View Poll Results: Do you prefer two lanes or interstates?
Two lanes? 104 78.20%
Multi-lane interstates? 29 21.80%
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Old 10-08-2005, 12:51 PM   #29
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Give me a two lane anyday!! We actually like US highways vs. Interstates when traveling. We look for the designated scenic routes too. In 1999 we drove the old Suburban out to Colorado for a bike ride. We only got on the Interstate when we had to. Great drive, and we didn't feel like we lost any time doing it either.
In my day to day travel in the AS I us Delorme Street Atlas on the doghouse pedistal laptop to find the most direct way from stop to stop. You never know what you'll see or come across.
Leave the Interstates for the nuts who just have to get there in no time flat. I'll take the slow road.

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Old 10-08-2005, 01:04 PM   #30
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Better ride

I vote for the two lanes - but with the added comment that the ride is usually better with my GMC dually - unless the interstate is in good condition (---a condition that is becoming increasingly rare!) There's a big difference between potholes at 50-55 mph on two lanes (---much softer impact), and potholes (---or concrete expansion cracks) encountered at 65-70 mph on the interstates! Detroit Michigan (I-75) and most Interstates in Pennsylvania are good examples of bad interstates. That said, I can also drop down to 45 mph, without too many complaints, when I'm on the two lanes. I do make it a habit to pull over for faster traffic every chance I get. That latter procedure usually results in a wave of thanks, or a toot on the horn, from the passing drivers. The unfortunate thing with two lane roads is that, all to often, no "pull-over" shows up for many a mile.


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Old 10-08-2005, 04:50 PM   #31
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2-Lane -- mostly

We're just getting back from a 4100 mile trip, about 2500 of it was 2 lane. We usually go two lane to enjoy the trip and use Freeway only when necessary or when we're getting tired. BTW, after close tracking we've averaged 11.5 mpg (towing the bambi with an o2 1500 Avalanche). The cost per gallon was right at $2.85 for a fuel cost of $.25/mile -- ouch!
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Old 10-18-2005, 04:48 AM   #32
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22,000 miles

I just returned from my summer run with milage of 22,000 miles ! Learned alot.
1. The Interstate Highway's are TORN-UP, Pot Hole Ciry. Two lane next summer for sure.
2. If you use K&N filter: I started loosing gas milage, 12 down too 10 after installing new K&N in my 2005 F-250. Ford dealer found that K&N for 2005 f-250 don't fit ( hieght allow's air too by pass filter ) and due too oil excess running down and coating censor, computer was miss adjusting air fuel mixture. back too 11.5 MPG.
Latter apply's too all K&N users, less is better, when aplying oil.
3. Next year will see fewer place, but will spend more time at each stop.
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Old 11-13-2005, 08:25 AM   #33
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Two Lane Roads

In August we drove from Austin, Texas to Ozark, Alabama and was on interstate highway for 4.5 miles. That was where US 84 lay on top of I-55. The trip was 10 miles futher than the interstate trip out and took only three hours longer. I find off interstate travel most scenic. I have Delorme Street Atlas with a GPS receiver on my laptop, never wonder where I am. For the cost, $140.00 with a blue tooth GPS receiver and maping software a great buy and invaluable travel tool.
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Old 11-13-2005, 09:34 AM   #34
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It all depends but.......

I prefer the interstates because I don't like stoplights, and usually interstates
are less hilly. I used to take the scenic route, but now I go for the flat route.
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Old 11-13-2005, 02:19 PM   #35
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Guess I'll have to vote for interstate too. I just don't feel that comfortable pulling the trailer on those little two lane roads. Here in Oklahoma, the roads can be old and very narrow. When you meet a big 18 wheeler on one, it's pretty scary. Our interstates are none too smooth either. Where is all that gas tax money going anyway? Some of our bridges are old WPA built. I guess I'm showing my age to those of you who don't know what WPA was.
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Old 11-13-2005, 04:33 PM   #36
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flat and smooth...i dont like potholes, and i dont like washboards. other then that, i reallly dont care....
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Old 11-14-2005, 03:11 PM   #37
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I prefer 4 lane divided highway. I do not care for 2 lane highway, cause I am always concerned that I am holding up the rest of the world. And I would like to think that given the choice I would take the highway.

Most of my towing I do not have choices. I go to Mexico a lot and there isn't many interstates to get to Mexico and none when I get there.

And based on results, if there is an interstate I go for it over the highway. However I am the guy doing 60-65 in a 70-75 mph zone. I just don't care for going faster than 65. It's too hard on the equipment.

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Old 11-17-2005, 09:17 AM   #38
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If it's all about the destination, then the interstate is the way for me, but when time isn't a factor I'd take a two-lane anyday. I picked two-lane.

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Old 12-09-2005, 10:22 PM   #39
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When travelng through the mountains of No.Carolyna, E. Tenn.,N. georgia,if I have the time, I like to choose "shortest distance" on my Garmin GPS. This will hardly ever result in quickest time, but most likely will result in an off-road Adventure that will make you pray to get on a major hwy. I've wound up on some backroads that are appallingly difficult and scarey, intersperced with some of the most incredable scenic beauty imaginable. On one of these routs, I even had to get out and trim the roadside brush to keep from scratching the sides of my little silver beauty. So if you like adventure, follow your GPS wherever it takes you.

Don't really know how to answer the poll. Guess it's a little of both.
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Old 12-10-2005, 08:58 AM   #40
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Used to be 2-lane roads all the way. It still is on the motorcycle. However, since this is a trailer forum, I vote Interstate. It's usually quicker to get to camp, and it's more economical and easier on the tow vehicle. Slow 2-lanes, and stop and go in towns is not good for mileage, and eats up a lot of time.
Now, we do pull of on parallel roads once in a while, or check out a business route instead of staying on the freeway all the time. A goo dexample would be I-40 AZ Westbound, the route 66 turnoff. It takes you through pretty scenery, through a few old towns, and back on I-40 near Flagstaff, if I remember correctly. Same for I-5 northbound, past Grapevine. CA 33 crisscrosses the countryside out there, and now and again I pulloff and take a short detour on 33, just to break the monotony.
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Old 01-03-2006, 02:44 PM   #41
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Two Lane Roads

Most of the time I prefer the two lane roads for the slower pace, the more intimate contact with the scenery and roadside businesses.

I general use Interstates only when I am in a hurry.
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Old 01-03-2006, 06:56 PM   #42
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Thumbs up Interstate!

My time is limited since I'm still working so I need to get to the campground asap--not to mention the little kid in the backseat saying "are we there yet?"

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