For more than 20 years, the Mountain Directory books have been an essential guide for both truckers and RVers, with over 700 mountain passes and steep grades. MountainDirectory.com now offers this information not only as printed books, but also three digital versions; eBooks for Windows and Mac computers, and apps for Android phones and tablets, as well as iPhones and iPads. The eBook and app versions are downloaded onto your devices, and you do not need to be online; they will work anywhere, with or without a cell signal.
You can consult the Mountain Directories when planning your travel route, to avoid steep grades, and save your brakes. The Directories contain essential road information such as:
- locations of steep grades
- grade lengths and steepness
- the number of lanes
- grade speed limits
- escape ramps, switchbacks, sharp curves and roadside pullout locations
One for East, One for West
Divided into two separate directories, Mountain Directory East and Mountain Directory West, each travel guide has vital information that will help you make the best decisions for travel routes based on your RV’s engine, brakes and towing capabilities.
Both directories have full color relief maps. Yellow triangles indicate the points for each mountain pass and steep grade, with numbers corresponding to reference more information. On the electronic versions, for your phone or tablet, you can click on the yellow triangles for instant descriptions of each location.
Many RVers rely solely on a GPS unit, or a smart phone app to navigate their RV travel. Unfortunately, these may only navigate the quickest route, and not the safest route for big rig travel. Also, many people assume the mountains east of the Mississippi are not nearly as dangerous to RV brakes and transmissions as the majestic mountains of the West, but that is a dangerous misconception. While the Eastern mountains may not be as high as in the west, it is the steep change in elevation that makes a grade potentially hazardous. Going up 1,000′ over 5 miles, will not be as bad as going up 1,000′ in 2 miles.
Don’t find yourself in a scary, uncontrolled descent, when you don’t have to. Sometimes, what seems like driving out of your way, will save you not only your nerves, but potentially save money on brakes and transmission repairs and even worse repairs, or even an accident.