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  1. Default least mountainous interstate routes MO to OR

    Help I am relocating from MO to OR and I will have to drive a 17 foot UHaul by myself. Mapquest has shown me 3 routes all interstate, but I want to pick the best route through the mountains and want to avoid the one that is the most moutainous. Any help or advice would be appreciated.

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    The reality is that ALL interstate highways are built to specific standards that limit grades and curves - basically they are built for long haul truckers - and as such you should have no problem driving a uhaul up any of the routes. I've driven a 17 foot Uhaul while pulling a full trailer over the highest elevation pass in the on the Interstate System (I-70 in Colorado) and it wasn't a problem at all.

    Since Missouri and Oregon are very big targets, the best route for your trip requires some guessing, but if you're going from St. Louis or KC to Portland, I'd say your best bet would be I-29 to I80 (NE-2 is a good shortcut to avoid Omaha) to I-84. That's a touch over 2000 miles (from St. Louis) and is a solid 4 day drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBug View Post
    Help I am relocating from MO to OR and I will have to drive a 17 foot UHaul by myself. Mapquest has shown me 3 routes all interstate, but I want to pick the best route through the mountains and want to avoid the one that is the most moutainous. Any help or advice would be appreciated.
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    My recommendation would be I-40 across Missouri to KC, then I-29 to Omaha Nebraska to pick up I-80, then west across Wyoming to Salt Lake City Utah. From Salt Lake, head north along I-15 until you junction with I-84 heading into Idaho. I-84 will then take you west all the way to the Portland OR metro area. There really is no way to completely avoid the Rockies, but I recommend this one because it avoids Colorado which has the highest altitudes of all. Good luck!

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    That's I-70 that goes from STL to KC, not I-40.

    Do not take I-80 all the way to I-15 to get to I-84. I-84 meets I-80 east of SLC, you are describing a substantial detour, which also happens to go over Parley's Summit, the most rigorous grade on all of I-80.

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