Check the mountain directory to insure a safe and enjoyable trip!
Introducing the Mountain Directory Ebooks
There is an old saying among truckers; “There are two kinds of drivers — those who’ve been in trouble on a mountain grade, and those who will be.” Unfortunately, this also applies to many RVers. Trucks and RVs have similar problems regarding weight, engine power, and braking in mountainous terrain.
A well known publishing company, R&R Publishing, Inc. has been collecting and publishing information about mountain passes and steep grades since 1993. They have published their findings in an attempt to make mountain driving a little safer for truckers and RV’ers. During the last few years we have heard many stories about very expensive repairs to drive train components. Sometimes trucks and RV’s are lost entirely. A highway patrol officer in Oregon told us that in the summer an average of one motorhome per week burns to the ground while trying to climb Cabbage Hill on I-84 east of Pendleton.
To all motorhome drivers and RVers that want to have a safe trip, your knowledge about where you are going and what to expect may depend on whether you will actually make it or not…
The Mountain Directory Ebooks give the locations and descriptions of over 700 mountain passes and steep grades in 22 states. The Mountain Directory Ebooks not only tell you where the steep grades are but how long they are, how steep (%) they are, whether the road is two lane, three lane, or four lane, if there are escape ramps, switchbacks, sharp curves, speed limits, etc. Knowing this, someone can decide ahead of time what a pass is like and make an informed decision about whether to go over or around. If you decide to go over, try the cool morning hours. This can possibly help ease the strain on the engine and the transmission during the climb. If you are towing a car, trailer or boat, unhooking it would make the climb and the descent easier. Knowing what lies ahead is half the battle.