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Old 11-27-2019, 02:32 AM   #43
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No worries, Steve. The one issue we both regretted on past cross country trips were all the reservations we had to make in advance and then had to bypass many potentially interesting sights and activities to meet those arrangements. We’ll see what the ferry line has to say about reservations but, if it doesn’t work out, we’ll just take the Cassiers Hwy home and see a different part of AK. One of the reasons we’re RV’ers is so we can be so flexible in our travels. The kids have flown the coop and the house will be shut down so we don’t REALLY have a reason to get home at any particular time. As Doris used to say, “Que sera sera”.
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As Doris used to say, Que sera sera.
Love your attitude! That's how we always feel. We have never been without a place to stay.

If we would have had to make reservations for every night of our 16 years of full-timing we would never have full-timed. 5,840 reservations? No way.
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If you have a pickup, whether towing a trailer or not; do not pass an open filling station regardless of your tank reading.


While we were on our Alaska trip in 2012 we had a broken spring on our 5er. while returning to Tok(no cell service from Chicken), I came upon a man with such a rig on the side of the road. I pulled up behind him in my dually and asked if I could help.
He said he ran out of gas, he had bypassed one station because he had half a tank. Well the next station was closed.
That was approx 6 miles from Tok. I poured my generator gas, 1G, into his tank then followed him into Tok.
An unwritten rule of Alaska is to never ignore anyone broke-down along the road or walking, there are too many dangers.
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Ray, that’s one of our rules of the road: never pass a gas station when the gauge reads half. Spent too many years driving Chevy Blazers with their wonky gas gauges to trust them again. Besides, half a tank is about as long as the wife can hold it. Any point after that and MY trip becomes miserable too. ��
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No worries, Steve. The one issue we both regretted on past cross country trips were all the reservations we had to make in advance and then had to bypass many potentially interesting sights and activities to meet those arrangements. We’ll see what the ferry line has to say about reservations but, if it doesn’t work out, we’ll just take the Cassiers Hwy home and see a different part of AK. One of the reasons we’re RV’ers is so we can be so flexible in our travels. The kids have flown the coop and the house will be shut down so we don’t REALLY have a reason to get home at any particular time. As Doris used to say, “Que sera sera”.
Thank you so much. Those would be my thoughts exactly.

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UTV or not

I am planning on going up in June of 2020. I have a toy hauler and wonder if I should bring my RZR. It is licence for the pavement here in Az. I could use it to run around instead of unhooking trailer - but it takes up room in trailer (non garage model) and I am undecided if I should bring it. Any opinions?
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Since it would have to be removed from trailer at every stop and all days are not sunny and nice, I would think it wouldn't be convenient but only you know if you'd like to deal with that and the mud it would carry into your trailer.

If you consider doing it then you probably need to consult the proper authorities in Canada, Yukon and Alaska to see if you can ride it on the road. Also check with campgrounds such as Denali Nat'l Park which is a must. I've got a feeling it wouldn't be allowed in Denali but check.

Seems like unhooking the truck would be easier and keep you out of the rain and cold while driving around.
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Probably won't go to Denali - went there 2 years ago by bus. Has anyone else taken an atv, dirt bike or such on their trip - and if so are there off road trails to explore?
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