In our 2013 Itasca Reyo (T), we averaged 15.1 mpg over the first 10k miles. On our Alaska trip, where speed limits are mostly 55 to 60 mph, we've been doing 16-17 mpg. We never let the tank get below 1/4 and usually refill at half, especially on this trip where gas stations can be few and far between. A tank of DEF lasts about 4k miles before the refill light goes on.
We get 15/17 MPG on our Via, like driving a sports car! We down sized from a 38 Monaco pusher and could not be happier. Spent the money to set our 2010 CRV up to tow and now we don't even bother to drag it along, the Via fits in 2 parking spaces, guess we'll del the CRV!
We are using Telus for our trip through Canada to Alaska and back to the 48. The contract phone is good for local calls for free; long-distance is another charge. We used it twice in about a month in Canada. The WIFI card has been useless going up the Alaskan Highway. Several campgrounds offer free WIFI, making the card unnecessary.
In Alaska, our Verizon MIFI won't work on its Alaskan system, which is "extended. . ." because of some technology differences between AK and the lower 48, I'm told. So Verizon has been useless since we left SW Wyoming.
AT&T customers seem to be having better experiences.
If you're going to Homer, the Two Sisters coffee shop and restaurant is a must. In addition to the best sticky buns every, you'll see kiddies playing in a gravel playground with their dump trucks and friendly parents. We visited three times. The farmer's market is fun. And Norman Lowell's fantastic art gallery/museum at about mile post 148? is a must see if you like landscapes and collections of local fossils, etc. DW bought a carving at Timberline Creations, a little shop at about milepost 154.
This is an update to my fuel log. Hope it helps you with planning!
We used Gas Buddy and generally purchased fuel in the lower priced areas. OP was the Observed Price as we drove past (no purchase). With a small tank expect to pay more in the smaller towns, even $1/gal more, especially in Canada
Alaska Trip Fuel Prices
The following are the fuel prices that we encountered on our 2013 trip to Alaska starting 5/28/13. The prices are the actual pump prices and do not include cash back or discounts.
US prices per US gallon.
Diesel: Chandler AZ $3.46
Gasoline: Chandler AZ $3.34
Diesel: Flagstaff AZ $3.71
Diesel: Panguitch, UT $3.69
Diesel: McCammon, ID $4.01
Propane: McCammon, ID $2.99
Diesel: Helena, MT $3.83
Gasoline: Helena, MT $3.48
Diesel: Shelby, MT $3.88
The prices in Canada are shown as C (liter)/US Exchange Rate. The exchange rate is about: $1.00C = $0.97US. AFD is a card lock station that will assign a pin to your Visa card on the first usage. Fuel discounts may be available from hotels and campgrounds. 3 cents a liter is a common discount – however that usually means we would pay inside and lose the 5% PenFed credit card cash back. So we skip the 12 cents/gal discount and get 20-25 cents cash back. The choice is a no brainer.
