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Old 07-30-2020, 01:28 PM   #1
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Towing up I-17 to Flagstaff

We are planning a trip through Az and are concerned about the grades going north between Phoenix and Flagstaff on I-17. I am towing a 2019 Flying Cloud 27' with a 2018 F-150 with 3.5 ecoboost with max towing package. Has anyone with a similar setup made this trip? Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 07-30-2020, 01:48 PM   #2
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Phoenix to Flastaff

Yes,with a 2015 Ford 150 with ecoboost pulling a 30' classic.
No problem going up hill or down.
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Old 07-30-2020, 03:27 PM   #3
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I live between Flagstaff and Phoenix, 20 miles from I 17. I have made the trip numerous times. 25 ft Airstream and a Tundra. No problem. Steepest garage is just North of Black Canyon City. Take your time and enjoy the view.
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Old 07-30-2020, 09:27 PM   #4
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We are planning a trip through Az and are concerned about the grades going north between Phoenix and Flagstaff on I-17. I am towing a 2019 Flying Cloud 27' with a 2018 F-150 with 3.5 ecoboost with max towing package. Has anyone with a similar setup made this trip? Any info would be appreciated.
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We done that many many times We are pulling a 2009 25FB Classic. Loaded to around 6800 to 7100. Tow vehicle is a 2012 F 150 3.5 V6 eco boost. If itís hot watch Transmission heat but we had no problems.
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Old 07-30-2020, 10:49 PM   #5
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We've made the drive with a 25FB and a Tundra without issue. In fact, we're going to do it again next weekend! Traffic can be a bit heavy at times but that's the only issue we've ever encountered.
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Old 07-30-2020, 10:52 PM   #6
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It's the major north south route thru our state there will be no problem.

The route has had improvements in lanes and surface in the last year's. Head the signs that advise curves are ahead.

Trucks will stay right on the steepest spots and you can likely cruise past them while a few knuckleheads fly by.
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Old 07-31-2020, 06:10 AM   #7
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Thanks to all who took the time to respond. It has removed all anxiety from the trip. I look forward to getting out again.
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Very doable. If it all possible, avoid northbound on a Friday and southbound on Sunday. Check ADOT before you hit freeway, or GPS to identify any potential road HWY shutdowns due to accident. Fairly common, especially on above mentioned days. An I17 shutdown is miserable in the summer and no detours available most of the length. It's fun to watch the change in topography and vegetation as you go.
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Honor your engine cooling temps by slowing down and turning off the airconditioner if necessary. The big rigs get down to really modest speeds on the climbs so be prepared to either get in line or pass briskly and not hold up the Formula 1 drivers (in their own mind at least) that consider the posted speed limit as only useful information for the police officer filling out the speeding ticket.

Avoiding the weekend racers is good advice. Lots of white crosses along I-17 are not visible, but should be there. Countless Darwin awards made on that stretch of highway.
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My son regularly pulls his 30 foot SOB up I-17 with his 3.5 Ecoboost f150 with no problems. I have pulled my 28ft signature series with his truck and able to maintain 55 mph on the steepest part of the grade. You will have no problems. Enjoy the trip.
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