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Old 03-02-2016, 09:59 AM   #15
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The first thing anyone considering a trip to Alaska has to decide is do you need a leader that will take you to all the tourist traps and insure you have hook up at night or are you a free spirit? Each has some advantages.

I chose to travel along and am sure I saw considerable more. There are only 10 numbered roads in Alaska but there are hundreds that lead you to those real interesting places. A gold pannier, up for the summer from AZ, 30 miles off the beaten path. A tour of the Canadian gold mine north of Hyder. Camping alone at the end of a fishing pier. A 7 pm flight to Wiseman north of the arctic circle. A flight to watch the bears feed in Katmai National Park. We had to take a Park bear etiquette class before we could walk the 1/2 mile to the viewing area. Now the walk is completely enclosed with fence walls and roofing. Kind of takes the fun out of it.

I was told you can camp anywhere that is not private property. I asked how do I know if it is private. The answer was the sign will say "trespassers will be shot". That made it clear to me. Service stations are required to have water available and the larger grocery stores have dump stations.

The one caution I will stress is the protection of the front of the trailer. I made mud flaps for the truck. However I designed them for east coast stone and those only cleared the ground by 3 in. The stone in Alaska is very soft and powers into sand. That sand was vacuumed up by the flaps and cleared the trailer tongue of paint and sandblasted the front of the trailer. The dust from that stone will get into everything. 16 years later and I can still find Alaskan dust. Dust even got under the plastic insert on the banana strip.

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Old 04-22-2016, 03:49 PM   #16
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We are considering a trip up there from Arkansas for the month of July.
Still deciding if I want to pull the Airstream.

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Old 04-22-2016, 03:53 PM   #17
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FYI there was a recent thread about the costs and timing logistics of an Alaska trip from Rhode Island and back in 6 weeks.

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