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Old 03-11-2015, 03:28 PM   #1
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North to Alaska

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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Old 03-11-2015, 03:31 PM   #2
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sounds like the trip of a lifetime.
I'll be watching the responses here as I am a pretty regional camper.
Hope it all works out.

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Old 03-11-2015, 03:33 PM   #3
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Yes, please post updates along the way. One good thing is that you can pick up items along the way pretty readily.
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:53 PM   #4
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Wow!!! how do you say "bucket list!!" I think the couple spares would be a good idea.
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:10 PM   #5
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We made the trip last year and it was fantastic. We did carry an extra tire for the trailer and it came in handy. On the way home in the middle of BC we had one of the trailer tires ware out and had a tough time finding the right size replacement. After visiting several Canadian Tire stores finally found a replacement. The area was relatively populated so we were really surprised at having the difficulty in finding a replacement. Suspect it would be even harder if it had happened in the Yukon. There is very little in the way of RV supplies between Grand Prairie AB and Fairbanks so being able to handle simple repairs along the way is a good idea.

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Old 03-13-2015, 12:30 PM   #6
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I too want to make that trip from Boston down the east coast to the Florida Key's, across the southern USA to Grand Canyon, to San Diego, up the pacific coast through wine country, scoot over to Yellowstone and Teton's, back to the pacific Northwest , north up to Alaska, and then through Canada to Nova Scotia, back to Boston. I figure it will take a good solid year to complete. lol. Might have to do it in reverse as I would not want to be traveling through northern Canada in the winter. Especially after this winter!!!

Good luck on your trip. You carry the hope of us all that we can do it also with you.


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Go to your local book store or find one online. There is a yearly publication called "The Milepost" which is your ultimate travel guide with road & attraction information that will make your travels much more enjoyable. Don't leave for Alaska without getting one.
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:39 PM   #8
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Milepost is a must!
The best resource we had when we went to Alaska.
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X2 on the "Milepost"

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Old 03-13-2015, 01:41 PM   #10
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We went to Alaska from Florida last summer. Left May 8th and returned home Sept 10th. A great trip, 17000 miles on the truck and about 14000 on the trailer. Did not have any issues but we did have a two year old truck and a one year old trailer.

We crossed into Canada from Montana then spent 12 days in the Canadian Rockies before making our way to the Alaska Highway. The roads were generally good considering where they were located. Along the way we took side trips to Skagway, Haines, and Dawson City. Went to Dawson City via the Top of the World Highway (a highway in name only). It is actually a dirt and gravel road for most of the trip from Tok AK. Although we saw a number of RVs on this road, we left the trailer in Tok as I did not want to take the trailer on this road.

On the way back we took the Cassiar Highway for a change of scenery. We crossed back into Montana and took US 2 all the way back to the UP of Michigan. It was a nice drive as we were not in any hurry and after thousands of miles on two lane roads in Canada and Alaska, we were good with travelling on the two lane US 2.

As said get a copy of the Milepost. It describes all the roads in Canada and Alaska and notable things along the way. There is also a campground book by Church and ? that gives info on most of the camping areas.

The best advice I can give you is to just take your time and enjoy the trip. Many days on the Alaska Highway we only travelled 120 to 150 miles to allow for stops whenever we wanted and to stay as long as we wanted.

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