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Posted by richard schumacher on October 22, 2007, 3:27 am

People in North America drive them through the Rockies so your hills
will be no challenge.  The engine will be loud and you may have the
sensation of a slipping clutch, but these are completely normal in a

Posted by Bob & Holly Wilson on October 22, 2007, 5:15 am

What I've found is any speed below 65 mph (USA) or 105 km/hr will climb
all day long. However, for efficiency, I prefer to find a fully loaded
truck going up the hill and follow them up at their same speed. I often
use fully loaded trucks as my 'pace car.' I don't follow close behind
but just use them to set my cruise control speed.

What I've also found is this strategy preserves the excellent cross
country efficiency. It seems an efficient climb gets converted into
potential energy very efficiently and then plays out nicely on the


Bob Wilson

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on October 22, 2007, 9:52 am

 bwilson4use@hotmail.com (Bob & Holly Wilson) wrote:

Rt. 68 in WV?

You'll go up that mountain at 12-15 mph?

Posted by Bob & Holly Wilson on October 24, 2007, 1:39 am

Rt. 68 in WV, that doesn't sound like an interstate.

Following trucks up grades works quite nicely on 4-lane, interstate
highways and I notice many of them in mountainous areas have a climbing
lanes, 5-lanes. For example, I-81 between Roanoke and Bristol.

Bob Wilson  

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on October 24, 2007, 4:05 am

 bwilson4use@hotmail.com (Bob & Holly Wilson) wrote:

Yup, it is.  Interstate 68.

And there's one helluva mountain right there.

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