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Old 07-22-2016, 07:08 AM   #1
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In 2017, my wife and I are planning on driving our GMC Sierra 5.3 to Alaska pulling our 2012 Rockwood Mini Lite 2304. We'll be leaving from SW Michigan as soon as weather permits, likely around May 1st. Our tentative plans are to head to Glacier NP, visit a couple of days, head North and do the same at Banff and Jasper, then head over towards Skagway enroute to Fairbanks; then work our way around the state.
We're looking for tips, ideas, don't miss stops and out of the way treats.
Your help will be appreciated.
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Old 07-22-2016, 07:21 AM   #2
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In 2017, my wife and I are planning on driving our GMC Sierra 5.3 to Alaska pulling our 2012 Rockwood Mini Lite 2304. We'll be leaving from SW Michigan as soon as weather permits, likely around May 1st. Our tentative plans are to head to Glacier NP, visit a couple of days, head North and do the same at Banff and Jasper, then head over towards Skagway enroute to Fairbanks; then work our way around the state.
We're looking for tips, ideas, don't miss stops and out of the way treats.
Your help will be appreciated.
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Old 07-22-2016, 01:20 PM   #3
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In 2017, my wife and I are planning on driving our GMC Sierra 5.3 to Alaska pulling our 2012 Rockwood Mini Lite 2304. We'll be leaving from SW Michigan as soon as weather permits, likely around May 1st. Our tentative plans are to head to Glacier NP, visit a couple of days, head North and do the same at Banff and Jasper, then head over towards Skagway enroute to Fairbanks; then work our way around the state.

We're looking for tips, ideas, don't miss stops and out of the way treats.

Your help will be appreciated.

I am planning on leaving North Carolina May the first in 17. Glacier National Park is a pretty place, we went there this year. We were planning on going to Alaska this year but we got to Glacier and then came back home. We had problems with reservations, that will not happen next year. At all the stops there will be reservations made already, all I'll to do is get there


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my Wife and I will be heading north to Alaska for a 2 month trip starting 6 June in our Coachman Mirada 35BH. Leaving from Dallas TX and heading up to Glacier national Park. We will be joined by our friends from Arkansas in Glacier and then start the trip north. Have used RV trip wizard to do the planning, and reading as many blogs and forums to ensure a smooth trip. My only concern so far is that we may be a bit early and not get to see what we want in Glacier before heading north. Happy to share our trip route and definitely open to and advice and sugestions.
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Glacier is a awesome place, that's one thing I hate is getting there to early to drive Going In The Sun highway. But I want to go early and maybe I can get back in time for the rally in Goshen. Any way maybe by going early I'll get to see some snow.


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We hope to do this trip someday, too. Bucket list item.
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Went up in 2012. Get Milepost, great guide for the ALCAN and provides information on what to see, campgounds etc. also, don't go too early, when they say the campgounds open in May, they mean the end of May. We packed alot of dry goods and restocked when we got to AK since the price of grocerys is high along the ALCAN. We went without any resveration and didn't have a problem finding a place to stop, but did have resveration in AK.
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Did the trip this year but bypassed Glacier, Banff and Jasper. Didn't hit Haines or Skagway either. Mainly wanted to GET TO Alaska and see all I could of that great state. My route was Tok to Fairbanks down to Valdez back out and over to McCarthy then back out to Glennallen. On down the Glenn Highway and zoomed right through Anchorage to the Kenai country where I spent 3 weeks visiting friends, sightseeing and fishing.
From the Kenai back up through Anchorage to Denali where I stayed in Cantwell and did a flightseeing trip of McKinley and drove up past Denali on the Parks hwy for a ways. Back to Cantwell and across to Paxson on the Old Denali Highway, on back to Tok where I resupplied and then hammered it back down to the border in 5 days.

Be sure to stock up in Grand Prairie AB going up as prices start escalating on up through BC and YT. Prices in Tok are high but reasonable but only one good grocery store. Fairbanks has Sam Club, Wal Mart and Fred Meyers. Valdez has a nice Safeway store. Glennallen doesn't have much. Anchorage has a Costco, Soldotna and Kenai have lots of major stores and decent prices. Nothing much in Homer or Seward but they do have the basics.

Avoid Pink Mountain BC, do plan a stop at Toad River BC. Watson Lake YT prices are sky high, Whitehorse is nice but congested. Cottenwood CG on Kluane Lake is nice but 30a only and wifi only at the office area.

Beautiful scenery the way the roads e generally pretty good all the up to Whitehorse.
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As Spock alludes, it is likely the Going to the Sun road in Glacier NP will be closed when you are there (if memory serves, we once drove it on July 2, the first day it opened that year). It is worth doing if open on your return, but you cannot take the trailer over. You can drive around to 'the other side' of the park, be aware it is a bit of a hike. And you can always go back another year.

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As suggested, get the Milepost before doing any more planning. It is the best Alaska trip planning guide money can buy, but the 2017 edition won't be out until next March (borrow or buy an older edition to get started). Then go to Alaska Travel Deals | Coupons for Alaska tours & travel discounts and buy the Alaska TourSaver coupon book. It may seem expensive, but you will more than pay for it by taking one glacier cruise tour in Whittier or Valdez. You might also get on rv.net and read their "Roll Call Alaska 2017" thread and their Alaska "stickies" for a wealth of trip info and a chance to get together with like-minded Alaska travelers while you are on the road.

I worked off and on in Alaska since 1972 and have been as far from the highways as you can get by air. But my favorite parts of the state are still Valdez and Sitka, one reachable by road and one by AMHS ferry via Juneau. Seward used to be one of my favorites and is still beautiful, but like Skagway is now overrun by cruise ship passengers. A cruise to Kenai Fjords NP is still worthwhile, even without the benefit of a TourSaver discount, due to the amount of wildlife you will see (I have been on that cruise 3 times over a 20-year period and it never gets old).

So, if you take the ferry from or to Bellingham, WA, or you drive to Skagway or Haines, try to schedule a side trip by ferry to Sitka (maybe even without the RV). And even if you have to skip spending time in Anchorage to fit it into your schedule, don't miss Valdez. You won't regret either decision!

For the OP--We took our 2012 Mini Lite 2109S on our 2013 Alaska trip and enjoyed its small size in lots of campgrounds. But it got a little too small after a couple of months of 24/7 living! And that's why we now have a 5th wheel.
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