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First trip in HDT


dan412

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Welcome.

 

I still can remember on one of the RVs forums, people were "talking" about the worse mountain passes they had gone over. Several said Monarch Pass in Colorado was the worst. We were going over it to a workamping job near Gunnison. So I was a little nervous.

 

After going over it I thought, "Okay so what is the big deal?" Came our motto. "We fear no mountains."

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Congrats. You will like it more every time you use it. We pulled our fully loaded 18000 lb fifth wheel from NW Washington to the Tri Cities this weekend. We were stuck in horrible traffic on I90 creeping 4-5 mph. I have a manual in my truck so still have to shift. With that said even the big truck got a little warm idling along at slow speeds. We had contemplated bringing the dually since it would have been a little easier as a run around vehicle. Sure glad I didn't. At that speed torque converter would have never locked up and the dually would have struggled no doubt. Once we got moving all the guys with their big trailers and little trucks made a run for it. We just set the cruise at 65. Next hill we came to we stayed 65, they, not so much. We just idled past them like they were stopped. We lost a lot of time at the rest area where the girls needed a break and the small truck drivers had to come over to see the big blue beast that kept blowing by them on the hill. The HDT is always a topic of of conversation no doubt.

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Congrats. You will like it more every time you use it. We pulled our fully loaded 18000 lb fifth wheel from NW Washington to the Tri Cities this weekend. We were stuck in horrible traffic on I90 creeping 4-5 mph. I have a manual in my truck so still have to shift. With that said even the big truck got a little warm idling along at slow speeds. We had contemplated bringing the dually since it would have been a little easier as a run around vehicle. Sure glad I didn't. At that speed torque converter would have never locked up and the dually would have struggled no doubt. Once we got moving all the guys with their big trailers and little trucks made a run for it. We just set the cruise at 65. Next hill we came to we stayed 65, they, not so much. We just idled past them like they were stopped. We lost a lot of time at the rest area where the girls needed a break and the small truck drivers had to come over to see the big blue beast that kept blowing by them on the hill. The HDT is always a topic of of conversation no doubt.

That's priceless. lol. Been on both ends of that.

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Yup, as I have heard it said here, "too much truck, maybe.....too much trailer, never again". You will have a great time doing tweeks and custom stuff to you truck over the years. Seems like it never ends.

 

Oh, and you will get used to the helpers in campgrounds that don't think you can get in your spot without them. And the crowds and cameras that come out when you pull in.....you will get used to it as well.

 

Safe travels

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