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Old 03-07-2014, 01:57 PM   #15
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Hell I say go for it. You only live once. No wait; that was my wife talking in my head. Don't do it. RUN RUN RUN. Just kidding. Looks like a road to take your time on and like Mike said; use a lower gear on the down hill side.

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Old 03-07-2014, 02:15 PM   #16
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I would vote for going up over going down. Using low gear to avoid overheating brakes going down is a must that one can avoid if you route your trip to be going up. No possibility of trailer push making control more difficult when going up.

If it is correct that speed limit is really low that is another argument for going up, you control you speed more easily going up where gas pedal determines speed than going down where you have to fight gravity to maintain a low speed.

That said I have done both on several mountain passes in Colo. and you won't get to do much looking at the scenery either way. Driving will demand your attention.

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Old 03-07-2014, 03:32 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by ruscal View Post
That looks similar to the Shaefer trail in Canyonlands. I would think you would be fine with a 4wd in low range to control speed without using brakes much. If it were raining you would have to use judgment whether to try, which would be a gamble.

You are correct Russ, the Shaefer Trail and the White Rim Road in Canyonlands and the Moki are similar. As you probably know, the biggest difference is the Moki is three miles long and can be done easily in 15 or 20 minutes by anybody driving/pulling most anything. The roads into Canyonlands are over a hundred miles and took 4 days in a Jeep with a small enclosed utility trailer in tow containing all our camping gear, extra fuel, spares and water. The Rangers will strongly discourage anyone from trying it; today, 20 years older, I would take their advice. I would never take the vehicle I am now driving (Tahoe 4WD) into that situation especially with the Oliver.

RogerDat you are 100% correct in that nobody but your passenger will get to enjoy the scenery. (I couldn't get Tali to even think about driving.) I did use a GoPro camera to record it so I got to watch after the fact....

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Old 03-07-2014, 03:46 PM   #18
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Thanks everyone. I'll be attending the rally in Moab and when it ends I'll be heading south. Moki Dugway is still on my "to do" list. Ever since I saw the cover of the Benchmark Utah Atlas I've wanted to do this. .
I think Jack you will be sorry and always left to wonder why you didn't do it if you don't!

As I said looking at the on line photos it looks like its only 3 miles long of gravel and the speed is max 15 mph and for some of it only 5 mph. Signs also indicate grades are up to 11% heck we have a main highway here in BC where the grades of 11% are common and go all the way up to 15% in some sections, the speed limit is 110km (68mph) and its a lot longer than 3 miles! lots of folks here have towed up and down that highway many times.

Go for it weather permitting & enjoy! You only live once!
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Old 03-07-2014, 07:05 PM   #19
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I've driven it both ways with my RAV4, but while it would pull the Escape 17 either way (I've towed an 18%, 3 mile grade into Ricketts Glen State Park in PA) I found the Moki so washboarded that I left the trailer in Banding. If it had been recently graded, it wouldn't have been a problem.

What ever you do, be sure to drive out to the end of Muley Point (at the top of the Moki) for a great 360 degree view of Monument Valley.

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