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 01-10-2006, 12:02 AM   #43
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How about this

I prefer two lane routes to interstates because in some cases they're better maintaned. I traveled US 2 to Glacier last year the whole way except were it intersects I-90 and travels it for awhile Yuck!
I-90 had some real crappy expansion joint problems, I thought I had blown a tire for 10 miles. US 2 was for the most part was real smooth and recently overlayed with new blacktop, Plus I got to see the heart of america. The people and towns along the way, and eat in restraunts that were not chain restuarants like Dennys.

I will use the interstate to bypass big cities like spokane and then get back on US 2 the rest off the way. If I can find a way it will be the two lane way.
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Old 06-26-2008, 07:15 PM   #44
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During weekend trips to state parks here in Ohio, we always use the 2 lanes. Best way to see the season's change, watch the crops grow and being harvested and last weekend we "stumbled" across a city-wide Strawberry Festival which we never would have been able to enjoy had we been on the Interstate. I like to think we'll always try to use the 2 laners, but if we're going across country, I just don't know. There is something to be said about the safety factor of the Interstates. But, having retired last April 1st (2008) we find that time is now on our side - and we're enjoying taking it as easy as possible.
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Old 06-26-2008, 07:52 PM   #45
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We like two lanes roads mostly. We have done our only two outings with our trailer on two lane roads with good results. We have how ever over the last 8 yrs traveled US 127 North from Southern OHIO into Michigan almost every month for a monthly family gathering. We find it as almost as fast and about 40 miles shorter that U would be routed by MapQuest.
My wife prefers two laners ,She says "I Cant see nuffin on Interstates". We as Pilgrim find the grain being Harvested ,all kinds of livestock and farmers working in the fields,better that seening nothing from the Interstates
INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS / BORING
But to each his own. We are retired and not in a hurry .Not to mention the fuel savings at slower speeds,even with the small town stop and go.
Everyone has their own thing and TWO Laners is ours.
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Old 06-26-2008, 09:44 PM   #46
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We like the two lanes through the small towns of America, but we find ourselves on I-30 something most often. We often take the Interstate business loops to get a little local flavor. We just spent a month in Maine where they have only one I-anything. It was kind of refreshing.

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Old 06-26-2008, 10:20 PM   #47
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two lanes for me!

I prefer the less-traveled routes, not contending with big trucks and fast traffic, and you get to see the real America and not just the same old uninteresting mile after mile of concrete interstates. My husband tends to like the wider faster roads, but if I have anything to say about it, we stay off of them and out into the countryside. Course he won't let me drive while we're towing (it's a control thing), so I don't always get my way. Kinda depends on if we are coming home and want to get there the quickest way possible, or if we are leisurely traveling to our destination.
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:32 PM   #48
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I am new to towing but I have found that the big rigs tend to make me sway every time they pass, so I have kept to the 2 lanes, which seem to be very pleasant. I hope some day i can learn to control the trailer and get back on the interstates, because I do like their conveniences and cell towers!
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I am new to towing but I have found that the big rigs tend to make me sway every time they pass, so I have kept to the 2 lanes, which seem to be very pleasant. I hope some day i can learn to control the trailer and get back on the interstates, because I do like their conveniences and cell towers!
If you are swaying every time a semi passes you, you need to readdress your towing set-up. That should not be happening.

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Old 06-27-2008, 12:20 AM   #50
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I am new to towing but I have found that the big rigs tend to make me sway every time they pass, so I have kept to the 2 lanes, which seem to be very pleasant. I hope some day i can learn to control the trailer and get back on the interstates, because I do like their conveniences and cell towers!
Hi, frscott; Your tow vehicle and trailer seem to be a good match, maybe you should check out your hitch or read some of the posts on hitches. [might help]
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Old 06-28-2008, 08:53 PM   #51
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Will do! Glad to hear that this is not normal. It was sure peaceful taking 287 north from south texas, beautiful highway, beautiful scenery!
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:02 AM   #52
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287 runs from Port Arthur Texas on the Gulf Coast to within a few miles of Canada, routing thru Fort Worth, Amarillo, Denver and Yellowstone National Park. A favorite of mine, lifelong.

I see that there are those who believe that 2-laners are better maintained. While it is true that Interstates account for around 2% of all highways, they nevertheless carry 25% of the traffic. The commercial traffic -- for which they were built -- relieves the secondary road burden.

