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Old 04-26-2015, 12:10 PM   #21
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Congrats on the trips!
I live in a tiny town on the Alaska highway. Some thoughts:
- Once you leave Fort St John there are no shoulders on the road and no rest stops except once every 100km (gas station/general stores except nothing the last 200km) until Fort Nelson so if you need to pull over use caution. No cell service except the same towns along the way (every 100km)
- between the same stretch if you do pull over on a pipeline access road look around at the area for signs in the grass as there may be gas/toxins released in the area from drilling/pipelines (think kids and dogs)
- no 9-1-1 service North from Fort St John so be aware there are local emergency numbers
- once leaving North past Fort Nelson there is nothing until Watson Lake... And Watsons gas stations close at night (learned that one the hard way)
- get your big box shopping in at Dawson Creek or Fort St John (no big box stores til Whitehorse) but there are grocery stores, a hardware store, government and private liquor stores and outdoor/hunting stores still in Fort Nelson just pricey (not due tourist season)
- must do the Liard Hot Springs
- smith falls is nice and quick leg stretch break
- you will see Buffalo / Bison and mountain sheep past Fort Nelson
- you will see Mosquitos and"pinchers" big as birds and in swarms big enough to carry you away
- ANY big troubles with your rig past Fort St John and you're looking at towing. That's the last city with rv repair options until Whitehorse.

Good luck and have fun!



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Old 05-05-2015, 11:15 PM   #22
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Thanks for these tips. We have been reading this thead and a similar thread in the RV Forum for about a year now, and it is time to put all this great advice to the test! We leave on Thursday to drive with our trailer from Wisconsin to Alaska. We'll head west first, to visit friends in Bozeman and Kalispel, Montana. Then we turn north, pick up the Alcan in Dawson Creek and eventually take the TOW to cross into Alaska. We are pulling a Rockwood 2109S, which has served us well on trips from Wisconsin to Nova Scotia and from Wisconsin to Utah.
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Old 05-28-2015, 03:59 PM   #23
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Safe travels and enjoy! If you run into 2 HUGE motorhomes, one an Alpha and the other a Phaeton; plated in Florida and Georgia, tell them you know SilverbackMel on the forum from R Ranch in Georgia.
They are entering Alaska this week and spending considerable time there! Alex ( Alpha) and wife Cristy have been there a few years ago and know the land well.
Have FUN and MAKE MEMORIES. Alex is always good for a cold beer and great conversation...
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Congrats on the trips!
I live in a tiny town on the Alaska highway. Some thoughts:
- Once you leave Fort St John there are no shoulders on the road and no rest stops except once every 100km (gas station/general stores except nothing the last 200km) until Fort Nelson so if you need to pull over use caution. No cell service except the same towns along the way (every 100km)
- between the same stretch if you do pull over on a pipeline access road look around at the area for signs in the grass as there may be gas/toxins released in the area from drilling/pipelines (think kids and dogs)
- no 9-1-1 service North from Fort St John so be aware there are local emergency numbers
- once leaving North past Fort Nelson there is nothing until Watson Lake... And Watsons gas stations close at night (learned that one the hard way)
- get your big box shopping in at Dawson Creek or Fort St John (no big box stores til Whitehorse) but there are grocery stores, a hardware store, government and private liquor stores and outdoor/hunting stores still in Fort Nelson just pricey (not due tourist season)
- must do the Liard Hot Springs
- smith falls is nice and quick leg stretch break
- you will see Buffalo / Bison and mountain sheep past Fort Nelson
- you will see Mosquitos and"pinchers" big as birds and in swarms big enough to carry you away
- ANY big troubles with your rig past Fort St John and you're looking at towing. That's the last city with rv repair options until Whitehorse.

Good luck and have fun!



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Old 05-28-2015, 04:29 PM   #25
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Did the Alaskan Hwy in 2006. Agree that the Milepost is invaluable.

We found that the later in the summer the better the roads as a lot of repairs were nearly finished in August

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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.

This sounds like a great plan!
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Old 06-02-2015, 07:53 AM   #27
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Alaska

X3. Desolate areas. I am sure some major roads are pretty lonely after dark sitting in a jacked up RV!
That's WHY the brochures call it;
ALASKAN ADVENTURE 😃
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To all the folks who have made this trek -- when is the Best time to catch the Northern Lights.

We are planning for 2018, right after we retire our route will be AL->TX-> NM,= to visit friends then meander North and into Canada from Iowa and head to Dawson's Creek and Mile 0. We have no real schedule but wanted to be in Fairbanks to see the Northern lights and out of Alaska before the snow starts

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To all the folks who have made this trek -- when is the Best time to catch the Northern Lights.

We are planning for 2018, right after we retire our route will be AL->TX-> NM,= to visit friends then meander North and into Canada from Iowa and head to Dawson's Creek and Mile 0. We have no real schedule but wanted to be in Fairbanks to see the Northern lights and out of Alaska before the snow starts

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You won't see the Northern lights in the summertime...it's never dark enough. I lived in Anchorage (Elmendorf Air Force Base) from 90-95 and Delta Junction (Fort Greely Army Post) 2007-2008.

This is a very helpful website that the University of Alaska Fairbanks updates with predictions on Northern Light activity...it's pretty accurate but not 100%. (When I was up there, I learned that there's actually different types of Northern Lights and colors and they do different things...it's fascinating!)

Tips for those with animals: Your fur babies ARE in the food chain up there and the huge bald eagles have no problem swooping down and getting dogs for lunch. (It's in the papers every spring when the RV's starting coming in.)

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We are in Fairbanks on our way to Denali. We came into Canada from Montana, north of Whitefish, then drove up through Banff and Jasper to Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek. We followed the Alaska Highway to White Horse, then detoured down to Skagway and Haines before heading back north through White Horse to Dawson City, with another detour north to Tombstone Provincial Park about 50 miles up the Dempster Highway. We drove the TOW to Chicken, Alaska and drove from there to Fairbanks. We have not pushed hard, taking six weeks to do this much and staying two or three nights in several places. What a trip so far! Our 2109s has performed flawlessly, over gravel and mud roads that sometimes felt like they would shake it apart, not to mention frost heaves that have given it some serious bounces. We have boondocked for as many as 3 nights with no issues, although we out in LED lights and use as a Little Buddy propane heater(with a little ventilation) to conserve the battery. The 2109s is a great little trailer for this trip, even if we are dwarfed by all the big rigs that we see!
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