Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-12-2018, 09:44 AM   #1
3 Rivet Member
 
2001 30' Classic S/O
Marshall Ford , Texas
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 111
Who got Alaska in 2018?

We plan to go to Alaska in 2019. Will be at the 49th parallel by mid-June. We missed 2018 but had a great trip to the Midwest. UP was great.


Did you make reservations in Canada and Alaska? Or wing it?


Boondocking mostly?



Trouble with customs?


How much time should we allow?


Route? We're thinking Alcan up and Cassier back down.



Thanks,


Sjohn
__________________

TexAirS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2018, 10:07 AM   #2
Site Team
 
azflycaster's Avatar
 
2002 25' Safari
Dewey , Arizona
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 12,781
Images: 62
Blog Entries: 1
We did Alaska with 34 other Airstreams this past summer. The trip was 63 days with around 25 different stops. It was truly a trip of a lifetime! You can review our trip here https://www.facebook.com/groups/ak2018/
__________________

__________________

Richard

Wally Byam Airstream Club 7513
azflycaster is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2018, 10:20 AM   #3
Rivet Master

 
2012 Avenue Coach
Corpus Christi , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 673
I highly recommend this thread by Tincampers. Very enjoyable read and even more pics & info on his blog links. Note: His trip was in an Interstate, not a 30' Classic.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...ka-178650.html


.
rowiebowie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2018, 10:38 AM   #4
retired USA/USAF

 
2001 30' Excella
Somerset , New Jersey
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,327
We did Alaska 2 years ago. Up and down the Cassiar Hwy due to weather related issues on the AlCan in June. We did it with no reservations. Most of the way we just pulled off the road and overnighted it with no issues ever. A great trip so do it with an organized caravan OR do it on your own ( with a friend or 2 is best).
__________________
Roger in NJ

" Democracy is the worst form of government. Except for all the rest"
Winston Churchill 1948

TAC - NJ 18

polarlyse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2018, 09:04 PM   #5
4 Rivet Member
 
bibbs's Avatar
 
1977 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
1973 21' Globetrotter
1975 26' Argosy 26
Vista , California
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 304
I am thinking of June 2020. I hope to learn about it
bibbs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2018, 09:34 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
kscherzi's Avatar
 
2013 27' FB International
El Dorado Hills , California
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,211
Images: 24
Make your reservation at
Teklanika River Campground in Denali National Park now and plan the rest of you trip around this date. It's the the most critical and impacted place.

No reservations needed elsewhere beyond a day or two in advance in Anchorage. We camped in Homer and got our fill of halibut. No problems with customs, just don't carry any guns or firewood. I'd allow all summer or as long as you can. You are bound to discover many awesome side trips that add to the trip.
kscherzi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2018, 10:27 AM   #7
2 Rivet Member
 
1983 31' Excella
The Woodlands , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 92
We did the international caravan too...Overall a fantastic trip. We stayed at campground but there were plenty of boondocking spots. 63 days but Could have stayed longer. Plenty of Gas and food, just pick it up when you see it. Its expense. Look at the route the caravan takes. You will cover it all. Be prepared for bad weather and when it comes just sit still. When it clears you will be blown away by the scenery. We can't wait to go back.
Air83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2018, 11:57 AM   #8
Rivet Master
 
2019 30' Flying Cloud
Homosassa , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 516
We went last year with another couple. As another poster mentioned, absolutely have reservations for Denali and whatever you do, do not stay at the Midnight Sun RV park. The park the mentioned for Denali is the best in that area unless you have reservations to boondock inside Denali. We made reservations most places in advance. I would suggest minimal time in Canada just because of prices. You will consider the trip the one of a lifetime when you go. We plan to return in about three years. Absolute must stay at Tok, AK Sourdough Campground. Great hosts and wonderful breakfast. As a bonus the owner was a RV tech just in case you are having issues. Good luck and enjoy the trip.
Tater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2018, 09:41 PM   #9
New Member
 
