I would definately go a different route once to denver, then going straight west. You'll have to cross at least one ridge no matter what way you go. Monarch is a 6%, curvy, and long, as it tops 11,000 feet. Its not horrible, as Ive done it numerous times loaded in an 18wheeler. If you go down us285 out of denver, youll also hit Kenosha pass, while not very high, its one more to go over. Id suggest I-25 south to C.springs, and take hwy115 by fort carson, and cut off a few miles, vs going to pueblo and grabbing hwy 50 there. Hwy 50 does get to be slow going from gunnison to montrose though, IMO with a trailer. Overdrive will be out of the question even on flat ground out here for your setup. Make sure you have trailer brakes that work properly, and make sure you know how to decend steep grades that go for 5-10 miles. Leaving it in drive and riding the brakes down any of the big passes will result in a nice little fireball. We see a few dozen vehicles in my shop every summer from flat landers smoking their brakes out here, just to warn you. Other then that, have a blast out here, and spend lots of your money with us,lol.
Thanks streetglideok . I was looking at the route you said. I am going to buy a new trailer for this trip, so brakes should be OK. I do not intend to use a truck run off ramp. I am a retired truck driver [O/O] and have spent some time in CO. I ran 48 states.
"Spend lots of money ". I am going to have a good time.
Next summer I am going to be going to Ouray. I am looking foward to this trip, but I need a question answered.
I have a '97 Ford gas truck and will be pulling my Jeep TJ on a 18 foot trailer.
Will I have any problems pulling the hill out of Denver on the interstate going West?
I don't know what to expect out of the fuel injection. Will I slow down going up the mountian?
Thanks for any input.
I have pulled my jeep and trailer (about 5500lbs total) with Ford 5.4 half ton truck and it pulled fine (coming up from Durango, Red Mt. pass). Most of the speed limits posted are under 50 mph.
The problem may not be engine power. The pass driving, down shifting etc is hard on the transmission.
I pulled my jeep with my FX4 half ton for a couple of years with the worst pulling being the San Juan mountains. Last Spring, with fairly easy pulling in Big Bend, ate my transmission. While I was well under weight ratings, every transmission guy I talked with said the half ton transmissions would not hold up.
A month after replacing my transmission, I bought a 3/4 ton with an Allison Transmission. Everything is by far better for towing.