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RE: Trailer or Motorhome...For a Boater/Fisherman-Which Rig?

Back when I RV'd, we tried out MH, Class C, TT, etc. We found that we liked a truck and trailer combo best since it allowed us to separate the truck and see whatever we wanted, whether city streets, scenic day trips away from the CG, tourist attractions, side roads, etc. I think some of that might apply to the OP's situation...but the OP is quite interested in fishing. I'd have to agree with Grit....the two most versatile choices are a truck camper towing a boat or a Class C towing a boat. FWIW, Alaska doesn't have as many "real" boat launches as most of the SW / PNW, so I have limited data points, but I'd certainly recommend nothing bigger than a class C if you intend to use the MH to launch your boat. Aside from the general enjoyment of watching other people struggle at the boat launch, it's really entertaining to watch the 30' or larger Class A's try to launch at many of the popular spots here in the Los Anchorage general area....almost always good for my boat-launching ego. :)
PA12DRVR 05/28/21 09:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Canadian Camping outlook or No Alaska this year

"Numbers of buses running are reduced and seating is limited to 50%." This is a fairly common paradigm for the federally-controlled facilities and infrastructure up here as well as for the big national operators...reduced operations and capacity limitations. Many of the big operators are not planning to operate this year....while that may change, if you're coming to AK, look into services from "Joe and Morty's Tour Bus, Flightseeing, and Dogsled Rides, all-in-one!" rather than XXXX-line. As posted earlier, the small local outfits appreciate the business, although with the lifting of the state (and many local) mandates, local traffic is starting to impact the capacity of even the small operators.
PA12DRVR 05/20/21 10:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: That Cummins, she’s just a ____ing machine!

Nice looking setup. While my preference would run to a blue oval, it sounds like your setup really hits the sweet spot for you. ...and if it can pull uphill fighting the winds (I spent three years around Spokane...), it's obviously a stout beast. How's the truck work for routine drives w/o towing? Do the big tires & lift impact in-town maneuvering?
PA12DRVR 05/19/21 10:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Canadian Camping outlook or No Alaska this year

The issue for Alaska is the loss of cruise ships that, because of foreign registry, stop in Canada before entering Alaska from another U.S. port. The loss of RV traffic through Canada will obviously have some impact, but the big "tourist" dollars come from cruise ships and their leveraging effect, not RV travel. When a ship of 1500 pax makes 4 stops in a SE Alaska circuit, the $$ loss is significant if that ship simply cancels it's Alaska trips. The "not-reliant-on-cruise-ship" tourist businesses are doing well. A couple of remote lodge clients of mine are fully booked for the year; BIL who has an air taxi operation got all of his planes ready this year based on confirmed reservations; some local sightseeing flights and boats are booked at least 45 days in advance (although admittedly some still operating at reduced capacity).
PA12DRVR 05/18/21 04:14pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Coffee Survey

I'm still looking for the coffee setup my dad and uncle used at the project site: 30 cup Bunn (IIRC) pot, coffee from a 5-gallon can of Hills Bros. or Folgers Mountain Grown. Pot was always on. I use a 12-cup Mr. Coffee drip brewer, Folgers classic roast, and an Insulated 20oz coffee tumbler. 1.5 of those lasts all day.
PA12DRVR 05/18/21 03:32pm Around the Campfire
RE: Retirement

Tried "retiring" at 56...after two years spent house remodeling and house hunting, and after working since I was 13, I simply couldn't get used to missing the routine that working provided; so I went back to work as a consultant (allowing me to readily bail for an early weekend at the lake with the GK's). DW also retired for a short time, had the same issue, so went back to work at full-time, very lucrative position, but low key enough to also bail for those early weekends. Best of all worlds. We'll cross the SS bridge when we actually stop working for good.
PA12DRVR 05/17/21 05:58pm Around the Campfire
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

FWIW, I'm in the "it adds convenience so why not" crowd. When I pulled a 39' fifth wheel, the extra fuel from an in-bed tank gave me a total of about 1200 miles range before needing a fillup. That meant I could gas up after dropping the trailer and setting up camp rather than worrying about getting into any given station with the trailer attached. The convenience was worth it for me...never did the math nor took the trouble to chase the cheapest fuel, but sure did like just wheeling the truck into a station.
PA12DRVR 05/12/21 09:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Free Immunizations to Tourists

