Hwy 238 in Arizona is a rather lonely road. My parents chose to take it one time, towing their travel trailer. Then they had a tire issue. Fortunately, a young family stopped, and the man changed Dad's tire for him. Otherwise, we aren't sure that the ERS that Dad belonged to, would come out that far from either GB or Maricopa.
Gila Bend has had its issues, which pretty much started when I-8 skirted around it. We started to travel between San Diego and Casa Grande, before I-8 was finished. You had to go through GB and Yuma. Yuma took the opportunities to build on the exits; Gila Bend did not do so right away.