This is a great report Larry. We surely passed each other somewhere. All the "problems/slowdowns/unexpected happenings" would not deter me from doing the trip again. Alaska is absolutely amazing.
We arrived in Tok on July 2 and came out from there on August 11. We found Whitehorse to Destruction Bay badly frost heaved going up and graded and gravelled on the way back. In construction zones you encounter either severe dust or a good coating of mud made up of very gritty rock dust. Coming back down the Alaska Highway was slower and had more construction areas than going up. We contributed at most overnight stops to the local car/RV wash.
We agree about Valdez and its beauty. Capt. Stan of the Lu-Lu Belle was one of a kind with a Wikipedia mind. We saw most all of the same places you describe in addition to Homer, Soldotna, Skagway, Haines, Seward.
You did get a mechanics workout it seems, while we were fortunate to lose no tires or windshield.
We came back into the states at Lynden Wa. Travelled down through WA, across OR, through ID, CO, NM, TX, into OK. We are in Oklahoma City today, headed to Atlanta to see grandkids, then home to Kentucky. Left there May 6 and should return around Sept. 15. so far 16,000 plus miles.
We were adopted by a 45' Prevost with an Explorer toad and a 42' Tropi-Cal towing a Jeep Rubicon in Whitehorse. They had 3 previous trips each on this road and knew all the places to see and stay. There were some places they knew to stay out of because of size but we really encountered none of those restrictions. I agree though that a truck camper with toad transportation would be my choice for the next trip.
We drove to the Arctic Circle but did not take the TT. All gravel/mud it is a truckers road, get out of their way.
My diesel dually proved its worth and has performed flawlessly. I am committed to my TST TPMS and its constant flow of vital information. The Hensley hitch is something I will not give up either.
Thanks again for your detailed report.
2001 Ford F-350 Super Duty CC Dually, 7.3 Diesel
2011 Cedar Creek 36CKTS Touring Edition
Full body paint, Cummins Onan 5500LP, Andersen Ultimate Hitch
We were on the road to ALASKA May 6, home Sept. 13, 2016. 23 states, 3 Canadian Provinces, up to the Arctic Circle, 17,300 miles, 131 days on the road. 1 flat tire, 4 oil changes. What a beautiful trip!