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Old 01-07-2015, 08:48 PM   #1
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I-10 through Louisiana, Alabama

We and friends will be traveling to Florida from Texas this year, towing a 5th wheel and travel trailer respectively. I remember I-10 being horribly bumpy through Louisiana and parts of Alabama.

Anyone have any experience towing that stretch in recent years?

My last time towing on it was 2007 with an empty medium U-haul trailer - the jouncing was so bad the trailer hitch bolt came undone, and I ended up with a U-haul careening on the emergency chains behind me.
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:19 PM   #2
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Alabama has smooooth sailing. You must be thinking about further east in Florida. It was bouncy at one time, but now they have done most (if not all) the repairs. East of New Orleans used to be pretty bad too, but last time I was there it seemed better than in years past. Just my $0.02 Hope it helps
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:29 PM   #3
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I live in north LA and have warned folks about i-10 but recently someone posted here that it had been redone. Maybe someone from Lafayette, lake Charles or baton rouge will check in here. Enjoy your trip.
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:41 PM   #4
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We came through I-10 from Houston to Orlando and back over the Christmas holidays. Now we weren't pulling our camper but the roads in Lousiana have improved quite a bit. Not perfectly smooth but certainly not the THUMP THUMP THUMP for 2 - 3 hours like it has been historically.
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:47 PM   #5
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I-10 from Lafayette to BR is pretty good shape. Avoid BR during morning and afternoon rush, in BR you will want to take I-12 to near the La/Ms line where it reconnects with I-10; I12 has 3 or 4 construction zones where they are widening the highway. There is a terrible patch about 1/2 mile long when you merge back onto I-10, it is concrete and doesn't look bad but it will buck you and everything in your camper, take it slow there. I-10 in Ms is all good, Alabama good til mobile, I haven't been further in a few years
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Old 01-07-2015, 10:56 PM   #6
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Bad stretch of road surface on I-10 westbound

We bought our TT in Louisiana in August 2014 and towed it back home traveling westbound on I-10. We hit a stretch of terrible road surface. I can't remember if it was east of Lafayette or west of Lafayette, but I definitely remember that it was on the westbound side somewhere between Lake Charles and the Atchafalaya Swamp Freeway (west of baton Rouge). I was not towing on the way (eastbound) as I was going to pick-up the TT, so maybe I just didn't notice any roughness on the eastbound side. It must have gone on for at least 10-miles. Up and down, plip-ity-plop and very rough. So bad, that my wife and I decided that we would not go back that way anytime soon out of fear that we would damage the TT. You can Google this topic and find recent stories of RV breakdowns due to this stretch of I-10.
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Old 01-07-2015, 11:02 PM   #7
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We bought our TT in Louisiana in August 2014 and towed it back home traveling westbound on I-10. We hit a stretch of terrible road surface. I can't remember if it was east of Lafayette or west of Lafayette, but I definitely remember that it was on the westbound side somewhere between Lake Charles and the Atchafalaya Swamp Freeway (west of baton Rouge). I was not towing on the way (eastbound) as I was going to pick-up the TT, so maybe I just didn't notice any roughness on the eastbound side. It must have gone on for at least 10-miles. Up and down, plip-ity-plop and very rough. So bad, that my wife and I decided that we would not go back that way anytime soon out of fear that we would damage the TT. You can Google this topic and find recent stories of RV breakdowns due to this stretch of I-10.
That bad section is westbound only, imediately after you get off of the 18 mile long bridge, it last for about a mile. I Go over it frequently to get to Cajun Palms in Henderson. Never saw anyone broke down or heard about anyone breaking down because of it.
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Old 01-07-2015, 11:05 PM   #8
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Just after you pass Slidell going East it is very rough for about 1/2 mile then a few along until you get to Mississippi. Also you may want to go I 12 from Baton Rouge to Slidell, La. their is some spots that are rough bouncing from Laffayette to the Basin Bridge after the bridge headed on East is not to bad until you get to the rough spot at Slidell. Alabama is good as it gets on a interstate on I 10.
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I was the one that posted regarding the road construction on IH 10 thru Louisiana, it is mostly completed and very good and a lot more three lanes from the Texas line thru Lake Charles. I would also suggest IH 12 from Baton Rouge until it joints back with IH 10. From Lafayette to Baton Rouge on the elevated it can be bumpy and trucks have a 60 MPH speed limit on that section of IH 10. Good Luck
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