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5 Tips for Safely Driving an RV on Steep Grades

5 Tips for Safely Driving an RV on Steep Grades

The beautiful landscapes of Ontario can often lead RV adventurers to steep grades. While these terrains offer breathtaking views, they can also challenge RV drivers. Here at The Hitch House, we're dedicated to your safety and convenience on the road. To help you confidently navigate steep grades, we've prepared five essential tips for safely driving an RV on challenging terrains.

 

Embrace Patience

Embrace Patience

 

Patience is a virtue whether you're maneuvering through the Laurentian Mountains or the Niagara Escarpment. Accept that your speed will be slower than regular traffic, which other drivers are generally aware of. Don't feel rushed - maintain a comfortable pace, ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey.

 

Utilize Your Hazard Lights

 

If you're driving significantly below the posted speed limit (20-30mph less), consider turning on your hazard lights. This alerts other drivers of your slower speed, enhancing safety on the road. Remember, the usage of hazard lights may vary by jurisdiction, so ensure it's permitted in your current location.

 

Downshift before Ascending

Downshift before Ascending

 

Before you tackle an uphill climb, downshift to a lower gear. This gives your RV extra power to ascend steeply without overstraining the engine.

 

Leverage Tow Haul Mode

Leverage Tow Haul Mode

 

If your RV comes equipped with a Tow Haul Mode, don't hesitate to use it. This feature alters the gear-shifting pattern, keeping your engine within an optimal range and offering more control and power when needed.

 

Descend Slowly and Smartly

Descend Slowly and Smartly

 

When preparing to descend, lower your speed considerably before you start your journey downhill. Remain in Tow Haul Mode to utilize engine braking, reducing the reliance on your RV's brakes. If your RV doesn't automatically downshift, apply the brake firmly to trigger a downshift, letting the engine take over some of the braking work.

 

Remember to brake gently and intermittently (for about 15-20 seconds) to prevent overheating. If you're towing a vehicle, consider disconnecting it for the descent - your copilot can drive it separately, reducing strain on your RV and increasing safety.

 

Remember, the key to a successful and safe steep grade journey in your RV is to take it slow, stay patient, and utilize the features of your vehicle to your advantage. Protecting your RV from overwork will ensure its longevity and your peace of mind.

 

Come by The Hitch House today

Come by The Hitch House today

 

At The Hitch House, we're committed to making your RV journeys safe and enjoyable. For more tips or any RV-related queries, feel free to visit us or contact our team. Drive safely, and enjoy your adventures in beautiful Ontario!

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