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Old 04-13-2011, 05:55 PM   #1
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Wife and I are flying to Newport Beach CA to pick up our new to us RV. Wondering if anyone has recommendations on best route back to Chicago. We're on a tight schedule so looking for quickest with the least pain. I-80E? I-40E? Greatly appreciate any recommendations.

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Old 04-13-2011, 08:31 PM   #2
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I hav'nt checked the milage, but why not do I 15 up to I 70 in Utah I 75 in Denver to Nebraska and hit I 80 to Chicago. In Newport Beach I think Ca Hwy 60 cuts across the LA basin to I 15. I have driven this route except for start point in Newport Beach. I 70 has a significant, but beautiful climb (starts East of Grand Junction) and descent into Denver (through Vail Co) I did it with 43' and toad.

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I whole heartedly agree with Ronnie.

It can't be many more miles if any, and you may as well enjoy some scenery on your trip back.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:37 PM   #4
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My travel software shows the shortest route is 2025 miles ... I-15, I-70, I-76, I-80 ... this route is very scenic ... it has higher elevations and steeper ascents and descents crossing the Rockies...

A slightly longer route is I-15 and I-80 ... it is 2050 miles long ... there are only two climbs crossing the Rockies and the elevations are lower ... it is definitely not as scenic.

I have travelled from San Diego to Wisconsin multiple times and have crossed the Rockies by both of these routes ... always towing ...
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I80 across Nebraska is... snooze...
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:25 PM   #6
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My vote is for the I-15, I-70, I-76, I-80 route. We've done that many times. I-80 isn't all that bad across Nebraska. At least there's places to stop and see along the way. The I-40 route is even more boring plus you have to deal with toll roads in Oklahoma.
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Nebraska and North Dakota. You hit certain landmarks and it would tell you how long the pain. And to think we use to cross them going 55 and no toilets.
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Update - we ended up taking 40, 44, to 55. Unfortunately we were on a short timeline so were unable to stop (kind of painful to pass close to the Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest and not be able to take a peek). Did drive through some beautiful sunrises / sets.

We're also extremely happy with the new (to us) RV. '07 Winnebago Sightseer 35J. Ran perfectly, very smooth ride.

Next time...I-15, I-70, I-76, I-80.

Thanks again.

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