Originally Posted by WildBirder
Hi Don, How was that drive? I was hoping to do it this winter as well but won't do any mountain driving until I get trailer brakes
? What's your tug? How were the passes? Do you have AC? Tucson is still daytime hot in the winter.
ps sorry for the thread hijack, good information coming out of this thread.
Drive was nice..long.. was raining in washington/oregon both directions.. I would suggest trailer brakes for sure though depending on what you are towing with and what.. at one point I lost trailer brakes and it was still reasonable with the tow rig I was using though - borrowed my Dads Dodge diesel 2500 for the trip - great mileage and power through the hills.
On the way down we went through Grants pass and the Redwood forest, some snow on the sides of the road but nothing major.
It was hot through the desert but tuscon was only warm when the wind stopped, but still a little chilly.. like..15c kind of temps. I COULD have used AC through the desert but the wife is cold blooded so ya heh, wasn't unbearable though.
If you want to tow slowly (sight seeing etc) I'd suggest the coast roads (hwy 101) both directions..winds around quite a bit, some steep grades but if you are doing 30-40mph it doesn't matter much. The diesel was great for the hills but at that speed anything with low end torque would do for an egg..trailer brakes I would suggest in any situation.. pretty sure you could go to princess auto and get a set of brakes and a controller and anything else you need for under 300 bucks.. A full axle
is $350 with brakes installed if you wanted to go that route and a decent controller is about $100.