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Old 06-18-2014, 05:08 PM   #15
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Don't forget to stayed tuned into what the weather is doing along 80. It's been a weird past couple of weeks. Lots of high winds and tornados. I am in Gilroy as I write and the temp is 93. Since your visiting from out of state we ask that you bring your own water. We are in drought. Every little bit counts. :-)

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Originally Posted by RVThere View Post

You will burn more gas avoiding the crazy tolls as opposed to just paying them.

Mass Turnpike, NY Thruway, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois will all get you. Get an EZPass to save on some tolls and allow you to drive through some tolls at normal highway speeds (saving you time and gas).

Being in NJ with a son in the Bay Area of CA, we've done the I-80 trip a number of times.

We use a book called the Next Exit and an iphone app called AllStays to find free places to overnight. We have stayed at Flying J in PA, rest area on OH Turnpike($20 to overnight with electric), rest areas in Iowa, WalMart in Princeton, IL (right by a Culvers for butter burgers!), Cabelas (truck parking) in NE, rest area on the Salt Flats west of SLC. Usually by NV we're ready for a campground to shower with good water pressure and dump our tanks.
I can attest to this. We just returned from Ma. to Elkhart, In. last week and took the turnpikes from Ma., N.Y., Pa., Oh., & In. and spent close to $200.00 round trip on tolls. We were towing a Honda Fit behind our Itasca Navion. Heck, New York State alone was close to $100.00!! Yikes!! But as was previously mentioned, you'll wind up wasting more fuel trying to avid paying the tolls than to simply suck it up and pay them. Not to mention the time that you will waste if you are trying to arrive at your destination at a certain time.

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Old 06-23-2014, 04:01 PM   #17
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I-80 to the west coast.

You can avoid the NY thruway by taking I88 from Albany to Binghamton then 17 (aka I 86) across the southern tier then I79S and pick up I 80 north of Pittsburgh. This will also avoid all the hills and construction on I81 in the Scranton area. It is a good road beautiful ride that takes you past the Allegheny National Forest & Salamanca casino. I plan to take this route when I go west in a week or three.
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When coming down the hill to Salt Lake City from Evanston, WY. There
is a nice walmart on the southside of I-80 in Park City with easy access.

What the mountain has you head down from Park City into Parley Caynon. It is steeper than it appears. You don't want your RV pushing you down the hill.

Once you leave Park city there not easy places for RV to exit in Salt Lake
City valley. So gas up on top of the mountain or when you get to Wendover, NV
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There's a Cabelas in Boomtown Nevada just west of Reno right on I80 that's a nice stopover for the night. That will leave you a rough 5-6 hour trip to Gilroy. You do not want to hit Sacramento or SR99 / I5 southbound anytime near 4PM or on as the weekday traffic is murder! Definately do I5 to US152 over to Giroy but be repared for some traffic and a couple of steep climbs. I would caution you to stay away from cutting through the bay area to Gilroy as I580/I680 will both beat you to death and the traffic will be heavy.
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West bound I-80 in Sacramento is a terrible road though it is very slowly being repaired, that being part of the problem. Try to pass thru there either mid day or mid night. I-80 in the sierras has been under construction but should be pretty good by now I would think. You should be able to take I-5 south from Sacramento and cut over to Gilroy missing the bay area, use your maps for that.

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