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Old 08-19-2019, 11:02 AM   #1
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Fuel Strategy For I-70 In The Rockies

I will be headed to southern Utah in the early fall. Will be going I-70 west from Denver in my gasser (see sig). What kind of fuel strategy should I be considering? Top off the tank in Denver? Maybe not a full tank and get fuel once up in the mountains? I've never driven grades like this in the moho. I know my mileage will suck. Looking for some suggestions from the experts!

Also, assuming no traffic issues how long should I be thinking the drive will take from Denver to Grand Junction?
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Old 08-19-2019, 11:42 AM   #2
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243 miles figure about 5 hrs plus stops.
Get gas in GJ.
Plan on gettting gas between 250 to 325 miles.
Use Google maps and Gas Buddy.
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I like to start with a full tank. The weight saved from starting with less would be negligible in the grand scheme. We can make it to Moab without stopping with our Jeep in tow. Green River, Utah is just as feasible.
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F4Gary and BirchyBoy, thanks for your input. I was guessing between 5 - 6 hrs. I use Google maps and GasBuddy during all of my travel and I like to start with a full tank.

Is gas readily available on this stretch of I-70? I assume it is.
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Plenty of stations at the off ramps along I70 Grand Junction to Denver. Only thing you have to watch for are stations with pumps parallel to the road for easy (relative) access in and out of the pumps. I was just through there last summer and no fuel issues.
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F4Gary and BirchyBoy, thanks for your input. I was guessing between 5 - 6 hrs. I use Google maps and GasBuddy during all of my travel and I like to start with a full tank.

Is gas readily available on this stretch of I-70? I assume it is.

Do you not know how to use the map feature of Gas Buddy?
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Plenty of stations at the off ramps along I70 Grand Junction to Denver. Only thing you have to watch for are stations with pumps parallel to the road for easy (relative) access in and out of the pumps. I was just through there last summer and no fuel issues.
Gas will not be an issue.

Issue will be - IMHO - figuring out what you want to do - just go from A to B or see some of the most beautiful country in the US?

If A to B then just stay on I-70 - BUT - if option number two is in play then - look at getting off on RT 91 to Leadville then on Minturn and back to I-70 or on to Buena Vista - Salida - Monarch Pass - Collegiates - Gunnison - Black Canyon - Ouray............on and on when you run out of time just hard back to I-70.

If Moab is the destination then be sure to catch RT 128 along the Colorado.

I could go on and on but I think you get the message.

Hope this helps.

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HighDesert, thanks for your input.

F4Gary, I do and looked it after your initial response referring to GasBuddy. Honestly, I just hadn't thought about it. I did notice the big increase in gas prices once you get west of Denver.

Busskipper,, thanks for your input. I've probably read every post you've made about the area. Some of them were in threads I started. Will be headed to Moab and the Big 5 and will do more of CO in the next trip. Using your input we've got a pretty good idea of our basic route and things to see. Will be using SR36 to get to Denver from St Louis.
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HighDesert, thanks for your input.

F4Gary, I do and looked it after your initial response referring to GasBuddy. Honestly, I just hadn't thought about it. I did notice the big increase in gas prices once you get west of Denver.

Busskipper,, thanks for your input. I've probably read every post you've made about the area. Some of them were in threads I started. Will be headed to Moab and the Big 5 and will do more of CO in the next trip. Using your input we've got a pretty good idea of our basic route and things to see. Will be using SR36 to get to Denver from St Louis.
Got it - BUT if you can catch the Aspen you will not be disappointed

https://lynn.smugmug.com/Travel/Colo...pens/i-tsVRkXg

And the little Loop behind Vail on RT 91 to Leadville - Camp Hale - Green Bridge and Red Cliff back to I-70 is only an hour or so and is Beautiful.

MAP - https://binged.it/30hNFLn

Takes you out RT 6 to Idaho Springs then to Leadville and Back to I-70 on RT 24 - jump off in Glenwood Springs for the Colorado and again on RT 128 going into Moab.

Sometimes just a Taste will do - gas is really easy - but avoid the Ski areas as they just charge MORE.

Moab - https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/f...d/29448394.cfm

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The gas prices are a fair bit higher in the mountains...
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Fill it up in Denver, then head west.. There is a Pilot in Grand Junction.
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Fill it up in Denver, then head west..


I top off on the East side of the range as fuel pricing goes way up in the mountains. I always want enough fuel in the tank to run the generator.
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I just crossed it 2 days ago. We filled up on the Denver side and then again on the west side of the mountains. I think I still averaged 6.65 mpg up and over which surprised me since the engine was working harder than normal. As stated above we did run the generator and shut down the engine ac on the way over.
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