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Old 11-08-2014, 06:33 PM   #15
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Alaska is rock chip capital of the world even on paved hwys we put the pea gravel down all winter. So protect you vehicle. This is a link that might be of interest to you if your really want to protect that motor home or Toad. They sell cut to shape peices for most vehicles. You can buy sheets of this to put on relatively flat areas. Buy the heavy duty for the lower half of the vehicle and the lighter weight for those areas that are up high, (Bug protection). Invisible Mask - Clear Bra Automotive Paint Protection, 3M Scotchgard, Carbon Fiber 3M Films

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Old 11-08-2014, 07:38 PM   #16
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Wow! As usual such great info on this site.. It makes me want to attempt the trip!

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Old 11-08-2014, 10:32 PM   #17
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We went to Alaska in 12 with a S.M.A.R.T. Caravan. One of the MH's was a 45' Newmar Essex towing a Ford Expedition. They drove everywhere the rest of the caravan went, stayed in the same CG's, etc.
There is only one must-have for driving to/from Alaska; it is MilePost guide book. You do have to keep in mind the books contents are a year old when it is published, it takes that much time to gather all that detailed information, compile it into a book, then publish and distribute. That makes calling ahead prudent and advisable.
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Old 11-09-2014, 06:35 AM   #18
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Also I'd recommend Church's guide to Alaska. We ended up using it more than the Milepost.
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:02 AM   #19
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We found the campgrounds in the Church's book very over rated. We did use the lat/long listed for each campground in the book for our GPS as many do not have addresses. Campgrounds up that way are nothing like campgrounds in the lower 48. If you want hook ups, be prepared to be slide to slide with you neighbor. That is why we dry camped or chose campgrounds with just electric as they had much more room. The Milepost was invaluable to us. I had it open on my lap the entire trip mainly so I could find pullouts so we could get out of the way of the crazy drivers. This was a trip of a lifetime and we enjoyed every minute.
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Be sure to take a plane ride into Denali and land on a glacier. Below is a picture of Mt. McKinley form our Cesnia 185 of Sheldon Air flying out of Talkeetna. See our blog of Alaska at:


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Old 11-09-2014, 06:09 PM   #21
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Campgrounds in Alaska are not like the Oasis in Vegas. They are just a place to park for the night if you have to. If you're going to use a CG near Anchorage try Eagle river state CG 1 mile to Eagle river and only 12 miles from down town Anchorage other wise keep going.
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tigersharkjd --- We leave Pennsylvania June 1 for about three months in Alaska. We have done caravans in the past but are doing this on our own. Bought all the recommended books and maps. Can't wait - maybe we will run into you!
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Mud flaps?

Can anyone explain why the use of a full mud flap causes more stone damage to the toad?

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Can anyone explain why the use of a full mud flap causes more stone damage to the toad?

Placement and position.

Being placed at the extreme rear of the RV is dumb. If road debris is lifted from the road it will likely make it to the TOAD before the debris can fall back to the road.

Most of these rear flaps are far too close to the road surface. If they'd are too close to road they lift road debris through the wind turbulence they create. If you are hung up on using a rear flap make sure it's high off the road. There's no added value when it comes to the TOAD for a flap hanging any closer than 5" from the road.

These are marketing banners. The most effect flap is as far forward as possible. Directly behind each tire is just about as good as it gets.
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Old 11-11-2014, 04:22 PM   #25
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Ak Hwy travel

Here are a couple of planning tools, in addition to the standard Mile Post and Church's.

I like the Yukon one the best it gives km post so that you know how far to the next stop.

The second one is good for general planning across several Provinces.



British Columbia and other Provinces

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Can anyone explain why the use of a full mud flap causes more stone damage to the toad?

Take a look at the postings by DuraFlap under the Forum called Vendors Spotlight.
It is very important information.
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Old 11-15-2014, 10:58 AM   #27
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Fuel prices as of Sept.

I printed the individual maps off the Mile post to manage mileage between stops, easier than carrying the entire book.
I pulled the reciepts and tried to remember the order. There was one more stop on the Cassiar Highway I couldn’t find a receipt but it was at are real fancy looking lodge something II.

After leaving Prince George Hwy 97 to Cache Creek.
I crossed over to Route 5 from Cache Creek to Kamloops BC to avoid the steep hill,(Fraser Canyon) the Canyon is very scenic but 20 plus miles long and very steep.
I wouldn’t pull that hill with a motor home or a 5th wheel/trailer. I saw several RV’s pulled over from over heating. The better option is to cross over coming and going to Hwy 5 it is a short drive Kamloops to Cache Creek about an hour but well worth it Hwy 5 is a great divided highway without the steep hill. The drive from Cache Cr. to Prince George this way is very scenic with plenty of small towns to stop and take a break. Prince George to the beginning of the Cassiar also many small towns.

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Are there any Canadian websites like GasBuddy.com we have here in the US?

Getting back the the OPers ?, Even the state parks I have driven thru in and around the Fairbanks area would support many 40+ RV's. I have seen everything from 45' pushers to 14' eggshell tt's. around Fairbanks AK.

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