Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham NH

Vehicle Restrictions 

WEIGHT LIMITS

The weight limits below are referring to passenger and luggage weight, not the weight of your vehicle. These are approximate numbers used as guidelines.

  • Full size cars, mini vans, crossovers and wagons: 900lbs
  • 3/4 or 1/2 ton van, pickup or SUV: 900lbs (408 kg)
  • One-ton van or pickup: 1050lbs (476 kg)

This is a CRITICAL safety issue on the Auto Road. Tested over and over again, we have found that if you put more than 900 lbs in an automobile, the weight is too much for the transmission to hold back the vehicle on the steep grades. It can cause you to use your brakes too much, which will lead to overheated brakes, or worse. Please keep the interior weight of the car in check.

 

SOME VEHICLES CANNOT BE PERMITTED ON THE AUTO ROAD

  • Jaguar, Saturn and Sterling autos with automatic transmissions must show a “1” or “L” or “S” on the shifter to be allowed on the Auto Road. Transmissions showing an “S” must demonstrate that this shifter will allow the transmission to be locked into 1st gear.
  • Model year 2009 and earlier Honda and Acura vehicles must meet the same requirements as described above.
  • Model year 2010 and later Honda and Acura vehicles are all allowed regardless of transmission type.
  • Some former police cars and taxis have the 1st gear locked out and cannot be allowed on the road.
  • No trailers, RV’s, campers or vans converted to RV’s.
  • No mopeds or scooters.
  • No dual wheeled vehicles.
  • No bicycles.

 

VEHICLE SIZE RESTRICTIONS

The size restrictions below are strict limits. The Toll House attendants at the base of the Road will measure any vehicles that they suspect may exceed the restrictions.

  • Maximum wheelbase on any vehicle: 176 inches (447 cm) (This excludes many limousines).
  • Maximum width on any vehicle: 88 inches (223 cm) including mirrors (mirrors may be folded in to achieve this width).
  • No pickups with permanent additions that extend wider than the cab (campers, rack bodies, or very wide mirrors).

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions about Vehicle Restrictions at the Auto Road, please call us at (603) 466-3988.