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Old 03-13-2015, 02:16 PM   #11
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One of your original questions regarding spare tires - Your trailer will be 6 years old when you start the trip, the tires could be older. Why not install all new tires before you go, and take the best 2 old tires with you as spares. Make sure your trailer bearings and brakes are in good condition and carry a spare set of bearings too (along with grease, a cotter key and a wrench to fit the nut). Spare light bulbs for the trailer and truck, etc. My theory is that if you have it you won't need it, but the opposite is also true.

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Old 03-13-2015, 03:55 PM   #12
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We are planning to leave June 30, 2016 to make our way to Alaska. Thinking of heading across Canada from Ontario then North thru Alberta to the Yukon and Alaska. Head south thru BC and continue down the pacific coast to CA then head east thru the southern states. Still in the planning stages. Wouldn't mind hooking up with other travellers for the trip.

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Old 03-23-2015, 01:21 PM   #13
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Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. This is the first time I've heard of the 'Milepost' and it certainly seems to be a good investment.

Pulling the trailer out of storage next week and will be heading south for a month or so (skiing is coming to an end up here and the golf course is not open yet).
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Old 03-23-2015, 01:55 PM   #14
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The DW and I are talking about heading to Alaska next year. The plan is to head south from Ontario to TN and then west to CA (San Diego), head up the pacific highway and on to Anchorage. We will then head home to Ontario via Alberta and the northern states. Google maps pegs this at 17,000 km (say 20,000 km) and I expect it will take 4 - 5 months. Will depart in Apr and should be home by Sep.

I'm wondering what advice, if any, people have regarding add'l supplies, spare parts, etc. The tires are original and no checking evident. Should I bring a couple of spares on rims? We have Good Sam roadside assistance but have yet to assess its effectiveness.
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X2 on your desire to caravan - I have not found a source, but I can't imagine that there is NOT a listserv somewhere for folks making the AlCan run. If you find a source (or those who have done the AlCan know of a list, let us know!

Another resource for you is a book I bought to start my research: Adventure Guide to the Alaska Highway by Ed & Lynn Readicker-Henderson (you can get it as a ePub in iBooks)
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Old 04-22-2015, 09:41 PM   #15
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Head smashed in buffalo jump is a great place to visit. It is located west of Fort Macleod in Canada.
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Old 04-22-2015, 10:03 PM   #16
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This is a copy of my post in another AK thread in case you missed it. I would also like to add a +1 for the Milepost book, worth every penny. Enjoy:

Did my "rent an RV" trip to AK back in 2002. Awesome scenery. Eventually, you will just stop taking pictures because around every bend is another beautiful view (plus back then digital cameras were in their early stages and the memory cards--remember those?--filled up quickly.)

If you find yourself going down the Kenai Penninsula toward Homer, Russian River Campground was very pretty and quiet. Also in Homer, you can actually camp on the beach (I don't recall what kind of hookups they had there, though.) If heading up toward Fairbanks and Denali--they have (had) some odd rules at Denali...they don't let you drive out the park road, unless you're camping at Teklanika CG (30 miles into the park,) but you have to stay there for 3 nights and you can't we didn't do that. Also, Exit Glacier was awesome--you could walk up to it and pick up pieces of glacial ice that had fallen off (which was also great for pouring Kentucky bourbon over later.)

As I did not drive up there but flew and rented, I can't help you with any AlCan or TOW recommendations. Oh, but don't drive up the Dalton highway. It sounds like a good idea until about 3 miles in when every dish in your cupboards is broken...

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Old 04-22-2015, 10:32 PM   #17
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Hi went to a rv show and John Holod was presenting his videos he made on RVing. He gives lots of information on places to go and how to get there and what not to do. Here is a resent post he sends to past purchasers.
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My wife and I are leaving in a couple of weeks to tow our 2109s up the Alcan to Alaska. We have been planning for months, using the Milepost, Internet research and guidebooks. Overwhelming, but fun!! Our route will be north through Banff/Jasper to Whitehorse, circle through Skagway/Haines and back toward Whitehorse to take the Klondike route through Dawson City and into Alaksa via the TOW. After meandering all over Alaska, we will come back via the Cassier Highway, stopping in Stewart/Hyder, hopefully to see bears close-up from the viewing platform there. We will be gone 3 months, but still are challenged with the sights and activities that we need to leave out in order to limit the trip to 3 months. We'll just have to do it again!
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Old 04-26-2015, 12:30 AM   #19
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Usually mid Aug for the bears in Stewart-Hyder, we went in July and was too early.
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Old 04-26-2015, 05:49 AM   #20
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To see bears we took a float plane out of Homer into Clark National Park and spent the day walking a flat with a half dozen brown bears, that we saw, and one mother and cub, getting their fill of sedge grass between salmon runs. It was pricey, but pretty amazing. There are other flights that go to Brooks Falls when the salmon are running.

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