Can you help my old girl find smooth roads?

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Merrill

Newbie
Joined
Jan 10, 2022
Messages
1
Location
Prince Edward Island
RV Year
1990
RV Make
Fleetwood
RV Model
Jamboree
RV Length
26
Fulltimer
No
Hi there

My wife and I are planning our trip from northern California to Detroit (and back into Canada) and want to find the smoothest route. We love our old Class C (1990) but on the trip west she took a bit of a beating because there were many highways that were not friendly to her old suspension. The trouble is, one can't tell from looking at a map (maps, remember those?). For instance, who would have known that Highway 70 between Roswell NM and Alamogordo is a smooth as silk and a pure joy to drive -- as opposed to the nightmare between Odessa, TX and Carlsbad. On the map they all look the same.

We are considering three routes: (a) Reno to Illinois vis I-80, then I-94 to Detroit (b) Carson City eastbound on Hwy 50 (Loneliest Road in America) all the way to Cincinnati, then I-75 to Detroit or (c) I70 eastbound to (east of) Indianapolis then I-75 to Detroit.

We are not in a hurry (finally we learned how to take our time) and love the idea of finding and travelling roads that our beautiful old girl can sail on. She is probably the last RV we will own and we want to take super good care of her.

Any advice? BTW if you think I should post this at another place on the site please let me know.

Thank you and all the best.

Merrill
 

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windt

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Jan 10, 2022
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I just traveled most part of that path. Only tip is to follow interstate highways, though the toll on i90 is pretty expensive and honestly i90 is really rough in some sections but going local can be even worse.
Baltimore and Jercy city 's roads are hooooorible. 3 mph speed ...
 

R. Wold

Just Idling Around
Joined
Jan 19, 2021
Messages
39
Location
Grass Valley Ca
RV Year
2016
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Ventana 3427
RV Length
35
TOW/TOAD
2001 Jeep Wrangler, M&G air brakes
I gave up on trying to find smoother roads because they change so rapidly and there is always the unexpected construction areas. I pick the routes that will provide the most scenic, historical, and cultural enjoyment, and just slow it down when things get rough.

Ive been back-roading on two lane highways in the South West for a month and have been pleasantly surprised, Probably 70/30 good to more rough roads and all of it tolerable. And the pay off is that we are seeing country that weve never seen before and really enjoying the journey. A couple thjngs thst might help are new shocks and making sure your tires are not inflated any more than necessary.
 

Matt

RVF Supporter
Joined
Jan 25, 2021
Messages
45
Location
Glasford, IL
RV Year
2021
RV Make
Forrest River
RV Model
Cedar Creek 311RL 5th Wheel
RV Length
35'
TOW/TOAD
F350 Super Duty
Fulltimer
No
Well I live in Illinois and although they are starting to work on the roads in this state I can tell you that there are horrible roads in this state. I mean pot holes that will blow out your tires! My advice would be to stay off the roads in Illinois.
 
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