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Old 05-12-2013, 11:24 AM   #1
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Alcan Highway

We are leaving for Tulsa OK to drive the Alcon highway as far as Anchorage. Driving our new 25 foot motorcoach. Any advice?
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:27 AM   #2
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Check road conditions. My best friend in High School took this trip one summer with her family. They broke an axle on the Al-Can, but that was many years ago....hopefully it is new and improved.
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Planning to leave from the San Francisco Bay Area for Alaska two weeks from now. We plan to take the ferry from Port Randel to Haines, then join the Alcan at Haines Junction. We will be in our one year old Solera. Looking forward to it!
Do a search on this site - I found a lot of good info here.
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Found a good resource for Al-Can Summer or Winter. Good News! It is new and improved from when my friend and her family drove it.
Have a blast. Sure looks like amazing country.

The Alcan Highway is a Road Trip You'll Remember!
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:23 PM   #5
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Planning to leave from the San Francisco Bay here. Jim
Did that, done that when I was transferred to Eielson AFB Fairbanks.
Take lots of pictures.. Have a great trip

Yes the Alcan is in much better condition than years ago.
You must remember to protect your front grille/radiator from rocks by using some type of vinyl screen to slow down the rocks that are thrown up further north in the Yukon. You have to maintain speed with the truckers and evenif you do the trucks and cars going the other way will also throw rocks.
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Drove the highway to Fairbanks in 2010, good paved highway most of the way. Early in the year it will have frost heaves, and pot holes in places. Drive slower and smell the roses enjoy the scenery, you will be fine! Most importantly have a great trip!
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Are you camping in the anchorage area? If so camp in Eagle River campground it is much nicer than anything in town and it is only 10 minutes away.
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Planning to leave from the San Francisco Bay Area for Alaska two weeks from now. We plan to take the ferry from Port Randel to Haines, then join the Alcan at Haines Junction. We will be in our one year old Solera. Looking forward to it!
Do a search on this site - I found a lot of good info here.
Jim
Yeah! We did the Alaska Marine Hwy from Bellingham to Skagway and then drove to Haines Junction.
We will leave Tulsa on June 7, visit parks along the way, stay with wife's sister in Calgary and mosey on up thru Banff, Jasper, and on.. Will stay with our daughter in Anchorage. Return to T-town mid/end of August.
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The first stretch of the AlCan between Dawson Creek, BC and Watson lake, YT can be a bit daunting for first-timers.

Make sure your brakes are in top condition, you will encounter some serious grades. Nothing steeper than 8% (on the Canadian end, at least) but they can (and do) go on for miles.

That was sage advice about stone protection and yes, some of the truckers up there can be a real treat.
Oddly enough, there is a stretch in northern BC where you will encounter buffalo all over the road. At all times watch for wildlife.

The road is in decent shape but expect to encounter construction at various points.
DO NOT rely on your GPS for a list of gas stations -top up when and where you can. And do be sure to budget for the extra cost of fuel up there -I've paid as much as $1.70 a litre in one out of the way spot.

Well worth it for the country you'll be seeing, though.
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