Just back from trip from home, NC, to Washington DC. It occurred to me on this trip that the condition of our roads, based especially on what we pay in taxes and in particular highway taxes on gas, that the condition of our interstates is horrendous. I thought my coach would fall apart on some of the sections of I-95, the I-295 bypass around Richmond and the Washington Beltway. The conditions on I-95 in Virginia north of the mid 30's mile markers was particularly bad, the road looks like a patch work quilt, and how they manage to repair a small imperfection in the roadway and make the repair feel worse than the original problem is incredible. The 295 bypass, which I remember being uncomfortable in my truck a year ago while pulling travel trailer, is virtually intollerable in a motorhome. The highway is different construction than most of I-95, looks to be concrete instead of asphalt. But large sections have been replaced due to deterioration of the concrete, don't know how they managed to make it so uneven, but repaired sections are not much improvement over old. Maybe it is my motorhome, but sounds like it will fall apart on these roads. NC was not too bad on I-95, few miles of expansion joints and broken highway, but did not hold a candle to VA! How is it that roads can not be brought to grade with overpasses and bridge approaches, nearly every one, with a few exceptions, was a jolting, jarring event, some feel the equivalent of driving off a curb.
I think a large part of the problem is the roads are clearly not designed for the loads they carry. Truck traffic beats these roads badly. I know on some of the secondary roads around my home, the roads are badly rutted from the weight of trucks, to the point that when it rains these roads become continuous puddles of standing water in the ruts.
I don't know the answer, but I for one don't think we should have to suffer the conditions that we do. Maybe we need to let our elected officials know we are out here. And to add insult to injury, we are hearing discussions of making the interstates toll roads in our state. Another frustration about traveling north, increasing tolls on deteriorating roads...that's for another day!
PS...ordering Koni shocks today - hope they are some help.
Tom and Patty
The "Rode Crew"
2004 National RV, Seabreeze 1341, F-53 22K, Chevy Malibu toad.