What kind of roads do you dread driving down the most?

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Every RVer has a type of road they dread driving down the most. Some of us can’t stand to drive through the city, others can’t stand driving through long stretches of boring, flat road. Others of us don’t mind dirt roads, while others would rather drive out of their way to avoid them. And if you grew up driving in snow or ice, perhaps you don’t dread those roads as much as those who didn’t grow up with any cold weather.

In the poll below, select up to two types of roads that you dread driving down the most. If we missed one, please leave a comment and tell us what it is. Thanks!

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Dennis
11 hours ago

Not enough detail in the categories to bring on my dread. Muddy and twisty dirt roads with hills would qualify. Also windy windy roads , mountainous or not. What? You might get the Tiger effect. perhaps “windy” is not a great word to use in this question. Most people seem to take it as referring the twists and turns of the road, not the weather conditions. But, can one be sure?

dave
16 hours ago

Before I looked at the choices, I knew it had to be coming down those long windy mountain roads, but then I seen “long boring flat roads” and I-10 near Van Horn, TX came to mind. Bores me to death everytime we’re there.

Last edited 16 hours ago by dave
Estep
1 day ago

OK. Icy roads, I will park the TT and will also avoid snow pcked due to drivers that trust the 4WD beyond the line. Worst are probably the narrow lane construction or bridges that are 1950s lane width. Example try the twin bridges over the Mississippi and the Ohio Rivers at Cairo ILL. These are narrow enough to swap mirrors with oncoming traffic.Been over them many times and have seen mirror parts scattered on the road surface.

Tom
2 days ago

I wish there was an Other category, I hate driving roads with other drivers on them. 🤣 Also poorly maintained roads of any type.

Last edited 2 days ago by Tom
Edward Wullschleger
2 days ago
Reply to  Tom

Poorly maintained roads are definitely the worst. Even dirt roads are better because you’re going slower on them. But it’s always great to be the only one on the road!  😀 

Edward Wullschleger
2 days ago

Of course, I wouldn’t even consider driving on a road that I knew was icy. Snow, maybe, for a short distance and going slowly.

Skip
2 days ago

Wash board roads suck right along with snow/ice and skip the cities. If visiting check in to an RV park close by and use the truck in and out spend the night and move on. Idaho has some I wouldn’t do again looking over the edge 800 ft down and no guard rail. Slow and easy but I’m all good with that. But I guess it’s all part of the adventure.

Stan W
2 days ago

Worst road condition for me, driving through construction zones on interstates with lane widths changing from 14 foot to 10 foot with concrete barriers for shoulders. Throw in lane shifts, rush hour, rain, snow, night time and people staring at their phones driving 15 mph over the construction zone speed limit. This is the worst for me.

KEN LAILER
2 days ago

The worst case scenario is the winding mountain roads, especially downhill, trying to navigate narrow passes or second being the city roads and trying to navigate right hand turns. If only there was a class on respect, courteously, or common sense the world may be a better place. Since this is not the case, I for one, since I have been towing my travel trailer, have more respect for other individuals towing, especially tractor trailers. I can say I have first hand experience and know what they have to deal with.

Grant Graves
2 days ago

I picked city/urban because the streets tend to be narrow and I can’t control other drivers behavior. Like many here, I avoid icy/snowy roads altogether. I just don’t go there and if somehow I got caught in that situation I would pull over at the first safe stop and wait. I have everything I need to not drive. I always check weather reports when driving anywhere I might find that situation.

DW/ND
2 days ago

I answered dirt and ice roads. Generally there aren’t “dirt” roads in most areas – but many gravel roads which are dusty and throw rocks all over. We never drive on ice in our motorhome. I also agree with Barry about construction zones and this also includes roads with no shoulders! In the event – there is no place to go! I always seem to feel that uneasy pit in my stomach when thinking about “where would I go”? Sort of a throwback to flying days, I guess.

