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Old 07-14-2014, 09:27 PM   #15
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Probably mid June to mid August. Some posts I read say August/September is better because not so crowded. Haven't really gotten around to tentative agenda/timeline yet but we are very flexible.
You've picked the HIGH season time for people traveling to and from Alaska.

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Old 09-15-2014, 07:47 PM   #16
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We are also in FL and are seriously considering Alaska in 2015, but thought of traveling with others as well. We are very early in our planning but are considering mid-May to mid-July. We have a 13 Monaco Diplomat 45' towing an 09 Saturn Vue. If interested in joining up simply reply to this post.
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:13 PM   #17
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Was thinking end of May from FL, thru Glacier > Banff >Alaska

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Old 09-16-2014, 03:44 PM   #18
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we have been talking of going to Alaska in 2015 ...
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:55 PM   #19
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Is Alaska pretty much a MH trip or is it possible or advisable to do it with a truck and TT? Do you see many of them up there?
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You see everything to and from. TT, 5th wheels, Class A-B-C, Fred, DP, Gas, Hot air(OH thats only the occupants). If you can sleep in it or set it up you will see it. With any Rig SLOOOW down and enjoy maybe carry a few xtra items of just in case. A trip you will want to repeat and talk about for ever. As far as a caravan we just kept meeting people and if we hit it off said see you ??? and made kinda day plans. We plan by the day and may get interrupted by WOW look at that lake to camp by OK. Lobbying now for another trip to the North.

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Old 09-16-2014, 07:36 PM   #21
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It can be done with any type of RV and you will see all types plus long haul motorcyclists, bicyclists, hikers, bus tours, trains, etc.

You will even see the unusual European Casket Tour RV Buses. Example below. They are self-contained with kitchens and complete with their own picnic tables. Each one of those little windows is a sleeping berth which is smaller than the inside of a casket.

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My wife's parents went up in the mid 60's 4 kids in a pop-up. Were planning on a 16' trip in our hybrid. Having flown up there may times to visit family you see the whole gamut from pushers, gassers, tt's on down. Around Denali you a lot of rental class C's, in the Fairbanks area locals have a lot of toy-haulers and tt's. If I had to put a % on types of RVing units I would say: 30% pushers, 25% gasers including class C's, 20% 5ers, 25% tt's of some kind.
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A lot of Rver's hit Jasper/Banff on the way back. We did it after leaving Stewart/Hyder because we wanted to watch the bears chow down on Salmon.
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A lot of Rver's hit Jasper/Banff on the way back.

If not going thru Banff

What's the other way to head north from the east coast then?
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What's the other way to head north from the east coast then?
I'm not sure what you mean by the other way to head north. We crossed into Canada just north of Shelby, MT. at Coutts/Sweetgrass. It won't be as busy as say Sumas in WA. After crossing it was then onward and northward through Calgary and points north. We came back on the Cassier Hwy. to Hyder, then to Jasper/Banff, and back through Coutts/Sweetgrass. One of the reasons we went through Shelby, Mt. is because we could store our firearms at Lewis & Clark Campground til we returned to the U.S.
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Below is a scene traveling from Lake Louise to Jasper in Alberta Canada.

Safe travels and THE JOY IS IN THE RIDE
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Baniff/Jasper on the way up or back? We've done both and neither way is perfect. Going up there will be less crowds and the mountains will be gorgeous with snow still on them. If you plan on hiking, many trails will still be closed for snow. If you're just doing a drive-thru, doing so on the way up is the way I'd recommend.

Doing the parks on your return? 95% of the snow will be gone from the mountain tops and those mountains are black so, to us, they weren't as attractive. The crowds are heavy later if you want campgrounds. Hiking is good.

Going with a group? Think it through first. Every one will have different feelings on where to stop, where to overnight, how fast to travel, etc.

The Alaska trip is very easy to do by yourself...and you definitely won't be alone out there. Everyone goes to the same places and the roads are few. You will meet many of the same folks time after time all summer. Safety alone? There should be no concerns. If anyone breaks down, it is extremely common for the next person to stop. The locals are very very helpful in these cases. Have you ever heard of anyone stranded? The roads are good .... IF you drive slow. That's when things break...driving fast. It's not supposed to be a fast trip. We had absolutely no problems and no windshield breakage and no dings in the vehicles. Have fun planning!

Also, you might check on the Canada/Alaska forum over at RV.net. Each year they've been having a ongoing conversation of those going that year with many good hints. Also, check at the very top of that forum site for a "Sticky" of things to do, how to prepare, etc. It's very helpful. They even make their own signs to put on their RV and if you see one in a campground or along the way, you know it's one of the members.
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This is an interesting thread. I also have been thinking of an Alaska trip. Can't wait to see how this developes.

It's a tad early for me to plan but, I'm interested.
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