As for those concerned -- rightfully -- about the quality of 2-laners, then a truckers atlas is a good addition to trip planning as it marks the non-Interstate routes for heavy commercial vehicles; routes that must have better sight lines, wider lanes, better shoulders, better signage, proper banking, better lighting, etc.

These alternatives to Interstates can be fast travel, with less traffic, and one can often find better places to stop and eat.

I recommend a guide to truck stops for the same reason. One may not ever need diesel, but knowing where mechanical help is available may be good, as is the fact that most truck stops are 24-hr operations. Port-in-a-storm.

The Texas FM and RR system is different, however. These roads are meant to be connectors of farms and ranches to bigger roads or to towns, and often have poor sight lines, shoulders, etc. Don't be surprised by 15-mph turns, reverse banking, and inconsistent maintenance. Speed limits may be high, and truck traffic (RV's, IMO) may be regulated to a slower speed. I long ago learned to love them for 45-mph travel with a well-tuned straight six. Beware of loose livestock. With a certainty they are the roads to travel for birding.
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The Texas FM and RR system is different, however. These roads are meant to be connectors of farms and ranches to bigger roads or to towns, and often have poor sight lines, shoulders, etc. Don't be surprised by 15-mph turns, reverse banking, and inconsistent maintenance. Speed limits may be high, and truck traffic (RV's, IMO) may be regulated to a slower speed. I long ago learned to love them for 45-mph travel with a well-tuned straight six. Beware of loose livestock. With a certainty they are the roads to travel for birding.
I found a document on the net (which I can not locate again) that specifies that Texas FM and RM roads are defined to be built without shoulders, although I am seeing more shoulders in built-up areas. I drive a curvy, shoulderless, FM road every day with a 55 speed limit (I hold up traffic if I drive my usual 60).

OTOH, much of Texas is wide open with very little traffic and the FM and RM roads are simply a great way to travel. There are stretches of miles without a curve in sight. The small towns are interesting and many towns have a cafe where the food is good and reasonably priced. On the average, I have found smoother pavement on FM and RM roads than I find on the interstate.

The GPS tends to underestimate the speed you can make on these roads and will avoid them if you use the "fastest" mode. The GPS is the best way to know in plenty of time that a slow curve is coming up.
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My husband is a "driver." He loves to be out on the road. He breaks all the rules for maximum miles per day towing. He is a driver seat dominator. I never get or even have to drive on trips.
He likes all the roads. Back roads for scenic quality and interstate for convenience.
We just received our Winter 2009 Airstream Life and he was practically giddy over the article on page 47. "America's Scariest Tows"
He said he was putting it on his "Bucket List" which is a phrase I have never heard him use.
He gets excited over driving any vehicle; from the tiniest sports car to the manliest truck. We have a tractor and a backhoe and he enjoys any excuse to rent a man toy.
He likes motorcycles. (on and off-road) He has owned both but he is not into collecting or amassing so he sells anything he doesn't feel he has sufficient time to utilize.
He is an avid bicyclist and prefers back roads. He logs 1000's of miles per year and knows every two-lane road within 50 miles of our home. He almost always plans his rides to include a lap through Mistletoe Park campground and if he spies an Airstream we always go out in my 2006 VW GTI or our son's Miata to investigate after he pedals back into our driveway.
A phrase that I hear often is "Do you wanna go out for a drive?" He drives just to drive! I am an A-to-B person myself so I don't mind.
We have two sons. One inherited their Dad's driving gene and the other has my A-to-B gene.

So, for towing, we fit into that 3rd category that is not on the survey. We like all the roads.
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:42 PM   #55
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We prefer the traveling good State roads. I can't count the number of times we have stopped and just walked around and took photos. Traveling these type of roads allows us to visit some great towns that would be bypassed on the Interstate. During our travels I have never experienced a difficult time locating a parking space for our vehicle and trailer. Another benefit is the great eating places we would have missed.
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The small towns are interesting and many towns have a cafe where the food is good and reasonably priced.

Yup, I can find a GREAT chicken fried steak in Hamlin, TX (on the road from unknown to nowhere)! Better than Abilene or even Sweetwater (on I-20). A full meal with dessert, and change from a $10 after a big city tip.
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