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Old 07-23-2015, 07:44 AM   #11
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We are currently in Alaska from Florida and have been here for about a month with our A124. We have not had any problems so far. Dirt but no dents. The road from Dawson City to Chicken was by far the worst. You can check us out at .
Richard, thank you for posting your blog information. I enjoyed it tremendously. Santa Bob and I will be making an extended trip from Georgia to Alaska in 2017 to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We will be taking our Sunseeker MH. Looking forward to seeing so much mor than when we flew up.


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Old 07-23-2015, 10:26 AM   #12
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It's difficult for us to plan a trip because we don't like to plan. We like to feel free to change our minds based on what we find along the way. So, good references are really useful. Thanks for the book recommendation. We're not likely to do this trip again and very much want to do it right the first time. The return trip will take us through BC and down the west coast through the redwoods Avenue of the Giants, Yosemite, maybe Yellowstone (even though we've been there many times before).

BTW, if anyone has the opportunity to go to the Redwoods State Park, please do so. It's breathtaking.

Sounds like you are taking the same route we are planning to take in 2018: Rocky Mountain Route ("Classic" Alaska Highway) up to Fairbanks and the Inside Passage down (Fairbanks-Anchorage-Valdez-Tok-Whitehorse and on down to Vancouver)

Like you we will probably only do this once (too many other places to see ) so we are being obsessive about planning for the trip.

Here is a good website that discusses the routes to-from Alaska:

North to Alaska

Regardless of websites, the Milepost is your best friend - order a copy now (best price is on and the paper milepost comes with a free electronic edition you can access from your laptop or download a complete ebook edition to your iPad.

Another travel resource we found that is good for any RV trip planning is RV Trip Wizard ( it is a annual subscription site but for the $30/year you get a lot of bang for your money IMHO.

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Old 07-23-2015, 11:06 AM   #13
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Glad you liked the blog. Alaska is wonderful and everyone should go but there are just too many other places to see in this world to repeat ourselves.
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Old 07-23-2015, 11:10 AM   #14
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Our main resource was We decided to go at the last minute and they already had the reservations you can't get at the last minute. I am also glad to be part of a group in such a vast wilderness.
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Old 07-23-2015, 03:56 PM   #15
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Courtesy of Uncle Sam's frequent relocation club, we made one trip (one way) from Elizabeth City, NC to Juneau AK in 1993 towing a PUP (4 weeks). DW was 3-4 months pregnant. In 1999, we made a one way return from Kodiak, AK to Oakland, CA, this time with a tent and 2 young kids (5 weeks). Have visited Alaska regualrly since, but not camping.

A printed copy of the Milepost is an absolute must. We had a copy of Woodall's for our camping info, but really not needed once we were past the Lower 48. You will spend much time off the communications grid.

In Northern BC, the Yukon, and Alaska, a different code applies. You will stop and help anybody that needs it - and they will stop and help you when you need it. Strangers are your friend, the environment is not (especially coastal BC and coastal AK). We had a transmission front seal leak, then reseal near Chicken Alaska (then population 32). We helped folks with lower 48 tires on their van conversion (8+ ply tires are the only tires that will survive on some Alasaka roads). One of our boat trailer tires lost its tread, and a Bearing Buddy departed on the rough roads. In all cases, strangers helped us, and we helped out total strangers.

Unless there is wind, lakes and ponds and wetlands mean mosquitoes. Alaska mosquitoes, AKA the state bird. Swarms of mosquitos. Laird Hot Springs (northern BC) and Triangle Lakes (central AK) are wonderful places to camp and enjoy yourself - until the wind dies at dawn and dusk. Even in Tok we had to give up the tent for a motel when the wind died, and the mosquito swarms began. Just a warning, hanging around the picnic table or the campfire clothed in mosquito netting is not as romantic as it seems. Watching a 3 or 5 year old get eaten alive the moment they stepped out of the tent is not our idea of fun (nor are the swatting parties inside the tent or car just from opening the door).

That said, those trips are lifetime memories and I would do them again in a heartbeat. The top of the world road from Dawson City to Chicken is incredible. Skagway is a special place to me - walking the town, driving the highway, and riding the train were all great. Another special (unfortunately occurs in late November/early December) is the gathering of eagles upstream from Haines.

Ride the ferries to Sitka and Ketchikan for the beauties of the rain forest. Juneau is another great place on the ferrry system. And Kodiak is a total change of pace and scenery from the rest of Alaska.

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going: 1987 Coachmen PUP
1993 Ford Explorer
return: 1993 Ford Explorer (with 8 ply LT tires!) towing 14ft aluminum skiff
1998 Eureka 7x8 ft tent

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