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Topic: Whiskey Gulch Hill  (Read 344 times)

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TALL FORCE

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I am looking into buying a camper van and was wondering what peoples thoughts are on if 4wd is necessary to conquer that hill. I currently have a truck that I take down there and have only had an issue once. I see all types of vehicles making it.
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I am looking into buying a camper van and was wondering what peoples thoughts are on if 4wd is necessary to conquer that hill. I currently have a truck that I take down there and have only had an issue once. I see all types of vehicles making it.
I dont think a 4wd is necessary.  I did it with my 2 door civic for years.  It can get muddy and washboarded out when folks apply more power than they should.

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easyyakker

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I would agree with Rudy. 4wd isn't necessary. I think the more important thing is that you have enough power to go up the hill slowly. In those wet, bumpy conditions, you want to be able to go slow enough to not start bouncing, etc...


Kenai_guy

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The road is usually doable for pretty much any vehicle for most of the summer, but it can get nasty in a hurry if it rains on the weekend when lots of campers are down there.  Too many knuckleheads that don't know how to drive. 

If you get something 2wd, make sure you have good tires and remember you don't have to drive a straight line up that hill.  If you go slowly and zig zag to dodge ruts and washboard, you should be able to make it.  Or you could try backing up the hill
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I would just invest in a set of tire chains for your rig...smart thing anyway if you might be occasionally driving it around during winter adventures. And a good scissor jack to compliment the chains.  If the hill looks IFY toss on the chains. Only takes a minute to take them off at the top.

And as noted, drop the rig into granny and just creep uphill without spinning and screw the guy behind you that is in a hurry.  :D  The washboard chatter once you break traction is your worst enemy as you know.
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