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Old 09-18-2016, 07:56 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by drjnick View Post
... Personally I would never take a newer coach on that trip if the old one can make it.... JMHO.
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Ditto. New one be untrustworthy plus get dinged...take old reliable.

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Old 09-18-2016, 08:11 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Just For Fun View Post

Knowing me, I'd really baby the newer one far more than the older one. Pure economics.
Trust me you can do as much damage or more driving around the lower 48 as you can driving to Alaska and back which I have done three times now.

Luckily I learned real quick when my coach got damaged in a campground while staying in California.

Just read at what happened to these unfortunate folks.

First big trip, first big accidents

Plus there are many more stories to read on this forum of "accidents" that have happened to people that had good intentions in the beginning but were quickly dashed.

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FWIW this year starting May 1st and going through late June I did a +12,000 mile Western Canada Alaska road trip. That early in the season there was almost no traffic on the Alaska Highway, I’d sometimes go for an hour or more without seeing another car. Overall the road was excellent, the only bad road I encountered was up around Chicken AK where there was a lot of gold mining going on and terrible potholes and deep ruts. Traveling east from Chicken much of the Canadian side (the Top-of-the World Highway) was gravel but in good condition. This was a “bucket list” adventure since I’d been kicking my own butt for 48 years for deciding not to do it back around 1968. Back then it was all gravel and 400 miles longer, the roads since been paved and “straightened”. It’s no longer the adventure it was in the 1960’s but I’m no longer 20 years old and indestructible. BTW, though I live and travel full time in a 33’ Class A, for economic reasons I chose to store my 7.5mpg RV and travel and live during my adventure in my 26.5mpg Dodge Caravan. I was very pleased with my decision and my trip.

Moose traffic encountered while driving through British Columbia.

The Worthington Glacier parking lot where I spent the night on the way to Valdez.

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We are on the finishing leg of our trip to AK this summer and by and large the roads were OK. We did the Alaskan Highway up and the Cassiar back. Their construction times are limited to the summer so there will be construction someplace. If there is permafrost and frost heaves, there will be construction. As with any trip, it's not a race and taking your time and slowing down will extend the life of everything. We did have a broken windshield on the Jeep and coach, but the Jeep was in WA on an interstate while driving it and the coach in BC on a good paved road.

With a new coach, I would make a few smaller shake down trips before taking north, or any extensive trip for that matter

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