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Old 09-13-2013, 03:08 PM   #1
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alaska ferry

We would love to go to Alaska and take the ferry one way and drive the other When I looked at the fares it would cost around $3500 for the RV plus 2 adults for a 3 day trip from Bellingham to Alaska (you name the town) I can't believe it is worth that kind of money but I'm sure many have done it. Anyone done that trip and if so was it worth the money

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Be very careful when looking at prices. For length they will measure from the furthest point out on the front to the furthest point out on the rear. On mine that was from mirrors to ladder. For width they will measure from the left to right mirror. My length was measured as 42' and width was 10', the width ended up almost doubling the cost of a trip from Haines to Stewart by ferry.
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I am curious about this also.

My guess is that I could inflict more than $3500 in damage by driving it to AK.
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I drove there in 04. Only damage was a windshield crack from oncoming traffic on a gravel road. I wouldn't have traded it for the Ferry. No other damage and a lifetime of memories. You don't see what I saw from the Ferry. I take Ferries when there's no other way like when we went to Newfoundland.
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What's the total distance you'll be avoiding. What would fuel cost for that distance? Seems to me the true cost of the ferry would be the difference between the two.
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Personally , I don't think fuel difference is a consideration for a trip of this nature. Go big or stay home. Plus it will no doubt cost more for the ferry than fuel
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:39 PM   #7
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I drove there in 04. Only damage was a windshield crack from oncoming traffic on a gravel road. I wouldn't have traded it for the Ferry. No other damage and a lifetime of memories. You don't see what I saw from the Ferry. I take Ferries when there's no other way like when we went to Newfoundland.
The opposite is also true. The views and experience on the ferry are awesome. We did the ferry/driving loop in 1986 with a 24' class C. We saved some money by boarding in Prince Rupert instead of Seattle (now Bellingham). One of our objectives was to stop in Juneau. Great trip. We would like to do it again, either by boat or driving.
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Just for your info......
Disconnect the toad and drive it on as a separate vehicle.
Lots of dollars saved.
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Did Alaska in a Winnebago Caravan in 2002 and really only missed going to Juneau (Can't drive there you know) and did every touristy thing available. Having all the side trips other than the Arctic Circle prepaid made for an easy way to enjoy the sites but in my not so humble opinion the the trip is the destination and the views along the way were priceless. Refused to leave until I saw the Northern Lights. As we left the various RV Parks they were putting barriers across the driveways. Hated my gas bill when I got home but as the years pass the memories are more than worth it.

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Luckyd is right! The length of the towbar can put you into another category not to mention the difficulty manuevering aboard the ferry. Prince Rupert is an excellent choice and you still get to see S E Alaska then get off in Haines or Skagway. I was measured once but the last time they just took my word for the length. Pets have to stay below but you can be escorted down to check on them. Propane needs to be shut off and maybe wired and sealed.
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There's a member here with the handle ViCap who lives and works in Alaska and has done the ferry . . .you could look the handle up and drop a note.

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Luckyd is right! The length of the towbar can put you into another category not to mention the difficulty manuevering aboard the ferry. Prince Rupert is an excellent choice and you still get to see S E Alaska then get off in Haines or Skagway. I was measured once but the last time they just took my word for the length. Pets have to stay below but you can be escorted down to check on them. Propane needs to be shut off and maybe wired and sealed.
Plus, if you leave the car attached, the height and width charges apply to the total length of the combination.
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Yes, it's very expensive to take the ferry.
No, you won't save money not driving up, not by a long shot.
No, the boat ride alone doesn't really justify the extra expense.
YES, stopping for several days each at the towns on the route, that you can only reach by boat or air, makes all the extra expense very worth while.

We've been to Alaska 3 times, our last trip in '08 was in a 5'er that was total of 56' long...If my memory is correct, the ferry cost something like $3300 but the experience was priceless.
We stopped for several days at Ketchikan, Wrangle, St Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau and ended at Haines. Each town where we stopped was a wonderfully unique experience.
If you take the ferry, my best advice to you, is to not worry about driving aboard or debarking the ferry. Just do exactly what the ferry tech tells you. He will walk right beside you telling you exactly when and how to turn. They are great.
These memories are priceless
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2x billsmax. We traveled to Alaska in 2012 up the Alaskan Highway and down the Inter Coastal Waterway (Haines to Prince Rupert). The Inter Coastal Waterway cost $2500. It included a 39 foot MH, a Jeep Liberty, and two nights in a cabin on the ferry. We stayed several nights in each city: Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Prince Rupert. One of the more memorable experiences of the trip not to be missed. Who knows how many more time we will be making the trip.

See our blog of the Alaskan trip starting in May and the Inter Coastal waterway in July: RVGR8escape

Safe travels and THE JOY IS IN THE RIDE
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