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Old 01-13-2015, 02:03 PM   #1
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Best route from Salt Lake City to Moab with 5th wheel

I'm looking at a map that shows hwy 6/191 that looks like a shorter route than down hwy 15 to hwy 70...but is it a good route towing a 5th wheel??

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Old 01-14-2015, 06:14 AM   #2
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Depends on how stout your tow vehicle is. That's a pretty good pull from Spanish Fork over the top of Soldier Summit. It's a good road with plenty of climbing lanes and pullouts but the grade is pretty long. Dropping down the other side into Price is where you will need good holdback ability and brakes. The scenery is worth it until you get out to the other side then it's bot much.

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Old 01-14-2015, 10:25 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I'm not worried about the hills--the Eastern Sierra mts. are fairly steep and my F350 with the 6.7 diesel pulls my 5th wheel like it's not even there!
I have never traveled in Southern Utah and have no idea which roads to travel...I guess I'll head out in May and find out for myself :-)

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Old 01-14-2015, 11:11 AM   #4
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I've taken that route many times (not with a 5er though). It's a nice route, and you should have no problems. The highway is decent quality.

I-70 is famous for its stretch of 110 miles with no services. If you were taking the I-15/I-70 route, you would be passing through this stretch. The route you are considering, through Price, isn't quite as desolate. Nevertheless, fill up when you hit half-full.
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Old 01-14-2015, 11:21 AM   #5
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I have never pulled anything larger than a H1 over soldier summit, but it is NOT hard to drive at all. The windy roads south of the summit into Helper/Price are the problem.
Soldier summit is 7477 feet. American Fork is around 4500 feet and Price is 5600 feet. So there is no large climb going in either direction.

And if you have a dog, the first rest area going south on Hwy 6, actually has an enclosed dog area; like a miniature dog park.

Having lived in Moab, and 90 percent of the time camping in ID, MT or WY, I have traveled it many times. And I have traveled both routes.

Hwy 6 is by far faster and very scenic; however, going south on 15 to Hwy 50 over to Salina, and then jump on I70 is only about 45 minutes longer. And that trip on Eastbound 70 takes you through the San Rafael Swell and talk about some fantastic scenery.

Also, if going via I70, make sure you can travel about 119 miles from Salina to Green River; nothing in between but scenery.
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From Spanish Fork to Green River Hwy. 6 is a decent mostly two lane road usually without too much traffic. From there on in to Moab on 191 is all downhill. We have done that route several times pulling a 31 foot, more or less,fifth wheel behind a GMC 2500 HD (gas) when traveling from southern NM to northern MT. Both directions. Sure its a good pull up to Soldier Summit, but just let your engine do the work while you sit back and enjoy the scenery -- you will eventually get to the top. I never had any trouble with the downhill parts -- just keep it under control.


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