Alaska Trip Next Year (May 2017)

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2 years 1 month ago #15014 by ZAMA_747
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Planning a trip on the Alaska Highway from Orlando, Florida to
Joint Base Elmendorf/Richardson FamCamp. Interested in anyone who has done this trip, especially where to buy Diesel (tank limited to 26 gals. Will take extra plastic containers) and places with RV parks to shower along the way. Thanks in advance.
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2 years 1 month ago #15016 by larryf
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Did an Alaskan trip for 4 months last year. Diesel is plentiful, as are RV parks. Traveling to and within Alaska (on the highways) is the same as traveling in the lower 48. Plan to purchase the "MilePost" book, but wait until you're ready to go (it's updated each year). This book lists all of the scenic, historical spots, RV Parks, fuel locations, etc. along all the different routes. With it, you can plan your next stop for fuel and rest.

Don't listen to the "horror" stories. The trip may be long, but it's scenic and easy to do. We took a 40' motorhome to almost every corner of Alaska that you can drive to. Take your time and enjoy the trip!

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2 years 1 month ago - 2 years 1 month ago #15017 by cdrcos
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larryf wrote: Did an Alaskan trip for 4 months last year. Diesel is plentiful, as are RV parks. Traveling to and within Alaska (on the highways) is the same as traveling in the lower 48. Plan to purchase the "MilePost" book, but wait until you're ready to go (it's updated each year). This book lists all of the scenic, historical spots, RV Parks, fuel locations, etc. along all the different routes. With it, you can plan your next stop for fuel and rest...


We did the trip in 2012 and I would second everything Larry said and would add that in addition to the "Milepost", get the book: Traveler's Guide to Alaskan Camping: Alaska and Yukon Camping With RV or Tent by Mike & Terri Church ( ) You need to keep in mind that the businesses mentioned in the "MilePost" write their own entries. We found the comments and evaluations on RV parks done by the Church's to be more objective.

Have fun, it is a fantastic trip! Feel free to PM me if you would like recommendations or have questions.

Joe & Barb
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Sun City Center, Florida
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2 years 1 month ago #15043 by bill6750
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Larry, we are leaving YPG in April this coming year 2017 and heading up to Alaska for the third trip. Did you by chance do a blog on your trip? If so I would like to read it if possible. I would like to go up the coast from Washington to wherever in Alaska and then continue into Alaska. I don't know if it is possible but if you know of a way let me know. Then I plan to come back through SD or something like than late in the year to go to Mo. for medical appointments. Plan to be in Alaska as long as the weather allows. Thanks for the reply

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2 years 1 month ago #15044 by cdrcos
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bill6750 wrote: ...I would like to go up the coast from Washington to wherever in Alaska and then continue into Alaska. I don't know if it is possible but if you know of a way let me know...


Bill,

On our trip we went up the Alaska Highway, but on our return trip we went on the Cassiar Highway through British Columbia. It was gorgeous, possibly more so than Alaska: the forests are nicer, although the mountains are not quite as impressive as those in Alaska.

Take Canada #1 from Vancouver to Cache Creek, BC; then follow #97 to Prince George; then #16 to Kitwanga and finally #37 to Upper Laird and you are back on the Alaska Highway. Consider a side trip SE to Hyder, AK and Stewart, BC for a trip up to the Salmon Glacier (assuming you have a toad) where you can look down on the glacier.

Good luck! Feel free to PM me if you have specific questions.

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2 years 1 month ago #15047 by larryf
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Here's our BLOG for our Alaskan trip in 2015 . It's not the greatest, but it talks about our route, expenses, and what we saw/did.

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2 years 3 weeks ago #15055 by tmcdonald9
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We traveled to Alaska in a Class C in 1989 and a Class A in 2012. Hints already given are good. Other helpful ideas, carry at least one spare tire, especially if it is difficult to get (in 2012 it took me a month to get a spare while still at home and under no pressure). Cell phones: ours' were supposed to have worked, and did so sometimes. Best idea, get a cheapie up there and put your regular phone on its own vacation. Medical insurance: check into travel insurance, especially while in Canada. Money: as you cross the border, exchange money. credit cards: Let you banks know your travel plans. Some cards have surcharges for handling purchases outside of US. We got a new capital one card just to avoid such fees. Also, have at least one back up card, different bank. Your spouse should do the same. Real exciting to have your card blocked on a Friday night in no where vile, Yukon territory, right after you filled up on $200 worth of Canadian diesel. the joy continued when a second, then a third card were blocked (for security reasons). Finally got one bank to give us an override on the block so we could continue on our was. Monday morning we were able to get all banks straightened out.
Get towing insurance from AAA, coach net,Good Sam, or the like. Be sure to read te fine print.

