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Old 08-13-2019, 08:51 AM   #1
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I-70 thru Colorado

Leaving Ft Collins, CO on Oct 1 headed to SoCal. Will be first time on I-70 through the Rockies in our 05 Tiffin Phaeton (Cat C-7, 350hp) towing our CR-V toad. I totally realize we wonít average 55 mph that first day, as Iíve ready many posts about being in the right hand truck lane doing 15-20 mph in the mountains. Whatís a realistic destination for that first day? We typically plan about 300 miles on a normal day or about 6-7 hours on the road. Is Glenwood Springs doable? Grand Junction? Less than that? More?

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Old 08-13-2019, 09:06 AM   #2
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Green River, UT is our first stop when headed west from Denver. There are a few good options there. Enjoy the trip!
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Old 08-13-2019, 09:10 AM   #3
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I think youíll be in Glenwood before you even realize it. We have a gas Winnie and pulled our Jeep Wrangler for the first time in June. We were able to maintain about 45mph without any issue. Once you leave Colorado the roads will get so much smoother?
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I suggest a stop at Pine Cove campground on the Southeastern shore of Dillon Reservoir about a mile from Frisco, CO. It's owned by the USFS and is first come, first served on level asphalt for $22 or $11 with the old fart's card. Say high to Greg the host if you stop there. Check it out on Park Advisor.
Vehicles over 26,000# GVWR are required to remain in the far right lane on most grades on I-70 west of Denver to at least Vail. $100 fine for not complying. Watch your coolant and transmission temps, especially while towing. Run your dash heater and keep your RPMs up to help keep your temps under control. There are some chain up areas to pull over in. If you use one please pull forward so someone can pull in behind you if necessary.
I-70 is in terrible shape right now. The worst I have seen in almost 30 years living here. It used to be the best maintained freeway in the state so the skiing tourists had a nice road to drive from DIA to the ski resorts. The left lane is only marginally better than the right lane so no need to be tempted to try it.
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Personally, from Fort Collins, I'd take 14/40 to Craig and then 13 south to Rifle State Park for the night. Or check out the Steamboat Springs area for a night or two. Beautiful drive and you avoid Denver traffic.
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Right your are, FL420. I drove I-70 from Denver to Utah last month and was very disappointed in the poor condition of the pavement. The road crews have a lot of work to do there over the next few construction seasons
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