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Posted: 09/09/20 10:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just curious if there is any way one can get from Northern Utah to Southern Utah without going through Salt Lake City or traveling on mountainous roads. We are a 40' Class A towing wanting to avoid the traffic, construction, and congestion that always seems to prevail on I-15. Thanks for any input!


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Posted: 09/09/20 10:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi. I lived in UT for 5 years towing w/class a and toad. Best bet is to get up early on a Sunday morning and get through SLC before 10AM if possible. I15 is still the easiest road for class a's to use. Be careful out there!

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For me SLC is the worst urban drive there is. 85 miles top to bottom. At least the road surfaces are a bit better these days, especially in the Ogden and Provo areas. Lots of discourteous drivers who refuse to let you change lanes, everyone competing to drive as fast as possible. I'd rather be in Seattle's stop-and-go mess.

Been driving it for years, never found a quiet time, though the Sunday a.m. suggestion seems the best.

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Posted: 09/09/20 12:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Then obviously you haven't driven on I-95 from Northern VA around DC and past Baltimore.

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For me SLC is the worst urban drive there is. 85 miles top to bottom. At least the road surfaces are a bit better these days, especially in the Ogden and Provo areas. Lots of discourteous drivers who refuse to let you change lanes, everyone competing to drive as fast as possible. I'd rather be in Seattle's stop-and-go mess.

Been driving it for years, never found a quiet time, though the Sunday a.m. suggestion seems the best.



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If I had to choose my own ring of Hades when I die, I'd much rather tow through SLC than through Los Angeles County (any time of day).

We've towed through SLC many times and as long as we avoided the worst morning/evening rush it wasn't too crazy. Try to avoid the weekends too, unless you can sneak out of town Sunday morning while folks are at temple.


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I have driven I15 through the SLC area numerous times. I certainly agree it is a nightmare. Regardless of the traffic the drivers seem to be demons from hell determined to drive over 70 mph at all times. Not only that but the nightmare continues for a great many miles until you have driven well south of Provo.

Fortunately there are alternatives of a sort. You will need to drive south through the Odgen area, then down I215 and cut West on I80. That way you will only have 30 miles or so of insanity as you pass through Odgen.

I80 West is decent and you only need to go a few miles to route 36 south to Eureka. At Eureka you can cut back to the East and rejoin I15 just south of Provo. Another option is to take Route 6 west to Delta and then take route 257 south to Minersville. You can then cut east and rejoin I15 or continue south on route 130 to Cedar City. Regardless of which of the options you take you will not lose too much time.

At one time I would have highly recommended the ride to Delta and then Cedar City. Times and Utah have changed and I find the area very depressing. The beauty of the open areas has been destroyed. On weekends especially, you will see large numbers of Utahns on dune buggies and motor bikes tearing up the landscape. Further south of that you will see huge tracks of land dedicated to wind power and a solar farming.

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Those terrible drivers on the 15 near SLC are all California transplants....LOL We're spreading out everywhere. Soon to be in a town near you.

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Posted: 09/09/20 03:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Been through SLC many times, both directions, different times of day. I just get in the second lane from the right and go with the flow.


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SLC traffic is what it is.

But, the worst drivers in the world live in Pittsburg and Antioch, CA. They attempt to drive highway 4 but probably learned how to drive on computer games where there are no rules or laws. It's the only explanation.

Imagine driving 70 and getting freight-trained by a large number of cars all doing 95+. It's the only place in NorCal where there will be an accident, almost daily, prior to 5 am and sometimes prior to 4 am, when there isn't traffic. How can you get into an accident when no one is on the road?

I lived in LA and Orange County a long time and used to think that Los Angeles had the worst drivers. But this small section of highway takes the prize. The bad drivers in LA don't even come close.

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Posted: 09/10/20 10:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for all the great responses ~ much appreciated. I imagine we'll either attempt it very early on a Sunday morning or take a long road around the whole state. [emoticon]

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