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Old 09-20-2014, 04:04 AM   #1
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Alaska Bound Need Advice

I have just received a job offer in Anchorage. I want to take my Class A up with family and pets. Here is the kicker with school and stuff the best time for us to move is Christmas break.
1. Has anyone ever traveled the road to Alaska in the Dead of Winter and if so how was the camp sites and logistics of gas and food?
2. My RV has the Grey and Black tank heaters how to do you keep the fresh water from freezing?

My other option is to come back in spring to drive up RV.
Any advise would be great

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Old 09-20-2014, 04:23 AM   #2
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I would take option B ( spring ). Good luck with your new job.


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Old 09-20-2014, 05:51 AM   #3
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Option B. It will only take one storm on the way to really foul your plans up in a BIG WAY.
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Old 09-20-2014, 05:56 AM   #4
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Most if not all campgrounds will be closed. Wouldn't be surprised if some of the more remote gas stops will be closed also.
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Old 09-20-2014, 07:40 AM   #5
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I started this reply and soon learned that the steps and are more than I type out

I traveled the road on TWO different trips both during January only we did it in a two car convoy both times. First don't worry about gas everyone needs gas and some yes close but our motorhome has a longer range than any of the car or van we drove.
I would thank that heat inside the couch would be limited from the dash, looking at a possible -20 or even - 40 as we did on our trip south leaving Fairbanks, I would check to see just how much propane is needed to run both of my heaters 24/7 with a more amount for cooking and hot water We have nice heat in holding tanks but I would thank they wouldnt hold up under those temps but one could add heat pads to tanks. But you would need electric power, and running the generator 24/7 is possible as we have during summer travel thru the south when wife needed AIR
Your real trip would In my view start in Calgary Canada, until in my trips Fairbanks.. 2000 miles, at 35 mph in your MH, that's about 57 hours drive time... And in the dark... Lol. Just came to mine that , oh ya don't forget the shorter day light, this is a 5 day trip with 12 hour drive days, our generator needs 1/2 gal per hour at least so you would need 3/4 save factor, all cars need a engine block heater of some type and your MH also, plugged into power during hours of off time. Generator would work that, generator budget 18 gal per day, cost 1.35 liter, fill up tank OFTEN, sleep after fill up and fill up again when awake.

You didn't say anything about TOWING a car... Lord

I only really see only one issue, the damn snow....
It's the snow on the road that builds up on the edges, making the lanes smaller. And this will cause you to drive even more into the center. Chains wouldn't help the snow and the heavy couch is in my view is enough,

My daughter just drove out our old 1997 gas class c Winn, this past July moving to Va.

If I was going to MOVE up north again ( spent 9 years in Fairbanks ) I would give it thought with the following ideas,
Move to AK alone until summer, drive up together summer
Fly family up, YOU drive alone, maybe faster and less stress alone.

Other than following some upgrades to the MH, heat pads, engine block, plenty of gas for generator, I would do it.
But I'm pretty sure I would do it, hay just to prove the NA SAYERS wrong, if you go alone give me a call, we could do it about none stop

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Thor ace 30.2,
Ok gas

Trouble is water and holding tanks for 4 people, above freeze zone to fill dump through Canada or even northern states

Fresh 50
Gray 40
Black 28

More reasons to drive alone, enough water for coffee, flush only water when needed, and hell no shower for week isn't something I haven't done since in the army

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I spent 9 years plowing Highway 97 at Quesnel,B.C. - do NOT drive in the winter without chains on. Not only is the road difficult, some of the truckers are down right dangerous. Its dark, slippery and unnerving. If you think its difficult to get tire service on the road, try it in the winter, in the middle of nowhere. Wait til spring and make a wonderful relaxed trip!
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Old 09-20-2014, 11:16 AM   #8
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Option B for sure!

Back in May 2012 I drove 50 miles of the Alaskan Highway in a snow storm north of Haines Junction until reaching Kluane Lake near Destruction Bay where it then cleared.

I will NEVER do that again in a 40 foot coach towing a 30 foot trailer. I will pull over at a safe location and wait it out.

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Old 09-20-2014, 11:24 AM   #9
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No one mentioned option C drive to WA put it on the ferry and ride up the inside passage it is a cool trip not cheap but then neither is option A or B.
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X2 I wouldn't attempt it by road in the winter after having driven in the north for a good portion of my life. Along with the cold and I mean COLD you could be dealing with an unbelievable amount of snow as you approach the coast.
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Some things not mentioned are that at 40 below you have no propane heat or any propane useability. So unless you have a diesel fired heat source you could freeze to death in your RV. The cold and harsh roads will break your suspension into pieces fast. This is not a trip for the family it IMHO would be the road trip from hell even for those of us who have spent their entire lives in the north.

So as I see you can A fly up by yourself get the job and settle in then go get the family and RV in the summer.
B fly the whole family up and go back and get the RV and your stuff in the summer.
or C take the family and the RV on the Ferry and enjoy the chance to see the coast and whales on the trip. even in winter it is beautiful.
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Looks like the OP has gotten a big helping of good advice. I hope he takes these recommendations serously.
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As a life long Alaskan who's driven the "highway" over 20 times, DON'T do it! We got hit with a blizzard in late April, brakes froze up when we were parked and temps were only in the 20's. By the way, Alaska State ferry only goes as far as Haines - you would have the coldest part of the highway yet to drive.
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You're not seriously considering this are you????

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