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Hauling over the Saddle Road

Posted by Kevin Z on Sunday, 29 December 2019, at 7:16 a.m.
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In response to 143718: trailer on Saddle Road, posted by Harry A2 on Saturday, 28 December 2019, at 9:49 p.m.

Two other things to consider: your engine will be working very, very hard for many miles at a time since you need to climb gradually to around 6,600 feet elevation. Brakes then get their workout on the way down. I owned what I considered an under-powered vehicle for island use - a Ford Escape SUV with a 4-cylinder engine - and it couldn’t maintain 55 on that climb even without anything loading it down. Add a load to the task and it really asks a lot. Use a properly-scaled, well-maintained vehicle & you’ll be thankful. The climb out of Hilo is beautiful but very curvy and so you’ll want good control overall. That being said, semis do it all the time.
It’s probably just semantics, here, but the original Saddle Road has been replaced by the Daniel Inouye Highway. If you wanna try that original stretch with a trailer, God bless you! But now it also occurs to me...Paniolos do that with their horse trailers in tow all the time!
Kevin & Kim Z


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