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RE: Taking an RV to Alaska

Be careful pulling onto the shoulders of the Alaska Highway in Yukon...some of them are very soft and you'll slide over. The ground squirrels also enjoy tunneling under/into the shoulders from the ditch, and the highway's shoulder might collapse when you drive on to it with your heavy vehicle.
sue.t 05/05/16 07:04am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Taking an RV to Alaska

Yes, drive for the road conditions. I often come up behind trucks towing a trailer or fifth wheel, and often see the back end of the trailer hitting the asphalt at frost heaves. The truck occupants seem oblivious. Our fifth wheel's bumper is high because we "flipped" the axles so the trailer rides level on our 4x4. Even so, we're often moving along at 30 mph, sometimes 10-20 mph on the bad sections. Rarely do we drive the speed limit (55 mph). Each spring the highway conditions change. This year the Alaska Highway northwest of Whitehorse has gotten BAD. It tosses my Honda Fit around pretty good, and is really hard on our F-250 with its harder suspension.
sue.t 05/04/16 09:17pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

For fuel and campgrounds, you're good until Labour Day. Then the seasonal places will close so those folks can head south for the winter. We've never had a problem travelling in the off-season though. September is our favourite time to head out. We've also camped the Alaska Highway in December a couple of times. No worries - just don't look for the best price, fill up if you're nearing half a tank if you see a station.
sue.t 04/29/16 09:32pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Whistler BC

The Salmo-Creston and Coquihalla are built to highway standards and tend to not have sharp hairpin turns. The climb out of Lillooet is easy enough but the decline to sea level can be dicey, especially if your trailer brakes overheat. We smelled the brakes the whole night while camped - probably could have roasted hot dogs by them :B http://yukonsights.ca/images/BC/20090917_LLH-NairnPP_496.jpg width=480
sue.t 04/27/16 04:17pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Whistler BC

We towed our 25' fifth wheel through that way in 2009. Decided to never do it again as the fifth wheel brakes overheated and then became useless, so the truck had to take the weight on the last steep downhill - we crawled slowly while holding our breath. See our adventure that day at http://yukonsights.ca/20090917_LLH-Pemberton.html http://yukonsights.ca/images/BC/20090917_LLH-NairnPP_486.jpg width=700 This is the GPS profile from Lillooet to Pemberton that day. http://yukonsights.ca/images/BC/Lillooet-Pemberton.jpg width=800
sue.t 04/26/16 10:27pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

... and there are fewer tour buses in mid September. The Holland America tour buses do not travel over the Top of the World anymore. They fly their tour groups between Fairbanks and Dawson City now. They no longer drive the Alaska Highway north of Whitehorse either. They've sold their hotel in Beaver Creek, and recently sold their hotel in Whitehorse too.
sue.t 04/24/16 08:05pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

When you're in Tok, check the weather towards Valdez. If it is good, go that way first. If it is damp, then go towards Fairbanks and maybe Valdez will improve by the time you get there. Our last two times, we headed for Valdez from Tok because it was sunny and clear and the long-term forecast was for blue skies. Going over the Top of the World highway in the fall is spectacular. The reds are amazing. The highway is usually in better shape in the fall too, after summer maintenance is over. Same for the Cassiar - better later in the summer.
sue.t 04/24/16 05:56pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

I've tried sharing some stuff recently, but the items weren't posting. The system just sat and spun, then timed out. Wanted to let you know about the forest fires around Fort St John (Alaska Highway in Northern B.C.) this week. The fires have settled down now so not so much worry...
sue.t 04/22/16 07:42am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Bear Mauling Denali Highway

Leave them alone and, more than likely, they will leave you alone. They are beautiful creatures. Enjoy their presence and take joy in knowing that there are still wild places left for them to live. I photograph bears and have never been threatened by one. http://yukonsights.ca/Bears.html Even spent a few moments with a rare Glacier Bear (a white Black Bear) in Yukon http://yukonsights.ca/images/Wildlife/20120810_GlacierBear_7.jpg width=700
sue.t 04/18/16 10:09pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Highway from TOK to Dawson

Is there any camping off Top of World Highway? Lots of places to stop and drycamp for the night along the Top of the World. Quiet at night too, because the Customs office closes so no traffic. No campgrounds on the Canadian side, but a couple of State campgrounds on the Alaska side-Taylor Hwy. Taylor Hwy: http://yukonsights.ca/TaylorHwy.html Top of the World Hwy: http://yukonsights.ca/TopOfTheWorld.html Top of the World in September http://yukonsights.ca/images/ToW/20120905_ToW_0243.jpg width=700
sue.t 04/16/16 08:35pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaskan campground north of anchorage

do NOT stay at the Ice Worm RV Park in Wasilla. In all our years of camping, this is the first campground where I slept (tried to sleep) with a weapon beside the bed. Was grateful we had an alert guardian dog. It is pretty much a place with full-timers. Lots of odd people coming and going, handing money over and walking away with packages. Numerous guns visible. That's the short version of the story. Due to a flat tire we were on the road late and just needed a place to stay for the night. The place looked good from the highway but...
sue.t 04/16/16 09:40am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Highway from TOK to Dawson

Last year, the Klondike Highway between Whitehorse and Dawson City was bad due to repairs. Some stretches were fine, others were downright nasty. The Top of the World Highway was much nicer, and the Dempster was better too. This year, the Alaska Highway is rougher in spots that weren't so bad last year. Many frost heaves and dips showing up, even on stretches that were repaired/rebuilt last year. The stretches they rebuild can be 5-10 km of chipseal. Nasty big pebbles they're using now too - my car's windshield finally bit it - a truck going the other way tossed a good sized rock onto my car. So you won't be able to avoid gravel / rocks.
sue.t 04/15/16 10:24pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Doing it alone?

