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Posted: 09/19/09 11:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How would it be for a 40 ft mh with toad in may or June?


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Posted: 09/19/09 11:38am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would take it. It is a steep climb, but done by rigs like yours. Depending on the snowpack from Winter, it might not be open in May. They usually get it open by Memorial Day, but in big Winters it has been closed until July.


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Lived in Ca all my life just never been over tihs road; no reason till now. Friends comimg to visit from back East meeting us in AZ... so figure Vegas to Parhump, Death Vatlley then 395 to 120 west to 5 then San Francisco and North to Alaska for the Summer. Tiagoa Pass is th higest pass in Ca.

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We went up the pass, it was very steep, the road was clear but the campgrounds on that side of the park were not opened yet. Too wet from snow melt or still with snow, I seem to remember. But it was a 20' Komfort Lite TT I was towing. In late June or early July, maybe, it has been a lot of years since we did the trip. Tioga Pass
It is the shorest route from that area to the other.


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12.5 miles of hill climbing then miles and miles of turning mountain roads all the way to the 5.


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Been over the top several times. Not a big deal if the road is open. Another spot you will have a workout is on Hwy 120, in a stretch called Priest grade, west of Big Oak Flat. Going up Hwy 120 from Hwy 395 will be a piece of cake, after leaving Death Valley on Hwy 190 to 395. Have fun!

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Posted: 09/19/09 06:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the replys. I didn't think it would be too bad. Sometimes ya hear horror stories that have little basis on facts.

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Piece of cake is right, we've done it several times in our 30' mh with no trouble. It's a beautiful ride and no problems. The worst we've done was Sonora pass, it's got some really steep climbs and you can't get in the right rpm range for max power.


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jbbrick wrote:

Piece of cake is right, we've done it several times in our 30' mh with no trouble. It's a beautiful ride and no problems. The worst we've done was Sonora pass, it's got some really steep climbs and you can't get in the right rpm range for max power.


You took a 30 ft MH over Sonora Pass?? You got more guts then I have. There is a 26% grade on Sonora pass with many hair pin turns that you better not encounter another vehicle coming the other way. Even with gearing down the tranny to first gear, you better have great brakes. There is no way I would recommend any MH or 5er or TT on Sonora pass.
Just not safe to do it, no way.

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I agree, I'll never take another mh over Sonora, at least from east to west-we did it in our older Pace Arrow and once before with a station wagon and tent trailer. There is one spot where you have to slow down for a right hand turn, then there's a super long grade in front of you and you can't get the revs high enough fast enough. We were floored in low gear and I think I could have gotten out and walked faster up the hill. We made it, though. Wonder how my newer one with the V10 would do? Any rig is tough at 10,000 ft.

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