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Old 05-02-2016, 08:59 AM   #211
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It is crazy the small size of tanks that manufacturers install in these vehicles. We have a 2015 Dodge dually and replaced it with an after market replacement tank that more than doubled the capacity.
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It is crazy the small size of tanks that manufacturers install in these vehicles. We have a 2015 Dodge dually and replaced it with an after market replacement tank that more than doubled the capacity.
I think they are counting on us staying in a city with plenty of fuel stations and not traveling the way RVers do.
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Old 05-07-2016, 10:17 PM   #213
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Boondocking in Alberta is pretty much impossible. Commercial campgrounds or find some I would call them municipal campgrounds but then you are in Canada so the name may not be quite right. FlyingJ is your best option for a quick overnight. You are welcome at their locations just park as far out of the way as possible so the truckers are not hindered. If the FlyingJ is a newer location the showers are great ask for the co-driver discount, they provide clean towels, clean bath mat unlimited time, hot water it is a great option to a 6 gallon hot water tank.
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Greetings!

We are planning a trip for next year, leaving here May 1st, returning here around September 1st.

At the Perry FMCA rally we attended a seminar on RV'ing to Alaska. Can't recall the speakers name? Anybody else attend?

He recommended the Ferry trip up. Suggested loading in BC, and unloading for a few days in a couple different stops as we work to Anchorage. Then spending the summer in Alaska.

Anyone else experienced with the Ferry?

This is our "Retirement Celebration Trip", so I was thinking do it big and enjoy. The inside passage looks amazing and it would be fun to see on the way up, then drive back.

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Lloyd in S.C., We traveled up the Alaskan Highway to Alaska and came back on the Ferry to Prince Rupert then drove down to Seattle in 2012. This was my retirement trip as well. We picked the Ferry up in Haines with several days stops in Juneau, Sitka, Ketchican, and Prince Rupert. We did not reserve the Ferry because of the potential of delays on a long trip. Which proved to be correct since we were delayed in Watson Lake, Yukon for 5 days because the Alaskan Highway was washed out due to high rain and snow melt. The day we arrived in Haines we went to the Ferry terminal and arranged our travel stops. I would not recommend making reservations. Too many potential problems to encounter over this distance. You will need your schedule to be flexible to take adventures of the areas you want to stay and enjoy.

We used Adventure Videos to help plan our trip up the Alaskan Highway and to the Ferry. A very good planing tool for travel, campgrounds, restaurants, and sight seeing info. which can be viewed on your travels.
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Greetings!

At the Perry FMCA rally we attended a seminar on RV'ing to Alaska. Can't recall the speakers name? Anybody else attend?

He recommended the Ferry trip up. Suggested loading in BC, and unloading for a few days in a couple different stops as we work to Anchorage. Then spending the summer in Alaska.

Anyone else experienced with the Ferry?
I did not attend the rally but I would bet my coach that it was Ron Jones. Here is his web site and contact information.

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I have never taken the ferry on our three trips to Alaska and back as it was too costly for our coach and rolling garage plus we would have had to leave our Golden Retriever in the coach for the trip. Sorry that wasn't going to happen.

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We were in Alaska the summer of 2015. We tried to get on the ferry for the return trip home and were informed they were sold out for the balance of the season. This was in July! However, 2015 may have not been a representative year as one of the regular ferries was in dry dock getting repairs and I think there are only 2 all together.
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This may have been mentioned already but this is already shaping up to be a tough year in forest fire terms. The Alcan has already been closed once due to fire concerns so be sure to keep up on day to day conditions. Northern Alberta, BC, all on fire in a big way so far.
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When we flew up in Aug. of 2013 to visit family, it was a very dry summer. the whole 20 days we were in the Fairbanks / North Pole area were hazy because of smoke from forest fires. A few mornings woke up to ash on the cars.

Back to taking your RV up on a ferry. Half the adventure is the drive up. Plan to take 25+ days to get from Ohio to sis-n-laws in North Pole. Plus the cost is way out of most peoples budget.

I figure I have 2300 miles to make it to Banff which I plan to do in 5 days. That will be our "hard" driving portion. 5 days reserved at Banff and Jasper. That will leave us 100 mile average days the rest of the way. Slow as she goes.
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Forest fires are the norm especially near Fairbanks.
The cost of putting an RV on the ferry is extremely expensive. I would recommend coming up one route then down the Cassier.
If you want to travel the inside passage take a cruise, it will be more enjoyable and probably no more costly.
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That is exactly what we intend on doing in order to see the panhandle of Alaska.

Just to go from Valdez to Whittier, the ferry ride for my coach and trailer which is over 70 feet total length would have been close to $1000 back in 2105.

It will be cheaper for people that have a coach and car which can be separated but too cost prohibitive for me.

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Good morning!

Thanks for all the input on the ferry. Lots of options.

We wouldn't take the Ferry to save the drive, it would be purely for the adventure, and seeing the inside passage. As I understand it the one we are looking at has a heated solarium on the top for viewing and follows the same route as the cruises. It is a 5 days trip ferry trip. It stops in a number of places you cannot get to with your RV. Not sure on cost, but John (thanks RV735!) recommended unloading and spending a day or 2 in Juneau, and the was another. I ordered his book, and the video's.

We have 16 weeks to do this,,, as we would like to be in Kansas for the IRV2 Good Morning get together being held next summer. Plan to stop there on the way back.Although I have no doubt we could make this a longer trip and enjoy more,,,, I'm thinking 16 weeks ought to be pretty nice.

Again, thanks for all the input. Can't wait to do this.

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On your route to Alaska be sure to leave plenty of time to see Banff and Jasper. While at Jasper take a tour with Joe Urie at Jasper Tour Company http://www.jaspertourcompany.com/tours/wildlife-tour you will not regret it. He is a naturalist, he has lived there for 20+ years so he knows where the wildlife is, he has a great personality and is the best! Check out his you tube video days 16 - 20 show Banff and days 21, 22, 23 show Jasper. Starting from Cape Cod we took 107 days for the trip. There are literally hundreds of pictures, so be patient while they load (if you are using a mobile device, the day by day menu is at the top).
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Forest fires are the norm especially near Fairbanks.
The cost of putting an RV on the ferry is extremely expensive. I would recommend coming up one route then down the Cassier.
If you want to travel the inside passage take a cruise, it will be more enjoyable and probably no more costly.
Alternate route the Cassiar, that doesn't mean you won't run into fires.
The Cassiar is a much more scenic route, actually my favorite. We will be heading down to Stewart/Hyder at the end of July.

This is a good web site, there is also a map site that is great.

Cassiar Highway, Stewart Cassiar Hwy 37, Cassiar Map

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Dease Lake
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This cuts off nearly a full day of travel.
You can back track to Liard Hot Springs and still be ahead of schedule.
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