The Ultimate Mountain Directory Guide – Travel Safely through the Mountain Grades and Terrain. Vital information for anyone driving a large or heavy vehicle! In an attempt to make mountain driving a little safer for truckers and RV’ers, R&R Publishing Inc. has been collecting and publishing information about mountain passes and steep grades since 1993.
The Mountain Directory Ebooks maps the locations and descriptions of over 700 mountain 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, whether the road is two lane, three lanes, or four lanes if there are escape ramps, switchbacks, sharp curves, speed limits, etc.
With this information, one can know ahead of time what a pass is like and make an informed decision about whether to go 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 had 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 the printed versions, mountain pass locations were 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.
There is an old saying among over-the-road truckers. “There are two kinds of drivers — those who’ve been in trouble on a mountain grade, and those who will be.” Unfortunately, this also applies to many RVers. Trucks and RVs have similar problems regarding weight, engine power, and braking in mountainous terrain.