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Old 03-10-2017, 07:57 PM   #1
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We're Alaska bound come June. We'd like to go all the way to the Arctic traveling the Dalton Hwy(Hwy 11). Has anyone done this in a 31 foot class A or similar RV? We'll be towing a small TC, so do we leave the RV somewhere and proceed in the TC? Leave the TC and take the RV? Any and all suggestions regarding Alaska will greatly be appreciated.
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We're Alaska bound come June. We'd like to go all the way to the Arctic traveling the Dalton Hwy(Hwy 11). Has anyone done this in a 31 foot class A or similar RV? We'll be towing a small TC, so do we leave the RV somewhere and proceed in the TC? Leave the TC and take the RV? Any and all suggestions regarding Alaska will greatly be appreciated.

We made the trip several years ago. We left the RV in Fairbanks and drove as far as Coldfoot truck stop. We couldn't go further due to time constraints. I've always regretted not getting all the way to DeadHorse. It will take some prior planning as over night facilities are limited. There are commercial companies who run vans up regularly.
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A few years ago I motorcycled to Alaska with two friends. One wanted to pan for gold, the other wanted to stand on a glacier, and I wanted to go to the Arctic Circle. Their objective was easily accomplished while motorcycling. However, using our better judgement, we rented a car in Fairbanks and drove to the Arctic Circle, 66.5 degrees latitude, took a picture, and headed back south. As an aside, the car rental company expressly stated that we were not covered to travel the "haul road". As it turned out, we did have a flat on the way and had to buy a new tire before returning the car.

Needless to say, it can be done on a motorcycle or in an RV, however, the road is not your friend - it is the lifeline of the big rigs that make their money hauling stuff. Most of them do not give you a "courtesy pass" (i.e. slow down so the gravel doesn't splatter you) in either direction. The traffic is not so heavy now-a-days since the oil boom has slowed to a trickle, but there is still enough traffic to make a person nervous every time one of those behemoths comes into view.

If you are really serious about making the trip, I would suggest taking your toad and a good spare tire (or two). A couple other options would be to rent a car or take a tour bus.

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