Steep Grades

The 6 vital rules to driving on steep roads & what to do in the event of brake failure:


Driving your RV in the mountains can be an extremely rewarding experience. It can also be very challenging for you the driver as well as demanding on your vehicle with all the steep grades and sharp turns to contend with.

You shouldn’t let this put you off though as the techniques for negotiating these roads safely are relatively easy to learn even if you haven’t had that much experience driving your RV.

So to be sure that you set out with the utmost confidence, take a look at the top 6 golden rules for driving you RV on mountain roads:


1. System Check

It seems obvious but number one has to be to double check the condition of the essential systems. These include the engine cooling system, brakes, belts, exhaust, heater, defroster, wipers, and all the fluids (which include transmission, oil, coolant, and windshield wash).


Note: As brake fluid ages it absorbs moisture and other pollutants that lower its boiling point. Under heavy load it can overheat and reduce the breaking efficiency.


If you have an older vehicle or haven’t had it serviced in a while then you should have this done by a qualified mechanic. If you intend to do regular mountain drives then it would be worth really familiarizing yourself with these systems. You should also make sure your tire treads meet the minimum required standard, the pressures are correct, and that your spares are in good condition…

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