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Old 06-18-2020, 08:39 AM   #29
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We just did a loop from Denver through NM to AZ, CA, NV, UT and back. I-25 was generally good all the way south with Raton Pass being a very small grade. Once back onto I-70 from Utah, the road condition is pretty terrible for much of the ride through the mountains. It is astonishing how bad CO has let that road get. Large holes, ruts in the left lane, etc. If you’re continuing East, it was terrible for the last 100 miles into Kansas. So, my recommendation is to avoid I-70 if possible unless you really, really want to visit Denver, which is a great place.
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I 80 through the Sierra’s is pretty steep going up but I 80 through Wyoming is very doable not a lot of big grades then take I 25 south in Cheyenne and go down to Denver about a 2 Hour drive from Cheyenne.
From there you can take I 70 east through Kansas or head north east on I 76 and hook up back on I 80 through Nebraska not a bad route at all.
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We are in a gas 36’ class A MH, towing a fiat. Does anyone know how it is going down the 24 right before Vail heading South east is? Is it better to go this route than the i70 to Denver? We are not in a rush but are concerned about those steep downhill passes.
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Hwy 24 is OK and isn't any steeper than I-70 into Denver.

You will have a couple short passes:

South of Mintum is Battle Mountain: 3 mi of 6-7% with constant 30 mph curves. There is little shoulder with dropoffs but if you normally stay in your lane you'll be fine for that short distance.

Tennessee Pass - you'll have 1.5 miles of 5-6% toward Leadville.

Downshift before even heading down; not in the midst.

We've driven it with our 40' motorhome.
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It has been awhile but I seem to recall coming east out of Vail seemed worse than west out of Denver.

Thought I was going to come around a corner & be faced with the Pearly Gates.
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Old 07-03-2020, 05:48 PM   #35
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Thanks for your responses. I will be coming from Ca. I want to stop in Denver and head east from there. Does I-70 have any long real steep grades?
Crossed at eisenhower tunnel I70, last winter, grades are acceptable , there are not that steep but they are pretty long, I think going down from tunnel took me 60 minutes at 65 miles /h
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