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Old 02-17-2013, 02:54 PM   #15
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Thank you ....

The other book we r looking at is the "travelers guide to Alaskan Camping" . Seem to be a great guide for all types of camping. Hs anyone used it?
Also.....seems mud flaps a a must on the truck and have read that others use some kind of protection on the front of the AS to avoid ricocheting rocks? Is this a must and what is the best way to handle this?
LT tires and not ST tires may be in your future as well. Dive into the "tires" section for a while.

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Old 02-17-2013, 06:03 PM   #16
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ST NOT LT....not sure what you mean.....
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:00 PM   #17
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This our blog from last year. Hal and Terri's Great Alaska Adventure

It was the trip of a lifetime. We went early, leaving May 11, returning July 2.

Pros:
Greatly reduced traffic
No competition for campgrounds
No Mosquitos
No crowds anywhere
Snow, The snow in the mountains was beautiful, providing contrasts and spectacular views. Later in the year, the snow is mostly gone.

Cons:
Weather, we did catch a snow storm
Some RV parks were closed
Some wildlife still in hibernation
Too early for most fishing, although we did bring home a lot of Halibut and Cod
Some Provincial parks just starting to open

There were no issues with food or fuel. Plenty of places to get both. We did get stuck twice because storms had damaged the road. However, I can't think of a better way to be trapped in such a beautiful area. While a caravan can make life easy, we just didn't want to be with 50 or 75 trailers. Our timing was perfect. I would do it again at the same in a heart beat. The planning is not that difficult and most of the time we did not have reservations. WiFi can be spotty and most RV parks use modified home systems rather than a commercial grade system. But we still we able to stay in communication. Wish I had more time but we are on our way back from the Mardi Grais rally. You will love it and remember as the trip of a life time.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:17 PM   #18
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Thank you for the info....and yes....we are not much for traveling with a group of trailers. We like to follow our own path and see where it takes us.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:11 AM   #19
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Here's a timely article-

Alaska RVing Guide - CampingRoadTrip.com
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ST NOT LT....not sure what you mean.....

Go to the "Tires" threads on this forum and you will find a great many folks dumping their ST trailer tires for LT-light truck tires due to the vast number of blow outs on the 10 ply ST tires. I just made the switch from 15" ST tires that came with our Classic S/O, to a full set of 16" with Michelin MS-2's E rated. You might read some of those posts for future reference.

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As we're preparing to drive to Alaska in a few months with our pets (1 dog and 2 cats), we have proof of their recent rabies shots, but the Milestone said you also need a 'clean bill of health' certificate from the vet for each pet, within 30 days of crossing the border. Of course, we're planning on taking about 2 months to get from Austin, TX to the Canadian border so, if needed, we'll need to stop by a vet somewhere closer to Canada, within 30 days of crossing the border.

Has anyone ever been asked to show this 30 day certificate? The Milestone is the only place I read about something like this.
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Good point on the dog.....will make sure we have the cert of health
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:12 PM   #24
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As we're preparing to drive to Alaska in a few months with our pets (1 dog and 2 cats), we have proof of their recent rabies shots, but the Milestone said you also need a 'clean bill of health' certificate from the vet for each pet, within 30 days of crossing the border. Of course, we're planning on taking about 2 months to get from Austin, TX to the Canadian border so, if needed, we'll need to stop by a vet somewhere closer to Canada, within 30 days of crossing the border.

Has anyone ever been asked to show this 30 day certificate? The Milestone is the only place I read about something like this.
I am assuming you mean the Milepost, anyway we have never been asked by Canadian customs but we always take the 'kids' to the vet before crossing over. I think we were asked once by US Customs upon reentry. We just make an appointment with a local vet and pay the piper. There are lots of discussion on this subject the Alaska Canada forum on RV.net.
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Milepost seems to be the guide to have but should we get a camping book as well?
I love RV Roadtrip navigator, the computer program. It helps so much with planning the day drives and giving phone numbers etc. One of the big things if you are using private campgrounds in Alaska, is the turn over in ownership and operation. It might be open one week, closed the next and owned by someone new the next. If you make reservations, double check etc.
even on the caravan, they had campgrounds come and go within the time between departure and stops (two months or so). Found out one campground changed ownership, did not transfer the reservations (for 38 units) and we would not have known except one of the group stopped on the way up and said see you in a couple of months, and they asked if they had reservations, and found out the group was not listed. It got fixed in time, but it is a land of change and economic edge survival.
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Has anyone ever been asked to show this 30 day certificate? The Milestone is the only place I read about something like this.
We were asked for Rabies proof for our two cats one of the crossings. (If you travel down the neck, you will cross quite often, so be prepared). Bigger questions asked on guns and fruit issues.
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Re tires: We haven't been to Alaska (yet) but we traveled more than 9,000 miles last spring/summer from Florida to California, all through the Pacific Northwest, and in the Colorado high country before returning back to Florida. I put a brand new set of Pirelli Scorpion light truck tires on the trailer before we left and they were great - no flats, and only very slight variations in tire pressure due to high elevation (8-10,000 ft.) - plus they show hardly any wear. I'd highly recommend them.
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