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Old 05-07-2015, 08:51 AM   #1
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Will we need air conditioning??

Headed to Canada/Alaska at the begining of June through August. 50 amp 5th wheel with (2) 12 volt batteries. We are planning on staying in parks with at least 30 amps, as the camper has NO onboard or stand alone generator. We can boondock a day or 2 till we can get 30 amps. I have looked at the average temps in different areas of Alaska, and it seems the warmest is around 75 degrees. For those that have done this trip, are these temps about right? Or am I confused, and you need the a/c to be comfortable.

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Old 05-07-2015, 10:01 AM   #2
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Three years ago we had temps above 80 for several days at Copper Center. Not normal though, it was the first time we used the air conditioning in Alaska in fourteen years. But it is getting warmer all over...

It's usually warmer in Fairbanks also.
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:05 AM   #3
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Short answer: No
Edit: The daytime temps in July and August can be quiet nice but it really cools down in the evening.
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:07 AM   #4
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When traveling through Canada on your way to Alaska you will need plenty of warm clothes until you get to the Alaska border.
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By August you will have occasion to want AC but for the most part not so much. You will find however that 30A service will be a treat and sluggish 15-20A will be the norm. A lot of the remote parks are on limited generator power. If it were me, I would install a generator but that's just my opinion.
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You won't need an air conditioner! Enjoy the trip.
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Old 05-07-2015, 04:16 PM   #7
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When we went in 2009 in general we didn't need the AC running, we did have to run the heat on a couple cold wet days.

While we were in Fairbanks, parked in the Walmart, there were numerous forest fires all around. At one point all main roads into & out of Fairbanks were closed due to fire and smoke. We had to run the AC's just to be able to filter the air. I would wake up every couple of hours and mist the AC filters to try and take some of the smoke out of the coach. Outside it looked like a snow storm with all the ash falling and visibility was cut to almost zero.
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jacwjames: We were in Fairbanks at the same time! We were dry camping in the city or forest service park right in town - don't remember the name. Therefore, all we could do was keep the windows closed - no electric.

We planned to spend more time in the area but just did the river boat cruise and had to take off. Fairbanks usually gets some fires each year. It's normal for them.
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The weather can be pretty unpredictable. In 2007 on our motorcycle trip to AK., it was 84 degrees when we got to Anchorage. We were riding around in shirt sleeves. The next day we were all bundled up, and for the remainder of the trip I don't believe we ever hit 60 degrees and seemed to rain everyday. Now for the summer of 2012 when we went up in the RV we hardly had any rain at all, mostly just drizzly and temps. were pretty constant at around the upper 50's to mid 60's. We never ran our A/C the entire trip. Can't wait to go back in 2016.
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There have been several time that we needed and have used the air conditioning in Alaska. Having said that, it is more from the fact that we live in Alaska and when the temps do get above 60, we start to melt.
One never knows what to expect weather wise and should plan for just about any type of weather.
As for traveling through Canada, some places if is nice to have air conditioning and there are areas that it will not be needed. Again, just like being in Alaska, be prepared for any type of weather.
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Thanks for the replies on the weather. Still un-decided on the generator, but I guess you can never be too prepared. Any other information will be appreciated!!
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Having some sort of generator will open up all sorts of camping possibilities for you. Many of the nicest places to camp are off the grid.
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