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Old 10-23-2012, 08:19 AM   #1
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Driving West from Denver

We are going to Denver next spring for a grandson's graduation. Following that we would like to head to OR for the summer. I have a gasser and have heard how difficult it is for gassers to take I-70 because of the long climb out of the tunnel. I'm an experienced mountain driver but don't want to push my MH any more than I have to. Since I won't be in a hurry, would it be better to take I-80 through WY to get to SLC and beyond or is there a better and perhaps more northern route?
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:22 AM   #2
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My first trip climbing up to the Eisenhower tunnel from Denver was in 1977 on the shoulder of the highway, in low gear, with the emergency flashers blinking (1976 Midas Mini towing a race car trailer). In more recent years we have used I-80 as an alternative to I-70. However, you will find hills on this route also. Something we use is the truckers mountain directory Mountain Driving Guide for Truckers, RV and Motorhome Drivers This lists all known grades, curves, etc. and is a great planning tool.

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We are going to Denver next spring for a grandson's graduation. Following that we would like to head to OR for the summer. I have a gasser and have heard how difficult it is for gassers to take I-70 because of the long climb out of the tunnel. I'm an experienced mountain driver but don't want to push my MH any more than I have to. Since I won't be in a hurry, would it be better to take I-80 through WY to get to SLC and beyond or is there a better and perhaps more northern route?
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:29 AM   #3
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I-70 does not go to SLC so I would take I-80.Traffic on 70 can be a pain anyway.I would go I-80,take the 287 cut off in Ft Collins to Laramie.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:22 PM   #4
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I use the West version religiously. I don't need the East one because I have no intention of going east of the Mississippi.

I've gone by way of I-80 before and like it but I was wondering if it made any snese to go further north and take I-90 and then eventually cut down to OR? I'm not sure how interesting the drive would be for the majority of the trip but thought I would ask.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:03 AM   #5
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Denny,

When we travelled west thru CO on I-70 my wife drove the toad when we left Golden, CO and we hooked up again near Vail. It was quite a climb but nothing the W24 could not handle. And that was before our Brazel's Ultra Power upgrade.

We just loved the scenery in the gorge along I-70 in the Glenwood Springs area!

Suggested route to OR: I-70 in UT, US 191, US 6, I-15, I-84 thru Idaho to OR. At the OR border, stay on I-84 or take US 20 to Bend area and west (scenic route.)

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Denny,

When we travelled west thru CO on I-70 my wife drove the toad when we left Golden, CO and we hooked up again near Vail. It was quite a climb but nothing the W24 could not handle. And that was before our Brazel's Ultra Power upgrade.

We just loved the scenery in the gorge along I-70 in the Glenwood Springs area!

Suggested route to OR: I-70 in UT, US 191, US 6, I-15, I-84 thru Idaho to OR. At the OR border, stay on I-84 or take US 20 to Bend area and west (scenic route.)

Safe travels.

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Thanks for the recommendation. I've been to Oregon that way (less the I-70 to Grand Junction), several times. I was really looking for something different.

BTW, I also have the UP upgrade and it doesn't really do much at altitude. It works wonderfully at altitudes below 3,000' but the higher you go, the less efficient it is. It's still a great investment and I'm glad I got it.
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