I70 Westbound out of Denver Colorado a real RV Killer, but way scenic

Don't take I70. Forget about ice and snow. It is the longest 7% grade in the United States... both up and down. The "pull" at 7% immediately out of Denver is over 38 miles long; it is an RV engine and transmission killer. You will see at least 2 rvs and many over the road diesel rigs on the shoulder waiting for, get this, the $800 tow down to Denver. I70 pull out of Denver goes over the highest interstate grade in the United States at 11,000 feet (carbureted engines starve for air) through the Eisenhower Tunnel (an engineering miracle) Then, you have 74 MILES of DOWNHILL 7% grade which will wreck many transmissions, overhead the engine (low gearing to save brakes) and burn out the brakes; there are "runaway" truck/rv off ramps every ten miles. Wooooohooo! Towing can run well over $1,000. Extremely scenic, in a car. Take I70 from Arkansas through Kansas and eastern Colorado (vast and boring but safe) to Denver, tanking the toll cutoff $5... they'll mail you a bill, to I25 North. Stop a the great little town of Fort Collins. Overnight there, and then take I25 north to I80 over to I15. Note, as you know distances are VAST with no services for hundreds of miles. Fuel up, don't travel at all if ice or snowing, BE SURE to get "extended" RV towing insurance of at least 200 miles, including tire replacement. Done this trip about a zillion times, spend over $8,000 getting engine, brake, transmission (3) repairs. AND, don't want you to go through That! PS Bed bugs in most hotels in Lymon, Colorado so nice you've got your good old rv! Have fun....

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Pat is absolutly correct with the GRADES,,,,, I forgot to mention, those cross winds are NO fun on the steep grades... I totally forgot about the I-70 Grades. I also prefer my own Bed over the Bedbug motel beds.




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