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Old 02-16-2013, 07:19 AM   #1
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Trip new york to alaska

We are trying to plan a trip from Fort Drum (Water town), NY to Fort Richardson (Anchorage), AK. I can not find a map on line that shows the RV parks and Diesel stations, much less will let me avoid things line low tunnels or bridges, and since it looks like all the roads are 2 lanes, it is a real pain especially since this is our firt trip like this. We need help
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:35 AM   #2
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First purchase should be the Milepost book which will give you various routes to and from Alaska.

There are also many resource books available that will help you find RV Parks, free camping areas, dump stations, etc. while traveling the roads of the US & Canada.

Google is your friend.

If you own a smartphone, there are RV apps too that will help your travels. in that case the Google App Store is your friend.

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Old 02-16-2013, 08:03 AM   #3
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Look at the AllStays app (iPhone/iPad, not sure about Android). We use it to locate places to stay (private, county, state, and national parks, Walmarts, etc.) along the route we want to take. Amazing and useful app.
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:42 PM   #4
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I assume you are military. There are two apps for iPads and or iPhones: Mil Traveler and C-RV Military (Allstays). You can also go on the Military Campgrounds and RV Parks Website: www.militarycampgrounds.us .
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You also might try Good Sams Club free mapping sight. You can put in 3 avoid type situations and also request service areas.


http://ike.freetrip.com/freetrip/GOODSAM/
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X2 on The Mileposts. Best travel book for making a run to or from AK.

No need to buy the latest edition if you can find something 2009 or later at a better price.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:48 PM   #7
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I know that you asked about getting routing from on-line but I do not think there are any that are adequate, or any that really take your length and height into consideration AND list rest stops and campgrounds along the way.

But if you are willing to spend a little coin, there is a relatively new GPS designed specifically for RV's. It is the Rand McNally RVND 7710 (newest version is 7720 and has lots of bells and whistles not specific to route finding). I have also read about, but not seen an app from Rand McNally for the iPad. I think it runs $99. Does pretty much everything the 7710 does.

The RVND 7710 has a place where you enter what kind of RV you are driving/towing, how long it is and how tall it is. Then, using it's trucker routing-based software, it builds a route that will avoid getting you into "tight" situations. Additionally it has a Next Exit feature. If you are on an Interstate it will show you a list of all the upcoming exits on your route, tell you what services are there and whether the access/parking is RV friendly.

You can also custom load POI's (points of interest). I have loaded a free module that is called 14,355 Campgrounds and the Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. Now when I am within a few miles of any of these places the GPS verbally lets me know.
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In 16 years of full-timing including driving to Alaska, we've never had a problem with low bridges and tunnels. I really don't know why folks worry so much about this. If you stay on major roads - I'm not talking interstates but state highways you won't have a problem. Semi trucks drive these roads all the time. Also, diesel is readily available on those roads - semis drive them. Once you start heading north through Canada, the Yukon and into Alaska, there aren't a big choice of roads to take so you're not going to have problems. Everyone else will be traveling these same roads. As you're heading north it's advisable to top off your tank at the half-way mark in case the next station is closed.

Also, purchase Mike & Terri Church's book (Amazon) "Alaskan Camping". It will be the only campground reference you'll need. It includes Canada and the Yukon, also. They lived in Fairbanks and travel the roads all the time. The Milepost will give you good history and sites along the roads but don't rely on it for campgrounds. Use the Church's book.

Also, don't pre-plan far in advance with reservations. You will enjoy your trip better if you're not locked into being somewhere on a definite day. You won't have problems getting sites. The only reservations we made for the whole summer trip to Alaska was for the July 4 weekend and 5 nights in Denali's Teklanika campground and for those we only made them 3 weeks prior when we had a better idea of when we'd be there. There are also wonderful scenic places along the highways to just pull off for a night. Many RVers do this. Have a great trip!
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After crossing the country twice and up to Alaska and back twice, I second what TwoGypsies stated.

I ONLY make reservations when in places that I know are going to be crowded and full like Key West was when we were there January 2012.

I now have the Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone, before that it was dumb phones, and I have gotten a couple of apps that now help with our travels.

I really prefer stopping where and when I get tired of driving which is usually around 275-300 miles a day and it is generally someplace free. Unless of course I am planning to stay there longer than an overnight.

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Drove to Alaska last summer from Portland, OR and had a great 3 month trip despite suffering some collateral damage. Canadian roads can be pretty rough due to frost heaves in the winter, thus you will be driving on long sections of gravel roads. Gravel gets kicked up by the long mudflap in the rear so my toad would be pummeled with pebbles (seemed like rocks). Result: cracked windshield on toad; also RV due to idiot truck driver speeding in the opposite direction on gravel.
We were advised by a sage RV tech in White Horse to remove the mudflap on the RV (managed to store in basement) and the bra on the toad. The bra holds the gravel against the vehicle ( goes for RV also) thus becoming a super abrasive that would ruin your finish in no time.
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Gravel gets kicked up by the long mudflap in the rear so my toad would be pummeled with pebbles (seemed like rocks). Result: cracked windshield on toad; also RV due to idiot truck driver speeding in the opposite direction on gravel.
We were advised by a sage RV tech in White Horse to remove the mudflap on the RV (managed to store in basement) and the bra on the toad. The bra holds the gravel against the vehicle ( goes for RV also) thus becoming a super abrasive that would ruin your finish in no time.
We, too, found that folks with the big mud flaps were actually removing them because of rock damage. We only have the small flaps behind the wheels and sufferend no damage whatsoever. We also didn't drive fast and pulled way to the right, sometimes even stopping completely, when a fast-moving vehicle approached, especially trucks. Just take it easy and you'll be just fine. We didn't have any damage and didn't protect the vehicles in any way.
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My coach has front and rear mud flaps and a full width flap tucked up under the coach in line with rear flaps. This works great. The rocks and gravel are pushed out to the edges of the coach well ahead of the toad.
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The most important mud flaps are the ones behind your duallys. Stop the rocks where they start. Make sure they are around 4" off the ground when you are in drive height.
If your back mud flap is throwing rocks at your tow vehicle, it is possibly because it is too close to the ground, creating a wind vortex effect. The back mud flap needs to be at least 4" off the ground to prevent this.
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