89A is a twisty, curvy, hands on, pay attention, don't over heat your brakes and Scenic route. The route thru Jerome is tight and parking for a RV in Jerome is scarce, depending on length. I did this route in a 25' Class C, Prescott to Flagstaff with out any problems. Take your time and enjoy.
How big a C? 89A is a steep 2 lane road with tight curves. Not a road I'd recommend for a larger RV but some people do it. Even if you can maneuver it you'll probably collect traffic behind you. As far as Jerome goes, it's really tight and I'd be wary of taking my 16' TT through it and I don't recall ever doing it.But I can't say at what point it would be a bad decision, I haven't paid that much attention to the RV traffic.
Jerome is definately a loop back road right thru the middle of this little town. Agree that parking is almost non-existent. You will want to get out and gander out across the Verde valley from this vantage point as well as visit the haunted buildings etc... We found a real neat stand up drinking bar right on the corner as well - standing room only - forget the name...
Downtown Cottonwood and old historical section of Prescott is another place to be sure and visit. The old time western bars are still there in Prescott..
Dont go to Sedona - you will never leave the red rock country.
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I believe the length limit from Cottowood to Jerome is 40', but there are some that have posted on this forum claiming it is only a restriction on commercial trucks and not RV's. I have seen pickups with trailers, stopped, ticketed and turned around by the Jerome Police.
As has been said, downtown is tight and there are several very tight switchbacks. However, there is a huge free parking lot on the North side of town, stay to the right at the fire department following the signs to the Gold Mine and Ghost Town.
I live in the Verde Valley ...so know both routes well. It COMPLETELY depends on the size of your C. The length limit up through Jerome is 50 feet. We are about 52 with truck/fifth wheel...but even if we were under 50, we wouldn't consider that route.
The traffic from Sedona to Flagstaff on 89A can be very congested.
I would suggest taking I 17 south to 260. Make a homebase in Cottonwood at Dead Horse State Park. That way you are centrally located in the Verde Valley...20 minutes to Sedona, 25 minutes to Camp Verde, 15 minutes to Jerome.
I rode that road out of Sedona on a tour bus and the guide pointed out the paint on the stone outcroppings from RVers who couldn't make the turns. I would stay away from that part of the road and generally don't recommend any road that states `Scenic' next to it when I am pulling my RV.
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