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Old 02-28-2008, 04:34 PM   #29
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chickie: Hi from Tucson. Re: whether to go to Alaska with or without a caravan, so much depends on how you prefer to travel. We can tell you how we feel, but just because we chose one method doesn't make it right for everyone. We (my wife Lynette and I) greatly prefer traveling separately since we absolutely do not like touring according to some fixed, rather inflexible schedule...AND...in the case of Alaska, I think you'll likely want to stay at some places longer and leave other places sooner. If you are a part of a caravan, your trip is rather strictly controlled. Now...there are some things certain folks would like about a caravan, primarily securing all campground sites and perhaps other features, however, to us at least, there is NOTHING a caravan can provide that you can't do yourselves quite easily...even in Alaska. Remember, this is just OUR opinion and not necessarily correct for you. Steve & Lynette
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Chickie,

We started out travelling by ourselves, then occasionally linked up with other RVers on the way to do a stretch of road. For a while, we traveled with my BIL and his DW and later another couple. It worked out well with the hand held radios. Not only was it fun, but when one of the rigs had mechanical problems, he had backup if he needed it. This year, so far, we are leaving here on April 13, with a stop in IN. Starting out on our own, we would like to travel with others who drive about our speed (we tend to travel moderately slowly and are distracted by sights and photo ops along the way).
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">We are also thinking about a trip yo Alaska this summer. Our big problem is we don't know if we should go alone or go by caravan. Any comments? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Chickie...my in-laws went by themselves..and talked to other RVers along the way to get some ideas. Make sure you get the Milepost book also

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G'Morning chickie: I think you'll find that as you head to Alaska, especially once you're on the Alaska Hwy, you'll very likely find yourself informally hooking up with another couple or two who are moving along like you and are often stopping in the same campground. We often hooked up for a week or so with other folks, stopping together, talking on the CB as we traveled, taking side trips or local tours together, etc. Sometimes one couple would break off to go somewhere, and we'd encounter another couple and move together. Sure met some nice folks that way and had alot of fun with them and still had the flexibility to go when and where we wanted. Sure wish we were going again this summer. Reading this thread REALLY draws us back to recall our wonderful trip to the Yukon and Alaska. Have a GREAT TRIP !!! Steve & Lynette
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Steve and Lynette:

Did you encounter many families traveling to Alaska? My kids would probably enjoy meeting up with other children on the road.

They are not terribly excited about Alaska, because it's so far from friends and family.

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amy: Sorry for delay...lost track of this thread. Anyway, re: ..."encountering many families traveling to Alaska"...., ya, know, I guess it might be a "tunnel vision" kind of thing, but, we really can't recall encountering , or we just didn't notice, many families other than what always seemed to be "locals" who were out and about with their families. As we think about it, however, there always seemed to be a number of family appearing set ups with families in all the campgounds we stayed at (except one/over 55). Hope someone else can give you a better picture of families exploring Alaska together. Heck, as long as ya'll get to see everything ya want to see, LET THE KIDS...."TELL YA WERE TO GO" EACH DAY!!! Steve & Lynette
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Ebsea: Maybe the train mention is the one that runs from Portage to Whittier. It's not too far south of Anchorage. It's been a while but you would load on the train at Whittier and run a short distance through a tunnel to Whittier.
The "Milepost" may be the most important part of running around up there. I've been gone since '87 with 2 couple of short trips back so I could be just blowing smoke though. lol
My SIL and DH are going up next summer for 3/4 months and I may just run away from home and follow them around.

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Lots of good information here! I asked on another thread...but will see if you all have insights while I'm here.

Any trouble with cel phone reception when you made your trip(s) to Alaska?
How about satellite TV or air-card reception?
Just curious. Thanks for your thoughts.
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Cell phone reception is good in most places in Alaska, unless you're way out, like on the haul road to Prudhoe Bay....but, Verizon is spotty. At&t and Sprint are good.

Satellite TV is a problem, because of the physical location.

The train to Whittier is no longer running, because there is now a road to Whittier, so you can drive there! Whittier is a neat little town and worth the trip.
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Bludog: Hello. Ya know, we use Verizon, both for our cell phones, and, also have Verizon National Access (PMCI card....er...whatever ya call it), and, we experienced amazingly good connections throughout our Yukon/Alaska wanderings, although, when in the Yukon (Watson Lake, Whitehorse, Dawson City, etc.) it WAS less certain. We were VERY surprized by the frequency with which we'd be able to get on line with National Access, and how often our cell phones actually worked. In fact, I was often posting Alaska travel info on the Escapee Forum site throughout our trip (you can go to that site to actually see how often and from where we'd make posts !!) Yes, our dome satellite did not pick up Direct TV way up North, but we never watched much, if any TV anyway. Steve & Lynette
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Thank you Ernestine and Chickadee
I also learned that if I opt for Verizon's 'international' pkg, it will offset roaming costs during our travels.
Can't wait til it warms up a bit.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">once you're on the Alaska Hwy, you'll very likely find yourself informally hooking up with another couple or two who are moving along like you </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Was stationed at Ft Richardson, Ak 78-81. Back then if you saw anybody, it was considered a traffic jam.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Any trouble with cel phone reception when you made your trip(s) to Alaska?
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When I went back in 2000, verizon cell coverage was better there than in some lower 48 places. Would hope it's even better now.
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Full Moon... GO GET EM!! Have a WONDERFUL TRIP!! Steve & Lynette
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