Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-18-2017, 06:54 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Burnsville NC
Posts: 48
Trip to Alaska

My wife and I are planing a trip to Alaska from the Southeast U.S., along with several friends. We would love to know the pros and cons of making a trip of this length.

Thanks you.
__________________

__________________
Trimble T is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 04-18-2017, 07:09 PM   #2
Member
 
GreyGoose57's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Saco, Maine
Posts: 99
Why wouldn't you do it if you had the means and the desire? If it something that you really want to do, and you have a vehicle that is properly maintained and capable as well as the money to make the trip then plan the trip and go for it. Realize that out west as well as on the way to Alaska filling stations will be fewer and far between but you can verify the fueling points along the trip using google maps, etc. You can also scope out the camping sites along the way. Also, pay attention to the weather and know what to expect in terms of temperatures and conditions for when you are planning to make the trip.

I just recently made a cross country trip in 6 days, with a few sight seeing side trips. It went great but driving out west is much different than driving in the east. Generally less traffic and wide open spaces that provide for great views but sometimes gas stations are > 100 miles. My advice would be to take your time and enjoy the trip. You will have a blast.
__________________

__________________
GreyGoose57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2017, 07:19 PM   #3
Senior Member - DIYer
 
Waiter21's Avatar


 
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: NW Ohio
Posts: 3,226
DO IT..... Trip of a lifetime...

The only con I can think of, we didn't have enough time. Read about our trip. We did it in a 21 ft Micro-Mini Class C (Toyota Dolphin).

Alaska | Alaska Trip Log

..
__________________
1999 Fleetwood Southwind 35S (Ford F53 6.8L V10) - Toad 2003 Saturn Vue.
It won't do MACH 2, but I can get a sandwich and take a pee.
Waiter21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2017, 07:23 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
dennis45's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: BC
Posts: 6,365
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trimble T View Post
My wife and I are planing a trip to Alaska from the Southeast U.S., along with several friends. We would love to know the pros and cons of making a trip of this length.

Thanks you.
I don't know, I'd think twice about this.
You are going to run into rain, snow topped mountains, bears, moose, bald eagles, beer, mud, friendly people, huge cimamon buns, midnight sun, beer, blue skies, wilderness, did I mention beer, fishing, bears fishing, just to name a few.

You should think long and hard about this.
__________________
Dennis & Carol
2003, 4006, 41' DutchStar, Spartan, ISC 8.3L W/BanksPower - 2013 Honda CRV, BlueOx Baseplate, Aventa Bar & Patriot Brake. And the 04 Bird, Sunshine Car.
dennis45 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2017, 07:27 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Ray,IN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: North America somewhere
Posts: 13,571
There are many prior threads about going to AK here in irv2.com. You will probably learn nearly everything you want to know from those older threads.
We went to AK with the S.M.A.R.T. (military, past and present) in 2012. Two RV's were from FL, one from SC. We all met at Dick's RV park in Billings, MT., and began our trip from there. FWIW, SMART is the only non-profit RVing organization I know of, which makes the price of their caravans much less money (about 2/3) than for-profit organizations.
__________________
2000 Winnebago Ultimate Freedom USQ40JD, ISC 8.3 Cummins 350, Spartan MM Chassis. USA 1SG, retired;PPA,Good Sam Life member,FMCA."We the people are the rightful masters of both the Congress and the Courts - not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution. "Abraham Lincoln"
Ray,IN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2017, 07:38 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 1,107
Go!!!

My wife and I did it a few years ago by ourselves with an older diesel powered 11.5' TC. We spent a little more than 1.5 months and had planned to stay longer, but my wife thought she was having medical problems so we came home early. It was a false alarm. I had planned to come back down through the parks in the Canadian Rockies so we missed that. Even so it was a wonderful trip.

About a week of our trip was spent on and off the ferry between Prince Rupert, BC and Skagway, AK. The rest was spent driving about in AK, UT, and BC.

Enjoy yours!!

Steve
__________________
dix39 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2017, 07:38 PM   #7
Member
 
ivykrewe's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Belle Chasse, La
Posts: 92
we are making that trip, starting in early June and returning home in early October. Lots of stops going and coming. It has been a long time coming. I have gone over the MH from front to back. I think i covered everything. you will have a great time. Might see you on the road.
__________________
Gene @ Alice Ivy 2007 Monaco Dynasty, 2012 Wrangler
ivykrewe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2017, 07:40 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 75
I cannot think of any cons to making the trip to Alaska. It is a beautiful state, and the trip up there is also beautiful. My wife and I have made that trip in different motorhomes a total of 7 times, and are even thinking of traveling it again (and we are both 80 years old!!!!)

