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Old 03-15-2010, 12:05 AM   #29
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My wife and I are leaving May 17 fom Austin, TX and heading to Alaska. Going thro' South Dakota, then Waterton Lakes, then Jasper Icefields, then to Prince Rupert. From there onto a ferry up to Juneau and Skagway. Then to the Al-Can highway and into Alaska. We'll be in a 34' A/S with F250 white truck. I'm listening to all the posts.
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Old 03-21-2010, 02:59 PM   #30
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Denny and Debbie,

I was going to reply earlier, but have been remodeling the kitchen for 2+ weeks. Cabinets and countertops in, new sink, faucet and dishwasher. Looks great and we are exhausted! Floor hasn't been delivered yet, so we get a break.

I saw your itinerary on the other thread. We will be more or less paralleling you but starting a little later—May 24. We've been to SE Alaska (without trailer) and it's a good place to see. The trip across BC on the Yellowhead Hwy is long (BC is big!) and goes through some nice country. The Icefields Pkwy is fascinating and even after seeing glaciers in Alaska was very impressive. We will go north on the Cassiar and may be ahead of you by the time we get to Skagway.

If you aren't too expert at backing, practice before this trip because you'll most likely have to back up in the ferry through narrow lanes. Have you made reservations yet? Good idea to do so now if you haven't.

A TPMS would be good too. It brings peace of mind and the investment seems like good insurance. If you get off the paved roads in the north, you will be told they can cause lots of flats. We've been up there twice and never had a flat, but we always have new or near new tires for the trip with deep tread (D or E load range). Some of the stories about bad roads (ones with shale outcroppings generally) are old and often repeated, but not necessarily true anymore.

The Top of the World Hwy from the US/Canada border to Dawson City is a great trip, but a few years ago it was said the road had deteriorated severely. The Canadians are usually better than Alaskans at maintaining roads, but best to check. You may have a problem at the Yukon R. ferry with the overhang (angle of departure) on your trailer. Canadian river ferries generally come up to a dirt road angled sharply down to the river and the ferry has a hydraulically operated plate that comes down onto the road. This creates a dip, sometimes more of one than you want. Sometimes a long overhang can get caught. There are skid plates under the rear of Airstreams for such problems, but it's another thing worth checking. If you figure out how to check it, I'd like to know. We saw a Class C get caught at a MacKenzie R. crossing in '06.

There are many books on Alaska and we have over the years read quite a few. I just picked up the Rough Guide as we haven't used that one before and it looked pretty thorough. We have usually used Frommer's as well. AAA Tour Books and CG books plus Woodall's round out our travel library. The Milepost is kind of goofy at times, but has lots of info. If a restaurant or CG doesn't advertise, it won't get a mention, or much of one, so you need to supplement it. It does tell you the location of every dumpster and microwave tower which helps give something to look forward to when you are driving scores of miles without seeing anything but trees and more trees. Everything in the north country is far away.

We can keep in touch through the Forum and maybe can meet somewhere.

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Old 05-18-2010, 12:08 PM   #31
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I have started a new thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...tml#post844712

We will be going to Skagway arriving around June 6 and staying 2 or 3 nights. Our plan is to take one of the excursions on White Pass RR, seeing Dyea, and spend a little more time walking around than we did in 2002.

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Old 12-18-2010, 05:21 PM   #32
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Gene,
Did you happen to post a report on your 2010 Alaska trip?
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Joe and/or Joan, yes: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...0-a-64080.html
Alaska and more. I have some photos to post from a trip to California in October that I'll get around to someday.

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Angry First trip to Alaska

Planning to go to Alaska this summer. Have not idea, only knowledge is gained from AS forrum. Plan to take 2 months off may be mid june to mid August. I have 2007 20 ft Safari and Lexus GX470. The longest trip we have taken in last two years is to Washinton state up the Hwy 101 for three weeks.
Need advice and reference to a some good thread.
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Zia, are you from New Mexico?

Our 2010 trip to Alaska is detailed in the thread (among other things): http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...0-a-64080.html

It's a long trip. We took 8 weeks and covered a bit over 10,000 miles. Since we had been to Alaska twice before, we skipped some things. There are other Alaska threads since many Forum members go there, so look around.

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