Have a good, trusted mechanic check your unit over from head to foot, do normal servicing and do upcoming periodic servicing early. check propane gas lines, tires for wear, tear, and age, refrigerator, etc.

You cannot carry any weapons into Canada, even pepper spray.

Food: lots of luck on that subject. We had some apples confiscated at the border. went to a grocery in town and re-bought the same apples from the same US farm...

Clothing: It will either be short/short hot, or wool pants and shirts cold. Carry both..

Health: wash your hands, constantly. Avoid contact with the cruise boat people.

travel speed: 25 to 40 MPH.

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2 years 3 weeks ago #15064 by monkey44
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X2 here on the weapons ... Canada is very strict on that policy. If you think you need a weapon in Alaska, ship it to your self. Then ship it back to yourself when you return. Most gun shops will have a method for shipping guns.
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2 years 2 weeks ago #15067 by galtgulch
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Everyone is spot-on with advice re. your anticipated trip to AK. Take no chances on tires - if they're questionable, replace them - it's just not worth being on the side of the road somewhere, with no cell service, and no other traffic for perhaps half an hour or more...depending where you are. Also - if you're up to it, you might get one of those "torque-multipliers" to stash in the basement, in case you can't get road service - you can at least manage a wheel-change, with a little imagination and leveling jacks (block it up once it's lifted though). Guns. Yes you can. There's no issue with long guns if they're single-shot/bolt/pump/lever, as long as you fill out the (get online) form, and pay the $25 (CA) at the border for the permit - it's good for 60 days, but if it's getting iffy on the return schedule, you should just go ahead and pay an additional $25 at CA Customs on the way out of AK. The laws are pretty clear (Google 'em) - don't bother with handguns (extra paperwork and permissions), or any "restricted" or "prohibited" weapons - INCLUDING "tasers" and "pepper-spray" (bear spray is OK though - it's only 2% capsaicin oleoresin - which is legal). If you want to take your handgun, there are FFL's in Tok (first/last town in AK) who will receive/ship for you - Google again. (Another fellow's point - "mail it to yourself" - is correct; it's not a "transfer" in that case. Try Wolfhawk, in Tok, for specific how-to.) Also...we used RVCampground Reviews a lot, made a list for along our anticipated routes in Canada, since data plans are expensive there. Take advantage of those campgrounds having WiFi, but keep in mind that MANY/MOST are on satellite - they're slower, and prone to "clogging" by the buffoons who try to watch video or other streaming content with their computers - be considerate.

If you want to do the western route going up, we might suggest...the megalopolis, that is Tacoma/Seattle/and all to the north, is pretty much untenable (took us 5.5 hours to go the 130 miles from north Seattle to Olympia, on I405/I5); consider crossing on US97 north or Oroville, or take WA20 over to Sedro-Wooley and go north on WA9 - cross at Sumas. Take CA1 up to Cache Creek (Frazier River Valley) - then PR97 to Prince George, and CA16 (Yellowhead Highway) west to Kitwanga, then north on PR37 (Cassiar Highway). (Outstanding campground on a bluff above the Bulkley river in Telkwa - "Ft Telkwa." "Canyon Creek RV in Hixon is nice too.) You HAVE to stop in Stewart/Hyder. (Rainey Creek city campground in Stewart is inexpensive, and a city dump station is a couple blocks away.) Salmon River Glacier is a fun drive up a mining road, and bear viewing (later in July) station just north of Hyder. Eat at "The Bus;" grilled salmon or halibut - FRESH. Sorry...getting carried away...our 2013 trip was fun - the 2016 one was "funner." More than happy to answer questions if you want to mail direct. JT and DJ. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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