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  1. Default Tacoma to Denver in a truck

    Hoping for some expert advice from those of you who drive/have driven this route in winter. Next week I'll be driving a 16' Penske truck from Tacoma out to Denver. Google has a couple options, I-84 and I-80 down through Salt Lake, over through Laramie, Ft Collins then I-25 down to Denver. The other option listed is I-90 east through Montana to Billings then south until you switch to I-25 in Buffalo. I don't mind driving the truck but I'm worried about snow/wind as I won't have chains and it's a rental truck.

    With winter in full swing what route would you recommend taking? A whole different route? Are winds/passes a major concern or just stressful?

    Thank you!

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    Much of what we talked about in this thread applies to your trip as well-

    http://www.roadtripamerica.com/forum...-NC-to-Seattle

    I prefer the I-90 route as it's lower altitude more of the way than the I-80 route.

    This trip report also might prove interesting-
    http://www.roadtripamerica.com/forum...attle-and-back

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    The most important thing you can do before your trip is check the weather. Ultimately, both routes can and do see winter conditions, and the only way to know which one will have better weather is to see the the forecasts just before you depart.

    Now, if all things are equal in the forecasts, then I-90 is generally prefered, as it stays at lower elevation, and is less likely to see high winds, than I-80, which travels across a high elevation plateau. One of our regular members frequently travels between Northern Colorado and the Seattle area, I suspect you'd enjoy reading his field reports. Here's his most recent one from December, and one from 2014.

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    I done that route in winter. If you drive the truck under posted speed limit should not be an issue. Few concerns I would have driving Penske Truck is:

    - Snow conditions at time of drive
    - Ice conditions on I84 (Eastern Oregon)
    - I80 wind conditions

    Key is to slow down just like other U-HAUL and Penske drivers...

    You will be rolling between 18 wheelers so should be ok.

    Cheers,

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    The speed limits are now pretty high so maybe choosing to drive under the limit might be wise. Depends on how new the truck is and what shape it's in?

    Also of concern is high crosswinds. I assume the truck is loaded otherwise you wouldn't be renting it but really high winds blow trucks all the way over. So be wary of that risk.
    Take the high wind bypass at Livingston if it's offered.

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