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Thu May 30, 2019, 01:00 AM

 

Okay this was intense

Last edited Thu May 30, 2019, 10:02 AM - Edit history (1)

Today was hair raising. YouTube "Dooley Mountain Oregon" or "Oregon Highway 245".

188 turns in 14 miles of the worst part. We didn't realize the road we were getting into.

I should have unhooked the tow car from the motorhome.
In fact, we shouldn't have gone up and over Dooley Mountain period but we made it.

Twisty, steep dropoffs, no guard rails, and the area burned in 2016 leaving a barren view that wasn't reassuring.
I kept it in first after the pass for the downhill to highway 7.

Lesson learned...I hope


Driving 20,000 pounds over it isn't for the faint of heart.

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SHRED May 2019 OP
cilla4progress May 2019 #1
SHRED May 2019 #2
CentralMass May 2019 #6
SHRED May 2019 #7
CentralMass May 2019 #8
applegrove May 2019 #3
thewhollytoast May 2019 #4
rusty quoin May 2019 #5
SHRED May 2019 #9
rusty quoin May 2019 #10
SHRED May 2019 #11
rusty quoin May 2019 #12

Response to SHRED (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 01:07 AM

1. Been on some roads like that

in e. Washington. Logging roads. Not pulling 20K LBS though! Maybe 12K - loaded horse trailer!

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #1)

Thu May 30, 2019, 01:14 AM

2. It was white knuckle time

 

I need to really research the roads here better.

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Response to SHRED (Reply #2)

Thu May 30, 2019, 03:39 AM

6. Oregon has an aversion to using guardrails.

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Response to CentralMass (Reply #6)

Thu May 30, 2019, 10:01 AM

7. And this...

 

As I look back on this experience I am perplexed as to why Oregon doesn't have signage for this road. Such as "steep and narrow curvy road ahead with exposed drop offs. Not recommended for towing".

Or words like that.

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Response to SHRED (Reply #7)

Thu May 30, 2019, 12:14 PM

8. I agree.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 01:36 AM

3. First gear is your friend for sure. Used it many a time at particularly

steep hills on the dirt road to our cottage.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 01:39 AM

4. Glad you are okay.... now get some sleep.

 



Toast

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 03:00 AM

5. 20,000 pounds? I hope you got plenty of breaks.

 

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Response to rusty quoin (Reply #5)

Thu May 30, 2019, 01:35 PM

9. I used 1st gear coming down the grade

 

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It's a must to not get the brakes hot.

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Response to SHRED (Reply #9)

Thu May 30, 2019, 10:15 PM

10. I recently watched this bad movie, all the way through, Black Dog, with Patrick Swayze.

 

Itís a trucker movie. What it was good in doing was explaining the importance of finding the right gear before you begin the decline because it can become too late and brakes cannot save you.

Iím glad you came out of it safe, and with real adrenaline infused experience that will last your life.

1st gear...you must have crawled down. Had I been in your place I would worried about the transmission ability to hold out the whole way down.

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Response to rusty quoin (Reply #10)

Thu May 30, 2019, 10:43 PM

11. I swapped out...

 

...the aftermarket tachometer a previous owner installed for a transmission temp gauge.
Much more important and useful.
It got hot but within an acceptable range.

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Response to SHRED (Reply #11)

Fri May 31, 2019, 12:10 AM

12. One hell of a story.

 

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