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Old 12-05-2013, 09:30 PM   #1
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Alaska in an older Motorhome?

Hey all was hoping to get some opinions and advise we own a 1995 Brave with 50k miles on it just gave it a full tune up with hoses and belts etc. we would love to take a trip from Vancouver up to Alaska but am I nuts to do it an older rig? Has anyone else done it ? What do all think?
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:38 PM   #2
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If all the bits and pieces are working why not? I drove from New Brunswick to Alberts in the winter in 4 days... got in just in time for Christmas ...drove a 1992 Cheval ... absolutely no problems, and that was through 2 bad blizzards.

I wouldn't go this week it is colder than cold up there right now, wait for the cold front to pass, much nicer.
Maybe you are thinking more in the summer?? I would definitely go then, it is quite beautiful and no cold!!

But that is just me... I am sure more experienced travelers will have other opinions.. I say why not??
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We drove to AK last year, and saw many older MH's and towable rigs. You've replaced the essential stuff, did you replace the belt idler pulleys too? Brakes in good shape? Take your time, speed kills is the old saying, in this case your MH. Depending on your routes you will encounter some steep downgrades, practice downshifting to preserve your brakes.
If you haven't already, buy a Milepost guide and both of you learn how to use it. It's awkward at first, but with practice it becomes a great driving, sightseeing guide.
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Ya know, you might be able to sell it up there for more money that you would get down here. LOL. You should be fine. The roads are good all the way up through BC, the Yukon and beyond. Besides the ever present road repair crews, it should present no problem. If your rig is mechanically sound and well maintained as yours sounds, there should be nothing to worry about. Make sure you have the RV Package from BCAA however just on the off chance you may require a tow.
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We see a fair amount of 'older' MH's all the time. As long as you have things in good working order, take your time and have GOOD tires, thing should be OK. While most of the main roads are paved, the pavement is not the best. The other thing is to make sure that you know how to make 'minor' repairs and have some spare parts with you.
Keep us posted on how you are doing and any more questions.
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In 2006 I drove my 1991 Safari Trek to Alaska and had no problems (unlike the other two newer RV's)
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:56 PM   #7
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Well I will definatly be making the trek in the summer time I am a pretty tough guy but my 2 daughters and wife don't admire the cold all too much! But a trip like this is a once in a lifetime experience and requires some saving.
In way of extra parts what will be best, belts hoses, lights, I've heard if guys carrying 2 spares? Anything else you can suggest?
We are paying about 4.50 equivelant a gallon here in Vancouver what kind of fuel prices were people experiencing last year?
Oh so much to think about!!!!
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I would personally drive an older MH there rather than a New !
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re: spare tires; I carried 1 mounted spare for the truck and 1 for the 5er. Never had a tire problem the entire trip. I would carry 1 spare for the MH though, some of the small towns do not even have a tire shop.
When you replaced the hoses, did you replace heater hoses too? I carried 2 rolls of "rescue tape" just in case a hose developed a leak, never needed them.
The only problem I had was a broken spring on the 5er, which took 3 days and flown-in parts to repair/replace the spring and brake drum/bearings.
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I forgot to say, there were 12 rigs in the caravan, 6 MH's, 1 truck camper, 1 tt, and 4 5ers. Only the TT had a flat tire.
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I would personally drive an older MH there rather than a New !
I agree with this proud SPARTAN. We did it in a 1990 Safari in 2009 and it was great. The previous owner had done the same trip about 2005.
As for once in a lifetime. I had that thought also but am now planning a return trip in a couple of years, in a 1996 MH.
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Could I do it in 2-3 weeks from Vancouver?
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Could I do it in 2-3 weeks from Vancouver?
What, drive from Vancouver to AK and back? Sure drive to the AK border check point, turn around and drive back. From Vancouver to AK is about 6-8 days traveling-at a reasonable speed for the Alaska highway.
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Unless things have dramatically changed for the worse, 10 years ago the Alaska Highway was paved all the way. DO watch for frost heaves - breaks in the pavement - they can cause damage. They typically are flagged in sufficient time to allow you to slow down.

We moved from Homer, Alaska, to southwest Colorado, and the drive took 10 days at about 375 miles a day. You could make the trip comfortably in 3 weeks as well as see lots of country. As you know, Alaska is BIG and it takes time to see it. Consider driving to Fairbanks, then down to Anchorage, and if you have time, south to Homer, then turn around, 'cause you'll be at the end of the road. My sister-in-law told us gas was $3.92 a gallon in Homer as of today.

And, be sure to get a copy of The Milepost - invaluable in the northland!

The MILEPOST: Alaska Travel Guide and Trip Planner

It's a great experience - enjoy!
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