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Old 08-02-2018, 01:20 PM   #1
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Alaska to US question

We have been up here for 6 weeks and about ready to head back to the US. Traveling in a 40' RV diesel engine, with a tag axle and pulling a tow vehicle.

We are thinking we would like to travel from Tok to Dawson City and then to Whitehorse. How are the roads in that direction and would you do this section, any problems using the ferry?

We also want to do the Skagway down and back, is this an ok venture?

Last but not least we want to do the Watson Lake down Route 37 to 16 to Prince George. Is this Ok to try?

From Prince George we want to continue on 16 to Jasper, is this an ok road/route? Slight chance we may elect to go from Prince George to Vancover, how is that route?

Yeal I know a lot of questions but want to be sure these are ok roads.

If reading this and thinking about going to Alaska>>>do it! What an awesome adventure. Ability to hike helps to see some stuff so get out of the RV and start walking and exercising so you can maximize your trip. Have a great day and thinks in advance for any help.
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I'll be following this thread and advise - as this is the trip at the top of my bucket list.
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Old 08-02-2018, 01:33 PM   #3
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Prince George down is fine, PG is the furthest I have been. This could help you:
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Old 08-02-2018, 01:44 PM   #4
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First, we (Alaskans) like to think that we are part of the US. I can comment on two of the legs.

The side trip to Skagway can be an absolute beautiful drive with grand mountains peaks (weather permitting). Good roads and very doable with your set up. We were down there a few years ago to hike the Chilkoot trail and took the train back to Skagway. Nice town. Can get a little busy when the cruise ships are in port.

We drove the route from Jasper to Prince George last summer. Good roads the whole way. We really liked the Jasper/Banff area.

Happy to hear you enjoyed your time in Alaska!
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Tok to Dawson City and then to Whitehorse
I assume you're talking about the "Top of the World" and "Klondike" highway

HUM - I'm not sure about a 40ft with toad.. The road is good and also dirt with switchbacks. Also there is a ferry crossing.. We made the trip in a 21 ft micro-mini 8 years ago, but were going the other way.

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We did the TOW in June of 16’ in a 25’ tt and truck. At least at the time I didn’t any rigs your size. I saw a A few class C’s. Only the 20-30 miles between Chicken & Jack Wade Junction was “ real bad “. Real bad, I mean rough gravel, narrow at some points where you had to be careful of on coming traffic around turns, no guardrails, and at least in 16’ the road in that section didn’t seem it had been graded to smooth out the washboard effect leaving many 4-6” rounded stones humped up / imbedded in the road surface.

Besides those items and all the 4 letter words coming from my church going co-pilot.....slow an easy was the way to go.

Would I do it again when we go up next year. Yes....unless there is a lot of rain thus causing the road shoulders to become soft. We had dry weather. We stayed 3 days in Dawson City and two in Chicken.
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We did this in July 2016 and found it is very doable if you drive for the conditions. We went with a group, some with 45’ coaches with toads, and everyone made it with no damage. At that time we felt the worst section was the 10 miles near Chicken on the section between Tok and Chicken (a gravel section with severe washboard and many potholes). We just took it slow (lot of time spent at 10 mph) and made it with no problems. The next worst section was also in the gravel close to Chicken between Chicken and Dawson City, lots of washboard and potholes. The TOW between the border and Dawson City was mostly dirt but was reasonably well maintained and relatively smooth and we drove it at mostly 45 mph. The weather conditions will affect the road conditions however and we were fortunate to pass through a few days after rain so there was little dust or mud. Recent rains will make the dirt roads muddy and periods of dry weather will make the unpaved sections or road (dirt or gravel) very dusty. In any case, you WILL need to wash your coach and toad after passing through. We found the trip was very scenic and were very glad that we did it. Chicken was nice and we had moose cows and their calf’s in the campground to view and enjoy. The staff give a very nice tour and history discussion of their gold dredge and teach gold panning techniques. The Yukon ferry was a total non-event. The staff are very good in directing you on and off of the ferry and they frequently groom the shores so that the approach angles won’t damage your equipment. When we crossed they were taking particular care with RVs and grooming for every rig. The only concern I would have with the ferry would be if you need/want to cross when a caravan was crossing as that creates quite a crossing delay.
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Jim, How many vehicles could they get on the ferry?? When we crossed, I think there were two extended cab pickups and us, a 21 ft class C Toyota micro-mini.
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Jim, How many vehicles could they get on the ferry?? When we crossed, I think there were two extended cab pickups and us, a 21 ft class C Toyota micro-mini.


We crossed in 2017 it was our 40 ft class A and a small pickup. Wife took toad over earlier so she could get pictures of coach crossing.
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Watson Lake to PG the Cassiar Hwy. it is two lane with no shoulders, so no where to pull off if you have truoble, limited services, other than that a scenic route.
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Jim, How many vehicles could they get on the ferry?? When we crossed, I think there were two extended cab pickups and us, a 21 ft class C Toyota micro-mini.
I canít remember exactly now, but seems it was more than that as I recall. I think they could get one big RV on one side and something like 5 or 6 cars on the other side which is what they seemed to like to do. But itís a small ferry for sure. Below is the only picture I could easily find of the ferry.
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Wow! What a trip! It is definitely on my bucket list!
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Wow! What a trip! It is definitely on my bucket list!
You will definitely love it! It was without a doubt the best trip of our lives. We found ourselves saying this is the most beautiful thing we have ever seen and then we would go around a curve and we would say, no THIS is the most beautiful thing we have ever seen to be repeated over and over again! Canít wait to go back again.
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My 44' and toad was all they could fit on ferry across Yukon. We found no roads that we could not handle satisfactory. Slow is name of the game. Did find several roads better than many I have traveled in lower 48. Skagway and train ride are fun.
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