That's a tough call, the heat is really hard on it. I like planning so I hit the steep passes after it has cooled down. Much easier on the truck.
I think the biggest trade off of choosing night travel is the danger of hitting livestock in the road. You have to be really careful and go slow.
The cows like to hang out in the street at night, and some of the cows are unlit.
As miserable an idea as it is, if your truck is getting hot on the climbs, turn on the heater. That's another radiator and all that heat is being taken out of the coolant.
If you have somewhere to carry it, another zero-dollar effective thing that can help you make it is to take the hood off. It traps a ton of heat. But I'd slap it back on before driving through the last towns where the cops might pull you over.
It can help get you over the hills when you're at your limit of overheating though.
Another low-buck thing for getting over the mountains is to use a windshield washer pump and nozzles and set it up to spray cold water at the front of your radiator. When your temp starts getting high up a steep grade, hit the switch and give it some mist.
Also, put new upper and lower radiator hoses on now. At the very least, buy them and carry them. Also have enough water and some antifreeze to flll up on should you boil over or blow out a hose.
Yes, I've driven several old, heavily loaded trucks to BRC...
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