I'm considering moving back to IN from Oregon. I'm thinking about going in December, but would rather move back sooner rather than later. I have an 88 Volvo 240 wagon. I am considering moving with a small uhaul trailer. I have a bit more than would fit in the car only. I am thinking that I would follow the same route I took on the way out here only in reverse. That would be I-84 from Portland to Ogden, then I80 from there to Chicagoland and I know the rest by heart. I am looking for the following advice.
1) As I recall I-84 just outside of Pendleton was some of the gnarliest road I remember-going up the blue mountains. I did the slope from WY into SLC at night and don't know what it's like to go up it. If anyone knows the grades or trecherousness (new word?) of this route would be helpful especially through different times of the year.
2) I was somewhat concerned about security and safety of the trailer when stopping along the way which is a necessary evil, any advice.
3) Is there anyone out there who has done any towing with a volvo. Or special considerations.
I'd also like to know where to expect the worst weather along the way. It didn't seem as though I was really in mountainous terrain for most of the route, but August is a lot different.