Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Navigation, Routes & Roads
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 11-22-2011, 04:32 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Caluch's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: fairport, NY
Posts: 28
Alaska Travel.. Advice & Comments

We are considering another trip to Alaska. Last time we did it (7 Years ago) we had a small (Roadtrek) motorhome, and it performed well (only one broken windshield). Now with a longer (43FT) towing a car, we are concerned that both Motorhome and car might suffer greatly.

Any comments, advice or warnings would be appreciated...
__________________

__________________
Caluch 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 11-22-2011, 05:31 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Okanagan valley British Columbia
Posts: 707
You have already traveled the Alcan , it has not changed appreciably since except the black flies are bigger and nastier. What exactly are you worried about?
__________________

__________________
RoyM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 05:43 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 264
The last 120 miles from Destruction Bay to the Alaska border are still riddled with frost heaves. They are mostly marked with either orange flags, road signs, or just spray painted. Pay attention to the suggested speed limits - they will save you lots of trouble. There is a RV Welding shop as soon as you enter Tok, AK. They usually have about 70 repairs per tourist season due to RVs and their Toads not being on the same horizontal plane due to excess speed...the frame gets bent as the rear of the RV is dipping down and the toad is jumping up. I saw an RV "catch some air" a few months ago...I can't imagine what havoc happened when they went crashing down! Other than that the scenery is still awesome, the population sparse, and the trip is fabulous!
__________________
Vicap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 06:07 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
sdennislee's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 6,404
Just brought the MH down the ALCAN for the season in October. As usual the scenery was awesome and the frost heaves are still there. Saw some snow in WHitehorse but nothing bad.

As already stated keep the speed down. I am happy if I average any thing over 35 to 40 mph for the ALCAN.

Most CGs open in May and close mid September. We had no trouble finding enough open CGs in October, water was another story that late in the year. Previous year I brought the MH south in November, nothing open and way too cold.

Never miss staying at Bridgeview RV Resort in Lethbridge, AB and they are a PA CG so half price. Great place to stay on the way up and back.

Also like Northern Lights CG in Dawson Creek, BC and The Caribou RV Park in Whitehorse, YT. They are a bit nicer than the typical ALCAN CG.

Stayed at Muncho Lake for the first time. Nice lodge, the sites are very small and the shore power is located in the front of the site, kinda weird. The restaurant was very good although spendy. THey also run a flight-seeing service from the lodge.

The Wolf's Den restaurant in White was very good.

Detoured through Banff on the way down, well worth the extra miles for the scenery.

Agree with previous poster the road from Destruction Bay on is still terrible.

Where do you plan on going in AK? Glad to answer any questions I can.

If you get to Anchorage, send me message if I can help you with anything in the area.
__________________
US Navy Vet, Liberty Tree Member of Oath Keepers, NRA & VFW Life Member, Alaska EMT.
2009 Safari Cheetah 40 SKQ
2009 Winnebago Chalet 231CR
sdennislee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 06:25 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Dav5942's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Lake Oklawaha RV Resort(\
Posts: 1,374
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vicap View Post
The last 120 miles from Destruction Bay to the Alaska border are still riddled with frost heaves. They are mostly marked with either orange flags, road signs, or just spray painted. Pay attention to the suggested speed limits - they will save you lots of trouble. There is a RV Welding shop as soon as you enter Tok, AK. They usually have about 70 repairs per tourist season due to RVs and their Toads not being on the same horizontal plane due to excess speed...the frame gets bent as the rear of the RV is dipping down and the toad is jumping up. I saw an RV "catch some air" a few months ago...I can't imagine what havoc happened when they went crashing down! Other than that the scenery is still awesome, the population sparse, and the trip is fabulous!
All the more reason to go thru Dawson City and "Top of the World Hwy". And while you are at it take the Cassier Hwy-both routes much more senic than the Alcan. We'll be going that way again next year. Have done it twice once when the coach was brand new-no problems whatsoever.
__________________
Outlaw LS '16 JK Ruby '13 TJ '04 Ruby XJ '98-all built for Moab, HD Trike '15, AC Wildcat Trail in garage
http://picasaweb.google.com/dav5942/...T2AlaskaBeyond
Dav5942 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 06:56 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Bluff Dale, TX
Posts: 565
Get a Protect-a-Tow for the car.
__________________
Most RV batteries live a long and useful life, some are murdered.
2000 National Sea Breeze F53
1998 CRV Toad
garym114 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 07:35 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
GaryKD's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Wellington, Florida
Posts: 12,325
Hi Caluch,
I see you own a Newmar coach. The Newmar Kountry Klub has an Alaska caravan each year. Give the Klub a call and ask for the details in 2012. 877-639-5582

The dates are June 4 - July 15.
__________________
Gary
2005 Newmar KSDP 3910 + GMC ENVOY XUV 37K lbs Moving Down The Road
The Avatar Is Many Times Around The USA
Nobody Knows Your Coach Like Somebody Who Owns One Just Like Yours
GaryKD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2011, 07:40 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Chickadee's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,027
Caluch:

If possible, consider removing the rig wide mud flap with the "NEWMAR" letters from the rear of your MH before headin for Alaska. If ya can store it somewhere for the duration of this trip, do so. That flap sprays small rocks and gravel on to your toad when your traveling over those occasional stretches of gavel, and EVEN in graveled campground driveways at a slow speed!!

Have a wonderful trip. I know we can't wait to head that way again sometime. We had our 40' Mtn. Aire towing Honda Element for our first trip and the whole experience was absolutely fabulous!!

Steve & Lynette
__________________

__________________
2014 Newmar 3103 BAYSTAR/Triton V10 w. Banks/05 Honda Element toad
Chickadee is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
travel



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 SLOWSPOKES Monaco Owner's Forum 34 12-25-2011 05:24 PM
Winnebago Industries Launches New Winnebago “ONE” Travel Trailer DriVer RV Industry Press 2 10-05-2011 11:04 PM
Non-RVer Family Seeking Transportation Advice GrooveTonic iRV2.com General Discussion 11 02-08-2011 07:03 PM
Alaska with a tow-dolly John Dotas iRV2.com General Discussion 2 05-17-2010 06:13 PM
Bennington Vt to Vero Bch Fla...Travel advice? kathyp Navigation, Routes & Roads 8 01-12-2008 01:09 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:13 PM.


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