Introducing the Mountain Directory Ebooks!
In an attempt to make driving a little safer for truckers and RV’ers, R&R Publishing Inc. has been collecting and publishing information about passes and steep grades since 1993. The Mountain Directory Ebooks give the locations and descriptions of over 700 passes and steep grades in 22 states.
The Mountain Directory ebooks tell you where the steep grades are, how long they are, how steep (%) they are. It also tells you whether the road is two lane, three lane, or four lane. If there are escape ramps, switchbacks, sharp curves, speed limits, etc. Armed with this information, you can know ahead of time what a pass is like and make an informed decision about going over or around. If you decide to go over, perhaps the cool morning hours would ease the strain on the engine and transmission during the climb. Unhooking the towed vehicle would make the climb and the descent easier. Knowing what lies ahead is half the battle.
The printed versions of the Mountain Directory books have almost 240 pages of text and color relief maps. All 240 pages are in the downloadable versions of the Mountain Directory ebooks. Nothing is missing. In printed versions, mountain pass locations are marked with a yellow triangle on the color relief maps. In the ebook versions, you can click on the yellow triangles and the text appears that describes that location.
VITAL INFORMATION FOR ANYONE DRIVING A LARGE OR HEAVY VEHICLE
The purpose of this book is not to discourage drivers from going where they please. It is only to inform them of the conditions they may encounter and therefore encourage them to make sure their equipment is in good repair. Brakes must be in good working order and also properly adjusted. The engine and transmission should be used to slow the vehicle whenever possible, thus saving the brakes and to keep them cool enough to retain their stopping power. The engine’s cooling system should be in good repair to prevent overheating during the climbs. Turning off the air conditioner during climbs may help, and if necessary, turning on the heater will help dissipate heat from the engine.
This book does not attempt to rate passes or grades according to difficulty. There is an enormous variety in vehicles and equipment. A hill that is very difficult for one vehicle may be no problem at all for a similar vehicle that is equipped differently. Driver judgment is critical in deciding which hills should be avoided.
Travel with safety – safety from knowledge and information about navigating through the Mountain Grades and Terrain.