"Back to Alaska-we will be there next month. I'll be checking while going through the airport to see if anyone is taking them up on it. Should be interesting." Just got back to AK from a week-long trip....the shot / test area (in TSIA) is indeed interesting. The line for testing and the line for shots were both much shorter than the line for the nearby Starbucks stand. Didn't count, but my impression was that there were more folks in orange vests saying "tests this way" "vaccines this way" than there were people being either tested or vaccinated. FWIW, although things could change by July, various covid-related restrictions in Anchorage (and a few other home rule / self-governing localities) are in excess of any State of Alaska "mandates", most of which are at most recommendations.
PA12DRVR 05/11/21 09:57am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Bear Spray

The best and most effective bear deterrent continues to be the use of one's noggin to stay situationally aware. It's this time of year (continuing for the next 6 weeks or so) when we routinely have bear encounters between trail runners and bears: why? ....'cause the runner says "Oh, it's great to finally be able to use XYZ trail after its been blocked by snow all winter." Unfortunately, hungry mama bear with a cub or two is thinking the exact same thing.
PA12DRVR 04/30/21 10:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Free Immunizations to Tourists

AK is just trying to get rid of inventory! They can’t give away enough shots here even in Seattle to fill the appointments available. Any guesses why? Because the paranoia isn’t en Vogue anymore.... This ^^^^. Alaska is having a hard time getting the majority of folks to vaccinate: many of the remote villages are seeing pretty high vax rates, but in the big population centers, lots of skepticism is leading to lots of leftover vaccinations. On top of which, of the XXX places that provide the vax service, probably 80% require an appointment...so if one is not terribly energized to get the shot, then has to schedule an appointment, thus taking time off work or whatever....the shot just doesn't happen. Offering the shot to incoming travelers also helps them (the travelers) deal with the many local governments that require either a shot or a two-week quarantine before entering. It may not be logical, but there it is.
PA12DRVR 04/29/21 11:35am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Evacuation Insurance

Not to beat this dying horse, but would reiterate that any purchased "evacuation" or "travel" insurance should be carefully reviewed and compared to the details of the intended travel and the locations of any potential evacuation need. If the medical evacuation coverage is to transport one from the village clinic off the Parks Highway at Lower Podunk, Alaska to either Los Anchorage or Squarebanks, almost any "evacuation" coverage will provide that since it's on the road system (or at worst, between two identified airports, say BGQ and MRI). If the desired evacuation is from the Jake's Bar landing spot up the Nizina River, a long 60 minute flight in the 'ol PA-12 from the nearest identified road, that particular evacuation won't be covered by all plans.
PA12DRVR 04/28/21 12:55pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Nokian Rockproof tires?

FWIW, my former daily driver Chebby 2500 had Nokians of some "all weather" version on it. Can't recall the model, and they weren't the best in either mud or snow, but for for the 5 years so far, they just couldn't be beat for a dependable, tight, and look-like-they're-supposed-to tire. Don't get much mileage now on them, but I'm pretty impressed with Nokian so far.
PA12DRVR 04/23/21 10:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Obesity in America

At 2X years of age, my job was acting as a pipefitter for anywhere between 8 -12 hours /day on industrial construction projects. For recreation (and to help pay rent) I took care of the proverbial 4 horses, 3 cows, and a bunch of dogs. Involved quite a bit of hay handling, mucking out, etc. For pure recreation, I went hunting and fishing....all involving a backpack and hiking. Decided to improve myself. Two college degrees and a few decades later, my job involves being a keyboard wielder for 7-10 hours per day; my recreation is driving a boat or airplane; and hunting and fishing involves taking said boat or plane somewhere and ideally catching or shooting at something while still having said toys in sight. ...and along the way, I acquired an interest and some skill in smoking meat, scotch tasting, and cooking for the family. Although I'm technically obese (or close) according to the BMI scale, I view myself as pudgy rather than obese...but whatever the analysis, I know that I have no one to blame but myself.
PA12DRVR 04/21/21 03:26pm Around the Campfire
RE: F 250 vs Ram 2500

I kinda think the Ford guys should buy F350s and the Ram guys should buy 3500s. I don't see the point in anybody buying a F250 or 2500 series truck. When I replaced my Chebby, looked at both Ram 2500 and F250. After essentially deciding that it would be a flip of the coin, ended up with the F250. Been quite happy with it, with only one regret: For (IIRC at the time) the extra $1,000, I should have got the SRW F350.
PA12DRVR 04/18/21 01:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Trying to decide on whether or not to purchase-DECISION

