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Towing across Wyoming and Utah

Hi all. . .Any veterans towing across wyoming and Utah along I-80? Heading from Kansas to California this summer with the family. Pulling a Passport 300BH, about 6000# with a V10 Excursion, 3.73 gear, Ride Rite AB, Eaz-
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Have some concerns about mountains and grades along I-80 between Denver and Salt Lake City. Will be cutting North from I70 at Denver thru Ft Collins to Laramie to hit I 80

Appreciate any thoughts or experience.
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Not really any serious grades going in that direction. The worst would be Parley's Canyon in the Park City area. Your biggest difficulty will be the wind. Chances are you will encounter strong winds on I80, especially around the Elk Mountain area. We have actually seen semis blown over on their side in that section. We just came back from a trip, and 80 was closed to light, high profile vehicles. 65+ wind gusts, 35-45 steady. WYDOT posts I80 conditions on their website, check before you leave CO.
Oh, and watch your gas gauge; there are places along 80 where there are no services, and with the winds your fuel economy can really take a hit. Our '00 7700 was getting 6 MPG with a slide-in camper and a trailer in tow going west along 80 in WY, where I got 10-11 for the rest of the 5000 mile trip. Good luck and have a safe journey.
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Your key to the windy areas are the snow fences too. If you see them..those are the most windy of the spots.
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Towing across Wyoming and Utah

Like everyone is saying there are no major grades, Cheyenne to Laramie is the longest but not that bad. The elevations vary from 6 to 9K with just rolling grades but you will be going against the prevailing winds. When you come into Salt Lake City you will go down a 15 mile grade just use a lower gear. Be sure to fill in Salt Lake before you cross the Salt Flats because the winds came be worse there than Wyoming, when we crossed in 2013 we stayed in the east rest area for the night because of wind. Anytime your going across 80 out west keep your tank topped off because there can be many miles between stations.

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I am definitely going to watch for windy conditions. Pulling a TT with an Excursion could be a challenge.
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Fill up as often as you need in Wyoming, no cheaper place to buy gas (at least that was my experience driving from NC to NV with a uhaul box truck a few years ago).
You will see a LOT of trains along the way... was a great drive.


You will have some much longer/steeper grades in NV so think of WY and the UT decent into SLC as practice. The downhill grade into SLC is pretty steep and windy (curvy not breezy) just don't be in a hurry.. the semis are going 30-45 for a reason!
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About two years ago I towed my 35ft TT from Georgia to Washington when we got stationed there. I didn't go through Utah but I did go up to SD and across I90. We even detoured to Cody, WY and Yellowstone and went up over 10k ft. At the time I was using my 13' F150 Eco and felt comfortable the whole way. When you get on I90 it is wide open and the winds can blow you around a bit but there is very little traffic.


I never went above 65 and took my time. Felt comfortable the whole time and it ended up being one of the best trips of my life. You have a whole lot more tow vehicle than I did. As long as you have a good setup (minimize sway) and take your time I believe you will be fine.
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I know you are not going far enough north to go the I-90 route, but there are some thoughts on I-80 in my recent post about my journey from GA to WA.
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