After five years of RV travel, we've learned that there are some places you just want to flat-out avoid when it comes to driving or traveling with an RV. In this article, the host from the video at the bottom of the article, discusses some of the most dangerous roads they have experienced. These areas are notorious for steep grades, sharp turns, severe weather conditions, and high traffic volumes. Knowing about these hazardous routes can help you stay safe on your RV adventures.

1. Interstate 15: Las Vegas, NV to Los Angeles, CA

Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and Los Angeles is infamous for its congested traffic, especially on weekends and holidays. The extreme temperatures in the Mojave Desert can cause tire blowouts and engine overheating, making this route particularly dangerous for RVs. Always ensure your vehicle is in top condition before embarking on this journey.

2. California State Route 58: Bakersfield to Tehachapi

California State Route 58, also known as the Bakersfield-Tehachapi Highway, presents several challenges, including steep grades, sharp turns, and varied terrain. The area is prone to harsh weather and mudslides, especially in the Sand Canyon area. These conditions make it a risky route for RV travel.

3. US 550: The Million Dollar Highway, Colorado

US 550, known as the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado, is breathtaking but perilous. The route features narrow lanes, steep cliffs, and a lack of guardrails. Severe weather conditions, particularly in winter, add to the danger. The high altitude and mountain passes make this a route that RVers might want to avoid.

4. Teton Pass Highway (Highway 22), Wyoming

Teton Pass Highway in Wyoming is especially treacherous with its 10% grade on both sides and numerous curves. This steep and winding route is also prone to avalanches and frequent moose crossings. It's advisable to avoid this route with an RV and opt for a safer, scenic drive by car or truck.

5. Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee/North Carolina

Smoky Mountain National Park features over 380 miles of roads, many of which are crowded and prone to motor vehicle crashes. According to park service data, the park saw 92 deaths over 15 years, mostly from vehicle accidents. Precautions must be taken if you choose to visit, especially when driving or towing an RV.

6. Yellowstone National Park Entrances

Several entrances to Yellowstone National Park, such as US Highway 14 and US Highway 14 Alternate, are not suitable for RVs due to steep grades, hairpin turns, and blind corners. These routes are dangerous for oversized vehicles, so it's best to plan alternative ways to enter the park.

7. Zion Mount Carmel Tunnel, Utah

The Zion Mount Carmel Tunnel in Utah has specific restrictions due to its narrow and curved design. Vehicles that are 11 feet 4 inches tall or taller, or 7 feet 10 inches wide or wider, require a tunnel permit and traffic control for safe passage. Vehicles over certain dimensions are prohibited altogether. Always check the National Park Service website for detailed information.

8. Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park

Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park is stunning but dangerous. The narrow lanes, rocky cliffs, and lack of guardrails make it unsuitable for RVs. Vehicles over 21 feet long or 10 feet high are not allowed on this road, so plan accordingly.

9. Death Valley, California

Death Valley's extreme temperatures, remote location, and limited services make it a challenging route for RVs. Ensure your vehicle is in excellent condition, carry sufficient water, fuel, and supplies, and be mindful of weather conditions. Proper preparation is crucial for navigating this area safely.

10. Interstate 10, Louisiana

Interstate 10 in Louisiana is often in disrepair due to heavy traffic, challenging geography, and exposure to severe weather conditions. The state's unique landscape and susceptibility to hurricanes and flooding complicate road maintenance, making this route hazardous for RV travel.

Research and plan your routes carefully to avoid these dangerous areas. Alternative routes are often available that can provide a safer option for reaching your destination without compromising the scenic beauty and adventure of RV life.

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