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Old 09-03-2015, 02:36 PM   #11
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We did it in a 30 foot Lexington and our toad is a Saturn Vue. 10 weeks, 10,000 miles. Loved it. Only made reservations at 1 campground to join new friends. In Canada and much of Alaska you can camp almost anywhere for free. By all means get a Milepost. We loved Dawson City and did Top of The World Highway. That was the scariest part of trip. Plenty of gas stations, just be aware of your distances. Everything is further apart than people tell you. Took ferry from Haines to Skagway, saved almost 2 days driving and was not real expensive. Do a wildlife cruise out of Seward. See Denali, Talkeetna and some of the ghost towns along Cook Inlet. Caravans take the planning issues out, but going on your own gives you flexibility. If you like a place, stay longer. My husband had so much fun salmon fishing that we stayed several more days in Valdez than planned. We left WI in June, returned in September.
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Old 09-03-2015, 02:40 PM   #12
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My wife and I went a few years ago in our Class C on our own in July and August. Tore a Good Sam ad out and followed their route. No reservations needed if you stop to camp by mid afternoon. Rule #1...buy the Mile Post book. Rule #2...every time you see a gas station, fill up. Rule #3...take your time and enjoy!
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Old 09-03-2015, 03:40 PM   #13
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We went last summer. We used Adventure Treks. The owner and head operator only lives about thirty miles from us and other members of our Good Sam Chapter had been on their tour before. No complaints. We did, however take the 23 day tour. The cost was half the other tours and it ended in Anchorage instead of coming back to Dawson Creek. That left us free to see the rest and do what we wanted for another month before coming home. Part of the fun of the trip was in getting to know all of the folks from 16 other rigs and traveling with them lots of things to do in groups, that are more fun that way. We are part of the group discussing a "Frogs to Alaska" trip in 2018. Some of the organizers don't retire until then. From where we stand today, there is a lot of interest and we are considering two groups instead of just the one first discussed. My wife cried when we left Alaska the first time, so I don't really have any choice, we have to go back.
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Old 09-03-2015, 05:19 PM   #14
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If you don't want to drive both ways, or if you don't have an RV, here's a way to make the trip one way in a new Class C. A friend and his wife did this before they bought a motorhome. They rented it for an additional week to spend more time in Alaska, then flew back.


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Old 09-03-2015, 05:41 PM   #15
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We left NEPA May 16 totally on our own and crossed into Canada near Shelby MT on June 2 so as to be one week ahead of the caravans. Never made any reservations and never found any place full but we usually arrived at each CG about 2:30-3:00pm. We saw all the scenery, towns, most museums and attractions. The MILEPOST was invaluable, locals friendly and other campers helpful and always a great source of info. We returned to the U.S. north of Seattle and returned home on August 10th----13,135 miles. Great trip, would love todo it again------without a caravan.
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Old 09-03-2015, 06:19 PM   #16
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Hi Everyone

We are planning a trip to Alaska next summer (May, early June 2016). We are undecided on doing it alone or Caravan it. We would prefer to caravan with some friends and look out for each other instead of paying the Caravan outfits.

Anyone one interested in getting our own group to travel to Alaska? We can have an early meet up to meet and get to know each other prior to the big trip in 2016.

Any and all comments are welcomed.

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Old 09-03-2015, 06:34 PM   #17
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Alaska Trip

My DW and I just returned from doing a caravan to Alaska with Coachmen. In my opinion, the one who laid out the caravan route made many mistakes which cost us wasted time sitting in Campgrounds where there was very little to do. WE went to Homer, Alaska to go Halibut fishing on a Thursday. No charter fishing for halibut by charters was allowed on Thursdays. No problem we would pay more money and fish for salmon the same way they fish for halibut. Guess what, we caught halibut and had to throw them back. Some scheduled included meals were a joke, and some of the campgrounds we stayed at should have been condemned. It was a real disappointment to have such poor planning. The caravan leaders were saints and did their very best with the bad situations that they were thrust into. I have done this same trip 11 years ago with Coachmen Caravan and it was perfect. What a change a different planner makes.
The scenery was beyond description. In many cases, I stood with my camera in my hand and could not decide which way to point it with so much beauty all around us. The roads were another subject. With very few exceptions they were under construction and EXTREMELY rough.
We took the Eastern route on the way up to Dawson Creek and the Western Route coming home. I believe that the Cassiar Highway that brought us down, was the best road in the whole trip. It had new pavement and a lot of bears. Oh, I should probably mention the scenery along the Cassiar, it was beautiful.
We did 3 whale watching cruises and saw whales on all three along with all kinds of sea life and glaciers. Even in the rain and fog, these are a must do.
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Old 09-03-2015, 07:02 PM   #18
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We may be interested in the Alaska trip in 2016. We also live in Missouri
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Old 09-03-2015, 07:31 PM   #19
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We did the ALCAN in May and June of 2014. It is the trip of a lifetime, but arduous. Once you start, it's hard to stop. Our blogspot of the trip is: The Soare's RV. We only had one RV park that was a problem; not the park, but the hosts. The worst highway we had was from Destruction Bay, YT to Beaver Creak, YT and then from Anchorage to GlenAllen had some bad spots. It is a worthwhile trip.
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Old 09-03-2015, 07:41 PM   #20
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Hi Everyone

We are planning a trip to Alaska next summer (May, early June 2016). We are undecided on doing it alone or Caravan it. We would prefer to caravan with some friends and look out for each other instead of paying the Caravan outfits.

Anyone one interested in getting our own group to travel to Alaska? We can have an early meet up to meet and get to know each other prior to the big trip in 2016.

Any and all comments are welcomed.

Robert

We are planning on a trip to Alaska in 16 and about the same time. We plan to be in Yellowstone the first of June, we would like to cross the border around the 15th too. I can't wait to go. DW retires February the 29th, I'm counting the days off. Now if I could just get over this bad disease I have, wanting to trade campers


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