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Old 09-02-2015, 11:06 AM   #1
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Have you been to Alaska?

Hi, All...

My wife and I are thinking of doing an Alaska caravan trip for our 50th anniversary. We'd love to hear from anyone who's done one. Good things...bad things...what to avoid, etc. Please include the name of the company you chose. Thanks....

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Old 09-02-2015, 11:38 AM   #2
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We went in 2013. Great trip! See this thread for our and other's trip comments:
Alcan Highway
The referenced Iowa-to-Alaska thread is very informative.
We did not use a company. Planned, made reservations (for ferry and Denali only) and went. We traveled "early" in the season - May and June - no issues with campsite availability at that time.
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Old 09-02-2015, 12:25 PM   #3
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Have you been to Alaska?

Ought check out BamaBob thread on here. I think he is working on a group of Forest River owners going ?? Should be under F.R.O.G Caravan to Alaska 2018

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We are taking the trip in 16, just plan on taking our time. We plan to cross the border sometime around June the 15th. We hope to come back the middle of September


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Old 09-03-2015, 12:17 PM   #5
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I was thinking about driving to Anchorage and then ferry my motorhome back to Seattle to save gas, but then found out that the ferry costs twice as much as the gas would. Bummer.
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Yup, been to Alaska, would kill to go back there again. Wife won't make the trip. Too far…
It truly is the last frontier. Wild like no other place. All the adjectives apply in abundance: jaw-dropping, breathtaking, etc etc etc.

As far as the traveling, we went in mid-August to avoid all possibility of large amounts of bugs. Everything in Alaska is big, including the bugs. Took four days from Whistler up. If I was to do it again would likely take 6 days, because the scenery is simply too gorgeous and so many neat towns to stop in and poke around. Talking to locals is entertainment in and of itself. No problems with gas/diesel or places to stay. Some are "rustic" but who cares? You are in paradise.

We visited Haines to take a plane over to Glacier Bay National Park; Wrangle-St Elias NP; Kenai Fjords; Homer to catch a plane to see grizzlies in Katmai; and of course, Denali. RV parks are not cheap, but we did not find them overly expensive either. For us it was easy traveling. We considered taking the ferry up and driving back or vice versa, but the ferry with the MH is pretty darn costly. Would make a separate trip just on the ferry up and back.

The Alcan highway is darn good despite many warnings about its condition. The road heaves every year from deep frost, and they repair it all summer long. They put little red flags by the side of the road to tell you to slow down when you come to a heave section. Usually you can take these at about 35 mph. Every now and then you'll hit construction of a kind, but nothing really major. They work at keeping the road level and smooth as best they can. Found fewer potholes on the road to AK than I do on the U.S. interstates. What a travesty our highway system has become.

We booked our RV parks about 6 months in advance, but many times there was space almost everywhere we went. We like planning ahead, then making changes if need be.

However much time you are planning on, plan on more. Wish we would have stayed another week on top of the two we were there. Nothing not to like about this one.
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We went in the summer of 2014. We looked at various tours and found the cost extremely costly. Plus you are on such a tight schedule. We chose to take the trip on our own and are glad that we did it. It too was our gift to ourselves for our 50 th wedding anniversary...I figured it was more beneficial to purchase and auxiliary diesel tank for the bed of our truck and and extra spare tire for our 5th wheel. We did not make any reservations. We would check in for a night then if we wanted to see more things we would stay longer. We had no schedule. So if it rained we would stay an extra day. The only issue we had was it did not get dark at night in Alaska and our old cat thought it was day time all the time. We had to make black out shades for our windows and vents to make it dark. We just winged it....By all means get a new copy of Mile Posts and use it religiously. It will tell you every thing that is every mile. My wife would read as I drove and keep me posted as to what to look for. We would do it in a heart beat. It may have been more fun if we had gone with a friend.
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Caravan pros and cons

Just returned from the 59 day Canadian Rockies and Alaska trip with Adventure Caravans. It was truly the trip of a lifetime and we will never forget it. There are pros and cons to caravanning.
On the pro side: 1. they made sure we saw as much of the surrounding areas as possible and included free days for us to do things WE were especially interested in. 2. It was a luxury to not have to make reservations, buy excursions tickets, etc. 3. For the folks with big rigs is was nice to know which gas stations and spots of interest could accommodate a 40ft coach with a toad attached, how far it was between gas stations, which had diesel and the best price. 4. The wagon master had a headsup on the current fire situations, of which there were many, as well as the road construction which is constant in AK in summer. 5. Having a tail gunner who was a mechanic was comforting, even though we never needed him. Everyone was not so fortunate.
On the con side: there were days when the pace was a little much for us but you are welcome to pass on any activity.
We will likely not go to Alaska again. Even though it is beautiful and grand, it is a LOT of driving. Hope this info helps you make your decision.
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Just returned from the 59 day Canadian Rockies and Alaska trip with Adventure Caravans. It was truly the trip of a lifetime and we will never forget it. There are pros and cons to caravanning.
On the pro side: 1. they made sure we saw as much of the surrounding areas as possible and included free days for us to do things WE were especially interested in. 2. It was a luxury to not have to make reservations, buy excursions tickets, etc. 3. For the folks with big rigs is was nice to know which gas stations and spots of interest could accommodate a 40ft coach with a toad attached, how far it was between gas stations, which had diesel and the best price. 4. The wagon master had a headsup on the current fire situations, of which there were many, as well as the road construction which is constant in AK in summer. 5. Having a tail gunner who was a mechanic was comforting, even though we never needed him. Everyone was not so fortunate.
On the con side: there were days when the pace was a little much for us but you are welcome to pass on any activity.
We will likely not go to Alaska again. Even though it is beautiful and grand, it is a LOT of driving. Hope this info helps you make your decision.

Thanks. Nice info. Welcome to posting on the forum.

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Hi, All...

My wife and I are thinking of doing an Alaska caravan trip for our 50th anniversary. We'd love to hear from anyone who's done one. Good things...bad things...what to avoid, etc. Please include the name of the company you chose. Thanks....

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You will have a fantastic time!

We traveled last year through BC, Yukon and Alaska. 2.5 months in total. For 3 weeks we were three campers together the rest we were solo.

We have 47 blog posts from this trip if of interest. Post number one is here.

Have fun. Picture below is from Cottonwood RV Park on Kluane Lake, Yukon on our way to Alaska.

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