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Jesshopes

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Posted: 08/26/19 09:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We will be traveling to Bryce in September from Indiana. Our route has us taking 70 through Colorado. We are pulling a large TT. I'm trying to get an idea of how much longer our trip will be since we are driving through the mountains. We've never traveled that route before. How much do the mountains slow you down? TIA

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Do you have a diesel? If so it will be a little faster the uphill climbs will so you down some. I tow a 10000 lbs TT with a diesel and I can go up most of the hills around 50-60 mph, But I have lived in Colorado all my life so I am very comfortable towing in the mountains. There are really 2 different spots that will slow you down going up to Eisenhower tunnel and Vail Pass.


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Colo Native wrote:

Do you have a diesel? If so it will be a little faster the uphill climbs will so you down some. I tow a 10000 lbs TT with a diesel and I can go up most of the hills around 50-60 mph, But I have lived in Colorado all my life so I am very comfortable towing in the mountains. There are really 2 different spots that will slow you down going up to Eisenhower tunnel and Vail Pass.


No diesel. Just a big van pulling a big trailer! We've traveled a good amount of the country so we've done mountains before but this particular stretch is new. As I'm planning for stops etc I'm trying to have a good idea of how much longer it will take us than the GPS predicts. Thanks!

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Really a non-issue when calculating driving time. These are big mountains, but they are not small windy roads. Multi lane with sweeping turns, speed limit type stuff. Worst case scenario you'll be in 2nd gear at 45mph a few times on some hills, but it will be trivial in scheduling compared to the usual delays like gas stations and potty breaks.


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Posted: 08/26/19 10:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would think about using US 50 rather then I-70.
I would almost double travel time on I-70 from Denver to Grand Junction.
Better scenery and a little easier on the rig.
You have large van, but what engine and transmission?


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I would allow an extra hour each day of travel time. OK to go slow and enjoy the view. Don't make it a race to make up time. I70 is a wonderful drive.


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It is absolutely worth it. Enjoy. As long as your van isn't overloaded, it'll be a fun drive. Speed limit is 45 mph in places and semis may not even be able to do that. That is the most beautiful stretch of interstate there is.

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There are some long grades at high elevation. The interstate is the easiest route across Colorado by far. It is the best engineered and has the most stringent grade limitations. Watch out for a little snow and ice in the morning.

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It takes us about 6 hours to get from NE Denver metro area to Grand Junction while towing (assuming no road closures etc). That usually includes one stop in either Edwards or Rifle at the CDOT rest stops. In a car it's about 4. We do the towing trip in June every year. Note we have a newer diesel truck/5th wheel. Might be a bit longer with a van/trailer combo.


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IIRC you also have a fairly full van of people, too, so your weight is pretty high. I'd add two hours to the projected time from Google Maps, etc. Maybe more as there are a variety of places you'll probably want to stop for pictures, etc. If there's one rest stop not to miss it's Grizzly Creek in Glenwood Canyon. Room for large rigs there.

Going up isn't necessarily the issue. Keeping your speed under control without burning your brakes is more important. Use your gears. The downhill parts from the Eisenhower Tunnel and the top of Vail Pass are 7% grades for something like seven miles. Most interstates have a maximum of 6% grades.

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