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Old 05-19-2012, 05:49 PM   #1
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We just purchased a Lance TT, lite weight and 15 feet long and will travel to Alaska this July and August. We are flipping through The Milepost and feeling a bit overwhelmed and also prefer to find dispersed camping areas rather than developed campgrounds.
Has anyone made this trip recently mainly boondocking? Any guides / maps specific for this purpose would be appreciated.
We reside in Southern Colorado if we can help anyone with plans. Thanks.

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Old 05-19-2012, 10:27 PM   #2
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Hi Carol,

You'll enjoy the trip! Lived in Alaska for many a year, but now live in Pagosa Springs, CO, since 2003. Since you have the Milepost, you have the best reference I'm aware of. The highway is paved all the way now - quite different than the gravel road I first drove nearly 40 years ago.

Do be careful as you get farther north - frost heaves are pretty tough on suspensions. When you see a sign, slow down. There are lots of campgrounds along the road - the Canadian campgrounds we stayed at were excellent.

I'm sure more folks will jump in if they've been on the road recently. A good friend just arrived back in Kenai, AK, after a trip down here, and sent a picture of fresh snow in Watson Lake two days ago.

Weather can be a bit unpredictable - but traveling when you've planned should be a great time! It will be daylight most of the day as you get farther north.

Sorry I don't have more specifics to offer - but - Welcome to IRV2!!

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Old 05-19-2012, 10:37 PM   #3
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We are making the trip now. Currently in Whitehorse YT, and have found the roads pretty darn good, no major issues. As to spots to camp have found many closed due to how early in the season, but you should not have any problems mid summer. We usually stay at campgrounds since we have a 40' HM and toad and full hooks up are nice to have along with cable TV. From Colorado also. Happy trails to you
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Howdy and welcome to the forum and congrats on your new TT purchase. Hope you have a great trip into Alaska. Be safe and Happy Motoring!!
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Hope you are including Alaska State campgrounds and US Forest Service campgrounds in Alaska. They had first pick on location. Almost all have no services and the sites are large in good locations. State CG were $10 a night and USFS was a little more. State CG have no reservations.
We had the MH in Alaska for 4 years and stayed in commercial CG just a few times.
Alaska State Parks Statewide Brochure
Even on the state web site the camping is not clearly defined and doesn't give a lot of information. There is more info in the Milepost.
USFS is through recreation.gov
Read about USFS Willawaw and Quartz Creek
Go through the tunnel to Whittier, city CG there, no services
State CG, Bings Landing, Johnson Lake, Captain Cook, Anchor Point, Deep Creek and more.
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We are making the trip now. Currently in Whitehorse YT, and have found the roads pretty darn good, no major issues. As to spots to camp have found many closed due to how early in the season, but you should not have any problems mid summer. We usually stay at campgrounds since we have a 40' HM and toad and full hooks up are nice to have along with cable TV. From Colorado also. Happy trails to you
Thanks for the info. We were hoping it would be possible to boondock during the busy summer months when the campgrounds may be full. Sounds like it is a possiblity then. Can hardly wait to go!
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Hi and

Milepost is your best reference. I don't boondocks often in AK, but the state parks are very boon docking friendly. I have on occasion just camped at wide spot on the road and had a great time.
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I spent most of 4 months boondocked roadside up there. Fishing licenses in hand, camped by lake/stream most times making for fresh dinner most nights too. All that in a 45ft towing a toad. Search these forums for something like "alaska boondock" and you'll get lot's of advice. Your hardest decision is whether the current roadside pullout will be any less prettier than the next one!
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Hi Carol,

You'll enjoy the trip! Lived in Alaska for many a year, but now live in Pagosa Springs, CO, since 2003. Since you have the Milepost, you have the best reference I'm aware of. The highway is paved all the way now - quite different than the gravel road I first drove nearly 40 years ago.

Do be careful as you get farther north - frost heaves are pretty tough on suspensions. When you see a sign, slow down. There are lots of campgrounds along the road - the Canadian campgrounds we stayed at were excellent.

I'm sure more folks will jump in if they've been on the road recently. A good friend just arrived back in Kenai, AK, after a trip down here, and sent a picture of fresh snow in Watson Lake two days ago.

Weather can be a bit unpredictable - but traveling when you've planned should be a great time! It will be daylight most of the day as you get farther north.

Sorry I don't have more specifics to offer - but - Welcome to IRV2!!

Hi Joe and Debbie,
Thank you for the info. I am not sure if submitting a quote is a reply to your email so iI hope this reaches you. Cheers from Durango!
Carol
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I spent most of 4 months boondocked roadside up there. Fishing licenses in hand, camped by lake/stream most times making for fresh dinner most nights too. All that in a 45ft towing a toad. Search these forums for something like "alaska boondock" and you'll get lot's of advice. Your hardest decision is whether the current roadside pullout will be any less prettier than the next one!

Well that is great news! Just what we were hoping for. Thank you.
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Hi Carol, welcome to IRV2. Hope you enjoy your trip. Safe travels.
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