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First time Chicago > Oakland CA, need advice


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Hey there,

I'm planning on doing a "simple" direct drive from Chicago to Oakland, leaving in 10 days, down I-80. Mainly going to see my daughter who lives in Oakland. On the way back I might sight see.

I'm driving solo, my first rig, my first major trip, a 2017 31' Thor FE. Me and 2 doggos.

My question: I have to pass over the Rockies, right? How white-knuckle of a drive is that? Any recommendations for routes?



2018 Forest River Sunseeker 2290SC
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I-80 is the gentlest route over the Rockies, no major grades to speak of.  The Continental Divide is on a wide plateau.  In the winter there's the possibility of lots of blowing snow across there but that's not a factor now.

The only drawback is you'll be sharing the road with lots of cross country trucks also looking to take the easiest route.

Take lots of breaks, even a 15 minute stop every couple of hours to walk the doggos will help.

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