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Old 07-31-2020, 07:25 PM   #1
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I-70 East - Salt Lake to Denver

Planning on leaving Salt Lake City and dropping down to I-70 and heading East towards Denver....

Driving a Class A with a toad and was wondering if as big a challenge as it appears on the map....
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East not Easy.... Dang auto spell..,,
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Old 07-31-2020, 07:29 PM   #3
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East not Easy.... Dang auto spell..,,
Yep, and my thumbs spell worse than the rest of my fingers...

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Old 07-31-2020, 07:41 PM   #4
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You will be fine. Going east is no worse than going west. We have done it many times. No sweat.


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We go that way and back at least once a year - from I-15 to US-6 through Spanish Fork and Price to I-70. A few steep grades and some winding road over Soldier summit down into Price, but I would take that twice over to avoid driving through SLC!! We are pulling a 28' enclosed trailer - so I am sure you will have no issues.
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You should have NO problems. Driven that route many times.
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Thanks guys.....

Just had a new fan clutch installed - old one failed and was the cause of some overheating issues Iíve been having....

Havenít done any climbing yet but have been told this fix will resolve the overheating.....

Just a tad ďgun shyĒ until Iíve done the first climb.....
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I've taken this route several times with my Mirada and Southwind (both F53 V10/4R100).

Nice drive, only peculiarity is climbing to the Eisenhower tunnel, I usually make those last few miles manually shifted to 1st gear at 25 mph. Going downhill I usually manually shift to 2nd gear and hold around 40 mph.

Have you considered east I-80 to Cheyenne, then I-25 south to Denver.
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OK to be 'gun shy' on these routes - but they are very doable. As you climb learn not to be worried about faster drivers 'pushing' you from behind - you'll be slow (like the big trucks) and safe.

As you descend give the road a lot of respect - things can get out of hand quickly (like the big trucks). As Waiter 21 shared, shift down - a 'rule of thumb' is to descend in the same gear you climbed in (2nd - 3rd). Resist the temptation to speed up beyond ~ 35 - 40 mph if you have a lot of altitude to lose. 'Stab' your brakes to slow down - and then release to cool them down.

If you've got even some moderate and short hills close to home it's good to practice and get a feel for how things work and how the engine / transmission / brakes respond.

Safe - and enjoyable travels ...
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I've taken this route several times with my Mirada and Southwind (both F53 V10/4R100).

Nice drive, only peculiarity is climbing to the Eisenhower tunnel, I usually make those last few miles manually shifted to 1st gear at 25 mph. Going downhill I usually manually shift to 2nd gear and hold around 40 mph.

Have you considered east I-80 to Cheyenne, then I-25 south to Denver.
Go I-80. A lot less heavy traffic and not as many crazies. The cooling system will be tested on either route so I would run it through its paces before going over the mountains.
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The grades on I70 are not an issue. Presuming your heating problems have been resolved your MH should have no problems. Of course good mountain driving techniques are required.

However, I70 from Vail to Denver carries a LOT of traffic and can be stressful to drive. It is something like driving Salt Lake City rush hour while contending with 6-7% grades and curves! In addition the road condition on that same stretch from Vail to Denver is not good. Big ruts and potholes. A very rough road.

I drive I70 West of Denver occasionally and avoid it if avoidance is reasonable. Looking at the map I think I would go I80 to Cheyenne and then I25 to Denver.
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I vote I-80
I-70 is always under construction, lots of traffic
Not worth it in my Class A + Toad.
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Parley’s will be a good test right out of the gate. I would go 80 as well but then drop down at Laramie.
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Where, exactly, are you heading? Perhaps we could offer an easier route if you're concerned with your RV. I-70 is gorgeous but a big climb and oh, the Denver traffic. Do you really need to use an interstate?
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