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Old 08-20-2010, 06:23 AM   #1
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Travel advice needed for Colorado

I guess I posted this in a reply yesterday instead of new post. Anyone traveled hwy 50 from Montrose to Salida and hwy 24 to Leadville and 70 on into Denver. Elevations look quite high, just wondering if grades are safe for a gas 36' motor home pulling a 3500 lb jeep.
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Monarch pass east of Gunnison, Hwy 24 N. of Leadville, and multiple steep grades from Vail to Denver will require good brakes and strong nerves. If you are trying to get to Denver or points east I might recommend you take 50 through Salida, Canon City and to Pueblo. Then I-25 to Denver.
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I originally chose this route as it was a scenic route, however it is probably for a car not an RV. At Leadville I would take hwy 91 to 70 into Denver. Vegasdan, if I don't hear any encouragement for others who may have traveled this route I will take your advice and head to Pueblo. Thanks for the advice.
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I'm not saying that it's not do-able. I have been down every road in Colorado on all forms of transportation and I am very familiar with your chosen route. Yes, it is very scenic. Just be careful.
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Thanks Vegasdan, I will proceed with caution if I go. Are the grades long,(up and down) like more than 10-12 miles at a time? Just thinking about the possible strain on the MH.
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Thanks Vegasdan, I will proceed with caution if I go. Are the grades long,(up and down) like more than 10-12 miles at a time? Just thinking about the possible strain on the MH.
Monarch has a long grade in both directions, not sure of the exact mileage. I would be more concerned about I-70 from Vail into Denver as there are multiple grades with a lot of curves. Be aware when you reach the western outskirts of Denver you are not out of the fire yet as there is a long down hill grade into Denver.
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Try not to get into Denver in a down pouring thunder and lightning storm during the five o'clock going home traffic on a Friday afternoon. But then again, you can pick up a lot of foul weather close quarter driving experience in a relatively short period of time. At least you won't have to worry about low blood pressure for a few days.
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