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Old 03-20-2011, 07:37 PM   #253
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:12 PM   #254
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Last year I wrote of our trips short and long and started early: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ips-47817.html

Earlier this year I started a thread asking who was going to Alaska: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f290...ska-61581.html

I haven't really been spending a lot of time thinking about traveling or doing any work on the Safari until today. Since we returned from our last trip, the house has been the focus. Our first floor half bath/laundry room needed work. It had exposed pipes and I built my first soffits to hide them and put in new light fixtures. That was a difficult project that took too long (they all take too long). Then on to the kitchen—new cabinets, counter tops, floor. Big project but it went pretty fast. We have also been doing all sorts of smaller things that have been ignored for years. Updating the deck is next, then maybe spraying the logs with preservatives and putting some railings in for the front steps.

The reason—we want to put the house on the market and move to Santa Fe. It's time for a change.

But today we did some work on the trailer. These were small things, but important. A cabinet door roller catch to hold the bathroom door open. I installed one side on the lower end of a partition and the other on the bottom of the door. This is the partition along side the pull out pantry and now the thing doesn't pull out as far, but it's ok. Anything it better than propping things against the bathroom door because it won't stay open. Thanks to Chief (Ron) who had the idea, though he installed one differently and in a better place.

We found a simple clear plastic magazine rack at the Container Store and screwed it to the side of the cabinet I installed on the gaucho last year. More places for maps, magazines and crap.

I bought some large rubber washers to put under the water pump. Installation was difficult because of the location of the pump. One washer disappeared while I was doing this, but I had some grommets. So there are now three washers and one grommet between the pump and the floor where the screws are. We tried the pump and it seemed a lot quieter. We'll see how it runs when there's water in the system.

I mounted a thing with magnets to hold knives above the stove top and one the partition on the other side of the pantry slide out. When we met Evan and Jane (eheffa) in Utah several weeks ago, they had done that. Barb had the same knife holder—she had bought it decades ago and once she saw one in a Safari, she wanted hers mounted too.

Tried the furnace and it still works. I'll have to check other systems soon and start maintenance. I did check tire tread and they are all wearing about the same. The spare will be rotated with the most worn tire once I get the tires elevated to adjust brakes.

Somehow we'll get this done and finish house projects, have a visit from the in-laws, go to meetings, see my knee doctor, and plan the trip—after all we have all of three weeks. Three weeks? This is nuts! It's like this every year—stressed out and crazed trying to get it all done. And somehow, we pull it off.

Getting ready for an 8 week trip to NW Canada and Alaska shouldn't take much time (delusion sets in and helps get us through this).

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I am heading to Alaska on or about June 8. I am going to take a leisurely trip up there from GA. I was trying to get on the WBCCI caravan that was heading there this year, but no luck. So, I'm thinking of joining the Jafari caravan (July 8 - August 15) that will be meeting in Dawson Creek, BC. I still go back and forth about this caravan because they are moving a little too fast for me, however, this will be my first long trip in my new Airstream and I am going solo! I wouldn't mind so much, but I'm 3 years out from a cancer diagnosis and don't feel that great on most days. But, this is my bucket list trip and I am determined to do it and my 'Stream is a little to small to share it with a friend. So, I am taking all the necessary precautions and have been prepping for the last few months with schedules, trip routes, parks, etc. Any advice is appreciated. I know I can do it. I've navigated ships, scuba dived, and did a lot of courageous things in my day. However, with age comes a little fear and too much caution (at least with me). Wish me luck!!!
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:45 AM   #255
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I am heading to Alaska on or about June 8. I am going to take a leisurely trip up there from GA. I was trying to get on the WBCCI caravan that was heading there this year, but no luck. So, I'm thinking of joining the Jafari caravan (July 8 - August 15) that will be meeting in Dawson Creek, BC. I still go back and forth about this caravan because they are moving a little too fast for me, however, this will be my first long trip in my new Airstream and I am going solo! I wouldn't mind so much, but I'm 3 years out from a cancer diagnosis and don't feel that great on most days. But, this is my bucket list trip and I am determined to do it and my 'Stream is a little to small to share it with a friend. So, I am taking all the necessary precautions and have been prepping for the last few months with schedules, trip routes, parks, etc. Any advice is appreciated. I know I can do it. I've navigated ships, scuba dived, and did a lot of courageous things in my day. However, with age comes a little fear and too much caution (at least with me). Wish me luck!!!
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:32 AM   #256
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If you "don't feel that great on most days", the quick moving caravan might not be for you. It's a lot of miles, more for you than it was for us.

Leisurely may be a lot more enjoyable for you. The further you get away from big cities, the more helpful people will be, so asking for help (and I hope you don't need it) is usually fruitful. Things break on long trips and small garages on the Alaska Hwy or other remote highways usually can improvise anything. We met people who had Good Sam road care coverage and they were towed in some cases hundreds and hundreds of miles to somewhere things could be fixed and didn't have to pay anything.

And the highways don't feel all that remote. There's more traffic than you might imagine on a lot of them—there aren't that many highways after all, so everyone is funneled onto a few. Towns are very far apart, but if you break down, people will be coming along pretty soon.

Life gets more precious when you realize how short it can be, so it is natural to be more cautious as we age. But we can still do a lot, although sometimes slower than before. I think you have a good attitude and go for it.

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I am curious if you took a generator on your trip to Alaska last summer. If you did, was it used enough to justify taking it?

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We took a 1,000 watt Honda, but I don't think we ever used it. Since the sun doesn't set for very long in early summer and late spring, our solar panels provided enough for the times we were off grid, but we weren't off grid very much. When it's light so late (far enough north, the sun sets around 1 am and rises a few hours later; north of Arctic Circle, it doesn't set at all) there less need for lighting.

It depends where you go, whether you have solar, how cloudy it is, how cold it is and personal preference as to lighting and use of power for radio, CD's, furnace, fans and heat. If I were alone, I'd boondock more, but Barb likes hookups a lot.

I figure it's better to have the generator just in case. We started in late May and it snowed on us in southern Alberta and Calgary, so we needed heat. We were in a campground with power, but the next day we weren't. If we had stayed there it was cold enough to run the furnace at night. You don't know what you'll run into in the north (sort of like Streamboat), so I'm glad we had it. I bring lots and lots of tools and while I don't use most of them, this last trip I was glad to have a tire plug kit for a flat and on another trip, I had what I needed to replace fried wheel bearings and seals on one wheel.

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