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    Mountain travel

    Well here we are in the Smokiees of Nc and what a ride in here. We came in 441 up a mountain and down. The trip up was scarry! , It just started snowing up the mountain and we went through a couple of tunnels when I felt the rear of my truck starting to slde sideways. Then on the way down I put it in low gear and she still wanted to go fast. I kept bringing in the reigns every so often. By the time I got down the mountain it felt as tho my rotors are warped now. I t scared the !@#$ out of me. I got to the campground in Cherokee and took my whell off and checked the brakes. Ther is still alot of pad left. I am going around that mountain on the way home. It will cost me 1 and a half hours, but man did that snow up there put some fear in me.On the way down ,we past road blocks, for they closed the road off that is how bad it was.
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    I see you are from Michigan so at least you had some experience with driving in the snow. That still does nothing to ease that feeling of "I'm not quite sure who is in control here but I don't think it is me". Hope you have a great stay and no more snow.

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    ... The Smokey Mountains are around 5,000 foot Elevation.... Just imagine more than twice that height... as you travel through the Rocky Mountains with 54 peaks reaching altitudes of over 14,000 feet...

    Towing an RV up hills or mountains doesn't seem to be a problem these days with the power offered by GM... Ford... or Dodge. !! BUT !! Stopping or slowing down a truck towing 14,000 to 16,000 pounds of weight... with gravity working hard against the brakes... Sure does make RV travel interesting...

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    If you travel that raod in the summer the air is full of burning brakes smell....
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    I've travel both the "Smokies" )perhaps named after all of the brake smoke?) and the Rocky Mtns. I'll take the Rocks any day. that 441 can be real scary esp. with a long rig/wet weather and......tourist!!None
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    get a dodge with an exhaust brake and save all that brake smell

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    Or a Chevy Duramax with an Allison Transmission.

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    I believe that my Dodge has a exhaust break AND a Allison knock off.
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    Yes, when we did the Smoky's trip last summer, I had memories of when I was much younger and bolder when I took these aggressively (in a car). This last summer with a 33'5" trailer, and pulling it with a SUV, things were quite different.

    When we came in it was at night rainy and very foggy. We were heading to Smokemont from Gatlinburg, right up and over 441, though the park. Was cautious, used gearing, and engine to keep down hill speed under control. Trailer brakes adjusted for the slippery roads (turned down the boost). I used the turn outs several times to let others pass. All in all did not use the brakes too much at all, mostly engine braking. This will be different this year as we too have a F350 Diesel with tow haul, and will be more dependent on brakes, since the engine braking is reduced on a diesel, with out a exhaust brake.

    The most challenging part of the trip was actually doing a alternate route due to a total shut down of 40 going east. We ended up South west of the park, doing a bunch a tight switch backs. But, if you really want some fun try the Cherohala skyway is part of the Tail of the Dragon, and switchbacks it way up to 5300', similar to the park road.

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    Pulling an RV in mountains without an exhaust brake is foolhardy in my mind. If you are going to drive mountainous road then you either need to invest in a prepaid funeral or an exhaust brake. The exhaust brake is cheaper. BD, Banks and Pacbrake all make good ones. Personally I have a Banks exhaust brake and it sure saves you.
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