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Old 05-15-2011, 02:41 PM   #15
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Not to steal this thread but just as a warning to all. The worst dip in any highway that I have ever experienced is on I-10 in the middle of downtown San Antonio in the right line when you are going under a bunch of other highways which I believe is I-37. I truly believe that I had 48K lbs of MH and eight tires all airborne. My shower door came off the slide and things fell on the floor.
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:44 PM   #16
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Thanks for the heads-up. When in CA I will stick to the 2 lane roads. I'm going to be up around Sequoia/Kings Canyon in late summer and will check back for road advice then. I just took delivery of my new/used Dutch Star and could not believe how jarring expansion joints could be driving through Louisiana. And talking about expansion joints there is I-40 from Memphis to Little Rock. After that stretch I felt like a bobble head toy with the repetitive crackity-crackity, crackity. Then there is I-55 up to Jackson, MS that nearly caused my front TV to fall on my head. The good news is there is a LOT of repair going on as part of the Fed effort to spur employment and the economy.

To me, Florida has the best roads of any I've driven thus far, but, again, I'm a newbie and have only put 1,200 miles on the odometer to get my Newmar home.

If there isn't one already someone should start a thread listing all the roads to avoid.

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Old 05-15-2011, 04:16 PM   #17
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i agree California sucks and I10 in La. is pretty bad..I96 and I94 in
Michigan gets nasty after the winter thaw with pot hole up the kazoo..Florida I75,I10 great roads even Florida I95 is better than most states...

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Old 05-15-2011, 10:22 PM   #18
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It's been almost 20 years since I drove California highways. Back then, they were fine...the danger were the crazy drivers! In the November time frame we would get very bad fog in the Central Valley and it wasn't unusual to read about 50+ car pileups on Hwy 99. That was enough to discourage me from heading back to CA in the Winter...now I know to avoid it all year long.

Secondly, I agree with chofujohn about I-40 through Tenn and Ark. I actually went airborne once and I was only going 45 miles an hour and cars were flying by me. Thank goodness they really are working hard on the roads there.

I too vote for a thread to track good and bad roads...a way to quickly map out a trip and avoid the worst roads would be very helpful...but would have to be current!
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:25 PM   #19
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Avoid California! The roads are bad. The prices are high. The beaches are crowded. The mountains are too steep. Earthquakes kill thousands every day. Wild fires abound. The whole state is full, no more room.

Strongly suggest OR, WA & AZ.
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Avoid California! The roads are bad. The prices are high. The beaches are crowded. The mountains are too steep. Earthquakes kill thousands every day. Wild fires abound. The whole state is full, no more room.

Strongly suggest OR, WA & AZ.


This is very true, California is not the place you want to come to! There are no such thing as smooth roads, I repeat absolutely no good smooth roads. Some have simple been washed away by the little bit of rain we didn't expected this year. The gangs are running wild, there is no order, it looks like a war zone, people are suffer, way too many beggars and homeless people roaming the streets. People live in fear of their lives day in and day out. Many are simply fleeing to other states. If you think a waste land is bad, I urge you to please please, don't ever ever come to California; go else where or stay where you are.
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Reminds me of the old Yogi Berra line....

"nobody ever eats at that resturant... it's always too crowded!"

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Old 05-17-2011, 01:21 AM   #22
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Avoid California! The roads are bad. The prices are high. The beaches are crowded. The mountains are too steep. Earthquakes kill thousands every day. Wild fires abound. The whole state is full, no more room.

Strongly suggest OR, WA & AZ.
Don't go to WA, weather is terrible, if it's not raining it's snowing, roads are worse than wagon tracks, nowhere is flat, up or down only. Avalanches close the major passes regularly, even now SR20 is having avalanches in May!
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Avoid California! The roads are bad. The prices are high. The beaches are crowded. The mountains are too steep. Earthquakes kill thousands every day. Wild fires abound. The whole state is full, no more room.

Strongly suggest OR, WA & AZ.
You forgot the floods! Whatever burns then washes into anything that hasn't during the next winter, IF it rains at all. Washes out the road too!
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I lived in California for two years and met my wife there. I don't have a reason to go back. I cannot understand how a state can have such high taxes, registration fees, AND an income tax and still have such substandard roads.

I'm a Florida native, and while we have toll roads, most of our roads are free to drive on, we have no income tax, and our roads are some of the country's best. Go figure.
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Don't go to WA, weather is terrible, if it's not raining it's snowing, roads are worse than wagon tracks, nowhere is flat, up or down only. Avalanches close the major passes regularly, even now SR20 is having avalanches in May!
I have not driven all roads in WA, but we drove last week from Sumas to Anacortes, WA and the roads were smooth like glass Even I 5 was ok.
The weather was a bit on the cool side, but the people made up for it.

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I have no fear of California's infrastructure and roads.

I simply don't intend to go there ever. With their bankrupt government that will probably be bailed out by my Fed tax dollars, crazy laws, attitude, and other things it's the last place where I would spend my money.

Why would I spend my money in Cali just to be abused by the roads, odd laws etc. when there are so many other places that appreciate my tourist dollar without sqaundering it.
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Reminds me of the old Yogi Berra line....

"nobody ever eats at that resturant... it's always too crowded!"

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I think that's what they used to say but I think you'll agree the crowd is starting to disperse.
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From news reports it appears the State of California is in serious financial trouble, So of course the Highway Dept is underfunded and unable to fix the roads.

They are not the only state in trouble,, however some states are trying to give the roads some priority because without freeway traffic to bring goods into and out of the state, Your problems get worse.
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