Mountain Directory, will give you the insights needed while traveling the countryside.
There is an old saying among over-the-road 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 RV-ers.
Trucks and RVs have similar problems regarding weight, engine power, and braking in mountainous terrain.
Imagine yourself descending a mountain grade in your RV.
You didn’t know there was such a long, steep grade on this highway.
What a surprise!
And things are not going well.
The engine is not holding back all of this weight, the brakes are smelling hot or even smoking, you’re pushing harder on the brake pedal but your speed keeps increasing.
All you can see ahead is more mountain.
Your mind is racing through all of the available options and none of them are good.
“I’ve got to do something,” you say “or I’m not going to make it.”
The options include: run into the rock wall, go over the side, hit those trees, or see if you can make the next curve and ride it out.
You choose the last option and, if you are lucky, you make it to the bottom in one piece.
Should, You pull over and while you are waiting for your heart to stop pounding.
You wipe the sweat from your face and you notice your shirt is soaked.
Your mouth is dry, and your hands are shaking.
You are thinking, “If I had known it was going to be like that”
Perhaps your rig has difficulty during the steep climbs.
Due to the temperature is in the 90’s and the grade is so steep, that you can barely climb it in first gear.
How far to the top of this hill?
You don’t know if it’s one mile or ten.
Something smells hot.
What to do?
Pull over and cool off?
But then all momentum is lost.
Can you even get started again?
You wish you had unhooked the car you’re dragging up this hill behind the motorhome.
If you are lucky, you can do that next time.
You are wondering how many thousand dollars a new engine and transmission will be.
Travel with safety – safety from knowledge and information about navigating through the Mountain Grades and Terrain.