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Old 03-07-2014, 12:43 PM   #11
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We will be traveling to Tahoe from Chicago this coming October ( first two weeks ). Pulling a 30 ft coachmen with a 2012 ram 2500, gaser. The trailer is about 3500 pounds less than max tow not a problem with that I was hoping to hear from people that have climbed and dropped back down i-80 west to Salt Lake City. plus my tanks will be empty.
Sounds like a good trip! I travel west on US-40 & I-80 from Craig Co to Reno 1 or 2 times a year for close to 30 YRS. first in a MH class A 35c now a 316a toy hauler I agree with a previous post use only truck stops I use Pilot or Flying J on that route you should find them 200 miles apart or less(150 miles). My GPS tells me where they are and how far. the Evanston Wy. stop is a must for fuel. The passes on I-80 have never been a problem for us Parley summit just east of Salt Lake is quite a grade but short gear down and take your time , the west side is steep and long stay geared down to save your brakes (semi's all stay around 35 mph) I have always ran about that speed with no problems and short braking times. Fuel around Salt Lake I always go to Point of Rocks about 11 miles west of the airport with good access and no height problems. Nev most towns are 120 to 150 miles apart most with rv parks Your hardest pull would most likely be Donner Pass at the Calif. line. have a great trip

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Old 03-07-2014, 08:54 PM   #12
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Donner Summit is a piece of cake with the Ram Diesel; have it in tow/haul as it always is with the trailer behind and can stay in the middle lane at the speed limit without dropping a gear.

I think the grade east of SLC on I-80 is steeper both up and down and much more narrow and congested.

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If ya ask me, when you get to 1-15 in SLC take a left and head south to Bryce Canyon and Zion N.P.s. there really isn't a reason to go further west...wink

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If ya ask me, when you get to 1-15 in SLC take a left and head south to Bryce Canyon and Zion N.P.s. there really isn't a reason to go further west...wink

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I agree, if it was up to me that is exactly what I would do, the in-laws may not be to happy with me.
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I-80 west

As Chuckinca stated,

Take I-84 north toward Ogden to get around the steep area on I-80 just past Park City.

Get on I-84 north just past I-80 mile marker 169
Before Ogden, take US 89 south to I-15 south to I-215 south to I-80 west just past the airport. It is about 9 miles longer than taking I-80 thru SLC.

Thus you do not have the long down hill grade to deal with and you will
save on fuel that way and brakes as well....

I'd gas up in Evanston, WY at the Pilot at Exit 6, Bear River Dr, on the east side of town and drive 211 miles to West Wendover, NV for the next fill-up and not look for gas in Salt Lake City area.

In Wyoming you have Shermen pass out side of Cheyanne Wy which is
always windy and then Elk MT which is sort of a drag and then the three
sisters the other side of Little America...

I have been across I-80 from the east to west in past years so many
times that I can tell you almost every pot hole and crack in the pavement.
As someone said it is nice ride with lots to look at, lots of great site's and
mile after mile of boring road

Also take your time, 500 miles is a pretty good day for some people even
some truck drivers, so stop when you are feeling sleepy, take a brake
every so often
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As Chuckinca stated,

Take I-84 north toward Ogden to get around the steep area on I-80 just past Park City.

Get on I-84 north just past I-80 mile marker 169
Before Ogden, take US 89 south to I-15 south to I-215 south to I-80 west just past the airport. It is about 9 miles longer than taking I-80 thru SLC.

Thus you do not have the long down hill grade to deal with and you will
save on fuel that way and brakes as well....

I'd gas up in Evanston, WY at the Pilot at Exit 6, Bear River Dr, on the east side of town and drive 211 miles to West Wendover, NV for the next fill-up and not look for gas in Salt Lake City area.

In Wyoming you have Shermen pass out side of Cheyanne Wy which is
always windy and then Elk MT which is sort of a drag and then the three
sisters the other side of Little America...

I have been across I-80 from the east to west in past years so many
times that I can tell you almost every pot hole and crack in the pavement.
As someone said it is nice ride with lots to look at, lots of great site's and
mile after mile of boring road

Also take your time, 500 miles is a pretty good day for some people even
some truck drivers, so stop when you are feeling sleepy, take a brake
every so often
We plan on resting at the pilot travel stations. thank you very much for the information
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Sounds like a good trip! I travel west on US-40 & I-80 from Craig Co to Reno 1 or 2 times a year for close to 30 YRS. first in a MH class A 35c now a 316a toy hauler I agree with a previous post use only truck stops I use Pilot or Flying J on that route you should find them 200 miles apart or less(150 miles). My GPS tells me where they are and how far. the Evanston Wy. stop is a must for fuel. The passes on I-80 have never been a problem for us Parley summit just east of Salt Lake is quite a grade but short gear down and take your time , the west side is steep and long stay geared down to save your brakes (semi's all stay around 35 mph) I have always ran about that speed with no problems and short braking times. Fuel around Salt Lake I always go to Point of Rocks about 11 miles west of the airport with good access and no height problems. Nev most towns are 120 to 150 miles apart most with rv parks Your hardest pull would most likely be Donner Pass at the Calif. line. have a great trip

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I may look into a new Equal-I-zer hitch this summer, wind seems to be the main factor on I-80, thanks for the info.

Elevation is also a major issue. Believe I read that you loose 3% of your engine power every 1000 ft of elevation. At 7K to 8K elevation in Wyoming and parts of Nevada and California you loose 21% to 24% of your power. Couple that with strong westerly winds and a heavy big box RV it's a difficult drive.
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Elevation is also a major issue. Believe I read that you loose 3% of your engine power every 1000 ft of elevation. At 7K to 8K elevation in Wyoming and parts of Nevada and California you loose 21% to 24% of your power. Couple that with strong westerly winds and a heavy big box RV it's a difficult drive.
Even with 525 hp it can be a drag with 30/35mph headwind thru Neb. and WY Ugh
with a 53ft sail behind you Ugh done
that, got the T-shirt for many years now
that 33ft Coachmen feels like a pup on a set
of doubles behind me )

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You should be fine. Our Tundra 1/2 ton pulled our 7000-lb TT up & over that route, no problem. We were loaded for bear, too. Do watch for winds in Wyoming - they can get nasty, and crosswinds can be a problem.
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