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Old 05-05-2009, 08:15 AM   #15
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That's the idea my wife and I have, I am 58, she 62. Young by many standards, but I still would like to do it before it's too late. We are planning on Summer of 2010. We have got the copies of Milepost and Camping in Alaska and will probably do it on our own. We are not much into the thousands of free museums with all same type placards you just read that seem to be a big part of all of the Caravans. We are more into the slow days at our own pace and schedule, looking at Flora and Fauna, the nature sisters. Thanks for the comments.

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Old 05-24-2009, 11:31 PM   #16
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We are currently on a DIY caravan to Alaska. It now consist of three rigs and will be four on Wednesday.

All of us are fulltimers and three are members of the NKK Fulltimers chapter where we met and became friends. We all discussed wanting to go to Alaska and last Aug, one of the guys e-mailed the other 2 and ask if they would be interested in all traveling together. We jumped on it. We passed several e-mails back and forth but when it was found we would all be in the same area, decided to meet and plan. It turned into plan, eat, play games, plan and eat some more. LOL.

We discussed what each families traveling life was looked like. What time in the morning do you normally leave, what time do you stop. How fast do you drive on different types of roads. Do you stay at Wal-marts. Eat out or eat in. We tried to covered as many areas as possible and in areas where we were different, each family was willing to compromise. Daily start time was the biggest difference.

We had a fourth couple that wanted to go and agreed to let them, but later they had to back out. All three of us agreed that 4 rigs was the max because of logistics of getting rv sites, etc. About May 3rd, two of us met at an NKK rally in Kansas and another couple that our friends knew ask if they could go with us. We meet up with the 4th couple in 2 days.

We all plan the next stop together and the route. We do not make reservations because Wal-mart is always an option. In Canada and Alaska, we can boondock. This gives us flexibility that we all are use to. After 3 weeks, all is going much better than I anticipated. It is some give and take, but we all get along great and have a fantastic time socializing, eating together, etc, plus we are able to help each other.

I think trying to do this with 10 rigs would be very difficult, but not impossible. We are flexible and would be willing to give it a try with another group sometime. If you are not willing to be flexible, then don't participate in one of these DIY caravans.

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