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campergal
post Apr 11 2013, 06:34 AM
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Holy moly! Just got offI78 in Pennslyvania....ROUGH! Ended up stranded in New Ork at a truck stop with a broken seal and wheel bearings needing replacing then finally. Got to park and couldn't open bedroom slide...think something jarred loose. All the clothes in the closet were shook off. Heading to RV dealer today to get slide looked at. This is a 2013 trailer and we were to going overly fast, avg 6 mh. Will certainly make a note to NOT travel that route again!
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joez
post May 1 2013, 03:17 PM
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It is amazing, though, how fast a road can get "bad" after repaving. Seems like more time and money should be spent for better paving - there are all sorts of methods and products to use paving roads, seems like the states automatically go for what's cheapest both in cost and quality.


I do not pretend to be an expert by any means, but going for the cheapest is exactly what is required. I used to notice when traveling in Europe that the roads seemed to be in better shape generally, even in areas with severe winters. I was told by a good friend of mine, who happens to be an engineer who designs highways (whatever the right title is) that we are required by law in the US to give road contracts to the lowest bidder. He claimed that in Europe they were allowed to consider other factors than just low price. This means that someone quoting a "better" product than the simple asphalt/concrete we use here could never win a repair contract. Of course, I am sure that to suddenly double or quadruple the cost of road repair would not be popular at election time.

In any case, I am always astounded when we begin our annual journey out of Florida just how awful road surfaces are as soon as you start driving north of the freeze lines. IMO, PA roads are among the worst, I-65 in IN rivals those for a bad road, and the last time we drove in WI and MN, I thought our motorhome was going to shake apart.
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