After analyzing our situation for a week we opted not to buy the fifth wheel. Loved it, love the lifestyle but there were too many negatives that outweighed the positives for us, mostly the "work" that goes with it. Loading, unloading, hitch install & removal, storage of unit off-site, etc. There's still a "bucket list" of air travel we want to do and we just can't justify buying something to sit in storage while we fly places. We don't abide by the theory "if I can't drive to it I don't need to see it". There's too much in the world to see. I'm pretty certain this is it-we won't ever go back to it-but I've also learned to never say never. Now entering my 7th decade...and having a fair amount of toys...I find that the wife and I gravitate to using the toys / doing the things that take the least amount of prep and takedown. Having the ol PA-12 set up for short flights around Los Anchorage, I'll decide to forego the longer flight to McKinley which adds at least an hour or two to the planning, gear selection, etc. Aside from it not being the ideal activity for Alaska, one of the reason we gave up on RV'ng was what felt to us like the disproportionate level of "pre- post- storage" type effort compared to time using it. The challenge of course, which it seems like you're addressing well, is to continue to pursue interests rather than letting inertia become the dominant factor. Looks like you made the right decision for you.
PA12DRVR 04/10/21 10:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Trying to decide on whether or not to purchase-DECISION

Don't have a dog in this hunt :) but one thought I'd offer is to do stuff when the urge strikes you....not that I'm old at all nor barred from doing "stuff" but for quite a few years during my Tejas exile, I told myself "I'll do more of *** whatever *** when I get back to AK". Only to find that the passage of time meant that either the state or I or both had changed to the point that doing whatever was no longer feasible or it was not as enjoyable as presumed. If the relevant timeline is either now or in the fall, probably not a factor, but as time goes on, negative inertia has an increasingly strong effect, often to one's detriment. Opinion only.......
PA12DRVR 04/06/21 03:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bear Spray

Last went to Yellowstone in '18. Saw a gentleman confuse himself with Rambo as he ventured out of the hotel at Mammoth Hot Springs to run across the street to the Post Office....bear spray in one hand, air horn in the other, looking both ways for bear. Knew he was looking both ways for bear because he almost ran into a bison. Sheesh! If you're not hiking "off-trail", IMNSHO, even if you are, the best bear deterrent is in your head. Being bear aware is better than any other deterrent. It's super convenient to get bear spray in the park or surrounding communities. I'd second the earlier suggestion...go to a nearby Costco, buy two containers and use one for practice. If you need bear spray, exceptionally unlikely, but if you do, you need to have tried it to know how to use it.
PA12DRVR 04/06/21 10:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for SUV recommendation

Also consider a cap instead of a tonneau cover. If there is a load of snow on it, you'll have a tough time lifting it. Plus, the price difference isn't large...depends on the options and model you choose Have owned (???) 8-9 pickups in Alaska (with short stints elsewhere). Had one with the tonneau cover, one bare bed, the rest with caps. If the OP is considering covering the bed, I'd second BenK's advice and suggest a cap as the preferred method. Provides room for bulkier items as well....
PA12DRVR 04/05/21 04:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Waited on Canada long enough

The whole pandemic thing is hurting the world, not just Alaska. Regardless of the pro's and con's of the Canadian border being closed (that's entirely Canada's decision), some thoughts about flying in to AK in 2021: - Many of the more prominent (meaning "Cruise Ship Affiliated") tourist entities in AK are allegedly going to remain shut down this summer....might check into any activities and make sure they'll be open....Particularly lodging and other activities in and around Denali / Glitter Gulch, but not unknown in other areas as well. - I think it's likely changed but many of the tourist activities that were operating last summer (and may be open this summer) had certain restrictions (for example, 6-pack boats only allowed family members) that would be worth investigating before committing to an excursion. - Much of the State mandated requirements for quarantine, etc. have been lifted and many local governments have changed their mandates to suggestions ("shall" v. "should") but it would be worth the time (IMO) to check the City of Fairbanks and Northstar Borough and ???? for any local COVID restrictions that may be imposed by the local government
PA12DRVR 04/05/21 11:56am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Looking for a 2.5" receiver hitch

I think they will all be **** till you get into the $200-$300 range . . . Remember you get what you pay for. x2...although I think you should expect to pay closer to $300 than $200. Have and have had for at least 15 years, 4 (!) vehicles with 2.5 receivers on them. Over the past 20 years, have used a variety of straight and adjustable hitches. Would suggest that, to get the quality you need, the adjustable hitch should be heavy enough that it takes some effort to pick it up and put it in. Very unscientific, but I've found a couple of times that the lighter adjustable hitches don't hold up if you're pulling anywhere close to what the 2.5" receiver can.
PA12DRVR 04/01/21 03:20pm Tow Vehicles
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