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Old 03-31-2016, 03:27 PM
 
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Mid April I am planning on driving a 12 foot U-Haul towing a Chrysler minivan and my partner will be driving a 2006 Leisure Time Free Spirit RV. We are going from Minneapolis to San LUis Obispo CA. We have to cross the Rockies somewhere, either on I70 going due West from Denver or on I80 to Salt Lake city. Which is recomended? The mileage is roughly the same.
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I-70 is a little slower and much more scenic. Check weather ahead of the trip. If you are worried about your towing capacity going over hills, stick to I-80.
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Old 03-31-2016, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I-80

That U-Haul on I-70 would be wheezing going up hill at 11,000 feet at the Eisenhower tunnel.

Then drop down the other side into Silverthorne braking all the way down.
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Old 03-31-2016, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I-80

That U-Haul on I-70 would be wheezing going up hill at 11,000 feet at the Eisenhower tunnel.

Then drop down the other side into Silverthorne braking all the way down.
This. The highest spot on I-80 is between Cheyenne and Laramie and it's a fairly gradual ascent heading west. Be careful of two things on I-80 in Wyoming - black ice and wind.
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Old 03-31-2016, 05:33 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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I-80, but keep a close eye on the weather, plan an extra day just in case.
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Old 03-31-2016, 09:14 PM
 
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I-80

That U-Haul on I-70 would be wheezing going up hill at 11,000 feet at the Eisenhower tunnel.

Then drop down the other side into Silverthorne braking all the way down.
U-hauls can't be downshifted for the descent?
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Old 04-01-2016, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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They can and moving trucks, RVs and semi's are regularly seen on I70. However, most are slow going up grades, and slow going down grades. Also, if a driver is unfamiliar with mountain driving, are nervous about heights or drop offs or narrow shoulders, I-70 isn't the best route west. It is a prettier drive than I-80 and wind is always a concern in Wyoming, but I-70 can be much more nerve wracking for drivers who are only familiar with rolling hills.
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Old 04-01-2016, 09:06 AM
 
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I think I-80 is one of the ugliest drives in the West imo and I would never recommend it. Ugly and extremely windy. However, in this case, unless you are familiar with driving large vehicles over I-70's big mountain passes (Vail Pass is 10,000 feet) but it seems gentle compared to the Eisenhower Tunnel...I'd probably go with the Wyoming route.
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Old 04-02-2016, 11:45 PM
 
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And plus, on I-80, you get to go through Winnemucca and blast Johnny Cash as you do.
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Old 04-02-2016, 11:52 PM
 
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Yeah, I ran amok in Winnemucca once.

If I take i-80 I will turn left in SLC.

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