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Old 06-23-2020, 08:57 PM   #1
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SD to CA Route - Suggestions Wanted

I have a route I am looking at that starts from Watertown SD to Baker CA. The focus is not sight-seeing.

It goes through SD eventually to Casper, WY. Then through Salt Lake City eventually through Vegas. My destination is a not too far from Vegas.

I am wondering about steep hills or any other road situations that I might want to consider.

Would you plan another route if you were driving a 38' Class A gasser?

What roads would you avoid?

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You're good. I've taken that route. Easy breezy. Lots of desert country. Open roads, miles of travel without seeing another RV'er. Sure, there will be a hill or two but nothing to worry about.
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You're good. I've taken that route. Easy breezy. Lots of desert country. Open roads, miles of travel without seeing another RV'er. Sure, there will be a hill or two but nothing to worry about.
Thank you! Is traffic fairly decent for an RV on this route through the big cities like Vegas and SLC?
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your missing a lot of great sites. that said your route has no steep grades up or down your rig wont handle. most of it is interstate. so just stay in the slow lane and enjoy the ride. Utha has some 80 mph area you don't need to keep up. I'am gueseing between 60 to 65 would be your best speed. remember going down should be close to the speed you would expect going up. don't let it get away. best of luck slow down and enjoy the sites.
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your missing a lot of great sites. that said your route has no steep grades up or down your rig wont handle. most of it is interstate. so just stay in the slow lane and enjoy the ride. Utha has some 80 mph area you don't need to keep up. I'am gueseing between 60 to 65 would be your best speed. remember going down should be close to the speed you would expect going up. don't let it get away. best of luck slow down and enjoy the sites.
I need to get good advice on navigating steep hills with a big RV in general because I am only used to flat stretches.

Thank you for the idea of pacing the RV downhill the same as going uphill. I never would have thought of that!

Speed in general will not be an issue. I do not have a lead foot and plan on 55-60 mph average.

I also am concerned with any known windy stretches and how to deal with them. My RV will be nowhere near max capacity so I want to be extra cautious.
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I need to get good advice on navigating steep hills with a big RV in general because I am only used to flat stretches
Don't keep your travels to interstates. You don't see anything that way.

The majority of secondary roads are just fine with big rigs. You don't go as fast but you see more. The city and county parks in small towns are great.

Going down a hill.... get into low gear before you even begin heading down; not in the midst of the hill when you pick up speed. You'll save the brakes this way.

Don't avoid hills. You'll feel a lot more comfortable and will have more options if you get off those interstates.

If you're going to travel in mountainous areas you might want to get the 'Mountain Directory for Truckers and RVers'. We used it all the time for a head up of what's to come. Even though a road is mentioned in the directory that doesn't mean you can't drive it. It's just a guide.

Even on some parts of interstates the grades can be 6% and 7% on I-70. You'll find the same on secondary highways for comparison. If you read of a highway with 4-6% it would be easily doable with a big RV.
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Thank you! Is traffic fairly decent for an RV on this route through the big cities like Vegas and SLC?
I've been full timing for 16 years and I learned long ago to time my travel so that I pass through a large city between 10AM and 2PM. Because of that, I've note hit much traffic in 12 odd years. So, yes, traffic is fairly decent for an RV during those hours.
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