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Old 07-04-2019, 08:11 PM   #1
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Sprinter 3500 mountain incline handling

Heading out west. How is the Sprinter 3500 going to handle the Rockies? I see recommendations for other handling issues such as upgraded fans, sway bars etc. not much on steep and long incline/decline.

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Old 07-05-2019, 09:55 PM   #2
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My previous RV was a Sprinter based Itasca Reyo. I drove it several times on I70 up and over the Rockies. I didn't really have any problems with it.

When I was towing the Jeep Wrangler 4-door, I was able to keep my speed up to about 45 going up the mountains. Now, if I got caught behind a slower moving semi, I didn't have enough power to ever get back up to 45.

Now, when I wasn't towing the Jeep, I was able to keep a good speed and would only occasionally slow down to 55. If I got stuck behind a semi, I would have enough power to get back up to speed (eventually ).

Going down wasn't a problem either. Simply downshift to 4th or 3rd to keep your speed down.
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