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Old 07-10-2015, 12:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tips for pulling a grade - Monarch Pass Colorado

Looking for suggestions on the proper way to pull a grade in my 06 LBZ. The family and I will be heading up Monarch Pass in Colorado this summer and I've never pulled on roads like this before. We will be pulling a 22' enclosed trailer loaded with side by sides. Truck is a all stock 2006 LBZ. Do you just leave it in drive and let the tranny do its thing or should I be using manual mode and keeping it in a low gear?

Any suggestions would help. Thanks!

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Old 07-10-2015, 01:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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T/H on and shift in manual mode. You might hold 5th for a little while but i would shift into 4th. If the truck gets too hot turn the heat on full blast. I assume you have no gauges but your oil temps will be hot by the end of the run.

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You really should have an EGT gauage, overheating your turbo is no fun from
what I hear. I always guage my rpms and gearing using my egt readings.
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Sorry not much help on an 06, but I just put mine in T/H set cruse at 40 (it goes +/- 5 MPH), and set the exhaust brake, then I just keep my camper between the lines. I'm hauling around 21K.

On an older diesel set T/H use manual (in what ever gear you needed to go uphill and maintain speed or one lower) going down hill let the engine trans do the work and try to stay off the brakes as much as possible, don't exceed 40-45 mph on the downgrade, and watch your temps.

Also don't worry about the folks behind you they fly up and down that pass all the time, they will go around when allowed, your safety is first.
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You need to keep your RPM's up. Should be at about 2400 RPM (or more) while pulling up these long grades. Let the engine do the work - don't lug it. This will allow more cooling (if needed), will turn your fuel pump faster (reduce tendency for P0076), allow transmission to work in a more efficient band. Probably other benefits also. Your truck will definitely do the job so don't be afraid of going there. My 5th wheel is about 10,500 lbs and have had no problems going over Eisenhower Summit which has just about the same altitude. Don't know comparison on the grade however.
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To answer, no I do not have any aftermarket gauges. With me not having any sort of tune or programmer I just never thought I'd need something like that with it being all stock. Other than keeping an eye on rpm's and making sure I'm not dogging the motor what else to watch for
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These trucks really should come stock with a EGT gauge but since they don't and you don't have one just take your time and go slow both up the pass and slow going down the other side too. I use the T/H mode in auto.
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And I should let the tranny do the breaking down grade instead of brakes correct? What should I keep my decent RPM's around?

Thanks again for all the help guys, much appreciated
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put it in T/H and Drive it its all stock no thing to worry about. These trucks are dummy proof in stock mode
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Like said use the T/H whenever towing. Anticipate the fan kicking on. If you've never heard it before, the roar may scare you at first. Do not try to keep up with passenger cars or folks not towing. Leave plenty of room between you and the cars in front of you to avoid panic stops. Stay within your comfort zone. If you start getting hot any you have the A/C on, turn off the A/C.

On a stock truck it will limp before anything would break.

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