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Old 03-08-2018, 06:27 AM   #1
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North to Alaska!

It is decided. We are taking the AI to Alaska this summer. Let the planning begin. Already ordered the 2018 Milepost and the Alaska Benchmark. Contemplating a hitch mounted carrier and a Battleborn house battery. Our charger is the new one that has a charge profile for lithium. Since we won’t be sitting in one spot long I don’t think solar will be needed.

We plan not to micro-plan this trip. Go where the road takes us. Close up the house ang go. Return when we feel like it.

All input is desired and welcome.
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Here is a good travelogue in a 144 Sprinter. Happy Travels!
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Congratulations on your decision to do Alaska. We have wanted to do it for a number of years now, but there has always been something in the way. We will be following your thread closely.

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Here is a good travelogue in a 144 Sprinter. Happy Travels!
Thanks, should be good reading.
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Will definitely be following this thread. I have relatives up in Haines that I haven't seen in years and figure it will be a great trip up and back.

Alaska tips:

- Bug repellent with Deet (make sure you're not allergic!).
- Cook outside your van whenever possible.
- Bring clear packing tape. Works wonders in a pinch for windshield and headlamp cracks (you'll likely get both).
- Tire patch kit. It can be a long wait for Roadside, better to patch it yourself and move on to the closest town.
- Lots of spares (fuses, hoses, belts, fluids, radiator patch kit...stuff that will help get you from the middle of nowhere to somewhere).
- Waterproof tape, because leaks happen.....
- Tarp (because laying on the ground to fix something...in the rain....sucks)
- Foul weather gear. Alaska is lush and green for a reason....
- Bring a sense of humor. At some point, you're going to need it.
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We went to Alaska last year with plans like yours. We had a general route in mind but no reservations or set plans. We did a mix of boondocking and campgrounds. I love the fact that no reservations were needed!!. Soldotna was very busy in Early August as I remember and that would be the only place where reservations might be needed. The Kenai peninsula is busy also in August with all the fisherman. There are two “city” campgrounds, one in Homer and one in Seward both on the ocean. They’re big and first come first served. People move in and out all the time so you should find a spot if you’re there in the morning.

We loved our trip! I did do some planning but honestly there are just not that many roads so you’ll run into most things anyways. My husband does a blog if you want to get some ideas for what to do. Travelwiththeslowskys.com. We were there for 2+ months. Have fun!
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Congrats! You may have seen this already, but if not, here it is, Interstate-style:

TOP TEN LESSONS FROM AN OFF-GRID MONTH ON THE ROAD
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Did you take the Yeti on this trip or was that afterwards? How is that working?
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We went to Alaska last year with plans like yours. We had a general route in mind but no reservations or set plans. We did a mix of boondocking and campgrounds. I love the fact that no reservations were needed!!. Soldotna was very busy in Early August as I remember and that would be the only place where reservations might be needed. The Kenai peninsula is busy also in August with all the fisherman. There are two “city” campgrounds, one in Homer and one in Seward both on the ocean. They’re big and first come first served. People move in and out all the time so you should find a spot if you’re there in the morning.

We loved our trip! I did do some planning but honestly there are just not that many roads so you’ll run into most things anyways. My husband does a blog if you want to get some ideas for what to do. Travelwiththeslowskys.com. We were there for 2+ months. Have fun!
Oh! I’ve heard of you...reading your blog now. Thanks for posting.
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Will definitely be following this thread. I have relatives up in Haines that I haven't seen in years and figure it will be a great trip up and back.

Alaska tips:

- Bug repellent with Deet (make sure you're not allergic!).
- Cook outside your van whenever possible.
- Bring clear packing tape. Works wonders in a pinch for windshield and headlamp cracks (you'll likely get both).
- Tire patch kit. It can be a long wait for Roadside, better to patch it yourself and move on to the closest town.
- Lots of spares (fuses, hoses, belts, fluids, radiator patch kit...stuff that will help get you from the middle of nowhere to somewhere).
- Waterproof tape, because leaks happen.....
- Tarp (because laying on the ground to fix something...in the rain....sucks)
- Foul weather gear. Alaska is lush and green for a reason....
- Bring a sense of humor. At some point, you're going to need it.
Good start on the list. I will take all that and more I am sure. I am the consummate planner and disaster avoider.
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Congratulations, you will like your trip.

Having lived in AK and traveled the AlCan x4 I can say it is worth doing.
AK is too big to take it all in.
Try and pick a “region” then explore it.
Spare tire or good repair kit and pump are a must. Although I have not had a flat up there, its good insurance on desolate roads.
Extra fuel is also a good idea depending on your milage you get?
Just remember this if you see wildlife. AK is the only state where you step out of your vehicle INTO the food chain where you are no longer at the top.
Bear spray is a must if you want to walk around.
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...... My husband does a blog if you want to get some ideas for what to do. Travelwiththeslowskys.com. We were there for 2+ months.
I took a look at the blog. Great. One photo caught my eye. The TV and TT were covered in mud. And looking at the TV, it looks like you have Rock Tamers or such at the rear bumper. They didn't help much?

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Did you take the Yeti on this trip or was that afterwards? How is that working?
Oh yes. We've actually taken it THREE times now (edit - I mean, taken it back and forth to northeastern Nova Scotia from Houston) - once in the floggin' minivan and twice in the Interstate that the 6,000-mile minivan trip inspired us to buy.

I am particularly satisfied with this Air Forums thread which describes the whole meal-dragging process from its 2014 birth as a tentative thought experiment to its realization in 2016 and refinement in 2017.
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Bear spray is a must if you want to walk around.
You'll have to drive through Canada. Get the bear spray with the bear's picture on the front. This one. The sprays that do not have the bear's picture are not legal in at least some provinces and perhaps the entire country.

They will specifically ask you at the border if you are carrying any pepper sprays. Reply, "Yes I have the one with the bear's picture on the front."
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