Originally Posted by Jpetzrick
I have been reading all the posts I can find about traveling to Alaska. Definitely getting Mileposts. Undecided about Toad. If with a small group it may not be necessary. Thatís why Iím planning now for next year, or later as Covid allows. We originally wanted to go this year but Covid pushed that back. If we have to delay it longer we wonít be happy about it but that just gives us more time to plan and find a compatible group. We are also planning a Northwest US trip later this year and it may be a chance for the group to get together for a few days somewhere to hash out some details. Thanks to everyone trying to help. I thought I would get more responses of people who are thinking of going. May be just didnít post this in the right spot.
We didn't have a toad first time out, because were were in a class B van. There were times when I wished we had a "lifeboat" behind us, in case of trouble. Now that we can tow one, we'd probably pull it along.
It's a good idea that if you see fuel, buy fuel.
An extra spare tire is also recommended for Hwy97. Carry 2 if you can.
As you've probably read, cell service can be absent from north of Dawson Creek along Hwy 97 all the way to the AlCan border. It will usually resume in proximity to most of the Canadian cities, towns, and villages, but there's no guarantee. Also, Bell/Telus had better coverage along that route 5 years ago. Rogers was our carrier and we had to buy a Bell based SIM card in Whitehorse to give us a chance of getting service along the route. It may be better for Rogers now, I don't know, but here's a cell tower finder for that area.
Road conditions can be anything, in any province or area. Some useful websites for Canadian provincial road conditions.
Current Road Conditions | Government of Yukon
If you decide to return via the Cassiar Hwy, here's a fuel and amenities website/map that might be helpful.
You'll probably get tired of looking at the back end of "pilot" vehicles too, if the construction season is up and running, as it seems to be.
Take your time, is the best advice.
We managed to survive the majority of the trip without any major failures, until we were almost out of BC on our return. In a construction zone with only coarse gravel as the surface, posted at 30mph/50kph, an oncoming heavy truck flew past us at around 50mph/80kph. We saw it coming and pulled as close to the ditch as we could, but were still showered with gravel, and our windshield got chipped. It could have been worse. Some of the truckers up there don't seem to care about safety, and are always in a hurry. So beware of the speeding trucks.