Pat Daubenmier
2 days ago

I did not mark Mountain roads but can’t say I was too fond of highway 19 in Utah. It was beautiful but a nail biter for me, the passenger.

Skip Trafford
2 days ago

Should have added “gravel roads” to the poll. I’ve pulled a catamaran trailer in the early 70s 85 miles one way to a lovely remote beach in Sonora Mexico with a 15 mile stretch graveled. Our 4×4 camper lost a flap on one side and the damage to the catamaran on that side during the gravel section damaged our CAT to the point it couldn’t be sailed until repaired.

Patti Panuccio
2 days ago

I need to add to the poll, I hate and avoid interstates as much as possible.

KellyR
2 days ago
Reply to  Patti Panuccio

Agree with Patti. Interstates should have been at the top of the list.

Tom M.
2 days ago
Reply to  KellyR

I-5 in California’s Central Valley is pretty awful.

Wayne
2 days ago

At the top of my list is poorly maintained interstates. A recent trip through Illinois was so bad that everything in cabinets were shaken loose, mats stored on bunks were on the floor.

John Macatee
2 days ago

Snowy icy mountain roads are, to me, the most difficult, as you must add the road conditions to the people in front of you behind you as well as oncoming traffic. With ice and or black ice, In a fraction of a second you can completely lose control.

Jim O'Briant
2 days ago

The roads I dislike are paved roads in such disrepair that we must slow down to 45 MPH or slower to prevent damage to the RV.

Neal Davis
2 days ago

I voted for icy, snowy, and windy and mountainous. However, I make every effort to travel where there is no snow or ice. Last week we had occassion to camp at a state park and were caught by a winter storm. Fortunately, the roads were clear by the time of our departure. Windy roads with little/no shoulder are my greatest bugaboo because we often encounter them. Perhaps with even greater exposure to them I will gain confidence in navigating them. I do not do dirt roads unless it is to enter a campground (and then I make a mental note to not return) because I don’t like getting my RV dirty. 😉

martin a
2 days ago
Reply to  Neal Davis

We ran into 5 miles of oily gravel construction in the middle of Kansas a few years ago, sure made our camper a mess. Had to scrub with soap and sponge, car wash sprayer wouldnt get it off.

Edward Wullschleger
2 days ago
Reply to  martin a

I forgot all about freshly oiled roads. Those are bad for any vehicles, and an RV or trailer presents even more areas to clean!

Jim
2 days ago
Reply to  Neal Davis

I feel the very same way.

Barry
2 days ago

After more than 50 years driving tractor trailer, travel trailer, 5th wheels, and motor homes, I find narrow roads in construction zones the most nerve racking.
Add into the equation 18 wheelers either passing me in these narrow lanes, or oncoming and my anxiety level goes way up.

Diane M
2 days ago
Reply to  Barry

Yes, those construction zones terrify me.

Paul Cecil
2 days ago
Reply to  Barry

AGREE!

J Castle
2 days ago
Reply to  Paul Cecil

Nail biting!

Barry Hiatt
2 days ago

What kind of roads do you dread driving down the most?
Didn’t choose icy/snowy roads because we do everything in our power/ability to AVOID roads and areas where the potential for icy roads is greatest

Tommy Molnar
2 days ago
Reply to  Barry Hiatt

Yup!

Thom
2 days ago

City because that’s where you can get hit by someone else through no fault of your own. I’ll take a lonely mountain pass any day…

Joni Weed
2 days ago

The poll didn’t load for me, but I thought I would chuck in my 2 cents worth. City Streets! About a year and a half ago we were driving through El Paso, TX, and they closed 10 through town. So we had to exit and drive a very circuitous route through downtown, narrow streets, etc. Thank god we were only able to go about 10mph in traffic. Swinging a 41 foot fifth wheel around sharp corners on narrow streets and on hills was the stuff nightmares are made of. We survived though and plan to avoid that type of driving at all costs.