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Old 07-20-2020, 12:10 PM   #1
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US-40 to Steamboat Springs

Has anyone taken US-40 north from I-70 to Steamboat Springs? It looks like a very winding highway in spots and am wondering if it is an OK road or something to be avoided in 39' Class A with toad...
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Using google maps sat view and zooming in, doesn't look that bad to me. You can see semi's on it.
I'd do it.
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All roads in Colorado are winding!

From I-70 you're probably looking at either Hwy 9 or Hwy 131. No issues on either.

If taking 131 to Steamboat you'll avoid Rabbit Ears/Muddy Passes.

If taking Hwy 9 you'll cross Rabbit Ears Pass/Muddy Pass on Hwy 40. From the 'Mountain Directory of Truckers & RVers':
Westbound descent you'll have a 7% grade for 7 miles with 45 mph curves. Then you'll have an escape ramp to the right. Afterward you have 3 more miles of 7% grade.

Get into lower gear before starting downhill; not in the midst. This saves your breaks. It's a popular RVer's route so it's doable. Just take it slow as others will be doing.

Hwy 40 is a major two and sometimes, three-lane, good highway... enjoy!
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Has anyone taken US-40 north from I-70 to Steamboat Springs? It looks like a very winding highway in spots and am wondering if it is an OK road or something to be avoided in 39' Class A with toad...
The road is fine But if you need something easier look at RT 9 out of Silverthorne - it follows the river and is easier than Berthoud Pass - I love the pass but Iím just a little crazy..........

Just stay in your comfort zone as they are all done in RVís and/but they can get the better of you on occasion.

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