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Old 02-10-2016, 10:46 PM   #15
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Hi from AZ. . . with respect to BOOmerang, Last year we did TOW in both directions, & loved it. Beautiful drive, Dawson City was maybe our favorite place on the trip, & no troubles. Chicken was a pretty serious let down. but the drive was great. It was dry & dusty one time, rainy & wet the other......it's a great trip, again for us '17. regards, Craig
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Two rigs of us did the trip to Fairbanks then down to Denali Park, on down to Anchorage, Seward. Valdez, Homer, all the costal towns we could get to. Great roads in Alaska. We could not go through Chicken because floods took out the road. That is a very typical thing in the springtime, but repairs can last most of the summer. The only rough stretch is 100 miles this side of Alaska in Canada on the Alcan.
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Hi from AZ. . . with respect to BOOmerang, Last year we did TOW in both directions, & loved it. Beautiful drive, Dawson City was maybe our favorite place on the trip, & no troubles. Chicken was a pretty serious let down. but the drive was great. It was dry & dusty one time, rainy & wet the other......it's a great trip, again for us '17. regards, Craig
I've heard from people that did the 2014 Alyeska Caravan that the their trip on the Top of the World road was an unmitigated disaster. Trailers had their lots of interior damage because of the condition of the road. Driving was rather sketchy in poor weather. Not so sure that I'm convinced that the road would be fun.
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Old 02-11-2016, 12:27 AM   #18
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Already purchased Ferry passage in April from Bellingham to Haynes to give ourselves a running start. Will haul our 22' Safari, Toad Hall ( I go where I'm towed) to Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage, et al. We realize that we are starting early from a weather standpoint - TV is a 4WD F-150. Reinforcing and adding guards over holding tank gate valves, and will replace FW tank drain valve with a flush plug. Considering 16 inch wheels and tires for better clearance. A year ago we purchased a new mattress, and praise it frequently.

We have had a lot of experience in Nat Parks, Burning Man, et al, so are reasonably well-prepared for boondocking - I installed a 140 Watt solar panel with oversized wiring (factory touted solar installation wire was simply inadequate), two 6-volt golf cart batts, plus a pair of 12 volt combo starting/deep-cycle spares; two inverters, and a spare water tank in the bed of the truck. I'll probably bring our 3 KW generator, hoping not to need it often. I just purchased a Garmin GPSMAP 64S for navigation assistance, as well as Mileposts, and a couple more local guide books.

The little things can be a drag - broken door shelves in the fridge, the CD player is mounted above the kitchen sink, and difficult to isolate speakers, or install headphones. Really should start over with a MP3 and smartphone-aux input- compliant stereo. We would like to install a nice recliner chair, but simply not enough interior footage, so it's used outdoors and carried in the truck.

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We were on the 2014 Caravan and most rigs had no trouble on the Top of the World Highway. Some had problems on the paved highway between White Horse and Dawson City because they tried to drive too fast. The portion from Dawson City and Chicken is unpaved and you can't go fast so there was no problem on this section. Bottom Line is take your time and enjoy the scenery and you will have no problems.
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We were on the 2014 Caravan and most rigs had no trouble on the Top of the World Highway. Some had problems on the paved highway between White Horse and Dawson City because they tried to drive too fast. The portion from Dawson City and Chicken is unpaved and you can't go fast so there was no problem on this section. Bottom Line is take your time and enjoy the scenery and you will have no problems.

Hey Gene, I thought that was you and Kathy I saw on the road to Carmacks, YT back in 2014, good thing you had Kathy with you she waved you did not.....(first Pic) Then when I saw you on the Blue Ridge Parkway, you were a bit more friendly. Good to see you and Kathy on AirForums. I believe that is y'all bringing up the rear, and if you look closely I think that is you walking across the parking lot at that Pullout Just outside Boone, NC on the Blue Ridge PKW. Click image for larger version

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My wife and I have joined the Alyeska Caravan for 2016 and are leaving Venice FL on June 11th, seeing the sights along the way. Wondering if anyone else is headed that way in June . . .
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Old 02-19-2016, 08:02 PM   #22
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Good luck! I also was thinking about such trip!)
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I've heard from people that did the 2014 Alyeska Caravan that the their trip on the Top of the World road was an unmitigated disaster. Trailers had their lots of interior damage because of the condition of the road. Driving was rather sketchy in poor weather. Not so sure that I'm convinced that the road would be fun.

We did the TOW with the Alyeska Caravan in 2014 and the road was not the problem. The fog was so bad that we could not see more than a few feet in front of the truck. We averaged 13 miles an hour for that 108 mile journey simply because we could not see where we were going. The road was as good or as bad as any dirt/gravel road; you look for potholes and drive slow, fair warning for any road in the Yukon or Alaska. I don't recall hearing about much interior damage on that road, but if you were talking about the road to Destruction Bay, well..... Too many times people tend to go too fast for road conditions, that's when damage occurs. Several in our group traveled back along the TOW the next day in beautiful sunshine and said it was a great drive.



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