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RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Had a good snowstorm yesterday around Whitehorse, about 5" on the ground. This morning, the sky is clear with northern lights.
sue.t 10/01/14 07:23am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 2015 Trip Planning Question road between Tok and Dawson City

Taylor & Top of the World Highways are one of our favourite drives. We've pulled our 25' fifth wheel across a few times. See for yourself: http://yukonsights.ca/TaylorHwy.html http://yukonsights.ca/TopOfTheWorld.html We like to take at least two days to make the trip, usually stopping to drycamp on the Yukon side (it feels good to be in Yukon!).
sue.t 09/29/14 08:49pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Cats and dog

Our five pound cat managed the dogs well. She trained many during her 20 years with us. Here she is teaching one to hunt during one of our extended trips :B http://suethomas.ca/images/Family/FangJake_Nahanni.jpg width=640
sue.t 09/29/14 07:37am RV Pet Stop
RE: Can a dog

Dogs can do lots in Alaska. Ours have travelled with us throughout the state. There are few limits on where they are permitted to be, other than in Denali. There are many, many dog owners in Alaska so dogs are accommodated and tolerated in many places and you'll not find any breed restrictions. You can take your dog into Denali Park in your vehicle and you can walk your dog on the road in the park but you cannot walk your dog on the trails or anywhere other than the roads. Your dog MUST always be leashed in Denali. Your safety is one reason - dogs tend to bring bears back to you. As well, they don't want your dog harassing the wildlife in the park, and don't want the wolves to be affected by presence of a foreign canine in the area. We did the day bus tours into the park, each of us going a different day so the other could stay at the RV with the dogs. We're not big into commercial tours, so had no worries there. We tend to spend a lot of time outdoors, hiking remote areas, exploring back roads, etc. so our dogs get a lot of exercise and fun time. Our dogs know bears so we aren't concerned about their behavior there. They keep the bears away, not bring them back. A bonus is the dogs alert us when there is wildlife hanging around the RV or around us when we're hiking. We did head off on an extended trip with a six-month old puppy who we had adopted a few weeks beforehand. She did exceptionally well, learned from the older dog what worked and didn't, and we kept a fairly steady canine routine on the road. After that trip, she was a well-seasoned traveller and exceptionally well-behaved while camping. It was her normal.
sue.t 09/26/14 04:08pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: My Experience re. shipping to Canada

FedEx is far more reasonable when it comes to brokerage. Even so, I usually request shippers use the US Postal Service. It works just fine, gets things across the border without delay, no extra fees, and I can easily track the shipment, Canada Post's tracking picks it up when it crosses the border too. Here in Yukon, I have to drive 65 km to get my mail or parcels anyway, as nobody here delivers mail or packages to a GPS coordinate. Propane guy finds us though, which is a good thing.
sue.t 09/25/14 06:52pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: First Alaska trip in Class A --any advice appreciated--

It would be easier to offer more advice if we knew where you were starting from. Your profile shows you're located in Alaska, yet you're asking about travel to Alaska? Odd. Can you give us an update? And let us know the kinds of things you enjoy while RVing. Do you prefer commercial RV parks or are you comfy drycamping in gov't campgrounds without services or just pulling over beside a river and camping for the night. Are you comfy travelling long distances on gravel roads? Do you like remote areas?
sue.t 09/25/14 05:48pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: My Experience re. shipping to Canada

There's also brokerage fees when shipping by courier, which can add up quickly. Some courier companies charge more than others. Suppliers that ship to Canada sometimes say they ship free BUT they aren't aware of the fees we pay to get that item across the border...fees other than taxes.
sue.t 09/25/14 08:35am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

If you mean you'll be driving the Alaska Highway (there is no Alcan here :B ) in winter, you can visit my webpage to see pictures of our RV trips in winter and also a drive I made to Anchorage in March 2014. Generally conditions are good if the weather cooperates. Mid-January can be variable - sometimes we have are warming trend then, sometimes we're in a -40 ish deepfreeze. Northern B.C. is often colder than Yukon, especially through the Fort Nelson to Liard River area. Do be sure you have a block heater in that truck and be sure you find a place to plug it in when the temperature drops below the starting ability of your vehicle. Every vehicle seems to have its own tolerance level for cold. Most lodges/motels provide a place to plug-in for guests. Synthetic oil all around is good for the cold too, especially in the tranny. If your truck is diesel, it might be fussier about cold starts. If it is regular fuel, carry a bottle of gasline antifreeze, just in case. We don't have studs on any of our tires. Have never had an issue. I carry chains but have NEVER used them. My car seems to enjoy just crawling through the snow.
sue.t 09/23/14 07:31am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: What to plan for if you're thinking the Al-Can Hwy in a TC?

Please, it is the Alaska Highway! Alcan seems to be the term used by Americans, possibly because the military called the project that in 1942. After WWII, the US turned the route over to Canada. The highway was officially titled the Alaska Highway. It has been called that for more than six decades. I was born and raised in Yukon along the ALASKA HIGHWAY, at mile 1202. So I take it kind of personal because the highway is sort of like my hometown. Okay, rant over. :B http://yukonsights.ca/images/AlaskaHwy_YT/20140824_SoldiersSummit_10.jpg width=700
sue.t 09/21/14 10:09pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: carry bicycles or small scooter to Alaska?

Well, bicycles are fondly referred to as "meals on wheels" in our area. The bears don't mind home delivery at all... :B Here's a couple of pictures I took, seen while driving along the Campbell Highway in Yukon. It had been chasing the cyclist. But then turned off when it realized we were coming up behind it... http://yukonsights.ca/images/CampbellHwy/20120709_CampbellHwy_0001.jpg width=700 http://yukonsights.ca/images/CampbellHwy/20120709_CampbellHwy_0002.jpg width=700
sue.t 09/21/14 06:04pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: carry bicycles or small scooter to Alaska?

