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Old 12-14-2010, 09:13 AM   #1
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We're considering a trip to Alaska. What suggestions can you offer for preparation and travel into remote areas there? We're located in OH and have a 2007 - 23' International CCD. Our tow vehicle is a 2008 Chev TrailBlazer (V-8).

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Old 12-14-2010, 09:15 AM   #2
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1. Allow enough time. Plan for shorter driving days. Enjoy the journey, don't focus on the destination.


Somebody, please, point me to the road.

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Old 12-14-2010, 09:23 AM   #3
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I'm gonna' follow this post with some interest, as I'm planning the same trip. I've been to AK six times, but have never driven from the "lower 48."

First suggestion I have is to get the most recent copy of The Milepost. It's got the most up-to-date information on roads from the U.S. border to and through Alaska.

Second, plan to take your time, both going and sightseeing ... there's just a lot to see, and there's no point in hurrying. My kids say that all of Alaska ought to be a national park!

Third, there are a zillion places to stay in AK and along the way ... when I was there last, you could overnight anywhere that wasn't specifically posted to the contrary, and almost no place was posted - so we parked on beaches, on highway pullouts alongside gorgeous rivers, etc. for much of the time. And we stayed quite a bit in small campgrounds, with a few nights in Denali Park. The point is that for the most part you will be boondocking, so keeping tabs on your water and gray and balck tanks is important, and having either good solar panels adn a biggish battery bank and/or a small generator is highly recommended.

Last, I hear LOTS of reports of gravel / stone damage to both tow vehicles and trailers, so plan ahead in that regard with good mudflaps, stone deflectors, and insurance.

Good luck and have fun - it's almost impossible not to do so!
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:45 AM   #4
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Don't over do the mud flaps. I made mine TOO big and they were only 2 in. off the ground. This caused them to act as vacuum cleaners and sand blasted the front of the trailer and the tongue down to the primer.

Plan at least 2 months. 2 weeks up, a month there and 2 weeks back. Any less and you will not forgive your self. There is as much to see in northern BC and the Yukon thus the travel time.

It's been 10 years and I can still find Alaskan dirt in my rig.

Consider a flight from Homer to Katmai to watch the bears feed. I condition this comment only if you are are willing to walk among them, as it is common to pass bears on the way to and from the overlook. The rangers will give you a 10 min bear edict course and a pin to prove you passed the course before you take off for the area.

The hot springs a Watson Lake are worth the stop and a great way to relax in the evening. About a 1/2 mile walk from the parking area.

Definitely go into Alaska via the Top of the World highway, Dawson City Yukon, spend a day or so there, and Chicken. You will know when you get to Alaska as you will drop off the pavement and into the mud at the boarder.
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Old 12-14-2010, 12:10 PM   #5
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By the number of Alaska threads in this and other forums it's looking like that Alaska highway is going to be a busy place in 2011!

The Milepost is online ( The MILEPOST: Alaska Travel Guide and Trip Planner ) and is a very intuitive interactive tool - it's great for the planning stage you are in now. We will not be ordering our hard-copy version till the 2011 edition comes out.

Have a great trip .....

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We went to Alaska in '08, and again this last summer. I will second everything that everyone else as said.

I will add that you visit Valdez, and the Kenai pennisula. IMHO, some of the prettiest areas of the state that you can see from your vehicle.

About the flaps, I learned as Howie said, don't make them too low...about 4 inches off the ground is good, and put them at the back of the TV. Also, make sure they go all the way across, as the front tires will throw up rocks that will go between two flaps on the sides. Also, I put sleeping bag mattress pad on the front of the trailer and that really helps. (see my avitar and my pictures). Also, carry extra fuel, at least 10 gallons, and if you have to use it, replenish it.

Do Not take any hand guns into Canada...they are strickly forbidden. If you don't feel safe without a gun, you can go online and download a form that will allow you to take a long gun, shotgun or rifle, thru Canada for a fee of about $25. You must have passports.

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Come to Skagway and call me when you get there. I will pour the first cool refreshing beverage at the brewery and we can tell Airstream stories.

I will be there in March and will not leave until October.
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Hi from Ga. . . We're going in 2012, probably Memorial weekend on and planning 2 months. Keep the ideas and suggestions coming ! Originally planned this trip with my 67 VW camper in 1977. Gas is a little higher now and the Airstream a lot nicer. We're doing Yellowstone, etc, this summer. I'll be following you this year in spirit. Have a Great and safe trip, Regards, Craig
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Come to Skagway and call me when you get there. I will pour the first cool refreshing beverage at the brewery and we can tell Airstream stories.

I will be there in March and will not leave until October.
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My wife and I are planning to leave Massachusetts at the end of April or early May to head for Alaska. We just bought our AS two weeks ago and the TV a few days later. Thanks for the advice about mudflaps, the Milepoast and protection for the AS.

We'll check back often to see what others have to say.


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we're planning the same trip next summer! looks like it's going to be quite the adventure!
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Alaska route plan

One MUST stop is Liard Hot Springs. A great place to refresh in the hot water of the springs. Two herds of baffalo (+50 each) are in the area and all sorts of other wildlife. Watch for buffalo on the Liard River Crossing, a short distance before the HOT SPRINGS.
Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park - BC Parks
Many, many other stops on the way.
About 60 miles south of here is Muncho Lake. Double G Service.
Great place to have a huge breakfast.
Times are tough this past couple years and services are fewer. PLAN AHEAD.
You will always want to go back again, after you have made this trip.
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Old 12-15-2010, 08:57 PM   #13
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We went on a caravan in 2007. One tip would be to get a copy of the WB CCI caravan drivers manual. Or at least a copy of the itenerary. That would give you a good outline to follow. It was a great trip. Just be sure to do it instead of just planning.
The weather can be a big factor. The summer we went the weather was just terrible. Only about 4 days without rain all summer. Last summer the caravan had wonderful weather. Prepare to make the best of it no matter what the weather.
Second the comment about guns. We went in and out of Canada multiple times. We actually had customs hold us while they searched the trailer at one crossing. As did another couple at a different crossing. They are not kidding around with their handgun ban. I would not take any weapon. Lots of wildlife in the Yukon and we fished gralying one night in the Youkon river.
From Prince George on up do not plan on lots of miles per day. Soldatna, Homer, Valdeze, Seward, Jeanu. My favorite was Haines for the bears and the glacier.. The only thing I liked about Skagay was the drive in and out. Spectacular. Not much on Dawson city and Chicken and the drive to Eagle and back. Couple of people had new trailers and trucks and were not happy. Stop one night at Chicken if you go in that way and keep rolling. Or go the other way.
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:59 AM   #14
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I'm curious about your comment "Couple of people had new trailers and trucks and were not happy." Was this due to stone damage? I'm most concerned about this aspect of the trip. Any further discussion of how to protect the AS and TV would be helpful.

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