We are planning a trip to Alaska as well. We are hooking up with a caravan in Alaska in August. Not sure yet when we will be leaving from florida, but we are so looking forward to this adventure. I am trying to plan our trip as well, and it is not an easy task. All information is welcomend. We are going to the Alaska RV Tour Rally being held in Tampa in Feb, this coming year and hoping to get more pointers from people who have made the trip from florida.
Almost any way you choose, there's lots to see and do. Given your time frame, I'd head west as far as California, then north thru British Columbia to Watson Lake ,YT. Then Rt. 1 to Tok, AK. Explore Alaska. On the way home, when you get to Tok, head NE to Dawson, then SE to Watson Lake, then thru Alberta to Edmonton, AB. Then cross the border at Sweetgrass. By then, you've driven both the Cassair and Alaska Highways and you're just north of Yellowstone. If you're that close ....
Retired and visiting as much of this beautiful country as I can.
We are planning a trip from Florida to Alaska in 2014. I an looking for some interesting routes and stops. Any suggestions. We are planning on leaving around April getting back to Fl in September.
This is what we did in 2011 - left in April returned in September. The Blog of our trip is HERE
2012 3055RL Big Horn - Dexter 7000 lb axles - G rated LT Tires
MorRyde, Genset, Dual Panes, 2 A/C, Yeti Package
2013 F350 DRW 4x4 Crew King Ranch
I have never been to Alaska, but in talking with my wife's uncle who has been several time, its less a matter of tire problems being likely, and more a matter of if you have one, it might be hard to get it fixed in a timely manner, depending on where you are and what time of year. Lots of vast open spaces and lots of stuff closed in the off season.
2012 Ford F150 FX4 5.0 3.73 SuperCrew Short Bed
2013 Jayco JayFlight 24FBS, Equal-i-zer 1k hitch
We made that trip 3 years ago from Port Charlotte FL, 15,000 miles. We had a class A MH at the time and didnt want our new toad dinged up by gravel roads so we bought a used 18 ft TT ( we already had a PU truck).That part work out well and we sold the TT when we got back. We entered Canada thru Minnesota and went thru the Yukon. Came back into Montana.Great trip but the month spent in Alaska was rainy. At the time gas was as high as $6.50 a gallon in remote parts of Alaska but the trip was still worth it. Many nights we just pulled over to the side of the roads ( wide pulloffs). Seen lakes that made you wonder if anyone had ever set foot on the far shore. We really had no trip plan but kept our eyes open and stopped when something looked interesting. Everyone should make the trip at least once. Happy Trails
This past summer was the 50th anniversary of my first driving trip to Alaska, in 1962. Since then I have made 13 round trips by RV, several more by car, truck and a few more by small aircraft following the Alaska Hwy. (occasionally landing/taking off on it at roadhouses)
From south Florida, we tend to head up to the Tallahassee area and from there check the national weather forecasts. If the middle of the US looks good, we often will head to Montgomery, to Birmingham, Memphis, Little Rock, Tulsa, Salina Kansas, Denver and north on Interstate 25. We have tried most of the ways possible I do believe. The last two trips, 2009 and 2011, we had storms brewing in the Midwest so we stayed south, over to Mobile, to Breaux Bridge La, north to Shreveport, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Wichita Fall, Amarillo, Colorado and north.
Not a real good way to get out of the SE IMHO. Days of driving through a long green tunnel without a top. If a person doesn't mind driving through Atlanta, then up that way works fine, but lots more traffic all the way to the border, it seems to me. One year we decided to go to Alaska by way of Boston, makes a long trip out of it, over 16,000 miles on that one. We usually run between 12,000 and 15,000 miles on the Alaska trips.
It is a great trip, a trip of a lifetime and one a person can take as often as they desire if all goes well. I always tell people to drive what they own and are comfortable with and any amount of time spent is better than not going at all. Have to be careful as the trip is addictive to many of us forum members and we keep going back again and again. Not a difficult trip, just more 300 to 500 miles days, one after the other, than most RVers have ever done sequentially before. I take the same spare parts I carry all the time, whether I am going to the mountain west or to Alaska. Nothing special needs except a desire and a good credit card.
Formerly of Colorado and Alaska
Chevy 3500 DRW Dmax CC - Rockwood 8281 SS 5th Whl & 2008 Lance 845 TC www.pajbcooper.com web site
Alaska Trip 2011 posted
Colo-Utah-Ariz 2012 trip posted
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