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Old 02-20-2013, 07:57 PM   #43
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Would love info from anyone who has used RV parks in Alaska. We are going to try and have reservations set and try some boon docking. We we wondering if it is hard to find readily available rv sites during the summer months. Also is there any place we should avoid?:anyone
When the salmon are running, you probably will not be able to get a spot on the Kenai peninsula. The runs usually last about a week and occur on/off through out the summer. If you plan to stay in Homer, you might want to make reservations. Other than that, you should be able to find a spot. You will definitely want to get "The Milepost". It comes out each March. Amazon carries it. The book is invaluable. All the roadways in AK are covered, in 1/10th mile increments. Campgrounds, points of interest, gas, food, shops, rough roads, fishing spots---it is all in there. Have lived in AK for 16 years and we ALWAYS carry one in the RV!!

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Old 02-20-2013, 08:32 PM   #44
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Hey all-

We'll be in the southwest US in late spring, and we would like to experience Alaska. We have a nice 40' motorhome and could surely drive it, which we know has certain advantages, but we also want to consider the *possibility* of flying up and taking a cruise/land excursion combination. I guess I'm factoring in the 10,000 mile round trip, and the associated costs. Don't get me wrong; we're full-time RV'ers who aren't afraid to travel, but we've seen much of the west coast, all the way to Canada, and the (long) drive up through Canada, to get to Alaska, might be kinda dull (so we've been told).

I think we're somewhat treating Alaska as a destination, and while of course we'd see some good stuff along the way, I'm not sure that what we'd see would justify the high cost of getting there at 8 MPG.

Anyway, a long-winded way of asking for opinions of RV'ing there, versus a fly/cruise/land excursion.

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"might be kinda dull" really?really? Someone has a much different idea of dull than the other 99.9% We took more pictures, saw more (because we were there longer) awesome scenery in Canada than we did in Alaska on our 2012 S.M.A.R.T.(former,current,retired military) caravan. Don't get me wrong, Alaska has jaw-dropping scenery too, our caravan was 67 days, 37 of which was spent in Canada.
The very first things to do preparing for the trip is to buy the Milepost magazine, and email the Alaska department of tourism requesting their travelers guide. Alberta, British Colombia and Yukon Territory also have tourist guides for planning your trip. If you look up the travel plans for the main Alaska caravans, most drive the trip in a counter-clockwise fashion, S.M.A.R.T. does it CW fashion. That's because there are only two routes to AK. All of the Alaska caravans try to coordinate their schedules, otherwise reserving CG spaces would be a nightmare. One or two RV's should not have any problem finding CG spaces in Canada or AK.
P.S. You cannot rely solely on your GPS in AK or Northern B.C., A.B., or YT. The Milepost is dependable. In B.C. one of our group decided to follow their GPS instead of listening to the wagonmasters instruction to follow the Milepost.. They ended up on a one-lane dirt road, had to disconnect the towed, find a spot large enough to turn the 40' MH around, return to get the MH, backup about 1/2 mile, turn around the MH, reattach the towed, then drive to where the rest of the group was waiting.

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Old 08-25-2013, 08:52 PM   #45
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Just returned to the US a couple of days ago from the SMART 2013 Alaska caravan ...6,100 miles in 71 days, 36 of them in Alaska. I was the assistant wagonmaster ...we did it CCW this time ...depends on the Wagonmaster's plan. The scenery in both Canada and Alaska was incredible, and we absolutely enjoyed the trip. Our 10 yr old 40' motorhome performed well, but I did have to splice a hydraulic hose in extremely remote Western BC where we were 300 miles from any cell phone reception ...several 3/4" hoses bundled with wire ties caused one hose to rub holes in it ...and while making that repair discovered a small coolant leak. The coolant lead got worse, leaking mostly when cool, and I poured apx 8 gallon of coolant through it (adding enough to kill the low coolant alarm each travel day) for the last 1k miles. We are in the Seattle area now awaiting repairs before we head out. It looks like the radiator top cap is leaking.
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It is rare to have an uneventful trip. We replaced our coolant hose after it sprung a leak on our last trip. deSanford

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