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Okay, best plan of attack for mountain driving, towing 5 tons? What is a good RPM to maintain on climbing grades so as not to overheat things? What about going down the other side of the mountain? I have an E40D tranny, does it have a retarder???? If the downgrade is more then a mile long should I keep the tranny in 2nd gear? I'm asking because I've never towed my 5th wheel in the mountains and have never towed through the mountains using a diesel truck. Leaving tomorrow from Vegas to Portland Oregon by route 95 to 395. Thanks all who respond.
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It's important to keep the boost up going up the hills, this keeps the egt's down, but hauling up steep grades I was running 45-50 mph, at 1200* and 15 lbs of boost at around 2400 rpm, in 3rd, had to eventually drop to 2nd to maintain 35-40 mph, without cooking my turbo, going down just hit the od off to keep your speed low to keep the trailer from pushing you down the hill

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