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Craig95005

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Posted: 05/19/12 10:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We're in a 37 foot Thor Challenger gas motorhome with a tow, and my wife is worried about the road from Durango, CO to Ouray. Something about narrowness, sheer dropoffs, and no guard rails shoulders. This is beautiful country and I'm looking forward to it. Anybody familiar with that road?

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Posted: 05/19/12 10:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You forget hairpin turns. And asphalt falling off the edge... to the bottom.

That said it's one of the most beautiful roads I have been on... but that was in a SUV.

There were semi trucks on it. But I wouldn't like it with something big.

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Did it in a 36' DP pulling a Wrangler. No problem. If you don't have a fear of heights.


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We've driven it multiple times with our 40' MH but then, we really enjoy driving mountain roads. If you're not used to driving these kinds of roads it's best to do it in your towed vehicle the first time. Also, it depends on how your motorhome does on steep grades. Plus, it's not going to fun for you if the passenger is screaming! You will need every bit of concentration with no distractions. It's a gorgeous ride - one of our favorites.


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And very steep going down the back half. You have to go slow and easy and you will be fine. It is narrow, windy, and one of the most beautiful roads in the country. Do it at last once--just give yourself plenty of time.


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People drive it every day in larger motorhomes towing. Semi's drive it every day with supplies. Yep, it's windy, yes it has some tight turns, yes much of it is steep, But, it's done every day and by lots of folks like yourselves. Just drive it. The capabilities of each individual driver, and the tolerances of him/her and the spouse in situations/roads like that are just that, INDIVIDUAL.

What some think is no big deal, others will not even try. It's up to all of us to determine what we will tolerate. I've done that road, several times, with large RVs, smaller RVs, towing toads and, ridden it on motorcycles. We love that area. It's some of the nicest scenery in Colorado. There are only a few sections that you are "tight". The rest, is pretty dog gone good.

I don't know if any of you recall it or not, but, that road was featured on a TV show called "Dangerous Drives". Two family members, a father and son were a team in hauling fuel from Montrose to Durango, if I recall. They did it in good weather and bad. Knowing that road like I do, that's a pretty good feat. Anyway, enough rambling. If you choose not to take this road, that's perfectly fine. It does have some serious elevation and, the absence of guard rails had the ability to intimidate many. It's phenomenal scenery.
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Done it with the 42' with Jeep in tow many times(not in snow)-no problem!


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I drove that road pulling a 34 foot 5th wheel. Well worth the trip.


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In my opinion it's one of the most amazing drives in the country. It's narrow, steep and twisty, but if you miss it you'll be sorry. If you take your time, you'll be just fine.


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Do it on the weekend and you will have much less truck traffic. You have maybe 10-15 miles of road like your wife described and going the way you are, most of your side will be on the inside, but a VERY steep down grade. We did it last year in our rig and it was an awesome trip. Would do it again in a heartbeat.


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