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Hauling over the Saddle Road
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.
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