Another good app is AllStays, but it requires network connectivity. That was a real deal breaker for me in Canada and Alaska where my phone only worked when I had access to WiFi.
That is not actually true. we are traveling in Alaska and canada all summer. Allstays is the best app i have.
If you open the app when you have cell signal, it downloads the basic map, and the map will be there the next time you open it, signal or not.
Also, whether the map pops up or not, the camprounds, dump stations, Rest areas, walmarts, etc will always show up, as will the little blue dot that shows your location, making it easy to see what campgrounds etc are nearby, whether you have signal or not.
Love this app.
We made a few days out of running from Seward to Valdez. Did a 'restocking' stop over at Anchorage, staying at Cabela's. Then took a slow ride on the scenic drive towards Valdez. Stopped just a bit past Glennallen, at Squirrel Creek (Lake?) Alaska Recreation Campground. A few spots overlook a small lake, and then a few more park you right along the small creek. (Our 40' fit into space 4, with the front windshield parked 7' from the creek. Had to back out the access road away, but not a big deal with a good spotter, and the DW is a good spotter:)!).
Nice slow drive in the rest of the way to Valdez, and now at Bear Paws RV Park II. We have a holdover spot for one night, then move to one of the harbor view spaces for the next few days.
Appreciated the recommendations for Bear Paws, really enjoyed talking with the owner Terry Gregg. Straight shooter, and I always like meeting veterans.
Best to all, be safe, have fun,
we did the opposite of you, went from Valdez to Cabela's to Seward. In Valdez, we loved Stan Stephens, the museums, and especially the hatchery. even if its closed, drive over there and watch the bald eagles fish and the sea lions come ashore looking for, and catching salmon. awesome. gotta go a high tide though
we full time in a mobile suites and bought a Lance truck camper for summer use. We also have an F450, so could "go big".
After looking at a bunch of Truck campers, we decided that for our use- living in it for months at a time, bigger is better. We originally thought we'd use it for our Great Alaska Trip this year, then sell it, but decided that if it was big enough and comfortable enough, we would keep it and use it each summer, which made it more worth the investment.
So far we've been in it for 6 weeks and its so comfortable, we are making plans for next summer already. So, for us, no, we have no regrets about going big. We did, however, have to invest more in it than we thought, with sway bars and stable loads etc.
you are lucky!
We love etrailer and ordered our sway bars from them, drop shipped from Roadmaster, but Roadmaster TWICE sent us the wrong sway bar, and we were on the road for the summer already.
Finally they said "you are only 300 miles from us- any chance you can come here, so we can get it right? " Well, we did, and they put the correct one on, and gave us a tour of the factory. nice people.
Like you, we also added the stable loads, and they did help, but once we added the bigger Roadmaster swaybar, we were both breathing easier. We've been in the camper for 6 weeks straight now ( in Alaska) and man, what a difference.
I think you'll find that it just feels better and better.
we live in a 5th wheel but bought a used TC to take up to Alaska. We really just didn't want to tow anything. It wasn't just about road conditions, there are other factors.
we always have everything with us with the TC, we don't have to drop off the trailer someplace and then go exploring,
but the biggest perk has been that we have gone down numerous roads that we wouldn't have considered if we had brought the 5th wheel. We spent 3 days exploring McCarthy Rd in Wrangell- St. Elias NP. We just pulled off the road to sleep. we would have missed that, and several other great spots if we had brought the fiver.
Come on folks!!
How many full time RV'ers are out here? How many of them have Debit cards? How many have retirement and Social Security checks going to a bank? How many have credit cards with multiple lenders? How many of these RV'ers have zero trouble with their finances? At least one I know of.
If your going to full time use Escapees as your mail service. For insurance contact Foremost Insurance, they own State Farm, Foremost insures hundreds of RV owners.
Agree that there are thousands of us full timers who have credit cards, banks, and insurance, and have no issues with any of it.
Opened my Chase account after I went full time, using my Livingston TX Escapees address, but many people use South Dakota addresses successfully too. I do NOT recommend using family or friends. Too many potential issues now or in the future.
Does Cabela's in Anchorage allow overnight parking for RV's? The website only states RV Parling.
Yes they do. We are there right now. tons of space and a dump station too.
just wish people weren't so inconsiderate- neighbor ran generator till midnight and a group of them were playing a game of football till then. ugh!
i just found out from a friend that Cabela's recently opened in anchorage. i checked their website and saw RV PARKING and DUMP listed.
how nice is that?
uh-oh, this overnighter will cost us a lot of money, i'm sure! :)
Yup, we are staying there tonight. Plenty of RV parking and its on a quiet road.
I understand that the Dalton Hwy is much longer than McCarthy, but has anyone traveled both that could tell me if the Condition of Dalton is worse than McCarthy? We just spent 2 days exploring McCarthy and Kennicott. If the Dalton isn't much worse, we might try trekking down it.
thanks for any insight,
We just left Bear Paw II today and I recommend it. Right on the water, wifi worked well, you can walk to town. Good laundry facilites very close to the rig.
We only stayed a few days but 2 things I HIGHLY recommend.
Stan Stephens trip To Meares glacier. It's a 9 hour trip on a very comfortable boat. Any time any wildlife is seen he stops the boat to watch, until they are gone. Great commentaries too! We saw humpbacks numerous times , eagles, sea otters, porpoises , harbor seals, sea lions, and more.
Also, go over to the hatchery at HIGH tide. It may not be open due to bears but you can watch a dozen bald eagles and see the sea lions come in to shore to grab the salmon.
Oh. And the civic center has a short trail in the middle of town that climbs a small hill. You'll get a great view of the whole town. Check out the museum too, it's a good one.
If you have any questions, PM me. Also, by tomorrow night my Valdez blog posts will be on my blog.
Passport works great for us too. Maybe because itonly costs $40 a year. you break even after using it for two nights :)
We don't do any others except Escapees and Good Sam, for the same reason, inexpensive and made our money back quick (well, and we use Escapees for our mail).