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Old 10-01-2014, 11:15 AM   #1
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Driving next week in new RV from PA to UT?

I'm picking up my new to me diesel RV next Monday morning in Stroudsburg, PA just off of I80 and need to make it to Salt Lake City by Friday morning. I've driven I40 from end-to-end in my gas RV but no others.

I will be traveling alone, need to have reliable Internet service each night to teach a class, and necessary fuel stops.

Google maps is suggesting I80 to US30 to I57 back to I80 to avoid tolls roads. Or would I80(I90)I80 and toll roads thru OH and IL be the better choice?
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Old 10-01-2014, 12:00 PM   #2
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If I was in a hurry I think I'd just pay the tolls.

That's a pretty long run for that amount of time.

Let us know how you make out.
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Old 10-01-2014, 12:11 PM   #3
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agreed

2000+ miles

6 to 8 hour driving days
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You need to consistently cover over 500 miles per day, stopping early enough to refresh and be ready for the class. BTW, is the class scheduled in Mountain Time? That's a 2 hr time difference the first day, 1 hr the next two days. That will impact your driving time.

In your shoes I would just stick with the direct route- i-80 - and pay the tolls. Most of OH, all IN, and a bit of IL- not too bad, really. The only thing to watch will be snow in the Wasatch, and that loooong downgrade through Parley's.

Nice trip!
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Stick with the interstate what you save in tolls will be spent in fuel. If you need some rest on the way thru ohio they have rv sites with water and power at some of the service plazas.
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I will stick with I80 and the tolls. I imagine if the timing is just right I can use some of the Service Center RV camp spots and free WiFi for class.

I do have to pick up someone in SLC and then drive home to PHX Friday. That route I can drive with one eye closed and one hand tied behind my back.

Thanks for the input!
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not to put a damper on what you've already done (hopefully), but is a wrench looking at the oil, fluids, tire dates and pressures? Will there be propane in the tank for heat? Can somebody fuel it up for you, to save time?
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Yes, everything "has been" checked and will be checked again.
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Old 10-01-2014, 05:25 PM   #9
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US30 across Ohio has light traffic and is a great road, no need to pay tolls for a worse experience.
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I will stick with I80 and the tolls. I imagine if the timing is just right I can use some of the Service Center RV camp spots and free WiFi for class.

I do have to pick up someone in SLC and then drive home to PHX Friday. That route I can drive with one eye closed and one hand tied behind my back.

Thanks for the input!
You're going to Phoenix on Friday? After getting to SLC in the morning?

Well, it's only 660 miles. Piece of cake after coming from Pennsylvania.
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I am a dinosaur as far as technology goes, I can barely turn my computer on, last week I bought a motorhome and a GPS and the GPS is the greatest thing since sliced bread as far as I'm concerned. Gas at $3.50 a gallon and 9 miles to the gallon a small detour is costly.
I even learned how to use it after a few days, happy trails.
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That run shouldn't be bad at all. I do East coast to NV in 3 1/2 days every year. Best get on the road at daybreak and run as long as you can. I usually try for at leas t 700 to 800 miles the first day, that is when you will be the freshest.

Not sure which route would be best but the last time I ran across that toll road through In and Il traffic was stop and go.
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I agree with the "stick it on I-80 and pay the tolls" crowd. Sometimes, the journey is NOT the destination...or whatever they say.
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