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Old 03-16-2006, 11:40 AM   #1
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Hello. We are thinking about getting a Safari 25 FB and taking it on a summer trip to Alaska next year. Is this unit insulated and rugged enough for such a trip? Are there any extra preparations we need to make to the trailer before going? Thanks for your help.
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Old 03-16-2006, 11:47 AM   #2
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Hello. We are thinking about getting a Safari 25 FB and taking it on a summer trip to Alaska next year. Is this unit insulated and rugged enough for such a trip? Are there any extra preparations we need to make to the trailer before going? Thanks for your help.
We are also thinking about going to Alaska at some point in our future. Here is a good website with information about camping in Alaska: http://www.anchorage.net/634.cfm
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Old 03-16-2006, 12:23 PM   #3
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There are a few discussions already posted on this topic. Check this one out for more info http://www.airforums.com/forum...ghlight=alaska
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Old 03-16-2006, 03:01 PM   #4
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Summer? What's Summer?

New Airstreams are more than up to it. Summer in South Central Alaska (Anchorage) means 65-70F temps. Fairbanks can get hotter. +22F today.

Summer is short, I think it's scheduled for a Tuesday this year. June-August. June is bug month.

It's NOT the frozen waste land people think. Especially in summer.
We even have electricity in most of the igloos now.

Summer is t-shirt/sweat shirt weather until after midnight when the sun “goes down”.

My ‘64 Safari does fine here all year round. Yes I fire up the furnace in winter, but not after spring. Catalytic heater can cut evening chill.

Buy the 2006 Milepost mag and enjoy the adventure.
Roads are paved and “ok”.
Check tyres often when you stop. Most carry extra gas on Alcan.
Summer = Road construction season. Expect delays.

Enjoy the experience.
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We’re also planning a trip to Alaska in ’07. I’m currently in the market to replace my old Tow Vehicle with something that will survive. Considered joining a WBCCI caravan, but might rather enjoy the trip with a smaller and less organized group of semi-independent Airstreamers. With the communications technologies of today, a loosely organized group can safely travel at their own pace and plan to meet at some town or campground every few days for the “Fun – Fellowship – Adventure” that Wally experienced prior to the WBCCI.
I know there are a few Airstreamers in the “Lower 48” who like the idea and will join up for various segments of the trip. So early next year we should resurface this idea on this forums’ website, and start corresponding and coordinating. Your opinion?
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If you get the 25' FB with the outside shower (is that just an SE option??), be cautious if traveling in cold weather. As much as most plumbing is internal and kept warm/safer when the furnace is running, I have not yet seen valves where I can shut off the outside shower and drain back internally or isolate that area with a form of winterizing. The point being -- the outside shower may be vulnerable to freeze-up. If you are ordering or working with a dealer I'm sure you could have this looked at and the proper turnoff valves installed if necessary.

Otherwise .... we really love this Airstream!!!
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We're leaving in 45 days with two other Airstreams. Will be back in late Sept.
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We're leaving in 45 days with two other Airstreams. Will be back in late Sept.
Very nice. Actually, I would enjoy travelling to Alaska in the winter too especially in March so I could experience parts of the Iditarod.
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Old 03-18-2006, 06:21 AM   #9
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Hello. We are thinking about getting a Safari 25 FB and taking it on a summer trip to Alaska next year. Is this unit insulated and rugged enough for such a trip? Are there any extra preparations we need to make to the trailer before going? Thanks for your help.
You should have no problems. We went last year with our 4 kids with a 64 Overlander pulled by a 99 Suburban. We were gone from mid-May to mid-July and had no trouble at all, not even a flat tire. We stayed in RV parks about half the time and the rest of the time we parked in Wal-mart or Fred Meyer stores. Some of the roads are gravel and you have to watch for frost heaves, but if you take your time the roads aren't a problem. The weather was beautiful, a bit of rain, but not enough to dampen our spirits.
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