In an attempt to make mountain driving a little safer for truckers and RV'ers, R&R Publishing Inc. has been collecting and steep grade publishing information about mountain passes and steep grades and mountain driving since 1993. The Mountain Directory E-books give the locations and descriptions of over 700 mountain passes and steep grades in 22 states. The Mountain Directory e-books tell you where the steep grades are, how long they are, how steep they are, whether the road is two lane, three lane, or four lane, if there are escape ramps, switchbacks, sharp curves, speed limits, etc. With this information, one can know ahead of time what a pass is like and make an informed decision about whether to go over or around. If you decide to go over, perhaps the cool morning hours would ease the strain on the engine and transmission during the climb. Unhooking the towed vehicle would make the climb and the descent easier. Knowing what lies ahead is half the battle.
The printed versions of the Mountain Directory books had almost 240 pages of text and color relief maps. All 240 pages are in the downloadable versions of the Mountain Directory e-books. Nothing is missing. In the printed versions, mountain pass locations were marked with a yellow triangle on the color relief maps. In the Mountain Directory: A Guide For Truckers, RV And Motorhome Drivers ebook versions, you can click on the yellow triangles and the text appears that describes that location.
Imagine yourself descending a mountain grade in your RV. You didn't know there was such a long, steep grade on this highway. What a surprise! With Mountain Directory,
You'll know. And things are not going well. You have a white-knuckle grip on the steering wheel. The engine is not holding back all of this weight, the brakes are smelling hot or even smoking, you're pushing harder on the brake pedal but your speed keeps increasing. All you can see ahead is more mountain. Your mind is racing through all of the available options and none of them are good. "I've got to do something," you say "or I'm not going to make it." The options include: run into the rock wall, go over the side, hit those trees, or see if you can make the next curve and ride it out. You choose the last option and, if you are lucky, you make it to the bottom in one piece. You pull over and while you are waiting for your heart to stop pounding, you wipe the sweat from your face and you notice your shirt is soaked, your mouth is dry, and your hands are shaking. You are thinking, "If I had known it was going to be like that............." With Mountain Directory: A Guide For Truckers, RV And Motorhome Drivers you'll know in advance.
Perhaps your rig has difficulty during the steep climbs. The temperature is in the 90's and the grade is so steep that you can barely climb it in first gear. The engine and transmission temperatures are rising. How far to the top of this hill? You don't know if it's one mile or ten. Something smells hot. What to do? Pull over and cool off? But then all momentum is lost. Can you even get started again? You wish you had unhooked the car you're dragging up this hill behind the motor home. If you are lucky, you can do that next time. You are wondering how many thousand dollars a new engine and transmission will cost. With Mountain Directory you won't have to worry.