Colorado's Grooved Pavement Almost Kills Us and Ends Miss Funfinders RV Adventures

Well, we now know why folks hate the grooves in Colorado's interstate 70. The grooves were definately responsible for us loosing all control and going into an uncontrollable trailer whip and crash after simply merging onto I-70 in Limon, Colorado at what the locals call "wreck curve"; a standard ashpalt downhill onramp at Limon, Colorado merging not too smoothly into I-70's concrete grooved pavement. Aparently we were the 4th or 5th trailer in 7 months to loose control and wreck there.... And, the very professional and nice State Trooper said that "since there was an accident he had to site us!" and could not blame the road conditions.

We escaped with our lives, but bumper pull trailers are probably not in our future for our usual long haul trips of 2 to 3,000 miles. Neither is Colorado's I70 dangerous grooved interstate highway in the eastern part of the state.

Note:
- Our tires were the very best
- Tires check and aired up to spec the very morning of the wreck
- Our trailer hitch was the best and may have saved us from rolling over
- Our gross vehicle weight was 4,600 pounds, about 60% of our beloved GMC Yukons 7,500 pounds.
- Factory installed tow package
- No tires blown
- No cross wind... never a problem anyways; we've towed Miss Funfinder through blizzards in 40 mph winds with no problem.

We were lucky to walk away from this one alive. So, if you EVERY encounter grooved pavement anywhere slow wayyy, wayyy down or get off it right away so you don't wind up like we did.

We had virtually no warning and it was all over in less that 4 or 5 seconds and you can see from the pictures how we wound up.

A total loss on both our bumper pull trailer and our sweet GMC Yukon.

Guess I gotta get back in the saddle again soon. Can't let a near death experience slow you down when the road calls. Hmm, vintage class A, Class C or maybe a bus conversion to restore? We'll let your know.

PS. A great big Thanks! to the Limon EMT's, Fire Department, I70 Road Crew, the State Troopers and to the 8 Eastbound travelers on I70 who pried us out of our rig.

Tags: Dangers of Travel Trailers on Denvers I70, Grooved Pavement Causes Trailer Wrecks, Travel Trailer Wreck in Colorado

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Go get those Cuts, Michael! And have a GREAT TIME! pat
Glad to hear you're not badly injured and I for one am glad you brought this situation to all our attention.  I have seen the signs for years "grooved pavement" and not really understood why it would be posted.  Now that you have brought it to light, I do remember an unstable feeling to the ride in those cases.  I know when I was young in the Seattle area there were bridge grates that had a path that followed the flow of traffic, it always made a person uncomfortable when crossing them due to the side sway.  We usually tow a car when we travel and you can bet I'll be taking it much slower (than I drive already) when I encounter that type pavement.  The best thing that I ever did for my fuel economy was to slow down, not to mention improving our over-all safety I'm sure.

I'm new to travel trailers, so I'm thankful for this information.

Very glad to know that you survived intact. 

j.

Hi Pat.  You mentioned that you had not added Anti Sway bars.  We met a couple a few years ago that had a nasty accident in Florida.  They did not have the Anti Sway bars either and said in retrospect that if they were ever to go to a "bumper tow" again that they would put on anti sway immediately.  They went 5th wheel next time I believe.  We have always gone motor home but have been towing a car for the past several years.  I have always been nervous about towing, and still am.  Our first towed was 4 down, now it's a Chevy Aveo and has to be on a dolley.  Not much different than a trailer either way.  When I started towing I dropped my speed down to 55 from 65-70.  It really improved my MPG and helped with the nerves. We all run risks, no way around it I guess...unless you don't go.  I hope to see you back out there soon.

I always hated riding my motorcycle on grooved highways too. It is amazing what can happen and how fast. I'm glad you guys are okay. On the next rv though, I vote for a class A. That's what we moved up to from our travel trailer and it is a much better traveling experience.

That is the reason we stayed away from travel trailers and purchased a Class C mini motor home. I would rather be stranded on the side of the road from a breakdown than to lose my jeep and my trailer at the same time. Keep on RVing!

Oh so sorry to see this... I have an awesome smooth riding 1974 Argosy for sale... check it out  and email me   justamyc@hotmail.com 

Im so glad you guys are ok!~!

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