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Old 10-10-2013, 11:23 AM
 
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Driving loaded 13yearold benz suv and uhaul-hitch-trailer from eastern pennsylvania to salt lake city in two or three weeks.

How can i best avoid winter driving issues?

Southern interstate routes all seem to end up making you take i-15 north quite a ways out west.
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:29 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Watch the weather and go when it look good for a few days.

Going south will add about 10-12 hours more of driving
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Old 10-10-2013, 06:55 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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I-70 through Colorado will take you over two mountain passes, snow is falling right now, it may be dry and sunny for your trip, always check the local road conditions. Personally I would take I-80 if the weather is good, no mountain passes and easier grades, but if it's windy it's really windy in Wyoming.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:33 PM
 
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I-70 through Colorado will take you over two mountain passes, snow is falling right now, it may be dry and sunny for your trip, always check the local road conditions. Personally I would take I-80 if the weather is good, no mountain passes and easier grades, but if it's windy it's really windy in Wyoming.
SO you're very familiar with I80 and it really has NO mountain passes and comfortable grades all the way to SLC? This topographical data is the kind of thing I was not able to find elsewhere. Thanks
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Hi, Slim. I would suggest you take a look at this thread on the Utah forum, where a similar topic is currently being discussed. You'll probably pick up a few good tips from it.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:00 PM
 
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SO you're very familiar with I80 and it really has NO mountain passes and comfortable grades all the way to SLC? This topographical data is the kind of thing I was not able to find elsewhere. Thanks
No passes through Wyoming. I have haven't taken it all the way into Salt Lake so I'm not sure about the Utah portion but I think is pretty tame compared to I-70 through the mountains. Best to check the Utah forum for that part.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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No passes through Wyoming. I have haven't taken it all the way into Salt Lake so I'm not sure about the Utah portion but I think is pretty tame compared to I-70 through the mountains. Best to check the Utah forum for that part.
Correct. The steepest grade on I-80 in Wyoming is eastbound between Laramie and Cheyenne. Since the OP is headed west, that'll be downhill. 80 crosses the continental divide twice in Wyoming (Great Divide Basin), but the crossings are both low and don't have much in the way of terrain.

I-80 is easier and less crowded than I-70 - unless it's snowing. Then I-80 can be a real drag. The wind can whip up ground blizzards pretty easily.

If the OP is worried about coming through the Wasatch Range on I-80, there's always I-84 into Ogden/Roy, and I-15 South into SLC.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:37 PM
 
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No passes through Wyoming. I have haven't taken it all the way into Salt Lake so I'm not sure about the Utah portion but I think is pretty tame compared to I-70 through the mountains. Best to check the Utah forum for that part.
Thanks so much. One last thing: any suggestions how would I get a pretty reliable idea of conditions along the route before I leave PA?
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:01 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Try 511 on your Cell, most state have that as traffic info line as you go along

weather.com has the snow/interstate forcast.
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:45 AM
 
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Default Driving from Eastern PA to Salt Lake City in 3 weeks

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Correct. The steepest grade on I-80 in Wyoming is eastbound between Laramie and Cheyenne. Since the OP is headed west, that'll be downhill. 80 crosses the continental divide twice in Wyoming (Great Divide Basin), but the crossings are both low and don't have much in the way of terrain.

I-80 is easier and less crowded than I-70 - unless it's snowing. Then I-80 can be a real drag. The wind can whip up ground blizzards pretty easily.

If the OP is worried about coming through the Wasatch Range on I-80, there's always I-84 into Ogden/Roy, and I-15 South into SLC.

Thanks. I'm guessing I'm the OP (other poster?).

I would be concerned about coming through ANY mountain areas I can avoid. When you mention the Wasatch Range, is that the only range on 80 East. And do you know of a good site that will allow me to see the topography of I80 and the other interstates as they go west?
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