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Debra17

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Towing on Moki Dugway
« on: May 21, 2019, 04:32:16 PM »
I was wondering if anyone has ever towed their trailer or 5th wheel on the Moki Dugway?

I drove it today (not towing) and met a 5th wheel coming down. It was on the lower part, so there was room to pass. But the part above the last switchback is pretty narrow. I think Iíd be nervous towing over it.
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Lou Schneider

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Re: Towing on Moki Dugway
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2019, 06:55:28 PM »
I drove my 23' Class A towing my Ford Bronco II on the Moki Dugway a couple of years ago but I wouldn't recommend it for anything larger.  Like you said, the turns are tight and since you're on dirt your traction is limited.

BTW, uphill traffic has the right of way as a general rule because backing downhill is dangerous, especially with a trailer.  For one thing, your trailer brakes work by dragging a magnet along the rotating drum to drive a cam that forces the brake shoes outward.

The brake cam does have a limited amount of travel in the opposite direction, but not as much as going forward.  And if you have an aftermarket brake controller (Prodigy, etc.) that uses an inertial sensor it only measures the deceleration in a forward direction, so it won't apply the trailer brakes when you're going in reverse unless you have the presence of mind to grab the manual application handle.

Neither will a surge braking system, as dramatically demonstrated in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAfZ1N56qjY

« Last Edit: May 21, 2019, 09:24:33 PM by Lou Schneider »

beaverfever

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Re: Towing on Moki Dugway
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2019, 07:20:09 PM »
tour buses drive it all the time with out any problem. i would be concerned about all the washboards than the width.

Debra17

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Re: Towing on Moki Dugway
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2019, 08:31:37 PM »
Well you all are braver than I am, haha! I was doing good just to drive it in my truck. Narrow roads make me nervous. This one wasnít too bad as it is mostly wide enough for 2 vehicles to pass, except for the top section after the last switchback. Iím glad I didnít meet him on that part. Iím pretty sure I wonít be towing on that road though.

Lou, thanks for the explanation on how the brakes work (or donít work) when backing up. I didnít know that.
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Re: Towing on Moki Dugway
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2019, 06:27:53 PM »
Dry the road is OK.  Very important to watch closely to not meet on coming traffic on the sharp corners of the switch backs.  Plenty of room for 2 vehicles to pass on the straight sections.   Not a relaxing drive. 

It is easy enough to take the route around.  It is only about 50 extra miles or less to go the paved route.
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Re: Towing on Moki Dugway
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2019, 09:19:21 PM »
We saw an RV at the bottom last year unhooking their TV before heading up.

Hope you visited Muley Point for the incredible views!
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Re: Towing on Moki Dugway
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2019, 09:36:48 PM »
Hope you visited Muley Point for the incredible views!


Here someone from Scotland has driven on the US's own Moki Dugway and been to Muley Point, and I was today years old when I first heard of those places. I need to get out more.  :-\


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Re: Towing on Moki Dugway
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2019, 11:28:55 AM »

Here someone from Scotland has driven on the US's own Moki Dugway and been to Muley Point, and I was today years old when I first heard of those places. I need to get out more.  :-\


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We are very lucky to be able to explore your incredible country. I'm sure there are millions of places we have not seen but we are doing our best to see a lot whilst we are still able. We have favourite places that we return to but always try to experience something  and somewhere new.

I think folks often don't explore their own country choosing to go elsewhere. I haven't seen much of my own part of the planet I must admit. I haven't even been to Edinburgh Castle and it's only 40 minutes away.
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Re: Towing on Moki Dugway
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2019, 11:31:24 AM »
I think folks often don't explore their own country choosing to go elsewhere. I haven't seen much of my own part of the planet I must admit. I haven't even been to Edinburgh Castle and it's only 40 minutes away.


Maybe I'll buzz over to Edinburgh and we can exchange tourist pictures!  ;)
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Re: Towing on Moki Dugway
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2019, 11:40:23 AM »

Maybe I'll buzz over to Edinburgh and we can exchange tourist pictures!  ;)
Feel free, we will happily have you stay with us and be your guides. You would need to come during our winter or spring!,
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Debra17

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Re: Towing on Moki Dugway
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2019, 12:44:16 PM »
We saw an RV at the bottom last year unhooking their TV before heading up.

Hope you visited Muley Point for the incredible views!

I did, and the views were incredible! This whole area is beautiful.
I would love to visit Scotland. Iím descended from some Scots who immigrated in early 1700s. Last name was Rankin. Maybe Iím related to the author Ian 😀. I have been reading his Inspector Rebus books. I do a lot of googling to look up his Scottish colloquialisms. Some I find and some I donít!
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Re: Towing on Moki Dugway
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2019, 06:07:27 PM »
I did, and the views were incredible! This whole area is beautiful.
I would love to visit Scotland. Iím descended from some Scots who immigrated in early 1700s. Last name was Rankin. Maybe Iím related to the author Ian 😀. I have been reading his Inspector Rebus books. I do a lot of googling to look up his Scottish colloquialisms. Some I find and some I donít!

Ooh that is a great photo.

Be good if you were related.

You are welcome to visit us too 😁
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