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Old 04-04-2016, 10:01 AM   #1
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Alaska 2016 / Milepost / Traveling Updates

I wanted to start a new thread here to help for the people including ourselves traveling up to Alaska this summer (2016). Just received my 2016 Milepost, the 2014 Mike & Terri Church Alaskan Camping book. But I want somewhere other travelers can update more in real time on such things as:

~ A major road re-building projects along the Alcan or any of the other major roads that would effect Alaska bound RVers.

~ Campground information that might be incorrect in the new Milepost.

~ Updates off the Sani-dumps website that are not correct. Many don't list a price, or are 5 years old.

~ Arriving at certain campgrounds Provençal, State or private that are full, closed or under construction.

~ Fuel prices, both regular and diesel. Or updates on stations that were listed in the Milepost, but are now closed. Or limited hours.

~ Road conditions, that might not been reported on the 511 website or need more detail to fellow RVers about approaching road issues with more detail from another set of eyes. RVers see or handle bad road conditions differently than the state worker who might be the one plugging in the 511 report.

~ Pull-offs that are good for a quick overnight stay. Or report where there was once a good spot, now has a "No Over Night Parking Sign".

~ Visitor Centers that have limited hours, or are not open for this season.

~ Or anything else that might be of interest.

Here is to safe travels to everyone heading north this summer.
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Superslif, though I am not doing Alaska this year (did it last year) you might find it helpful to post the route you are taking up and back. There are a number of ways you can go and multiple sights to see one you are there. If folks know the routes and places that are relevant to you, their feedback will be accurate.

Enjoy the trip :-)
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There's an ongoing post on 2016 travelers to Alaska over on the Woodalls.com (RV.net) forum in the Alaska section. This is started for every year and in previous years folks would post as they were traveling if they ran into any issues or gave suggestions. On the top of this forum page are some 'Clickys' for fuel prices and Alaskan hints. Of course, fuel prices won't be current. They change daily. However, station closures might be posted. Check them out.

You have to keep in mind that this is an altogether different kind of trip than you're used to doing. Although it's nothing like the kind of trips that old horror stories are passed down from year to year, things close daily/monthly/yearly. It's difficult to be current.

Fuel prices are what they are. You'll need fuel. The best recommendation is to drive on the top 1/2 of your tank and fill when you see it. It's no time to wait and try to shop for prices. The distances are too great.

Same for dump station or water fills - if you're getting close to needing either, when you see a place, do it.

Pull-off places are seen everywhere. There are many. We had no issues with that. Provincial parks/Yukon parks - some utilize the 'iron ranger' where you drop cash into the box in an envelope. There will be no host or ranger. When we crossed Sumas, WA we spent our first night in Hope. We stocked up on meats/vegetables since we didn't cross from the U.S. with much on hand. We also went to a bank which will give you the best exchange rate and we got $300 in Canadian money of all denominations. This is what we used on the trip up and back for those campgrounds, laundry, fuel stations that didn't take credit cards, etc. When we returned toward Montana we still had a small amount left so we had a nice dinner. Still left with about $25 we tried to exchange it around the border for U.S. dollars. No one would do it as a lot of people request it. We visited Glacier Nat'l Park and just dropped the remaining money in the Visitor Center's donation box. The ranger said they get a lot of Canadian money. We felt good with donating it to a favorite place of ours.

On that same note, we had a Visa credit card that didn't charge a foreign exchange fee. We used it for everything we could for the whole summer.

Road issues can change overnight. One year there was a lot of rain and flooding caused washouts. The highway was closed completely for a short time. When we had stopped at Liard Hot Springs for a couple days everything was fine. When we left and within 25 miles a wildfire that was going on had come up to the highway. We squeaked by before they closed the road. Others had to sit at that spot until they got the fire contained. Things like these can affect a few days of traveling. You can't get flustered. People have parties along the roadside if they can't move on. They share food and whatever. There's nothing you can do and no other roads to take so you just make the best of it. That's another reason to keep water in your tank, fuel in your tank, propane and empty holding tanks.

Just go....it's an awesome experience!
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Ourselves, were planning to enter at Sweetgrass (June 4-5?), spend two days each in Banff and Jasper. And take 40 up to the start of the Alcan. Once we hit Whitehorse, we'll make a decision to do the TOW or not. (depending on weather and road conditions) Then up to my sis-n-laws in North Pole AK. for a about 2-1/2 weeks in their driveway.

We have reservations in Denali (Tek) for mid July. Once in Alaska we will do trips around the state to sync with my sis-n-law's schedule. They do some music camps, so we'll travel then she will be tied up teaching.

Plan to return starting just after Labor Day weekend, again depending on weather. Sis said they got snow last Labor Day weekend. Going home we plan to take the Cassiar back south.
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Cassiar is the most scenic route, road was good. Fuel at the turn off then Dease Lake & Bell 2. If you have a chance and the fish are running head over to Hyder for some Bear viewing. There is a lot to see if you can take your time.
Frasier River hill is long and steep you may need to rest the brakes or take the alternate route down, cross over from 99 to 5, it's a short drive and once on 5 it's 4 lane rolling hills.
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Being on the Cassiar about Sept. 10th, will there be any color in the trees?
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There is an on going thread already for 2016 Alaskan trips. I would recommend everyone read that one first before posting here.

Doing so might prevent Re-inventing the wheel, so to speak.

We are hoping to RV to AK in a few years, can't wait!
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There is an on going thread already for 2016 Alaskan trips. I would recommend everyone read that one first before posting here.
Are you talking about this thread "Alaska 2016" ?

I figure I would start this one as more of a "running" thread of actual real time: events, road conditions, meet-ups, detours, "must see" for the RVers who in the last day or so can report back on what is ahead.

The other thread, I see as a pre-trip checklist or used as a future reference point to see what all is involved in a trip of a lifetime like this.
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