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Old 05-18-2021, 09:07 PM
 
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Mini van towing trailer, moving (vs camping). Would love to know which route to take to avoid the higher mountain passes, avoiding extra strain on the van. Thanks so much for your help
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Old 05-18-2021, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Mini van towing trailer, moving (vs camping). Would love to know which route to take to avoid the higher mountain passes, avoiding extra strain on the van. Thanks so much for your help
Well if you wanna drive about an hour or so out of your way you can go I-84->I-82->US-395->I-90->I-29. The highest point on I-90 is Homestake Pass just outside Butte, MT (6329').

Honestly, though, I'd do the more-direct route. I-84->I-80->I-29. The highest point on I-80 is Sherman Summit just east of Laramie, WY, and it's only 8,640'. It's steepish coming out of Laramie, but it's not a long run because Laramie's already at 7,000'. The east side of the summit is a fairly long, gentle descent into Cheyenne. After that it's nothing but plains all the way to just outside of Omaha.
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Old 05-19-2021, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Central Mass
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Honestly, though, I'd do the more-direct route. I-84->I-80->I-29. The highest point on I-80 is Sherman Summit just east of Laramie, WY, and it's only 8,640'. It's steepish coming out of Laramie, but it's not a long run because Laramie's already at 7,000'. The east side of the summit is a fairly long, gentle descent into Cheyenne. After that it's nothing but plains all the way to just outside of Omaha.
The steepest climbs on 80 are up from Sacramento into Donner Pass and the climb out of SLC up to park City. I-84 ends at 80 East of Park City.

I had no problem driving anywhere East of SLC in a loaded 24' U-Haul pulling a 3500lb Volvo 940. Climbing up Donner Pass, I couldn't top 35 mph and climbing up to Park City, I topped out at about 40 mph.
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Old 05-19-2021, 07:21 AM
 
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Thank you very much, scorpio516. Just what I was looking for (thanks for the speed expectations too - I sometimes forget to use a lower gear and that is very hard on a drive-train!)
Kevin
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Old 05-19-2021, 07:35 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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. more-direct route. I-84->I-80->I-29
@ Laramie, Consider 287 to ft Collins, then I-25 to I-70.

Have been doing the route PDX to Den for 40+ yrs. Very quick and gentle except for winter blizzards and wind in WY,. Been through hundreds of those. No crashes yet.
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Old 05-19-2021, 10:36 AM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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You can use this website to find the "Flattest Route"

Actual elevation is not so important as "grade" or steepness.

It would appear the Badlands route shown here may be least steep without going way out of way.

https://www.flattestroute.com/Portla...-National-Park

Good Luck............
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Old 05-19-2021, 03:30 PM
 
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You can use this website to find the "Flattest Route"

Actual elevation is not so important as "grade" or steepness.

It would appear the Badlands route shown here may be least steep without going way out of way.

https://www.flattestroute.com/Portla...-National-Park

Good Luck............
Cool website. I just dove 3/4(Portland to central SD) of that route both ways and other than the wind it isn't that bad.
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Old 05-19-2021, 09:21 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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The steepest climbs on 80 are up from Sacramento into Donner Pass and the climb out of SLC up to park City. I-84 ends at 80 East of Park City.

I had no problem driving anywhere East of SLC in a loaded 24' U-Haul pulling a 3500lb Volvo 940. Climbing up Donner Pass, I couldn't top 35 mph and climbing up to Park City, I topped out at about 40 mph.

I-84 leaves Portland and crosses Oregon and Idaho before intersecting with I-80 in Utah. The route suggested by bluescreen73 goes nowhere near Sacramento, Donner Pass, or anywhere in California, for that matter. It also avoids the climb on I-80 from SLC to Park City.
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Old 05-19-2021, 11:26 PM
 
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Smile Thanks Everyone - Wonderful help!

Thanks Everyone - most all of this is great info - I appreciate all the information you've given, I did not expect to get anywhere near this much info.

@ reed303
I thought it should exist (The Flattest Route) but had no idea how to find it.
Again thank you all!

Kevin and Marie
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Old 05-21-2021, 11:22 PM
 
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I would consider avoiding the Interstate, so you don't have to maintain high speeds. A steady 75-80 all day is going to be hard on the van, and aerodynamics at that speed will be an economy killer. Use the Interstates gradients to get over the highest passes, but otherwise, western traffic is so light, you can drive in 2-lane roads very comfortably.

This is hypothetical on my part, I've never towed -- other drivers input is welcome
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