If you feel the need for a break & rest when you get near Whitehorse, let me know. You're welcome to park on our property for an extended period - we live 30 miles west of Whitehorse in the bush with no neighbours. Can't offer much in the way of services but could probably plug you into 15A electric at the very least.
sue.t 04/11/16 09:26pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Itinerary for Phase I of Alaska Trip

We like the South Canol BUT it isn't a highway. It is a dirt road, and often a single lane road, especially on the hillsides. Usually we meander at about 20 mph on it. Here's some pictures http://yukonsights.ca/SouthCanol.html The drive into Keno is here. If you like remote, little mining towns, then you might enjoy Keno. We camped at Five Mile Lake Yukon Gov't campground and then drove just the truck to Keno.http://yukonsights.ca/SilverTrail.html Aishihik Road is an okay drive as far as the campground. I don't recommend towing past the campground because it gets rough, narrow, muddy, wet, rocky, whatever. We used 4x4 in a few places, in October after a dry summer. There isn't much at the end of the Aishihik Road now, most of the buildings from the old airport are now owned by the First Nation there. There are a few houses at the end of the road that are also part of a First Nations community. http://yukonsights.ca/20131019_AishihikRd.html Have you driven into Atlin BC? It is a nice drive. Not as scenic as the drive into Haines BC, but a nice drive. The Yukon gov't campgrounds along the Atlin Road aren't suited to large rigs. It was a bit of a struggle with our 25' fifth wheel.
sue.t 04/09/16 10:16pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Upgrade for Alaska?

Sights like this aren't uncommon on the Alaska Highway between Destruction Bay and Beaver Creek in Yukon. When towing the fifth wheel, we tend to take FOUR hours to drive that 120 miles. http://yukonsights.ca/images/AlaskaHwy_YT/20100820_Kluane-Snag_S5359.jpg width=700
sue.t 04/08/16 10:38pm RVing in Canada and Alaska

I carry just my camera... ;) http://yukonsights.ca/images/Wildlife/20140624_Grizzly_21.jpg width=700 http://yukonsights.ca/images/Wildlife/20120701_Griz-AKHwy_0343.jpg width=700 http://yukonsights.ca/images/Wildlife/20140624_Grizzly_36.jpg width=700
sue.t 04/08/16 10:31pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Which Route To Take and Return?

I usually recommend heading north on the Alaska Highway from Dawson Creek BC and then go south from Watson Lake YT on the Cassiar Highway. Reason is in the fall the Alaska Highway in northern BC can be wicked with the oil/gas industry prepping to shut down for the winter. It is a busy time and they're in a rush to get wherever they are going. Plus the Cassiar has good bear viewing in later summer and fall and isn't so busy, and the highway maintenance work is usually all done by then. When you reach Whitehorse there are two options 1 - north on the Alaska Highway to Tok AK 2 - north on the Klondike Highway to Dawson City, then cross the Top of the World Highway to Tok AK Generally, heading north on the Alaska Highway is best, then return on the Top of the World Hwy through Dawson City to Whitehorse. Reason being is the Top of the World is usually in better condition in late summer or fall. In Alaska you can go clockwise or counter-clockwise. We usually check the weather in Valdez and the coastal area while we're in Tok AK. If Valdez is good, then we head that way first because we've been there in the pouring rain and it isn't pleasant. If Valdez is wet, then we go counter-clockwise and hope Valdez has improved by the time we're back in that area.
sue.t 04/06/16 09:05pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Days with out electric hook up?

We often take off with our 8' truck camper and leave the fifth wheel parked at home. The camper has a single 12v battery and LED lights inside. Also have a Fantastic Fan. Might use the furnace to heat the camper before we get out of bed (it's on a programmable thermostat) but that is it on the spring and fall trips. So the propane fridge will use some power to start up, and the water pump uses some, but otherwise there isn't much demand on our battery. And we comfortably camp for a couple of days without worrying about it. We used to tent camp so being in a camper is a luxury for us and we tend to not use the power system. Solar works well in the summer months. The sun is high overhead when it is out, and it is out for extended periods with our long daylight hours.
sue.t 04/04/16 09:05pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

Northbound on the Alaska Highway this morning (April 3) between Whitehorse and Haines Junction, at about km 1530 http://yukonsights.ca/images/AlaskaHwy_YT/20160403_AlaskaHwy_004.jpg width=700
sue.t 04/03/16 10:12pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Days with out electric hook up?

We usually drycamp - the two 6 volt batteries will last a week without running the truck. If we drive a bit every day, never a problem. We rarely need interior lights on because of the amount of daylight here. When they are on, no worries as we have LED bulbs in the old light fixtures. We're set up to be comfy without electricity - usually just the fridge using it to start up. We have a generator, and it is mostly used to power the truck block heater when we camp in winter.
sue.t 04/03/16 10:03pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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