March 28, 2016 at 11:03 am #26626Paula BensonParticipant
We’re planning a fall trip to Colorado and we’re wondering about driving Colorado Highway 139 from Rangely to Fruita. We have a 25-foot Class C with Mercedes Chassis. We aren’t concerned about power, but rather if the road is wide enough, safe, etc. On another forum, we’re getting mixed answers, so am looking for advice please. Thank you.March 28, 2016 at 1:10 pm #26629RayKeymaster
There is a video on Youtube on a large transport truck navigating it.March 28, 2016 at 2:08 pm #26631Dan HuhnParticipant
We drove it last year going north, road was good it is a steep pass you go over just take your time and you should be ok. I was pulling a 36 ft 5th wheel.March 28, 2016 at 2:24 pm #26633Paula BensonParticipant
Thank you for the video. I’ll take a look at it.
We read on the Forest River Owners Forum a couple of bad reviews on Hwy 139. One person said there were no guard rails, the road was falling away, and it was only 1.5 cars wide in a lot of areas. That kind of put the fear in us (well, me especially!).March 28, 2016 at 3:33 pm #26635Dan HuhnParticipant
If I do remember right there are a few places that are narrow I can see how it would make someone nervous watch the video Ray posted it will give you an Idea how road is. If you think it is too bad and you feel uncomfortable I would find a different route. I didn’t think it was too bad but that’s just me I also drive big trucks for a living so those types of road don’t make me nervous. I hope this helps you out.March 28, 2016 at 6:48 pm #26639Paul BoyleParticipant
I pulled a 30 ft. trailer down 139 a couple times and there was no problems. Steep by Douglas Pass and great abundant plant fossils by the radar site. The majority of the fossils you will find at this site are leafs and small insects. There are leaf fossils being found regularly that measure over four inches. There has been plenty of insect type fossils found as well and there is a pullout on the opposite side of the road that is challenging to pull out of going north.April 7, 2016 at 3:36 am #27172LauraParticipant
Wow, I want to find that road on my motorcycle! I don’t think I would want to do it with my RV though. I think if I had to do it in any kind of rig, I’d rather do it in an 18-wheeler with lots of gears and the jake brakes. My RV doesn’t have all that. But I have to say, I highly doubt that road is on a truck route, not with 15-20 miles per hour curves. But I’ll bet it’s going to be fun as all get-out on my motorcycle!:-)November 3, 2016 at 4:27 am #37701Shawn, Amey & AyaParticipant
[quote quote=26626]We’re planning a fall trip to Colorado and we’re wondering about driving Colorado Highway 139 from Rangely to Fruita. We have a 25-foot Class C with Mercedes Chassis. We aren’t concerned about power, but rather if the road is wide enough, safe, etc. On another forum, we’re getting mixed answers, so am looking for advice please. Thank you. [/quote]
Not to bump an old thread but since you said your trip isn’t until fall, I live in Grand Junction about 15min from fruita and 40 min from Douglas pass. It is not nearly as steep as other passes in Colorado, it is narrow and mostly without guardrails. But is a short climb or decent in either direction. We hunt up on top every fall and we always see lots of people taking big rigs up into the blm land on top. Only downside to traveling it in the fall is weather. Snowstorms make that pass hell and I’ve been caught on the rangley side of it traveling back to GJ when a crazy blizzard hit once. I was in a 20′ box truck rwd and had to chain up to make it over. If I was you, if the weather looks iffy id take hwy 64 east out of rangley to hwy 30 south down i70 and avoid the pass completely it doesn’t add much more time as when you hit i70 the speed limit is higher. Hope this helps.
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