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Old 06-10-2019, 01:27 PM   #1
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Alaska 2019 - SoCal to AK

I decided to start a new thread rather than hijack some else's. We left yesterday from Palm Springs headed to Alaska. I'll be posting along the way about road conditions and other items. I'll rate roads based on 1 to 10. I'll add other observations as well. You can see pics and other updates on our instagram and youtube sites. Search for pbjgreatadventures. We don't monetize either site - it's just for fun.

We finished Day 1 in Mesquite, NV. Highway 62 through Yucca Valley in rather poor shape. About a 4. Highway 247 from Yucca Valley to Barstow is in pretty good shape, with some of it recently repaved. About a 7. I-15 N in pretty good shape all the way - average about 7-8. No delays through Vegas, but I-15 South through Vegas looks like a nightmare due to detours.
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This forum needs an ALASKA site!!!

Where are you going to cross into Canada? Sumas, WA is a good, easy place. Have a great trip. It's an awesome one.
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We'll be headed up to Alaska in August from the Placerville, CA area so look forward to your scouting report. Please also let us know where you stay along the way.

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We'll be headed up to Alaska in August from the Placerville, CA area so look forward to your scouting report. Please also let us know where you stay along the way.

Safe travels!
August? That's a long drive. How long will your trip be?
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We drove from Mesquite, NV to North Salt Lake City, UT today. One night here at the Pony Express RV Resort. Nice resort - concrete pads and grass all around, next to Jordan River. However, some sites near the freeway would be noisy. No enclosed dog park. Sites are a bit close together.

Drive up was easy - all freeway and central Utah is beautiful right now with snow capped mountains and green valleys. Two exceptions: 1) there's road construction on the I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge in northwest Arizona. One lane for about 6 miles, lane was narrow, and it was windy. Not too bad, though. 2) Road construction roughly between Orem and the 215 loop. Not the entire length of this section. Narrow lanes and lane switches made for some white knuckle moments. We went through around 2 pm - no traffic delays.

I-15 in Utah is great shape - an 8. Plenty of climbing lanes, plus when they end they make the fast lane folks merge from the left, which I like. I-215 west a bit bumpy - a 6.

Fueled up at Flying J in Beaver. Very easy in and out. I've fueled up at the Flying J in St George before, and won't do that again. Very confusing in and out with a couple of traffic circles to maneuver.
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August? That's a long drive. How long will your trip be?
Agree on the need for an Alaskan forum.

We're leaving from Spokane on August 19 heading up the Cassier to Alaska after spending a week in Idaho with our family who will fly back from Spokane. Hope to arrive in Tok about Sept 1st. I'll spend 3 weeks hunting birds and fishing with some Alaskan friends. My wife will fly home and retun to Alaska for the last week of September. We'll then leave about Oct 1st and head down through the Canadian Rockies, MT, WY, SD.

Wanted to come back on the top of the World Higway but may need to reverse and go north over it so I don't get stuck with the border closed.

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Where are you going to cross into Canada? Sumas, WA is a good, easy place. Have a great trip. It's an awesome one.
In 2017 we crossed at Roosville northbound, and Lynden southbound. Both very easy. This time we'll cross northbound at Sweetgrass and southbound probably at Sumas.
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Sorry, I should have mentioned my youtube site only. My instagram is private and just for friends and family.
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Left north Salt Lake around 7 am this morning and got to Dillon, MT around 2 pm. We take our time - usually go between 55-60. Plus refueling in Idaho Falls, a rest stop to walk the pups, and two watercraft inspections (Idaho and Montana). We have a kayak on the roof of the toad. I-15 in Idaho pretty good - between 7 & 8. In Montana a solid 8. Some road construction reduced freeway to one lane in each direction in Idaho south of Spencer. No big deal.

After the I-15 and I-84 split, the traffic is much less and the drive becomes really nice, and the scenery is beautiful.
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August? That's a long drive. How long will your trip be?
We'll be there until the middle of September and then head back to the FL Keys.
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We drove from Mesquite, NV to North Salt Lake City, UT today. One night here at the Pony Express RV Resort. Nice resort - concrete pads and grass all around, next to Jordan River. However, some sites near the freeway would be noisy. No enclosed dog park. Sites are a bit close together.

Drive up was easy - all freeway and central Utah is beautiful right now with snow capped mountains and green valleys. Two exceptions: 1) there's road construction on the I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge in northwest Arizona. One lane for about 6 miles, lane was narrow, and it was windy. Not too bad, though. 2) Road construction roughly between Orem and the 215 loop. Not the entire length of this section. Narrow lanes and lane switches made for some white knuckle moments. We went through around 2 pm - no traffic delays.

I-15 in Utah is great shape - an 8. Plenty of climbing lanes, plus when they end they make the fast lane folks merge from the left, which I like. I-215 west a bit bumpy - a 6.

Fueled up at Flying J in Beaver. Very easy in and out. I've fueled up at the Flying J in St George before, and won't do that again. Very confusing in and out with a couple of traffic circles to maneuver.
Thanks for the info. Will be following this. We drove through Salt Lake City both ways last month and found the I-15 in that area pretty rough. Not much different than driving the poor freeways in SoCal. Save travels.
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Thanks for the thread. Looking forward to you journey posts.
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We left Dillon, MT headed to the home of some friends near Missoula. I-15N and I-90W in Montana are both in good shape - mostly 8 with a few places a 7. The drive along the Clark Fork River on I-90 is beautiful. The Flying J at I-90 and MT 200 is a great place to fuel up - lots of extra room to park and maneuver around. A bit of construction there but not a problem.

We did have one hiccup that day. I forgot to run the engine on the toad when we got there. The next morning getting ready to leave, discovered the toad battery was dead. Had to get a jump. Won't make that mistake again. Ah, the joys or RV'ng.
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Mark, I used to have that problem with my TOAD and then decided to stop every 2 hours or so and stretch the legs and start the car for 5 minutes. The biggest problem was in hilly country as the brakes come on quite frequently and can run down the battery.

I carried a Battery Minder battery charger, the pricey one with 8 amp output. When I forgot and the battery was dead I could (with extension corde) start the generator and plug into one of the bays. Charger on while hooking up and then start the car and let it run. Other than that, consider a "Charge Line."

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