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Old 01-14-2016, 12:35 PM   #15
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No way would I take a chance of being stranded in the Alaska wilderness without a generator.


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Old 01-14-2016, 01:12 PM   #16
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Great info. We're going in June and July. Sounds like a 2000w Honda will supplement our 325w solar nicely.

One question though. Where do you attach your output cable to your trailer?
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Old 01-14-2016, 01:23 PM   #17
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Yes. The way I know is that we went without one. Big mistake. The problem we had was that we needed to run the furnace for days on end. The year we went to Alaska it rained almost every day for 2 months. Every morning the greeting on the caravan would be "At least it is not raining....yet. We would have been much more comfortable with the generator. 4 cold, wet days in Jasper and 4 cold, wet days in Chicken without power. Solar would not have helped. Our truck does not add much to the batteries when driving.
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Old 01-14-2016, 01:42 PM   #18
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Alaska trip advice

A few years back, my wife and I did a 6 week RV tour of Alaska. We pulled our trailer all the way from Temple, TX and back. A total of over 10,000 miles.

We didn't have solar or a generator and did just fine. All of the RV parks had full hookups. We did stay "off the grid" a couple of times and did fine on battery power.

We entered Alaska via Skagway, went up to Tok, then to Fairbanks, down to Denali, Palmer, then over to Valdez before heading back to Texas. It was an amazing experience which we plan to do again, someday.

The single best piece of advice I would give to someone planning this adventure is to buy a Milepost Trip Planner. It is worth its weight in gold. Buy it in advance so you can plan your route and stops. Have fun!

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Old 01-14-2016, 02:17 PM   #19
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Last summer 2015 we spent 94 days and traveled 13,000 miles from May to August traveling to Alaska via several Provinces in Canada. We spent a lot of time dry camping since many of the Provincial parks in Canada, State rec areas in Alaska and all the boon docking we did had no hookups. With no solar, we took a generator which we used half a dozen times on the trip, mostly to use an appliance requiring 120 volts and lots of watts and battery charging three times. On driving days we had plenty of reserve power with our two group 27 batteries which easily worked for one or two nights. Fortunately we had sunshine almost every day and wished we had solar. We are looking forward to another trip to Alaska in a couple years.

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Old 01-14-2016, 02:23 PM   #20
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My recomendation is also a catalytic heater - takes no electricity and is likely more efficient in use of propane.

We bought a honda 2000 for our Alaska trip and enjoyed it a lot. Cheaper than a solar setup.

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So, just a small side trip here, since the overwhelming advice is o take a generator. The LOLOHO videos said they ran out or low on propane in Alaska, but gave no reason. Is LPG expensive, in limited supply, difficult to purchase while traveling, or did they just teach us that everyone can get focused on a problem and miss important todo items?

We once sailed an additional 8 hours, because I did not stop for fuel as we passed within a 100 yds of a fuel dock. So no stones being thrown here, just wondering about the availability of propane. If we ever do purchase a generator it is likely to be propane powered. Being without electrical and propane would be a real mistake. Pat
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Old 01-14-2016, 02:58 PM   #22
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..think that you already answered your own question ... but likely will not need the 2000kw ... just 1 or 2 kw should meet your battery charging and incidental power needs. Any major appliances (possibly including microwave / toaster / electric coffee pot) would justify more power - you may be a long way from service at times.
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Old 01-14-2016, 04:37 PM   #23
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So, just a small side trip here, since the overwhelming advice is o take a generator. The LOLOHO videos said they ran out or low on propane in Alaska, but gave no reason. Is LPG expensive, in limited supply, difficult to purchase while traveling, or did they just teach us that everyone can get focused on a problem and miss important todo items?

We once sailed an additional 8 hours, because I did not stop for fuel as we passed within a 100 yds of a fuel dock. So no stones being thrown here, just wondering about the availability of propane. If we ever do purchase a generator it is likely to be propane powered. Being without electrical and propane would be a real mistake. Pat

We have never had problems buying it along the Alaska Highway even when we travel in winter/spring but it is much more expensive than in the lower 48 it is also pretty steep here in Fairbanks. Except when traveling to the states, we normally only get it here but did need to get a cylinder filled once in Valdez without a problem.

Personally I would not rely on a straight propane powered generator. I think most people will find they use more heat when traveling up here and night temps are generally cooler than your will be used to. This along with your generator will have you filling cylinders pretty often. Maybe a dual fuel setup and plan to run on gas while on your Alaska adventure.
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Old 01-14-2016, 04:43 PM   #24
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I drove up the Cassiar Hwy last fall, turned left and took the Alaska Hwy to Whitehorse, then veered off across the Yukon River and drove along the Top of the World Hwy (scenic but muddy and at times intimidating...caribou season) via the small community of Chicken to Anchorage. Maybe 50 percent of the campgrounds I stayed in had hookups. Like the other person said, the most scenic ones did not. I'd take a small 2,000W generator. You'll be glad you did. Safe travels. jon
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Old 01-14-2016, 06:25 PM   #25
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Simply connect to your usual shore power cable and plug in as usual
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Old 01-15-2016, 08:49 AM   #26
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Gererator question

well let me tell you one thing it is better to have and never need than not .I was going to Alaska in 2012 and broke down on the alcan hwy 80 miles north of Fort Nelson BC. My alternator went out when unsure we had been plugging in at night and the convertor had been charging the battery and camper battery then we started camping where there were no electric well the generator charged the battery enough for me to get out of the road because it stop in the middle of the road so see my point
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We have converted our matched pair of Honda 2000 watt generators to propane. We carry an extra 30 pound propane tank for the grill and generators. We can also tap into the front trailer propane outlet to power one of the generators off of the dual 40 pound tanks on the Classic. We are increasing the solar panels from eight to nine 100 watt panels this spring.

Due to issues that did not get resolved last year, we had to cancel our planned Alaska Caravan trip this year and hope to go alone in 2017 or 2018.

We talked at great length with folks that did the WBCCI Alaska Caravan in the past and they stayed in powered parks. Independent steaming requires much more flexibility and capability of power self support.

A good supply of spare parts is recommended as well.
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I made the drive to Alaska in 2013. We spent the summer there. Take a Honda EU2000 generator with you. They are quiet and light weight. You will use it for sure. Some provincial parks and NF campgrounds in Alaska don't have hookups. I carry at least one of mine on all trips outside of CA.
Be prepared for all weather extremes. We had 95 degree days in the interior to cold wet windy rainy days on the coast.
I drove up the Alcan and returned the Cassier Hwy.
Have a great trip. We did!
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