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bucky

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Posted: 06/16/19 05:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The 2 worst roads in our recent retired travels;

I95 southbound in SC southern end of the state.
I10 eastbound from El Paso to the Louisiana border. WB probably just as bad.
I'm thinking of switching over to secondary roads. Our last big trip broke springs.
I pity the soldiers spines if the interstate hwy system is ever used for what it was intended.


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In keeping with this topic, has anyone installed equipment from Roadmaster to handle these crappy roads?

This shock kit

https://roadmasterinc.com/products/travel_trailers/comfort_ride_sa.html

or this slipper spring kit

https://roadmasterinc.com/products/travel_trailers/comfort_ride_ss.html

Of course Roadmaster recommends installing both but that would be $1500 for the parts.

Any thoughts folks?


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Last year heading towards 395 from 299 in Northeast California road construction took out our overhead lighting above the dinette. It was incredibly rough. The surface before the construction started was bad enough but wow.
I had to slow to a crawl through the construction zone and one clown honked at us and passed us...
Our trip through there in April was SMOOTH.


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Posted: 06/16/19 08:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I made my own mounts and installed shocks, it was some help in ride and handling. No matter what you do, you can't make potholes go away. Adding shocks will actually cause the tire to absorb more of the energy when hitting a sharp bump/hole, there is just a trade-off of where that energy goes and none of it is good.





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SidecarFlip wrote:

Preaching to the choir. I live in Michigan, home of the worst roads in the country. I've never had a blowout or anything fail because I don't drive fast on bad roads and there is always the berm to avoid those big whoppers.

What I find amazing is, I live on a bad road (potholes) and people insist on driving fast. I listen to them go by, suspensions clanging, springs protesting but they keep right on hauling butt, have to get somewhere important like home to a cold beer.

I rarely drive over 55 with my RV and always allow enough room in front of me to avoid the holes. It's vacation, not the Indy 500. In a hurry, go around. I'm in the slow lane for a reason. Besides the minimum allowable speed on any Interstate in the US is 45 mph.



Lucky you. I am 71 , 56 years of driving , and had my first tire failure or flat out on the highway this past winter. IMO due to the chuckholes on a Arizona road. I invite you to come on out ,and see if you can avoid all of them, and the traffic, and no berm to bail out on. 55 you say, good luck here not getting run over.

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laknox wrote:

I remember reading a post on here several years ago, about a guy who would take I-5 with his FW and run at the posted 55 for trailers in the left lane because the right lane(s) were so bad. He figured that he could argue that it was a safety issue due to the lousy conditions of the road surface and it was =safer= than running 45-50 in the right lanes. [emoticon] AFAIK, he never got a ticket.

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Have done the same thing on I-10 and parts of 93,95 in Arizona. Some stretches it does not matter, going to get beat up .

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We were on the Indiana toll road last year, the road was a mess an I told the toll gate operator I would be ashamed to work for a company that charged for such a bad road ... The back roads in Ohio an Indiana even thought they are two lane highways in most case's are far better than the interstates an that were we travel most of the time ...

Out west here the interstates for the most part are ok till you get near the big cities an then they get pretty bad ... You can tell what counties spend money on road maintenance for sure an which spend money on paying their own wage's at the top level ...

If you really want to get mad, think about every semi you see driving down the road, they pay fuel tax an tax on every mile that truck runs across an all the tolls if they drive on the toll roads ... When I sold my semi I was paying forty two cents a mile for every mile that truck ran empty or loaded plus road tax in every state which was different, so add that up along with the tax on gas you pay at the pump along with fuel/diesel tax you pay, talk about a cash cow Ugh !!!

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When you buy diesel for your truck you are paying that road tax.


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Posted: 06/20/19 10:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’ve written here about this too. If there is one thing that would stop us from dragging our FW south it’s the lousy highways. But that’s exactly what the greeny left wants.
Coming up through California to Seattle I pulled in centre lane at 70 mph.
Not going to hold anyone back or get in the way of merging traffic


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Posted: 06/20/19 10:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One thing that our Canadian/Saskatchewan Auto Association does every year is run a contest to nominate the worst road in the province. In an effort to raise awareness and embarrass government.

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