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Old 01-14-2020, 12:58 PM   #1
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Ariz Hwy 179 / 89A

Would this route be advisable in 38 motorhome with tow? We would like to see Sedona and Oak Creek ending in Williams area. Appreciate any insight.
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Old 01-14-2020, 01:25 PM   #2
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We took 89A north from Sedona to Flagstaff in our 38 ft motorhome and tow. Road is good BUT has a lot of turns in it. Just about right at Slide Rock SP we hit a rock overhang that came out about a quarter of the way over the lane! Ripped our awning right off. The oncoming traffic more or less forced us over too far and BANG! If you pay attention and use part if the oncoming lane to go by these outcroppings you will be OK but you have been warned!

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Old 01-14-2020, 01:39 PM   #3
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Mountain Directory warns of a 7% Grade descending from Flagstaff on 89A, many hairpin turns, 15mph, and that the road is very narrow. The road is narrow and winding from 8 miles south of the 89A junction with I-17 south on 89A to Sedona. There is a warning for truckers, "not recommended for heavy trucks".

On the other hand, 179 from I-17 into Sedona looks like a more driveable road.

I wouldn't take 89a with your rig. Perhaps park the Rig in Flagstaff, take the toad down 89a, see Sedona and Oak Creek, then take 179 south to I-17 and return to the rig in Flagstaff and on to Williams (I'm presuming you are coming from I-40). Similar approach could be taken if you are coming from the south.

Things are pretty tight in Sedona, lots of traffic and narrow-ish streets in many places. Probably would be much more enjoyable to see it in the toad and then return to the RV toward the end of the day.

Beautiful area, though. Enjoy the trip!

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Old 01-14-2020, 05:17 PM   #4
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I wouldn't recommend taking 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff. As stated, leave the rv in Flagstaff, and take the toad. If you want to see for yourself, there is lots of YouTube videos of people driving the road. The one big hill I believe is 7 percent for four or so miles. Nothing over 50 feet is permitted. It has many switchbacks. Very scenic road, but not great for large rvs. A smaller one would be fine.
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Nothing over 50 feet is permitted. It has many switchbacks. Very scenic road, but not great for large rvs. A smaller one would be fine.
I don't believe over 50' isn't permitted; signage says "not recommended".

The 'Mountain Directory for Truckers & RVers" states: From I-17 south of Flagstaff the road rolls up and down and descends gradually for about 8.5 mi. At this point there is a sign for southbounders.. "7% grade next 3 miles." There are many curves including several 15 mph hairpin turns. The road is also very narrow. After the 3 mi. of 7% the grade is variable and rolling but continues to descend gradually for about 11 miles. There are some 5 and 6% sections but they are usually short. The road continues to be narrow and winding.
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I don't believe over 50' isn't permitted; signage says "not recommended".

The 'Mountain Directory for Truckers & RVers" states: From I-17 south of Flagstaff the road rolls up and down and descends gradually for about 8.5 mi. At this point there is a sign for southbounders.. "7% grade next 3 miles." There are many curves including several 15 mph hairpin turns. The road is also very narrow. After the 3 mi. of 7% the grade is variable and rolling but continues to descend gradually for about 11 miles. There are some 5 and 6% sections but they are usually short. The road continues to be narrow and winding.
I looked it up on google maps, and the sign shows a truck with a circle and slash through it. It has "over 50 feet" below the hatched out truck. I assume this means nothing over 50'.
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Most of 89A is OK for big rigs but I would not take a large rig over the mountains via Jerome. It doesn't appear you're headed that way.

Do you have a copy of the Motor Carriers Atlas? It's a big help to see if a road is suitable for RV travel. Available at truck stops.
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179 is fine for any vehicle but while 89A is a pretty drive down thru the canyon, I would definitely not drive my motorhome on it.
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