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Old 08-15-2014, 05:14 PM   #1
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Few days from departing Seattle Washington head east with our final destination being the Orlando area. Our plan is I90 then I82 onto I84 and working our way to I70. The I70 part I am familiar with it's the the 82&84 that we have never been on. We travel in a 40' DP towing 4 down can any of you more experienced travelers provide any insight on these roads (climbs, descents,and stops along the way. Thanks

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Old 08-15-2014, 07:12 PM   #2
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Just one thought, don't stay on the interstates the whole way. Get an atlas and take some of the routes designated as "scenic". The travel should be just as much fun as the destination.

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Old 08-15-2014, 11:58 PM   #3
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Selah, thanks for your input and yes normally we avoid the big roads but we have a location in mind that we just want to arrive at and the interstate is the most direct route for the first leg of our trip. I have looked at the atlas so many times and the route I have asked about just fit us best just attempting to get some feed back from other who have traveled these roads
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Heading East

We drove the 90-82-84 stretch a year ago, also 40ft DP towing. All good road, you won't have any problems, but there are a few grades in eastern OR, and again a succession of grades in southern ID and northern UT, lengthy rather than steep (iirc), leading into Salt Lake. My Cat started heating, but that was my own cooling problem, rectified in SLC. Running normal you shouldn't have difficulty.

There's no shortage of RV parks and campgrounds along the route, as well as things to see. We stayed at a KOA in Pendleton, (Pendleton Mills Outlet), which was a nice place, and I would also recommend the Mountain Home RV Park in Mt Home, ID. Very nice folks, park is very neat and well kept.

Do not miss the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, near Baker City. One of the most fascinating stops we've encountered. Also, a hidden gem, the Shoshone Falls Park, along the Snake River at Twin Falls, ID. Spectacular. Not to mention an absolute host of grand vistas along the way.

I'm not sure if I'm misreading you, but if you're concerned with grades you might want to consider I-80 rather than I-70. If you take I-84 from Ogden to connect with I-80, you can bypass the long, steep upgrade on I-80 through Parley's Canyon immediately east of Salt Lake, and after that the highest point through WY is about 8500.

I-70, besides being more distant to get to, also has those two looong high altitude grades up to Vail pass at about 10000, and the Eisenhower Tunnel at about 11300. Granted, I-70 through the CO Rockies is probably the most scenic highway in the US.

Your choice. Enjoy!
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