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Old 05-12-2009, 07:53 AM
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I will be driving from Ohio to Los Angeles to move my daughter into an apartment in June. We will be taking 70 to 44 to 40 into Phoenix to see some friends and then taking 10 into the city. I have no problems with that route. But on the way back I would rather take the central route of 15 through Vegas to 70 into Utah and on into Denver through the Rocky Mountains. I am a little hesistant to take that way due to a few factors: I will be drivng a large moving van - 15-20 mpg if that, and I forsee an extremely hilly trip, also long barren stretches of land in between cities. I have never driven either route but assume the 40-44-70 route is safer overall. Am I over exaggerating the dangers of taking the more northern route? I would love to see Utah, Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. Thanks
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:10 AM
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Is this a rental moving van like a U-Haul? Could you just do a one way rental and then rent a comfortable car for the ride home?

Otherwise, you shouldn't have any problems as long as the vehicle is in good working condition. Should be a fun time to drive.
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:19 AM
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río Porciúncula
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I've gone from LA via I-15 through Vegas, then on to Eastern UT on I-70, and I don't see any problem with the route. (I haven't traveled on to CO.) IIRC it's all at least 2 lanes in each direction, all modern interstate highway. There are a few long stretches, but they should be no problem as long as you plan ahead and get gas as necessary. I wouldn't call the route hilly either although there are some grades, and there are some places where a large vehicle should slow down particularly if it's windy.
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Old 05-13-2009, 08:49 AM
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I've driven 1-70 from Utah (where I lived) over through Denver and beyond. It's not a bad drive at all, just be glad it's not wintertime We drove in March when we moved to NC and we're happy to have survived driving through Vail. I'm used to the snow and mountain driving, but this was a white knuckle nightmare! lol But I'm sure it'll be a smooth sailing drive in the summer. When we went we had an SUV packed with people and stuff and I'm sure the mpg wasnt great at all, but we never ever let the gas tank go below 1/2 and we never had a problem finding gas stations (that's a huge anxiety for me lol).

I'll be making the drive from UT to NC again in June too (I have to drive our other car across the country, I'm actually quite excited!) I'll be going on I-70 (well, hghwy 6 that turns into 70) from northern utah down to CO and over. I contemplated going the north route through WY, or even the south route down to AZ and across but I'm sticking to what I know.
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Old 05-13-2009, 10:08 AM
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Thanks Mel, your info is good to know. I have made up my mind and will take the Utah-Denver route. Thanks to all.
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