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Old 04-18-2013, 11:22 PM   #1
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Looking for info on mountain driving...

I'm planning a trip in the next 3 weeks to go to Wisconsin. I'm in the Payson,Az area now and will be departing from there. Being new to MH driving I would like to go the easiest way. Was planning to go to Holbrook,Az and catch I-40, but I'm unsure of the mountains. I have a 98 Winnebago 35 WP with a Ford 454 on it. I've made the Phoenix - Payson run once and really didn't like the mountains...slowed down to about 20 mph on a 6% grade. I was wondering if anyone out there knows what type of drive it would be going thru to New Mexico on I-40, or should I divert down and take a southern route? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:43 AM   #2
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Go east to Pinetop then north to Holbrook......I 40 is flat as a fritter....
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:18 AM   #3
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I think what Collier is asking is should he take 87 to Winslow. What are the "hill" conditions on that route, compared to taking 260 to Holbrook. Both look like a lot of hills on Google Maps. How are the twists & turns and grades ?? on each ??
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:01 PM   #4
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I'm planning a trip in the next 3 weeks to go to Wisconsin. I'm in the Payson,Az area now and will be departing from there. Being new to MH driving I would like to go the easiest way. Was planning to go to Holbrook,Az and catch I-40, but I'm unsure of the mountains. I have a 98 Winnebago 35 WP with a Ford 454 on it. I've made the Phoenix - Payson run once and really didn't like the mountains...slowed down to about 20 mph on a 6% grade. I was wondering if anyone out there knows what type of drive it would be going thru to New Mexico on I-40, or should I divert down and take a southern route? Any help would be appreciated.
There is a steep climb east of Payson. About 8-10 miles of up but if you take your time, it is easy. From there it is basically flat. I have driven that route at least 2X/year for 50 years plus 20X/year for business and pleasure runs.

There are pullouts all along the up portion and 2-lane for most of it. BTW, I have an Itasca 35' WH chassis '02.

Take it and ENJOY.
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Thanks for the insight....I'll be planning the run up 260 to Heber, then head towards I-40. Figure I'll save about 200+ plus miles that way instead of down to Tucson on the I-10 way and around. Really appreciate the response from all....Thanks again.
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Go east to Pinetop then north to Holbrook......I 40 is flat as a fritter....
But the Salt River Canyon isn't. I prefer going NE from Payson to Holbrook. But either is acceptable.
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