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Old 01-01-2012, 07:44 PM   #11
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We did the route up through the Canadian Rockies, the Alaska and Cassiar Highways, Yellow Hat, and a month in northern Canada and Alaska with a 40'DP and a toad. All of these routes are more than adequate.

Your exhaust brake will get a LOT of exercise along the way, and will be worth its weight in gold.


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Old 01-03-2012, 09:51 AM   #12
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if you go into canada through sask you will most likely run past me lol.

jasper, banff, all worth the drive! there is also glacier buggy rides

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Old 01-03-2012, 09:58 AM   #13
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:23 PM   #14
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Thanks to all for your suggestions. We are looking into all the possibilities including driving the rig up the Al Can, flying into Anchorage and renting an RV, or flying into Anchorage and just renting a car and using hotels and restaurants. One of the tour books we got said that hotels and restaurants means that you should plan on a minimum of $175 per day per person. For the four of us that would be $700 per day and for a three week jaunt we would be in the $14,000 neighborhood without air fare and car rental. This makes the RV travel much more attractive.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:50 PM   #15
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wow that expensive. Definatley paying for a rental and taking your time stopping when you want rather than trying to make the next check in time at some hotel is the best way to go.

Hope you see some amazing wildlife along the way
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:23 PM   #16
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Just a note that we drove from Kentucky to Fairbanks and back in 2006. Drove my 5 yr old minivan with 88,000 miles. Spent 28 days and drove 9,080 miles. Burned 375 gallons of gas

There were only the 2 of us but we only spent about $6,000. And, that included a couple of hundred $ for an airplane ride over Denali and a bus tour to the Artic Circle. So, $14,000 seems a bit high.

On the other hand, the worst part was hurrying to get to the next motel. An RV would definitely be more enjoyable.

Now, to all my Canadian friends out there....DW and I agree that the most beautiful scenery on the trip was in Canada...If you fly, you will miss that.

Good luck and let us know how you make out.


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Old 01-08-2012, 08:51 PM   #17
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My son and his family drove a class c from corpus christi to anchorage for about 4500 miles and flew back to Texas. The wife and I flew up and drove back in 8500 miles since we had more time to utilize. We left Anchorage July 15 and arrived in Corpus October 15 for about 3 months transit. Your emphasis on planning should be to have enough time to enjoy the trip. A 9000 mile trip in 30 days would be 300 a day every day and that would be akin to hard labor.
We are going to make the trip again in 2013 leaving in April and return in October. Its a great way to have 6 months of spring and fall weather the best part of the year.
Take the Alcan up and the Cassius south, catch a halibut at Homer, see the sun not set above the arctic circle,watch the salmon runs,glacier and pacific old growth forests. Make it a lifestyle not a vacation
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We flew up in 2005 and rented motorhome from Great Alaskan Holidays. Great outfit to rent from. Whether you fly in or drive up don't be afraid to stay in some out of the way places or unusual places. Our first night we found that we had come in on Memorial Weekend and found campgrounds full. We ended up spending the night in a lot at the Aleyeska ski resort. Quiet & out of the way. Most towns like Homer or Seward have parks along the bays that you can camp on in your RV. We spent a pleasant night in Seward on the beach at one of these parks. Only charge a small fee for the night, but there are no hookups so being fully contained was a benefit. In Homer we stayed on the spit in the local park which was nice as it was right next to the the Fishing Hole where my sons managed to catch king salmon. Then a halibut fishing trip topped off the trip out of Homer. The family talk about this trip often & all of us would like to do it again some day. The tip about buying the Milepost is right on. Don't travel without it. They put out a new edition each year & have full travel tips for traveling in Alaska & Yukon territories & best directions on getting up north.
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:53 PM   #19
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We drove our 36' DP up and back with a dog and cat... 6 weeks and had a ball! We left from Bellingham Washington, so my comment is based on driving from Milepost 0.

Roads for the most part were better than I expected. You will certainly encounter construction which could hold you up for a considerable amount of time. We were stopped for nearly an hour west of Ft. Nelson BC.

Most road surfaces were good, but you can encounter some chip seal which slows most folks down. There was little truck traffic beyond Ft. Nelson, and the scenery is some of the best we've seen anywhere... when it was visible. We had lots of cloudy days both ways.

I found that the road warning signs were usually placed a little too close to the hazard... some steep hills surprised me as the "Hill" sign was posted a bit later than I would have liked more than a couple times. Some of the river valleys you cross are pretty deep!

There is wildlife to be seen everywhere. Fortunately the roads are clear-cut for a wide swath so most folks have time to avoid the animals they encounter along the road... not always the case.

Get the latest "Mileposts" travel guide for the Alaska Highway.

As mentioned, there are boondocking locations all along the Alaska Highway. Canada has Provincial Parks that offer designated camping at regular intervals along the road. There are a few RV parks as I recall, but we only stayed in a park at White Horse to dump and fill both ways so I can't recommend any.

Beware the frost heave! These "speed bumps" are only marked with red flags along the edge of the road... Hit one at crusing speed and you will pay closer attention for red flags later!

There is so much to see and do, before you ever get home, you will likely be planning your next trip to see the stuff you know you missed.

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Rbq, reading your post just put me in total flashback mode, as we did many of the same things you did. Big +1 for Great Alaskan Holidays, good company to deal with for the rental, and also a +1 for the milepost book. Be sure to watch for beluga whales on the way to Seward and Homer!

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