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Old 10-31-2015, 07:46 AM   #15
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Why would the U.S. Dept. of Transportation give money for a Canadian hwy.?
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Old 11-04-2015, 09:16 AM   #16
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Maybe because mainly the US built the highway???
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Old 11-04-2015, 09:51 AM   #17
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We went in 2014 and had a great time. We drove very conservatively and used pull outs to get out of the way of speeding traffic. We have some road rash on our 5th wheel steps and we had a ton of caked on dirt on the underside. And we washed our truck/5th wheel 5 times because of the dirt. Did not escape damage but it could have occurred on any road in the lower 48. We were hit by a rock out of a hauler on good paved road near Peace River. It bounced off our hood, cracked our windshield, and put a dimple in the front cap of our 5th wheel. We had the windshield replaced and the hood repaired once we returned to the lower 48. About 4 months later, the windshield was again cracked by a rock thrown up while driving on the interstate. I would not avoid going to Alaska because of road conditions. My advice is to really watch your speed. There are frost heaves everywhere and you quickly accustomed to looking for them even when not marked. We saw numerous RVs broken down in pullouts presumably caused by driving too fast (they passed us like we were standing still). We thought this would be a once in a life time bucket list trip. We plan to return in 2017.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:08 AM   #18
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Make sure you have full glass coverage from your insurance. Wait on the new truck until you get back. Skip the Top of the World Highway. Average down your travels times to account for slower traveling than expected (if you end up ahead of schedule there's always plenty to do and see) and have a great trip!
We did the trip in 2012 and will be doing it again some day when my son gets older and can enjoy it too (good Lord willing, of course).
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We left Arizona with a cracked windshield on our towed Jeep. We decided not to get it repaired thinking we'd get another on the Alaskan trip. We returned to Arizona with the same crack and no additional damage to the Jeep or the motorhome. We also drove the Top of the World Highway. No problems.

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Old 11-04-2015, 07:32 PM   #20
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We made the trip this summer and several times in the past. As always that stretch north of Destruction Bay is notorious. . This summer it was not bad going up...lots of gravel but decently smooth. Often thru this stretch the gravel is better than the paved parts.

But, coming back....whoa! Awful...potholes in the gravel...literally miles that anything over 20 mph was too fast.

The good news is the rest of the road was generally good...a few spots with construction but not bad at all.
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Old 11-04-2015, 07:34 PM   #21
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Why would the U.S. Dept. of Transportation give money for a Canadian hwy.?

I heard that was stopped in 2014 but it was hearsay so I don't know for sure.
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:18 AM   #22
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When you get to Dawson Creek, Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway, stop and find two rocks about the size of golf balls. Throw one into your MH windshield and the other into your TOAD windshield. Once both windshields are cracked it will give you two less things to worry about and you can enjoy the trip.
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We have driven to Alaska twice (once 8 years ago and again this past year) and when asked about the terrible road conditions I tell them I've driven parts of I-5 and other interstates that were in worse condition. Yes, road work is a ongoing process but it seems that it also is ongoing on most of the USA highways. I'd suggest a Protect A Tow or other device to help prevent rocks from hitting the tow car.
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We went to Alaska in 2012 and going back in 2016. I took long rock guard off my Bounder because of what I had read here. I bought a cover for my Saturn that covered front end and windshield. Got a rock chip on way back on motor home in Canada on a freeway. That is all the damage. The road by Destruction Bay was bad but we went slooooow. That is the secret. We found much worse roads in Montana getting there. Do not let any worries stop you from this trip. It is fantastic trip. You can see ours on

mytripjournal.com/thecoopersnorthtoalaska2012.
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We went this summer from June to August, hated to come home. Like all others the road from Haines Junction to Beaver Creek was miserable, GO SLOW, to avoid we took Top of the World on the way back, it rained that day, slippery some places but again GO SLOW, and at Thanksgiving dinner we can say we did!! We went into Alberta at Shelby,MT and then across to Yukon, loved it all. Alaska....not enough words, Homer, Seward, Valdez indescribable Tok,Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage all good. Pneumonia got me in Fairbanks, great hospital. GO, have fun!!
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We hope to leave NC around June 1, depending on a couple things. Where have you been? Are you back on the road?
We are planning on going in mid to late May 2016. I am guessing that it will take us 2-3 weeks just to get up to the Dawson Creek area. Maybe we will see you somewhere up there.

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We went this summer from June to August, hated to come home. Like all others the road from Haines Junction to Beaver Creek was miserable, GO SLOW, to avoid we took Top of the World on the way back, it rained that day, slippery some places but again GO SLOW, and at Thanksgiving dinner we can say we did!! We went into Alberta at Shelby,MT and then across to Yukon, loved it all. Alaska....not enough words, Homer, Seward, Valdez indescribable Tok,Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage all good. Pneumonia got me in Fairbanks, great hospital. GO, have fun!!
How crowded were the campgrounds? How about posting the best picture you took from that trip. That way I can dream of going someday.
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There were just a couple of campgrounds that were full. We stayed at Bay Crest RV Park just outside Homer and that campground was full almost every night. And it had the best view. The other was Denali Natl Park. We made reservations for there a couple of weeks before our stay. We made very few reservations and had no difficulty finding a campground for the night. To us, the best ones were govt campgrounds with no hook ups. And if you have the Senior Pass, they were half price.
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