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Old 07-08-2018, 06:22 AM   #1
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We are planning a long slow trip up to Alaska for the summer of 2019. We are starting from New Orleans in mid-March. We expect to get to Alaska in mid-June.

I have a tendency to over plan and book places far in advance. In this case, getting up there is going to take so long (we follow the 2 2 2 rule - drive between 10 - 2, no more than 200 miles, stay 2 nights), were not sure when we need to book/reserve sites up there. We know everyone who RVs to Alaska will all be doing it between June and August, so we will be right in the thick of it.

Any advice from Alaska veterans?

We have a 40 foot coach and a toad.

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We are planning the same trip once our house sells. Alaska has tons of boondocking sites which we plan to use. We will make reservations possibly at Denali when a few weeks out.


We find reservations are a problem if we change our plans along the way. We normally call sometime in the morning for a site the same day. Never had a problem.
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Old 07-08-2018, 10:22 AM   #4
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We are also planning another trip for 2019. In past trips, we boondocked about 95% of the time and only made reservations a couple days ahead of time when the tanks needed to be refreshed and needed to do laundry. Never had a problem finding an RV park to take us. Going through Canada you will find county parks that are on a first come first served basis. Some are really great locations and you pay on the honor system. However, there are usually no hookups with these places and not all are able to handle a large rig.

I would suggest if you plan on staying in Denali NP to make your reservations as far in advance as possible. Denali does fill up and reservations are really needed for that location.
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We are planning a long slow trip up to Alaska for the summer of 2019. We are starting from New Orleans in mid-March. We expect to get to Alaska in mid-June.

I have a tendency to over plan and book places far in advance. In this case, getting up there is going to take so long (we follow the 2 2 2 rule - drive between 10 - 2, no more than 200 miles, stay 2 nights), we’re not sure when we need to book/reserve sites up there. We know everyone who RV’s to Alaska will all be doing it between June and August, so we will be right in the thick of it.

Any advice from Alaska veterans?

We have a 40 foot coach and a toad.

Thanks
Depending on what they're doing construction-wise in northern Canada and Alaska, you'll find some long waits and very slow driving conditions in most places. Northern Canada speed limit is 90 kph, for a reason. They aren't your average interstate freeways. You'll want to be aware of the dips in the roads, which are usually marked with little orange cones or sticks or some other form of markers at the sides, to tell you to slow down or pay the price. You just have to pay attention all the time up there.
Best to fill up whenever you hit half a tank. Some spare DEF might be a good idea if your rig is a diesel, as I have no idea how much a Cummins exhaust system uses.
Last but not least, cell coverage between Dawson Creek BC and Whitehorse, and then between there and Tok, AK will be non existent. Watson Lake has a couple of towers and Whitehorse about the same, some of the larger towns may have coverage, too. Everything in between is dead air.
All this said, the trip will be unforgettable and the risk is definitely worth the reward.
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Old 07-09-2018, 12:17 AM   #6
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With our 40' MH the only reservations we made for a whole summer trip were for the July 4 weekend and for 5 nights in Teklanika campground in Denali Nat'l Park. For those we made reservations 3 weeks prior when we had a better idea of when we'd be in the areas. As it turned out we were early for Denali so on a whim we boondocked nearby at a beautiful spot and drove into the park early morning. We easily secured a site for an additional 5 nights in Denali's Riley Creek campground. Spending 10 nights in the park was awesome. We saw 'the' mountain 7 of 10 days and saw every one of the big animals... more than once. You don't need a lot of reservations. What fun is that? Sometimes you may want to stay longer and sometimes you want to leave earlier. This is supposed to be a fun, relaxing trip. We boondocked the majority of our time but if you're using RV parks then pull in early afternoon and you'll get a site. Then you'll have plenty of time to explore the surrounding area.
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Thinking the same thing about Alaska in summer 2019. Planning to retire in March and the Alaska trip will be a great way to kick it off. I'm thinking of taking a different approach - signing up for a caravan. I know it's more expensive, but the key is they have a dog sitter. The sitter will free us up to do more than hike and eat in the RV.


Regarding reservations, I usually don't get "en route" reservations, just call ahead. If there's a destination we want to stay at, I definitely make reservations. For the Alaska trip the only reservations I'll make is between Banff and Jasper. I figure that area will book up tight.


See you in Alaska next year!
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We are also planning a long slow trip up to Alaska for the summer of 2019.

We are starting from Trussville, Alabama. We expect to get to Alaska some where around mid-June also.

WE will be having our 50th wedding Anv on the way we are leaving the day after mothers day we cant wait.

We have a 32ft 5th wheel and enjoy getting on the open road with it.

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Old 07-12-2018, 01:40 PM   #9
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...also planning summer 2019.

Random things.....

We know a couple that lived in AK 30+ years and made MANY trips to the L48 and broke several windshields. Their RV is a 2014 and they are on their third windshield. This is specifically why I have windshield coverage.

I am thinking about getting one of these for the toad: https://rvandoffroad.com/rv-and-towables

I am not sure what to do about reservations. We have lost money in deposits etc when our plans change I am hesitant to reserve so far in advance. Somewhere I read July 4th is an absolutely must have reservations somewhere.

Where do you boondock in AK? I like boondocking but am used to the parking lot kind. There are only so many WM up there.
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We left Arizona with a cracked Jeep windshield but decided not to get it fixed because we 'heard' we'd get a cracked one on our trip to Alaska. We returned to Arizona with the same crack. The secret is to not drive fast following others and when in a construction area and an approaching vehicle comes pull over to the side as far as you can.

A bra for the towed vehicle? Have you ever seen a car after coming through a construction area in the rain? If the bra gets any grit under it, it will rub on your paint. Keeping it clean would be a pain. Again, we had no damage to our Jeep.

Boondocking? Get Mike and Terri Church's book, ' Alaskan Camping' which will have many very nice spots to spend a night or two - not commercial parking lots. This is the only camping reference you will need. It includes public campgrounds, RV parks, boondocking spots, dump stations and covers the Yukon and Canada, also. They once lived in Fairbanks and traveled to the lower 48 all the time. They know these places.

Don't overdo it on reservations. They aren't needed except for a couple instances like July 4 and Denali.
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We left Arizona with a cracked Jeep windshield but decided not to get it fixed because we 'heard' we'd get a cracked one on our trip to Alaska. We returned to Arizona with the same crack. The secret is to not drive fast following others and when in a construction area and an approaching vehicle comes pull over to the side as far as you can.

A bra for the towed vehicle? Have you ever seen a car after coming through a construction area in the rain? If the bra gets any grit under it, it will rub on your paint. Keeping it clean would be a pain. Again, we had no damage to our Jeep.

Boondocking? Get Mike and Terri Church's book, ' Alaskan Camping' which will have many very nice spots to spend a night or two - not commercial parking lots. This is the only camping reference you will need. It includes public campgrounds, RV parks, boondocking spots, dump stations and covers the Yukon and Canada, also. They once lived in Fairbanks and traveled to the lower 48 all the time. They know these places.

Don't overdo it on reservations. They aren't needed except for a couple instances like July 4 and Denali.
Thanks. I am going to get that book.
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Were shooting to be up in Alaska in July/aug next year as well... well see what happens and maybe see you on the road!
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