You can see from my profile that we currently live in Florida. We have made the trip from here 3 times.

So---- I say, go for it!!

Ed Headington
__________________
Ed Headington is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2017, 07:49 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Americanrascal's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: West Georgia
Posts: 393
We've done it 2X in the past 4 years. Once on a truck camper and once in our 31 foot moho pulling a toad ---each time from Georgia. Both trips were fantastic , memorable and not that hard. The roads are relatively decent, but there are some miles of rough road where there is construction activity up in the Yukon, Alaska.

I can't think of a lot or reasons not to do it -- maybe if one had health issues or equipment that was in need of attention, but there are plenty of reasons to do it. It takes a bit of planning but its quite an awesome experience.

The absolute requirement for a successful trip is to acquire and absorb the most recent "Milepost" manual about the Alaska highway. It covers everything you' see, need and do for each mile along the entire trip. Then sit down and plan. We moved pretty quickly and wish we had more time. We took 21 days getting to Anchorage from west of Atlanta . I wish we had moved even slower.

On the way back we had to peddle pretty fast due to a daughter who was soon to deliver a new grandchild back here in the south east, so we made it back home in 14 days. That was very exhausting.

The hard part to fathom is that once you get to Calgary from these parts your about 1/2 way there from the southeast. Its a bit mind boggling. But the memories make it all worth it!! Will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
Joe
__________________
Joe a/k/a "Americanrascal"
2016 Winnebago Adventurer 38Q +tow dolly
8th RV to sit in our driveway in 35 years
Americanrascal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2017, 07:51 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
rarebear.nm's Avatar


 
Excel Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Posts: 1,258
GreyGoose- so the rumors are true that there are really places where gas stations are closer than 100 miles apart??? I guess that means you don't have to plan as much. A western traveler.
__________________
Fred & Denise (RVM157)
Santa Fe, NM
2007 Excel Classic 30RSO 2007 RAM 3500, Diesel, 6Spd Auto, SWD, 4x4, CC & LB
rarebear.nm is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2017, 07:52 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
RockyMtnRide's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Colorado
Posts: 291
We went last summer and loved it so much we are going back again this summer.

By the way the book mentioned by Americanrascal is the Milepost. You can find it on Amazon and most book stores or AAA.
__________________
2006 Monaco Diplomat
2017 JKU Sport Toad
and a garage full of Harleys
RockyMtnRide is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2017, 07:56 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Americanrascal's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: West Georgia
Posts: 393
Quote:
Originally Posted by RockyMtnRide View Post

By the way the book mentioned by Americanrascal is the Milepost. You can find it on Amazon and most book stores or AAA.
Sorry about that and thanks for the correction. I had one of those senior moments!
__________________
Joe a/k/a "Americanrascal"
2016 Winnebago Adventurer 38Q +tow dolly
8th RV to sit in our driveway in 35 years
Americanrascal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2017, 08:01 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Pigman1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 1,922
Be Careful! We took the trip in 2006. Trip of a lifetime---never go again. Then we went back in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and yeah, we leave the end of the week---AGAIN!

As I said, BE CAREFUL. It's addicting.
__________________
Pigman
2013 Tiffin Allegro Bus 43QGP
2011 Chevy Silverado 1500 Toad
Pigman1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2017, 09:23 PM   #14
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ray,IN View Post
There are many prior threads about going to AK here in irv2.com. You will probably learn nearly everything you want to know from those older threads.
We went to AK with the S.M.A.R.T. (military, past and present) in 2012. Two RV's were from FL, one from SC. We all met at Dick's RV park in Billings, MT., and began our trip from there. FWIW, SMART is the only non-profit RVing organization I know of, which makes the price of their caravans much less money (about 2/3) than for-profit organizations.


Dick's RV is in Great Falls, MT. Good people that own the park. No cable tv. They do host a lot of caravans, so booking ahead is important.
__________________

__________________
mr-kolby is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Alaska trip in Summer of '09 Steve Rankin iRV2.com General Discussion 5 12-01-2008 07:45 PM
Dutch and Sandy Dinwiddie's alaska trip pictures Dutch 'n Sandy South Central Region 3 09-10-2007 08:52 AM
Dutch and Sandy Dinwiddie's Alaska trip pictures Dutch 'n Sandy South Central Region 13 07-31-2007 06:48 AM
My Alaska trip photos Budster iRV2.com General Discussion 4 10-02-2006 01:22 PM
trip to Alaska mayahuel Full-Timers 3 02-22-2005 03:24 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.