Currently Looking...
Currently Looking...
Seattle , WA
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 3
We drove up there for a month+ this past summer. We did the Alcan up and the ferry down. We didn't have any reservations before we left and didn't have any problems getting in anywhere. We didn't start until early August, so most people were leaving as were just getting into Alaska. We boondocked some, but really appreciated hookups after the third week in August because of the cold nights. How long you want to spend really depends on your interests. You could spend a whole summer (or lifetime) if fishing, hiking, or kayaking are your interests. The drive up is long and there aren't many amenities along the way. The best stuff is in Alaska, but there are some gems on the drive (Liard Hot Springs, towns like Haines...)
Jfreeburg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2018, 08:44 AM   #10
3 Rivet Member
 
2016 28' Pendleton
East central , Illinois
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 122
So I am wondering how the recent earthquake will affect summer trip this year. Any thoughts to those who have gone before?
GinaNBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2018, 10:32 AM   #11
Site Team
 
azflycaster's Avatar
 
2002 25' Safari
Dewey , Arizona
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 12,781
Images: 62
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by GinaNBob View Post
So I am wondering how the recent earthquake will affect summer trip this year. Any thoughts to those who have gone before?
With all of the road construction that is always going on in Alaska it might be hard to notice. Remember: there are only 2 seasons in Alaska. Winter and Road Construction.
__________________

Richard

Wally Byam Airstream Club 7513
azflycaster is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2018, 10:33 AM   #12
2 Rivet Member
 
AirUSN's Avatar
 
2013 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Bonita Springs , Florida
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 90
Good point @GinaNBob -

As a side note, its currently -15 at the campground

I plan to head west as well early spring from SW Florida.
__________________
'13 Eddie Bauer 25'
'19 Ram Crew 4x4 Limited

Realtor w/Keller Williams, Fort Myers, Naples area and beyond, SL3388777
AirUSN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2018, 03:53 PM   #13
New Member
 
2017 30' Flying Cloud
Estero , Florida
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 2
We spent about 3 months in Alaska this summer and about two weeks on each end in Canada. We first crossed into Canada from WA in late May which was pretty early in the season as some places were not yet open. We ended up leaving mid-September and were fortunate to have had phenomenal and mild weather until back in WA on 1 October. We caravaned with another family and also met up with several others at various times.

We only initially had reservations for Fairbanks because of the Summer Solstice festivities. We didn't get into Denali NP when we first were then but were able to book sites for later in summer and visited other areas until then. If you are self-sufficient i.e. solar, good batteries, water, propane... you will have more options available to you. Note on RV camping in Denali NP, there are three campgrounds, Riley, Savage River and Tek. Riley is at the front of the park and has the usual amenities i.e. water, dump, cell service, laundry, etc. Tek is the furthest into the park but has a 40' overall length limit. Unless you have a 10' truck, you will likely get turned around at the ranger station when towing a 30' trailer. However, you could detach the trailer and camp in the truck while at Tek.

As we did not shy away from any roads, I can highly recommend at good spare tire, TPMS, tire repair kit, trailer-aid, and a good air compressor/tire inflator. We also now have an unmounted spare trailer tire on the roof rack. Between us and our travel buddies, we had enough spare parts to almost build a fully working Airstream! If anyone follows Less Junk More Journey, that was our water heater drain plug that sealed their freshwater tank in Dawson City, YT.

We took the Cassier Hwy up and also down. Despite the amount of time we spent up there, we didn't see everything we wanted to and will be returning!
seanslatt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2018, 07:09 PM   #14
2 Rivet Member
 
AirUSN's Avatar
 
2013 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Bonita Springs , Florida
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 90
Wow sounds exciting and a good time for everyone!
__________________

__________________
'13 Eddie Bauer 25'
'19 Ram Crew 4x4 Limited

Realtor w/Keller Williams, Fort Myers, Naples area and beyond, SL3388777
AirUSN is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anyone going to Alaska in Summer 2018? Mike1997 On The Road... 66 07-03-2018 08:04 PM
New Airstream and planning trip to Alaska summer of 2018 LoveUSA Member Introductions 13 05-24-2018 12:13 AM
My neighbor went to Alaska and all I got was this Airstream ornament... ;) DKB_SATX Airstream Lifestyle 6 07-21-2012 01:16 PM
Got to ask.. Have I got Frame seperation? JohnG Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 7 07-23-2004 12:21 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.