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Old 10-16-2014, 07:12 AM   #1
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Utah hwy 89 - would you take it.

Hi we are in Nephi on our way to Phoenix. Our mapping programs and GPS are all telling us to turn off I15 just south of here on to UT 28 to join UT89 to Flagstaff. We don't have a problem with mountains or 6-7% grades but would like to know what we should expect. Also the speed limit. We have learned on the I15 that the times given by the programs is a lot shorter than actual time because we are traveling at 60, not 80.
We are driving a 39' DP with a toad for an overall length of 60'. We don't want a grade of more than 7% because we notice that we have problems with being slightly underpowered with the toad on a steep hill. We will have to decide in about 3 hours. Couldn't get the Wifi working until just now or I would have asked last night.
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We were in the neighborhood last year and did the white-knuckle 89 mountain route. In this case, I think I would take the route on major roads. My Magellan 7020 sometimes recommends one road over another, but it doesn't tell you why. In this case, we didn't believe the GPS and wish we had. If I remember correctly, 89 has a lot of hairpin turns and I believe there are signs posted about the maximum size vehicle recommended. And we have a short 27.5 ft class A.
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Old 10-16-2014, 08:09 AM   #3
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I like that road & don't remember anything bad at all. Lots of campers on it. 89A in AZ has some steep & twisty stuff but 89 is pretty mild.
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We have driven 89 from Page AZ to Richfield Ut in our gasser pulling a trailer w/ATVs. You will be going down hill most of the way (going north to south). You will climb to ~ 7500 ft just past Panguitch and Hatch. Then down to ~ 3700 ft at Page. 89 to Page is 2 lane with small towns that will slow you down. Once you start out of Page, there was a landslide on 89 a couple of years ago that currently requires you to take a detour on 89T. It is a decent road but limits your speed to 55 if I remember correctly. 89T dumps back into 89 about 22 miles south of Page. From there its 2 lane to just before Flag.
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Thanks for the info. Now it's up to the hubby to decide. Signing off now. Will post later to let you know which way we went.
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We've driven 89 from Wyoming to Flagstaff. It's all good road for large RVs. However, definitely don't take 89A from Flagstaff to Sedona. Steep, narrow and curvy!
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Yep, what twogypsies said. Knew nothing about that area and stopped by Sedona to check on some property a friend of ours bought and did not want to back track to I-17 since we were headed to Flagstaff and the Canyon. Wasn't so bad to begin with as we left Sedona. No toad but in a 36 foot MH DP. It got curvy pretty fast and there was little or no shoulders and nothing I wanted to try to turn around on. Road got pretty narrow when we hit the switchbacks - thank goodness for light traffic. We ran out of the curves up near where 89A runs back into I-17 and just outside of Flagstaff. Interesting to say the least but never again in a MH or with any camper. I was too busy trying to stay on our side of the yellow lines to really say more than it was narrow and crooked.
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There shouldn't be any issues on 89 down to Flagstaff. Then stay on I40 -> I17 to Phoenix. 89 itself is fine for a big MH - just got back from Durango and much of it was on 89. Also driven to/from SLC several times on the same route you are looking at.

There is a new '89T' (for temp) south of Page due to a spot where 89 collapsed, but Google Maps will take you this way. I think most mapping software will have you go this way, but since 89 is closed in this part there shouldn't be any issues - you have to take 89T.
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We ended up going through Vegas but will likely try the 89 some other time. Thanks for all the good advice!
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