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Posted: 10/22/19 04:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've driven 89A in a motorhome pulling a van and also with a fifth wheel. Not impossible and the views are wonderful, but if you're not comfortable with switchbacks or creating a long line of cars behind you, stick with I-17.



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I have done a lot of mountain towing (including 89 from Flagstaff to Sedona), and I would not take a big rig on that road. It was no problem for my Tacoma pulling a 12 foot trailer, but total length of that rig is 32 feet, and the best part is that it bends in the middle! [emoticon]

A very pretty drive, though. Or at least that's what my passenger said. I was watching the road. [emoticon]

Sedona is very touristy, but for good reason -- the scenery is great, the weather is great, and there are some good ice cream shops in town.


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89A is an Interstate as far as I'm concern. I only get concern while using Schnebly Hills as a cut through to avoid the scared RVers on 89A or the hordes of tourist coming up 179. But, I'm sure my comfort level on 89A is due a lot to knowing the road; where it twist and tuns, where the slow traffic happens, where brake jerking occurs, where the awning eaters are located and all the other things that can scare a driver. Otherwise, it's a nice maintained road, easily navigated in any RV and only gets bad when tourist are on it.


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Itsy, I guess we need a sign on that road: "Not recommended for Big Rigs or Tourists. If you have never driven this road, you are forbidden to do so."

That'll cut down on the traffic, for sure! [emoticon]

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Wow, macho makes me dizzy.
Almost as much as a long line of cars and trucks behind a slow moving RV negotiating switchbacks and narrow shoulders on mountain roads


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I think the OP got the answers he (she?) was looking for and has all the info required to make a routing decision.

Thanks for all the info.

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