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Old 05-07-2013, 01:47 PM   #57
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Good luck on your trip north! More than two weeks ago, I drove from Alaska to Arizona to pick up my Airstream, and just spent time in Grand Canyon and Zion National Park on this return leg. I'm now in Seattle getting the Airstream ready for the long haul up the Alaska Highway. I will have logged more than 9,000 miles by the time I get home to Alaska!! I've driven the Alaska Highway 18 times, so let me know if you have any specific questions. Be well, be safe, and happy travels ... maybe we'll see each other on the road!!
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:49 PM   #58
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I started a trip blog. It's available by clicking here: Roadtrip RaKeT

P.S. Prior entries on the blog are in Flemish / Dutch ... in case you're wondering if you had too much to drink. All entries for the Alaska trip are in English
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:54 AM   #59
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Have a Great trip !!
We will be headed up through the the Rockies " US and Canadian" next week, then on to Alaska .
Have not driven up since 1970 and looking forward to a bit more paved roads
than were there 43 years ago. See ya along the road !
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:07 AM   #60
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According to DriveBC, the government site for road conditions:

Flooding Highway 37 Both directions - The Hwy is closed in both directions 12 km north of Dease River Bridge because of flooding. (80 km north of Dease Lake). Water levels remain high. No estimated time of opening. Detour not available - alternate route via Alaska Hwy. Next update at 10:00 am May 31st. Updated on Fri May 31 at 6:29 am PDT.
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If one is northbound on the Cassiar, it would take some pondering to decide whether to turn back or wait it out.
From Dease Lake it is only a couple of hundred kilometres, maybe a two hour drive, to the Alaska Highway.
But to backtrack south on the Cassiar, then east on Hwy 16 to Prince George, then north to Dawson Creek, and finally northward on the Alaska Highway would be about 2,350 km, likely a four day drive
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:41 AM   #61
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Options for folks on 37 west of Houston or Burns Lake.If you are still in striking distance of those, turn and burn for Prince George.

If, however, you are in the Smithers and west area...

Smithers has a free RV area at the Safeway lot & wifi. There is also a campground down by the river that has services. Smithers is a nice place to spend a couple days, no doubt. Farmers Mkt os Saturday..good foods, sushi oh and a craft brewery. Not a pub..just the beer in bottles.

Hazelton..Ross Lake has some parking spots, by a lake. Old Hazelton has the Ksan campground. Turn right just thru New Hazelton...it's about 5k's. Skeena Bakery is worth the stop too...on your right in New...good, homemade stuff.

Kitwanga has a commuity cg (free)..go right, over the bridge and up the road..PAST the Cassiar CG sign, next left..past cafe and hey presto...

There is always Stewert/Hyder too..but pretty limited for stuff to do.

There are two rest areas west of Kitwnaga you can fetch up in. One 7ks west, the next about 40k's west.

There is Kleanza Cr Prov CG just east of Terrace. Also LakeElse Lake Prov CG..south on 37 at Terrace 4 way.

Terrace itself has Ferry Island...services. There is also Wal-Mart and CDN Tire for a parkig lot. Wal-Mart is 'signed' but never enforced. Plus..a simple explanantion will take care of questions.

Rupert has a ProvCG just a bit before town. There are some nice rest areas to hide out in and so on...Rupert is not so pretty in the rain, tho.

Kitimat...you can camp in several spots..Orange Bridge...1/2 way between Terrace and Kitimat..and here IN town just about anywhere or on the river.



If you need any RV stuff, Nor-Burd by CDN Tire, Terrace, has parts and a shop.Plus there is a moble guy, Sunset RV..Maurice, who is good, too.


Great info from another RV site today
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:36 AM   #62
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Last year, in early June both the Alaska Highway and Cassiar were closed due to flooding and washouts. By July floodwatch is usually over.

The washout on the Alaska Highway was near Rancheria; it was a four-day closure. At the same time the Cassiar and Campbell Highway were closed due to flooding so NO traffic was moving south or north, including the trucks that deliver fuel and groceries to the north!

In 2011, Hwy 97 had numerous slides due to rain between Prince George and Dawson Creek. The highway was closed for an extended period. Folks had to detour into Alberta or take the Cassiar northward.

In July & August, it transitions to forest fire season. The Cassiar has closed several times in past years due to forest fires along the north end of the highway.

Keep your eyes on the road reports and keep your fingers crossed.
Also keep your RV's pantry stocked with basics just in case you experience a delay.
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:49 AM   #63
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Yes, last June (just before I got there !!!) when the Alaska Highway washed out, it washed out in three places. And as noted, it was a several day closure; we heard three days, not four - I think I got there on the fourth day, and it was sorta' kinda' passable. Some folks were stuck in their cars unable to go forward or back for three days before crews could get them out. Be prepared.
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:12 AM   #64
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Thanks! Great info.

