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Old 02-01-2013, 12:17 AM   #1
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North to Alaska

Has anyone drove to Alaska lately? I am planning on taking my new Dodge Ram with FR truck camper this summer and would like some insight into what I may encounter, good or bad.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:25 PM   #2
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We are also planning an Alaska trip this spring with our Solera (24 foot MH). Wondering if anyone has done part of the trip on the inside passage via ferry. We are thinking about driving to Prince Rupert (via Prince George and Kitwanga), taking the ferry from there to Haines, then the Haines Junction Road to the Alcan. Particularly interested in comments wrt a pet on the ferry - we have a 120 pound Golden Retriever "lap dog" who will be traveling with us. Appreciate any thoughts / experiences!
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:18 PM   #3
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We are also planning an Alaska trip this spring with our Solera (24 foot MH). Wondering if anyone has done part of the trip on the inside passage via ferry. We are thinking about driving to Prince Rupert (via Prince George and Kitwanga), taking the ferry from there to Haines, then the Haines Junction Road to the Alcan. Particularly interested in comments wrt a pet on the ferry - we have a 120 pound Golden Retriever "lap dog" who will be traveling with us. Appreciate any thoughts / experiences!
We did what you are planing with a class C in 1986. The cost was about half compared to leaving from Seattle, now Bellingham. We got off in Juneau for a couple of days, then contiued to Haines.

The ferry ride is scenic and interesting. They had a naturalist on board to provide info. Do the Randall passage at night if you can. Very interestingbp navigation.

When we go again, we will probably take the ferry from Bellingham and get off ta the various stops for a day or two each.

Keep in mind that you cannot access your vehicle while the boat is underway but you can while it is in port. Propane must be off while on the boat.

We did not take our dog. You will need to check on the rules. As I recall, you can walk them while in port but I do not remember the rules in board.

We were out three weeks but could have used more.
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Coupevillefish - Thanks for the insights!
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Coupevillefish, I was considering the ferry on my way back, one question though I had was are there enough roads to wonder a ways from the ferry terminal and are there RV campgrounds if needed? Thanks for the comments.
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Jleising, how early are you leaving if you are going in the spring? Any concern for bad weather? I was planning on being in Calgary by June 1st, I will drive all the way up. Kenai peninsula sounds like a fantastic area. I hope you have a safe and great trip. NORTH TO ALASKA!
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Coupevillefish, I was considering the ferry on my way back, one question though I had was are there enough roads to wonder a ways from the ferry terminal and are there RV campgrounds if needed? Thanks for the comments.
There are a couple of RV parks in Juneau but I don't remember which one we stayed at. There is not a lot of places to wander there since it is surrunded by Glacier, We have been to Sitka and Skagway without the camper. Sitka has limitted roads, Skagway has a newer road that connexts up to Dawson Creek (I think.)

Around Anchorage and Fairbanks, there are lots of places to wander. We fished on the Kenai, stopped at Denalli, and checked out Fairbanks. From Fairbanks, you can follow the pipeline north to the Arctic Circel, but it is not an easy trip, limitted gas, and some rough roads, I am told.

As I recall, most of our camping was dry camping but it is not too hard on the batteries when it stays light till eleven or so. In the Anchorage area, we stayed with relatives so we did not use a commercial campground.

We did take a small generator, which was very helpful poweriing the vaccuum to clean up glass from the side window when a passing truck pitched a rock out sideways.

Along the Alcan, most of the campgrounds are rustic. We did not have trouble finding gas, but it was expensive, specially in Canada. As I recall, gas in the Anchorage area was about the same as WA at that time.
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DavidO. - Not sure of our schedule yet, thinking leaving here (San Francisco Bay Area) around mid-May. Hoping the weather will be okay, and hoping to beat the summer crowds.
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Thinking of leaving NH first of June and traveling to Anchorage to visit son and grandchildren. Usually fly but want to do some exploring along the way and back. Ferry seems bit expensive, ESP from Bellingham. Has anyone had experience going through Canada from the North East?
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If you guys haven't already read this, here is a long but thoroughly enjoyable and very informative log of a couple's trip to Alaska last summer.

Iowa to Alaska with our A128

Any questions about the Canadian part of the trip, I'll be glad to help.

You have the trip of a lifetime ahead of you.
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