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Old 10-12-2016, 05:21 PM   #1
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Winslow, AZ to El Mirage, AZ

Will be making this drive this weekend and I40 is predicted to have very windy conditions. An optional route is to take Hwy 87 all the way to the eastern area of Phoenix or Hwy 87 to Camp Verde and then I17.

My rig is 36' and I'll be towing. How are these alternate routes?
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87 is a good highway either to Camp Verde or into Phoenix. You'll have a steep downhill either route but it's very doable. They are popular RV routes. I guess it just depends on how you feel your RV does or you do on declines. Get into lower gear before starting down - not midway. Winslow isn't many miles from Flagstaff and I-17 south if you want to stay on interstates but from Flagstaff you'll also have a descent then from Camp Verde a steep uphill then into Phoenix another descent.

Take your pick and have a good trip!
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Old 10-13-2016, 10:17 AM   #3
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If your final destination is El Mirage, which is in far west Valley of the Sun, I would not take 87 into eastern Phx. That would have you driving all the way across the valley about 60 miles to El Mirage in city traffic the whole way. I would much rather enter the outer fringe of Phx from the north on I-17, than catch the new, nearly trafficless 303 freeway west to the El Mirage area.
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Winds, although not favorable, look doable for us so we will probably take the I40 to the I17 into the Phoenix area. Not sure about the grade on the 17 but I imagine it will be OK.
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We just did the I17 from Flagstaff to Phoenix. It has long (18 miles in one spot) downhill grades that need lower gears. It is very doable though.
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That is the way we eventually went and it was pretty easy as the grades were reasonable with enough breaks to allow a steady speed.
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As a retired builder of highways and bridges, including Interstates, There is no Interstate that is not DOABLE in this country. They were designed to be used by all sizes of military vehicles, including aircraft landing strips, and civilian traffic. Just sayin'
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