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Old 05-07-2021, 11:00 PM   #1
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East Bound I-80 East of Salt Lake City

We have a 33ft Winnebago Adventure 8.1 towing a 2012 Equinox

We have traveled I-80 east of Salt Lake City a few times and I remember the climb. This time I want to pull over and disconnect our Toad and have my wife drive the car to not put to much on the Motor Home.
Where will be a good spot to pull over and disconnect and a good spot to pull over and re-connect the car.......
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You're on vacation, don't disconnect

Get a good running start at the climb,

manually shift gears if your tranny doesn't keep the rpm's in the sweet spot of 1800-2000 and enjoy the ride...

don't let others push you, just enjoy the climb !
We did 10 degree teton pass east to west and those that were behind me, should have started earlier because most of the time, I'm passing them !
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I can't answer your question but I can confirm that that's one of the most brutal hills on the interstate system. Not only is it over 10 miles long but temperatures in the summer can be over 100 F. Try to do it in the morning when the temperatures are lower.
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Thanks for your tips. I really have no problem disconnecting and re-connecting. I just want to know what exit I can use BEFORE and AFTER. I know it’s a long climb and it does get hot. I just want to avoid any potential problems.
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Correct me if I'm wrong East Bound I-80 just before exit 131 there is a chain up area....... Would that be a good spot to stop and disconnect the car? Than keep going up and up and up for ABOUT 10 miles and then find a spot to re-connect the car and be on our way east.... I know there more climbs but they are not as dramatic.....

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We have a 33ft Winnebago Adventure 8.1 towing a 2012 Equinox

We have traveled I-80 east of Salt Lake City a few times and I remember the climb. This time I want to pull over and disconnect our Toad and have my wife drive the car to not put to much on the Motor Home.
Where will be a good spot to pull over and disconnect and a good spot to pull over and re-connect the car.......
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It would help to know if your are coming up I-15 or across Northern Nevada on I-80

If coming from the south on 15, You would normally take 215 around the east side of the city but once you are on I-215 east there is not much stopping. There is a Flying J truckstop at the I-15 I-80 interchange, but that area is a real cluster. 6-10 lanes each direction. Personally if I was coming from the south, I would not worry about unhooking but instead go up 189 at Provo, up through the canyon. We used to do that with the semi to avoid the hill but now they have banned trucks. You can still take an RV up. Its a much easier climb and the road was rebuilt about 10 years ago. You go up through Heber City and back out to 80. The mileage is almost the same and it is a much easier climb. Other than that, if you want to avoid the city, there are two truckstops just south of Provo.

If you are coming in from the west on 80 again you have the Flying J just west of the I-80 I-15 interchange, and it is a little easier to get into from the west, but still is crazy.

As for the top there are all kinds of places to get off near Summit Park and Wanship.

Whoever suggested the chain up area. It is about half way up the hill so you might just as well keep going.

189 through Provo Canyon is an easy climb, slower, but absolutely beautiful. We were pissed when they banned Semis from a US highway.
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Almost immediately on starting the climb is a "Chain up area".


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Personally if I was coming from the south, I would not worry about unhooking but instead go up 189 at Provo, up through the canyon. We used to do that with the semi to avoid the hill but now they have banned trucks. You can still take an RV up. Its a much easier climb and the road was rebuilt about 10 years ago. You go up through Heber City and back out to 80. The mileage is almost the same and it is a much easier climb.
I'd recommend this route, also. Beautiful drive!
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I'm with you disconnect. Much more enjoyable

We have a couple of places we go that we know where to stop and disconnect.
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Did I miss a "hill"? We've run 84 from Oregon to Echo, Utah then 80 East. Don't remember a hill that was worrisome. Pretty good hills, yes, but the one you-all are talking about must not be any that we encountered. Just curious.

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Go north to Ogden and take 84 to 80.
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You're on vacation, don't disconnect

Get a good running start at the climb,

manually shift gears if your tranny doesn't keep the rpm's in the sweet spot of 1800-2000 and enjoy the ride...

don't let others push you, just enjoy the climb !
We did 10 degree teton pass east to west and those that were behind me, should have started earlier because most of the time, I'm passing them !
I'm afraid that 8.1 gasser wouldn't be makin' much power at 1800 to 2000 rpm, 3000 to 3500 would be better.

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I-80 East from Salt Lake runs through Parley’s Canyon, and the climb from the I-80 x I-215 junction up to Echo (where I-80 is joined by I-84) is a pretty well known slog of a climb. If you need to avoid it, one option that’s yours is to follow the advice of Nevada Nick- go north to Ogden and take I-84 up to Echo, where it will join with I-80 going east. This will add only about 17 miles and 17 minutes to your trip, but I-84 from Ogden up to Echo is a far gentler climb.
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I-80 East from Salt Lake runs through Parley’s Canyon, and the climb from the I-80 x I-215 junction up to Echo (where I-80 is joined by I-84) is a pretty well known slog of a climb. If you need to avoid it, one option that’s yours is to follow the advice of Nevada Nick- go north to Ogden and take I-84 up to Echo, where it will join with I-80 going east. This will add only about 17 miles and 17 minutes to your trip, but I-84 from Ogden up to Echo is a far gentler climb.
Thanks I am pretty sure this will be the route I take. Sounds like it will save me from disconnecting our Toad.......
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