We've been camping in Grand Teton NP (Gros Ventre campground) and are heading to Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone now for 2 days.
Then Cooke City (via Cody) for 3 nights and the 8 nights in Gardiner.

I'm trying to keep the blog updated but haven't had wifi now for about 10 days. Next big update with pictures is planned for when we'll stay in Gardiner.

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Old 06-02-2013, 11:02 AM   #65
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Thanks! Great info.

We've been camping in Grand Teton NP (Gros Ventre campground) and are heading to Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone now for 2 days.
Then Cooke City (via Cody) for 3 nights and the 8 nights in Gardiner.

I'm trying to keep the blog updated but haven't had wifi now for about 10 days. Next big update with pictures is planned for when we'll stay in Gardiner.

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Make sure to visit the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum in Cody !! The stuff thats in there is simply amazing ! Well worth the effort !! When you cross over Dead Indian Pass on the way to Cooke city , there is a nice little national Forest campground on the creek at the bottom of the grade.
Lots of Grizz in and around Cooke City. A camper was partially eaten by one summer before last a couple of miles east of Cooke. We spent a couple of weeks there last summer. no trouble with them on that trip

The trip over Beartooth Pass is FANTASTIC to say the least .
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:55 PM   #66
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I believe Beartooth Pass has limits on RV's, or maybe should. Check with highway dept's before going that way.

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Old 06-02-2013, 02:29 PM   #67
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I believe Beartooth Pass has limits on RV's, or maybe should. Check with highway dept's before going that way.

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There is a man camp "plow shed" on the right side of the road on the south end of the pass "down toward the bottom" you could stop in there and ask if you had doubts.
There will be huge amounts of snow that they have blown , dug and plowed
to make a path across the top to drive on, but there will be mostly all dry pavement with wet spots during daylight hours after the sun has been up 3 or 4 hrs.
had no problem at all when we crossed it northbound pulling our 1966 24 ft Airstream behind a 91 Dodge 2 wheel drive Ramcharger. Go slow, use the transmission to hold back and use the brakes very sparingly and you will make it fine !
Enjoy the view !!!
PS the road IS paved

Hi Gene ! have you made the move to Grand Junction yet ?
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I looked for info on any RV restrictions on the Beartooth Hwy and first found this study into everything but RV's: http://www.itrr.umt.edu/Research2013...mmerReport.pdf

Kind if interesting, though I didn't read much of it. A fairly substantial minority of people were stressed by the mountain driving and lack of guardrails, but that is true of any challenging mountain highway. Another website said 18 miles of the highway had 9' lanes, so passing another 8 1/2' wide RV can be stressful, but we have many roads in the mountains like that in the west.

It appears there are no RV restrictions but the road is best traversed by experienced mountain drivers and those without acrophobia (fear of heights). North to south avoids a very long downgrade which will test brakes. Always downshift on downgrades, but with 10 miles down, you still need use the brakes too. It is obviously not for everyone.

We've never been since with all our trips to the Yellowstone area, it just didn't fit into our plans. As an aside, I understand Independence Pass in Colorado (between Aspen and the Leadville area) is now RV restricted.

Danny, we aren't sure where we live. We are remodeling the new house and staying a but more in the old one to sell it ourselves. Right now we are in the Safari near Ouray resting ourselves. I'd like to get a contract on the old one, but the time to remodel is best when we are not settled completely in the new one.

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Gene, We first traversed Independence from east to west back in 61 in a 57 country sedan Ford , 6 cyl 3spd overdrive , pulling a 58 or 59 skipper 16 ft camp trailer w no brakes. The road was ALL dirt and gravel back then but for
a couple of miles before Aspen . I have a picture of the rig that mom Took while Dad was changing a rock cut tire on the trailer near the top of the pass. If I knew how to transfer it to this site I would do so . Is the restrictions on the pass now for huge motorhomes or what ? It's not a bad road other than some tight spots on the west side.
Douglas pass North of Junction has some much steeper grades , especially the swithbacks on the south side and it's not restricted for anything. Even permit loads are not required to run pilot cars on it ! Maybe it has something to do with there not being near the amount of tourister traffic on it ? Been across that one a lot in 110,000 pound cranes and would always pull off on the top and have a shot of mud out of a thermos to get ready mentally for the down grade . Spent a couple of days in Ouray last summer , the San Juans have been and will forever be our must go to place since I first spent time there in 75 . NICE !
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Sergeant Preston Of The Yukon - Ghosts Of The Anvils (for the hearing impaired) - YouTube

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