Also be sure the racks you put whatever on are sturdy and solid. There's much bounce and rattle & roll due to frost heaves on the highways. Broken racks are common. This morning near Kluane Lake we passed someone who passed us yesterday southbound near Beaver Creek, on the Alaska Highway. When he whipped by us we both wondered out loud where we'd see him again -- he was driving too fast for the road conditions. Sure enough, passed him this morning, about 50 miles past where we overnighted, with his hitch broken.
sue.t 09/21/14 04:29pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska Trip

Braeburn Lodge is north of Whitehorse on the Klondike Highway headed to Dawson City. Known mostly for its dinner plate sized cinnamon buns. There's not much too fancy at Braeburn, similar to most old lodges in Yukon. Don't expect bathrooms that work, they're often out of service. No RV park there either, but Steve will usually let you park in the lodge's yard if you ask. Drycamping only though. Fuel is very expensive at Braeburn, be sure to fill up in Whitehorse before heading northward. Whitehorse to Braeburn is about a 90 minute drive.
sue.t 09/21/14 04:21pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: What to plan for if you're thinking the Al-Can Hwy in a TC?

We drove from Vancouver Island to Alaska numerous times in various RVs over many years. See the link in my signature for thousands of images from those trips. You'll also get an idea of timing and camping possibilities - we prefer to NOT stay in RV parks. We now live here. Just finished a quick trip to my home town of Beaver Creek (historical mile 1202 on the Alaska Highway) with the fifth wheel. Beautiful fall colours this time of year!
sue.t 09/21/14 04:08pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Recommended 5th Wheel to live in full time in Alaska

Humidity inside the RV may be a problem in winter, especially in a coastal area. Expect your windows to ice up even if they are double-glazed, and expect ice build up inside in various places. If the lot does not have electric service yet, you may not be able to get it connected/energized until you have a building permit for a house. This is intended to prevent folks from indefinitely 'squatting' on a property in a trailer. Building permit comes before electric permit. Those who we've seen living full-time in the RVs in RV parks in the Anchorage area have an interesting variety of methods to cope. Saw many who wrapped extra insulation around the outside of their RVs, then held that in place with duct tape. Covered canopy is a good idea, to protect the roof from the weight of the heavy snow that falls in coastal areas. The snow in our area is very light compared to that slick, wet stuff.
sue.t 09/18/14 09:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: LT vs ST's - Canadian Tires cries "Illegal!".

If you read the laws on the links I posted early in the thread, you will see the laws/regulations do indeed govern tire usage on vehicles. There is a federal Act, plus each province would have its own act/regulations that must adhere to the federal Act. Can't blame them for protecting themselves from lawsuits.
sue.t 09/18/14 09:24am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Chicago-Alaska in April?

We chatted with one couple who were on their honeymoon and driving a rental truck/camper, with no fancy options to it. For their six week rental, driving through B.C., Yukon and Alaska, they estimated the final cost would be $12,000 to $14,000. That was just the rental, did not include fuel or other costs. Friends of ours rented a Class C motorhome for a week, out of Whitehorse. The cost was MORE than $3,000 for that week. Yikes!
sue.t 09/18/14 09:16am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

You need ONLY proof of a rabies shot for your pet. You do NOT need a health certificate to cross into Canada with your pet.
sue.t 09/18/14 09:12am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 2014 Alaska Trip Lessons/Info

Admittedly, I'm a bit odd (for one thing, I totally enjoy winter in AK), but the, depending how one counts, 3 - 6 week fall season is the most visually stunning in Alaska, IMNSHO. Just a BIT odd? :B September was always our favorite season to tour Yukon & Alaska when we RVed here for vacations. Now that we live here, fall continues to be our favorite season. Top of the World Highway in early September http://yukonsights.ca/20120905_ClintonCrk.html Haines Road in mid-September http://yukonsights.ca/20130921_HainesRd.html Kluane area in early September http://yukonsights.ca/20130902_LakeCk-home.html
sue.t 09/15/14 10:08am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: LT vs ST's - Canadian Tires cries "Illegal!".

I'm not quite sure how MOTOR Vehicle regulations got into a conversation on tires on a TRAILER, but nonetheless, if you read those regs it seems it's legal to run ST tires on a motor vehicle, so then why would it be illegal to do the opposite? There were ponderings about whether it is illegal for Canadian Tire to mount LTs on a trailer. The Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations defines trailers, everything from a snowmobile trailer to a semi-trailer. The Motor Vehicle Safety Act defines a vehicle as any vehicle that is capable of being driven or drawn on roads by any means other than muscular power exclusively, but does not include any vehicle designed to run exclusively on rails. Thus, the laws apply to trailers, and there are regulations specific to tires. Who knew? :D
sue.t 09/14/14 07:08pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: LT vs ST's - Canadian Tires cries "Illegal!".

There are, indeed, laws and regulations in Canada regarding tires and the motor vehicles to which they are mounted. In addition to the federal law, there are laws applicable within each province. Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation - Canada Motor Vehicles Tire Safety Regulations Motor Vehicle Tire Safety Regulation - PRESCRIBED CLASSES OF EQUIPMENT In B.C., you can be ticketed for not having appropriately rated tires on a trailer or vehicle. If there's an accident, then possibly insurance could be void too.
sue.t 09/14/14 11:22am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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