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Old 08-12-2016, 11:56 AM   #1
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Alcan highway

Anyone travel the Alcan this year or last?
Do's and Do not's much appreciated.

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Old 08-12-2016, 01:05 PM   #2
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Last been there in '12. The best advice I have to offer is this;
Always remember you are not in a race to get to AK or lower 48. Take your time to enjoy the trip and greatly reduce the chance of damaging your rig. ALL frost heaves are not marked, slower speed allows you time to recognize one before you are in one.(a frost heave becomes a depression in summer) Use common sense when encountering a gravel portion that is under re-construction, slow down and maintain a greater following distance.

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Pretty good road for the most part. Sections are gravel/dirt where they are reconstructing. . For the most part this is a 45-55 MPH road when its good. Much less in the rough areas. The last section up to AK is probably the worst of it, but also some of the prettiest.

We kept it to 250-300 miles per day so as not to get worn out and planned our stops ahead of time.

Best rule of thumb is to drive on the top half of your tank and don't drop below 1/2 before refueling. Make sure your vehicle and tires are in good shape and that no systems on the rig appear at risk. While you will likely not need them its a good idea to carry spare tires for your rig on this road. I never did need them bat carried them anyway.

The single most important thing to do is purchase the latest version of "Milepost" and plan your trip out in advance.

Always a good idea to stop at the visitors center in Whitehorse before taking on the last section to get an update on road conditions ahead- plus its a nice place to visit and get info.

Keep an eye out for wildlife, Bear, moose, other fury creatures and there are buffalo along the road. (We drove into a herd of buffs in a bad fog and didn't know it- found one looking in our window!) We had a mountain lion cross in front of us in 2014.

It is likely going to be the best road trip you've ever had!

Cameras and binoculars are absolute necessities.

Enjoy the trip!
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In addition to the 'Milepost' there are two other publications recommended - Mike and Terri Church's 'Alaskan Camping' which includes Canada and the Yukon. It's all you will need for finding RV parks, public campgrounds and awesome boondocking spots near the highways. Also purchase the TourSaver 2/1 Coupon Book available online. One glacier cruise will pay for the book and you'll want to do at least one.

As stated above the highway is good for the most part but just like the lower 48, there will be construction during the summer months. Just go with the flow.

Many things are far apart so plan to stop and sitesee along the way. Don't think you'll get to the campground and then backtrack to see something.

A whole summer of reservations is not needed. The only ones we made were for the July 4 weekend (Alaskans like to camp, too), and for 5 night's in Denali's farthest campground you can drive - Teklanika. For those we only made them about 3 weeks prior when we could better judge where and when we'd be there. As it turned out we were early getting into the Denali area so on a whim we boondocked at a lovely spot nearby the previous night and drove into the park early morning. We easily secured without reservations an additional 5 nights in Riley Creek campground for our 40' motorhome. Spending 10 nights in Denali we saw 'THE' mountain 7 of 10 days (some never see it) and saw every one of the big five animals residing in the park - more than once.

There are really no 'resort' RV parks as you may see in the lower 48. Most RV parks are just gravel parking lots so you don't have to pay big bucks for a place to stay.

Definitely plan on exploring Canada and the Yukon on your way to Alaska. They are beautiful countries.

Read as much as you can on these forums. During the winter months there will be lots of postings. Woodalls.com forum also has a good ongoing Alaska posting of those planning to go the summer of 2017. Folks even post on it as they're traveling to alert for road conditions or other issues. The 2016 post is going on right now if you want to check it out.

Every year is different for road conditions and don't listen to the horror stories of years past.

Plan to take as much time as you can. Most leave the last part of May and return the end of August. It's not a trip you'll want to rush through.

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Old 08-13-2016, 05:41 PM   #5
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ALWAYS slow down when yo see the flag at side of road no matter how many times you have slow down and it was nothing we done the 10000 mile trip in 2010 or 11 the wife says only way she would go again was to take the shortcut she found(dfw airport) I enjoy it and would go again we done it in 60 days need 90 days at least. I thought the highway was fine like doing 300 miles a day on farm to market roads forget about using cruise control
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Planning is not really required unless you just feel more comfortable. We made reservations in Denali but that is just about it. There are plenty of places to dry camp along the way so if you can, I would bring a generator. It is daylight a long time in their summer and easy to overdrive. We drove 250 miles or less a day. There is so much to see and enjoy. Your rig will get incredibly dirty both in side and out. Use the Milepost to find turnouts so you can stay out of the way of faster traffic. Drive slowly on bad sections of road. We had other RVers passing us like they were in a race and then we would see them a short while later broken down along side the road. Bring lots of money!
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Last been there in '12. The best advice I have to offer is this;
Always remember you are not in a race to get to AK or lower 48. Take your time to enjoy the trip and greatly reduce the chance of damaging your rig. ALL frost heaves are not marked, slower speed allows you time to recognize one before you are in one.(a frost heave becomes a depression in summer) Use common sense when encountering a gravel portion that is under re-construction, slow down and maintain a greater following distance.

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