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Old 12-25-2013, 09:53 PM   #1
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Everyday now we are doing more and more to prepare for our trip across the USA into Canada with out destination in North West Alaska. As we have never ventured out like this before, we checking our plans twice along with our equipment just to make sure. Can anyone offer us some good advice to use when entering into and out of Canada?
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Everyday now we are doing more and more to prepare for our trip across the USA into Canada with out destination in North West Alaska. As we have never ventured out like this before, we checking our plans twice along with our equipment just to make sure. Can anyone offer us some good advice to use when entering into and out of Canada?
Kicklight, We are just starting to plan our 2015 trip to Alaska as well. you might take a look at the attached link for some info. These folk seem very knowledgeable and have a video tape available. We have attended one of their seminars on an Alaskan trip, it was very informative. It's possible they will have a seminar near you in the near future... hope this helps.

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We drove from CO to AK in 2011. Great trip. First of all get a copy of Mile Post, it is a great guide for driving the ALCAN highway with distances between towns, what to see along the way, what campgrounds are along the way etc. Second, plan to take your time, we where gone for 14 weeks, drove a day or two, stayed a day or two all the way up. Spent 6 weeks in AK and used our toad to see the sights.

You will hear people about taking precautuons about the road, just plan for average of 45 mph, some places a bit quicker. Our motorhome did not get one rock chip on it and was a new MH, our toad got some chips, but mostly from our MH so you might want to cover the front of the toad if your taking one.

We made no resverations at any RV park, and there was always a place to park. Just that most RV parks do not open till end of May and start closing down mid Sept. Let us know what other questions you might have. Happy Holidays.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:50 PM   #4
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WE are reading everything you send us, twice, we do so appreciate your information that you share with us. This is our very first LONGGGGGGG, trip I mean more than 700 miles away from home.
One concern I had was, extra GAS for our 2500HD tow truck. We have tried to locate metal P Can that holds 5 gallons, figure that is all we might need. Your thoughts on that? Also, we prepare almost 100% of our meals and do not eat out very much, with that said, most RV's have a limited amount of Frig. Room, are there groceries stores close enough for us not to worry.
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We drove from CO to AK in 2011. Great trip. First of all get a copy of Mile Post, it is a great guide for driving the ALCAN highway with distances between towns, what to see along the way, what campgrounds are along the way etc. Second, plan to take your time, we where gone for 14 weeks, drove a day or two, stayed a day or two all the way up. Spent 6 weeks in AK and used our toad to see the sights.

You will hear people about taking precautuons about the road, just plan for average of 45 mph, some places a bit quicker. Our motorhome did not get one rock chip on it and was a new MH, our toad got some chips, but mostly from our MH so you might want to cover the front of the toad if your taking one.

We made no resverations at any RV park, and there was always a place to park. Just that most RV parks do not open till end of May and start closing down mid Sept. Let us know what other questions you might have. Happy Holidays.
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There is stores along the way, and you can get milk etc. almost anywhere along the way. We took plenty of staples with us, i.e. Flour, sugar, cereral, canned goods so we didn't have to pay the high prices. Example was a gallon of milk in Whitehorse was $8. We restocked in AK for the trip back. It was a trip well worth it, between me the dw we took over 1500 pictures along the way.

As to gas, get a copy of Milepost and you can see the distance between gas stations, our MH holds 100 gallons and gets close to 10mpg so We didn't worry about it since we can go almost 1000 miles (really pushing the limit) think you willfind one about every 200 miles or so.
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We spent almost six weeks this summer traveling to Alaska from the midwest. Entering Canada is no big deal. Have a passport or passport card. Contact your credit card company that you will traveling to Canada. If you don't, your credit card probably won't be accepted. I would recommend an extra spare tire from your rig, including your trailer, if pulling one. You may be 150-200 miles from tire repair. We found a guy on the Dempster Highway without any spare. Spotted his car in Dawson at a tire shop 2 days later. Get an insurance card from your auto insurance agent. The Milepost book will tell you anything you need to know ie. road conditions, fuel, groceries, campgrounds. "Traveler's Guide to Alaskan Camping" by Church and Church is an excellent resource on campgrounds in Alaska, Yukon and northern BC. Groceries are easily available--more expensive the farther away from Anchorage and Fairbanks. Beer prices are crazy high in Canada. Be prepared for mosquitoes like you have never, ever experienced! Road conditions are relative to what you are used to. We meet a couple that complained about a road they had traveled. We found out they traveled it the same day we did. I wish our roads were that good around here. They had hardly ever traveled on anything but paved roads. Take your time and don't rush. We are going back again!
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That was one of the issues I have in that our 2500HD towing our 5th Wheel Crusader 270RET averages around 10/12 mpg, holds 26 gallons, with that said, when we've gone say 275 miles, we start looking for fill-up. Almost wish I could get a saddle tank with at least an additional ten gallons, just in case: If a station pops up every 200 miles are so, and I have five gallon pee can in reserve, that would give us a little security?


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There is stores along the way, and you can get milk etc. almost anywhere along the way. We took plenty of staples with us, i.e. Flour, sugar, cereral, canned goods so we didn't have to pay the high prices. Example was a gallon of milk in Whitehorse was $8. We restocked in AK for the trip back. It was a trip well worth it, between me the dw we took over 1500 pictures along the way.

As to gas, get a copy of Milepost and you can see the distance between gas stations, our MH holds 100 gallons and gets close to 10mpg so We didn't worry about it since we can go almost 1000 miles (really pushing the limit) think you willfind one about every 200 miles or so.
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Kicker, you might wantto consider taking a newer Durmax from the Dealership if there is one available. 36 gal. fuel tank I think ??
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using the Milepost is great advice. we live here and still use it. You shouldn't need the gas can, but you need to plan your gas stops. We drove the Alaska Highway once by motorcycle with a 180 mile range. Now with the MH we can bypass the remote gas stations and only fill up in the larger towns, where the gas is cheaper. Sometimes a little extra range can save a lot per gallon. We drive from Fairbanks to Valdez to go fishing. I could easily make it to Valdez on a tank of gas, but we usually stop after 100 miles and fill up in Delta Junction and save $.30/gallon. We can make it to Valdez and back to Delta on a tank.
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