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lucy6194

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Planning a Cape Cod to Alaska this spring/summer/fall in 27ft 5th wheel pulled by F350 diesel. We'd like to come out of Alaska by ferry. We know it is expensive (anyone want 1st born son?) How difficult to manouver rig on & off. Hubby is extremely talented driver so he says NOT TO WORRY. I'm a worrier! WE just think at our age this will be trip of lifetime and to see the inside passage our only chance. Planning on stops in Juneau, Sitka, Ketchican and getting off in Prince Rupert to head south and then east. Getting to and back from Alaska as much or more of the trip than Alaska.

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The Alaska state ferries charge by your rigs total length:
Link to Alaska ferries

The ferries carry Semi trucks so your RV should be no problem.

We have taken two trips to Alaska each time using the ferries and that was a trip highlight.

A sunny day and the Valdez to Whittier run is absolutely wonderful. Crossing Prince William Sound WOW!


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When you do this, do you stay in the trailer rather than in the cabins, or is that even an option? We just did an Alaska cruise about 1 1/2 years ago and the prices don't seem all that out of line.


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It will be a trip of a lifetime. Do not worry at all about maneuvering on and off the ferry. No problem. Big rigs do it all the time.

Read this specific webpage on the ferry site, and especially the section entitled "Recreation Vehicles":
http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/vehicles.shtml

You cannot sleep in your RV, you cannot go to it at will. They announce a few designated times (like 15 minute periods) during the day when anyone who wants to can go down to their vehicle. It wasn't a problem though. You won't want to go down to the car deck because you'll be busy looking at scenery all day.

We went in 2004 and were surprised (and disappointed) that the prices have practically doubled since then.

We rented a cabin (of which there are not enough for everybody), but they also have lounge chairs and some people pitch tents on deck (not for us!). Reserve early to get a cabin.


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I've been on the ferry with a 38' fifth wheel--not really a problem. Not allowed to stay in the rig. Looks like it's $29.60 a foot, Haines to Prince Ruppert--straight shot. So $1400-1500. $200 for a cabin and $300 for fare.

I wasn't able to check out Juneau or Sitka. Did stop at Ketchican to see the in-laws.


Yep, actually drove to all of these places---in the last eight years. Missed Rhode Island and New Jersey.


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Our first trip we rented a motorhome in Anchorage. So we traveled from Bellingham, WA to Juneau, AK. on the ferry staying in cabins on the boat without the RV. We flew from Juneau to Anchorage.

Second trip we traveled with our Truck Camper just during daylight hours. We stopped for at least a night at each port and slept in our camper ashore.

You are not allowed to sleep in your rig on the ferry. But you can pitch a tent on deck or sleep in a chair or rent a cabin on the ferry. The ferries have public toilets and showers.

Using the link in my first post you can price and plan your trip. It's all we used for our second trip and it went off without a hitch. Of course you can get expert help by just calling the ferry system. Phone numbers in the above link.

From our experience we cannot recommend the Alaska Marine Highway highly enough.

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What about your pets?


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Pets stay in the rig. You get to go visit them every so often.

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Luke Porter wrote:

Pets stay in the rig. You get to go visit them every so often.


And for potty? (pets, not me...)

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mitch5252 wrote:

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