Diesel: Red Deer, AB $1.14/$4.22
Diesel: Grande Prairie, AB $1.15/$4.26
Gasoline: Grande Prairie, AB $1.28/$4.73
6/10/13 in BC
Diesel: Dawson Creek, BC $1.29/$4.77
Gasoline: Dawson Creek, BC $1.36/$5.02 OP
Diesel: Fort Nelson, BC $1.49/$5.51 OP
Diesel: Fort Nelson, BC AFD card lock $1.36/$5.02
6/14/13 in YK
Diesel: Watson Lake, YK AFD card lock $1.37/$5.06 – no gasoline at this location
Watson Lake – About the same as Teslin (from memory)
Diesel: Teslin, YK $1.42/$5.22 OP
Gasoline: Teslin, YK $1.49/$5.51 OP
Gasoline: Whitehorse, YK $1.47/$5.43 OP
Diesel: Whitehorse, YK $1.39/$5.14 OP
Diesel: Whitehorse, YK AFD card lock $1.39/$5.14
Gasoline: Whitehorse, YK AFD card lock $1.47/$5.43
Diesel: Haines Junction, YK $1.43/$5.29 OP
Gasoline: Haines Junction, YK $1.49/$5.51 OP
Diesel: Beaver Creek, YK $1.65/$6.09 OP
Gasoline: Beaver Creek, YK $1.73/$6.39 OP
6/23/13 in AK
Gasoline: Border City, AK $4.70 OP
Diesel: Border City, AK $4.89 OP
Diesel: Tok, AK $4.42 OP
Gasoline: Fairbanks, AK $3.90
Diesel: Fairbanks, AK $4.20
Diesel: Healy, AK $4.54 OP
Diesel: Parks Highway & Talkeetna Spur, AK $4.14
Gasoline: Eagle River/Anchorage, AK $3.89
Diesel: Eagle River/Anchorage, AK $4.15
Gasoline: Seward, AK $4.29
Diesel: Seward, AK $4.52
Gasoline: Homer, AK $4.11 OP
Diesel: Homer, AK $4.56 OP
Diesel @ Fred Meyer in Soldotna was $4.54 less a 25 cent discount for Kroger/Visa card holders who had points and a 15 cent discount if you didn't have a lot of points
Freddie's in Juneau, $4.29 for Diesel.
Lesson learned: Buy in nearest and largest town, not in isolated cross roads to get best prices, especially on the Alaskan Highway in Canada.
We were out and about walking Valdez wish we had been home to meet a fellow roll call member. Raining this morning as we pack up and head towards Seward, hopefully we can get through Glennallen without another set back.
We made it to Palmer today and are in Mt. View RV Park. Went right by Fred Meyer for groceries and gas on the way to the park.
Plenty of room here is you need a spot. Of course, by the time you read this, you will already be in another park. Sorry we missed you too.
We enjoyed Mountain View in Palmer. Then moved to the Golden Nugget Park in S. Anchorage before going to the less crowded Ship Creek RV park, which had good WIFI and is within walking distance of the Snow City breakfast joint in the city. The Farmer's Market is a venue for stuff mainly made in Asia. It's not a "farmers' market", imho. The Anchorage Museum at Rassmuson Center is a must see, imho.
I should note that a RV.Net Alaska Roll call coach was on the Fantasy tour I saw at the Pullen Creek RV park in Skagway. He said he'd seen two Roll Call coaches with their home made posters on their windshields.
Met Beth and her 2010 Winnebago Via at the Pullen Creek RV park in Skagway, where she was spending a four-day rest period with her Fantasy tour. Tried to help her with a basement door latch. Her tour wagon master finally fixed the problem by cleaning the grease off the latch on the door to her LP.
She and others on her tour and a Fantasy Tour group we camped near in Homer say they're having great times.
Loved Skagway because of Ruth Craig at Dave's Dyea tour vans and Jewel's Garden, which is the best restaurant we've visited on this trip. It serves fresh fish and organic veggies grown in its beautiful vegetable gardens. The flower gardens are amazing. And the news shop on Broadway is the only place in Alaska where I've found the Wall Street Journal and NY Times, which made up for no WIFI in Skagway. Skagway is a jewelry shop town, which turned us off. Lots of cruise ships dock there.
Also, see the '98 show about Soapy Smith, the Klondike gold rush crime boss who ran the town before he was shot in a 1898 duel. Very entertaining.
We're journaling our trip on RVforum.net. (Oldedit and SaltyAdventurer).
Now in Haines for three days. Found a nice coffee shop—Dusty Compass— with great lattes, scones and free WIFI, which has been scarce since Seward. We're staying at the Oceanview RV park, which is run by a nice, helpful couple. They're hosting a Dungeness******potluck for guests tonight.
It's nice to be on the ferry after a couple of months on the road. We'll be on the road again after we reach Port Angeles, WA, in about a month.