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Old 09-08-2014, 02:17 PM   #1
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Hwy 50 in Nevada

We are planning a trip from Oregon over to Utah and the trip planner is suggesting Hwy 50 from Reno NV to Utah. We are having a little issue with overheating on very long plus steep mountain passes. Does anyone have any knowledge as to how long and severe this grade is? Or where I can find out?
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There are multiple high passes on 50 with some steep and winding roads. I80 is an easier but longer route and also has more places for services.
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There's a reason it's called the loneliest road in America. At least a couple of 100+ mile stretches w/no service. Not a good road to break down on.
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There's a reason it's called the loneliest road in America. At least a couple of 100+ mile stretches w/no service. Not a good road to break down on.
But a great fun experience Ya know...been there-done that.
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Some information on The Loneliest Road in America can be found here, along with pass summit heights:

U.S. Route 50 in Nevada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Beautiful drive, long way between services...
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Hwy 50 from Reno NV to Utah

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We are planning a trip from Oregon over to Utah and the trip planner is suggesting Hwy 50 from Reno NV to Utah. We are having a little issue with overheating on very long plus steep mountain passes. Does anyone have any knowledge as to how long and severe this grade is? Or where I can find out?
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We bought the Mountain Directories West and East (two books) that describe the mountain passes and grade angle and length information. Both for about $32

www.mountaindirectory.com
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Just did Hwy 50 Labor Day weekend. West to east in the MH, then unloaded our motorcycles in Ely and road into Utah and back.

Lots of long pulls in the MH and actually got the brakes hot coming down one. If you have cooling or brake problems a night run might be in order. Just as a few others said, there's a reason they named it the "lonliest road".

Good news is there's lots of places to pull over, just nobody around for help. Maybe no cell phone service either.

If you do the trip stop off at the railroad museum in Ely. Worth every penny!
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In 2011 a bunch of MG owners drove US 50 from Maryland to Reno. They were in 30+ year old cars some 60+. You can do it
https://www.google.com/search?source....0.SsFfsHr5jUw

We only had to come from NE WA.
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If you don't feel confident in your RV, don't drive Hwy 50. We love the drive though.
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