Is anyone else having headaches with Surface RT 8.1 IE11?

To start off, I'll say Windows RT 8.1 breathed new life into my Surface RT. However, IE 11 has been awful. It has been crashing nonstop mostly when I resume it which is frustrating because I use it a lot whereas IE10 crashed rarely. Is anyone else having crash issues with it on the original Surface?

It also is pulling up mobile pages for some websites. Is there a way to default IE11 to pull up desktop websites?