we want to go.
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:37 AM   #4
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I suggest big bend national park Utah get there early 7 $ a night there are a few sites that will accommodate 100 ft rigs . I remember pulling hills for ever and looking at my instruments 3 mpg. The 410 on you truck is a good thing .
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Old 03-14-2019, 12:25 PM   #5
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2016 f250 4.30 gears tower 14000 lbs. May be a bit slow going up 10000 ft hills but always make! I installed hyd disc on camper really work great going down the hills. Enjoy plenty to see, and big bend is nice.
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Where have you crossed the Rockies headed to Utah from the midwest?
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Old 03-14-2019, 01:28 PM   #7
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Thats what trailer brakes are for, slow up slow down.
I know because thats all we have here in the PNW.
Oregon + Washington = Hills
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Old 03-14-2019, 01:29 PM   #8
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Thanks. It's a 6.0 L with 4:10 gearing. I guess going down has me more conserned. Some great pictures. That's why we want to go.
4:10 gearing and 3/4 ton makes your Chevy a "towing machine"! You won't have any problems with the mountain passes either on the freeways or the scenic secondary roads (our favorites). As before, use the tow haul mode and keep the engine running in the power curve when going uphill and slow early on the downhill.
We have many really beautiful as well as interesting National Parks, Monuments and State Parks depending on your interests. NP campgrounds can fill early and reservations are most always a must. If dry camping or Boon-docking are options, there are many opportunities on BLM and Forest Service land at little or no charge.

Edit: Not aware of a Big Bend NP in Utah
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:12 PM   #9
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Check your TV owner’s manual for how the Tow/haul mode works.

On our F250 gasser, tapping the brakes for a couple of seconds down shifts the tranny. Going down hill in the Rockies, I never had a need to brake, I only tapped and let the tranny control my speed. That way I knew I would have brakes if needed.
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Old 03-14-2019, 03:13 PM   #10
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With the 4.10 you will pull the hills fine, just spin some rpms if it's over 6 % or so. Use tow/haul for sure. Remember coming down to use the tranny to keep you going slower, don't let speed build up too much and DON'T just ride the brakes worrying you're going to go too fast. On a long downhill it's possible you could experience some fade depending on how well all the components are working and how you utilize them - you don't want that. I have never experienced that towing an RV but I watch my p's and q's. If you think you have overdone it and you've heated up the brakes too much there are usually pullouts on long steep grades....use one to let it cool off.
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