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Old 12-27-2014, 04:35 PM   #1
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Doing lanundry on the Alaska Highway

We have a washer on board but is there sufficient places for laundry mats or campgrounds with hook up to allow doing laundry. or do we just carry extra clothing
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There's lots of rivers and streams there. Just get you a good old fashioned rub-board and some lye soap! See, problem solved!
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We spent eight weeks up there traveling around and found laundromat facilities wherever we went.
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There's lots of rivers and streams there. Just get you a good old fashioned rub-board and some lye soap! See, problem solved!
Ya, just make sure to take cold water soap.
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We boondocked a lot but usually would stay at RV Parks every 2-3 weeks where they had laundry mats, although usually not cheap. Plan your stops accordingly.

There are enough larger towns up the Alcan and in Alaska to always find a place to do laundry. We would also do laundry in our washer/dryer whenever possible.

Never ran out of underwear, although there are 4 ways to wear a pair, but 2 of them are uncomfortable.
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We used our Splendide for all of our clothes washing during the 8 weeks we were above the 48 parallel.
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Doing lanundry on the Alaska Highway

5 gallon buckets with lids.
Fill at a stream and put thu normal cycles while driving. It will get plenty if agitation. Rinse at streams. Not much work!
It has been done for decades on the Al-Can.
My folks did this on 2 trips up the Al-Can in a ford van in the 1970s.

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http://alaskauu1.blogspot.com/2013/0...ishes.html?m=1
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No problem on Laundry

We did the Alaska Hiway in our Truck Camper this past summer and had to go light on the clothes as we had little storage room. We basically did laundry every evening in every campground along the way at campground laundromats. ran about $6 per load on average. No problems!
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We used our on board washer/dryer most of the time up in Alaska. Plenty of campgrounds with hookups that would run the washer/dryer. We only used a laundry mat when we need to do large loads like the sheets and towels. Most campgrounds had laundry mats. No need to pollute the streams. lol
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5 gallon buckets with lids.
Fill at a stream and put thu normal cycles while driving. It will get plenty if agitation. Rinse at streams. Not much work!
It has been done for decades on the Al-Can.
My folks did this on 2 trips up the Al-Can in a ford van in the 1970s.

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Alaska Bush Life, Off-Road, Off-Grid: How Do I Wash Anything with No Running Water?
Great idea, never really thought of that but for those who don't want to do that, there is no shortage of opportunities to do laundry in machines.
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We've been up and back twice, going back again next April for the summer. Never had ANY problem finding places to wash clothes, fill the diesel tanks, empty the holding tanks, take on fresh water, etc.

Traveling to Alaska and back these days is not what it used to be back 25 or 30 years ago.

It is a trip that every RV'er should take. I plan to go as many times as I can with my coach as it gives me the ability to visit my sons and grand-kids for the entire summer without inconveniencing them.

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We have a washer on board .............

Then why not use it???

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Doing lanundry on the Alaska Highway

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5 gallon buckets with lids.
Fill at a stream and put thu normal cycles while driving. It will get plenty if agitation. Rinse at streams. Not much work!
It has been done for decades on the Al-Can.
My folks did this on 2 trips up the Al-Can in a ford van in the 1970s.

Found this

http://alaskauu1.blogspot.com/2013/0...ishes.html?m=1

Uh...they said they have a real washer onboard...just Say'in...

What's the point in buying all this fancy stuff if you're not going to use it?

Of course you could just buy an old van and use a five gallon bucket, if that's more your style!

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Uh...they said they have a real washer onboard...just Say'in...

What's the point in buying all this fancy stuff if you're not going to use it?

Of course you could just buy an old van and use a five gallon bucket, if that's more your style!

Cheers!
I only related the boondocking way without hookups.
I assumed that all REAL RVers/campers boondocked when going to AK. It is the Canada/AK style of Wal-Docking, right?
JK.
But the route to AK can be enjoyed just that bit more by not paying for camping while traveling to "The Last Frontier" me thinks.
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