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Old 03-05-2018, 04:32 PM   #1
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YUKON & NWT Thoughts and ideas

Fairly new at this RVing with only one long (6 wks) trip to the east coast of Canada and it was indeed a pleasure.

We are considering heading north and taking in some of the remote pleasures of the Rarefied atmosphere that is NWT and Yukon, Would like to get some feedback on almost every aspect:
  1. Fuel Costs
  2. Insect protection
  3. roads to avoid
  4. Roads to consider
  5. places to go
  6. places to avoid

Roads are important as it makes no sense to drag a motorhome over miles of loose surface causing gravel rash down below and who knows what else.

We do realise it's way out there and many roads are not well travelled, and support can be a long way off not to mention poor to no cell coverage as well as being internet poor unless you have satellite capability. But that's a part of the appeal.

Who has been there? What do you recommend or suggest?

Many thanks in advance.
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Welcome to iRV2.

Many posts on travel through the Yukon to Alaska , here in the forums ; not any I've seen on the NWT .
My plans are for the Yukon this June , but I don't imagine you'll want to wait till I have internet access to hear about it .

The Milepost | Since 1949, The Bible of North Country Travel

Is one source of travel info through the area . I'll re-post with links to others .
Fuel gets more expensive the further north you go ; just the way it is.

In the mean time this post might make a good read.

http://www.irv2.com/forums/f38/2017-...ip-346333.html
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As to emergency communications, it is not as difficult as you might think. Either get an PLB to use in a "I need to be rescued from imminent or current threat to life or limb right now because I'm unable to self rescue", or consider a Garmin In Reach two way satellite communicator that can even be used to summon a tow truck. I have a Garmin In Reach and it is easy to use, and has worked great.

https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-adv...r-beacons.html

https://explore.garmin.com/en-US/inreach/

Getting into very rare places just seems safer for me if I know I can communicate when I'm away from cell service, and a daily message from me keeps friends from worrying.
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Welcome to the forum.
It helps us if you put your rig in the signature, theres a lot of different motorhomes.

In YK and NWT if you don't want gravel rash....don't go. In Yukon about 20% of all roads are gravel and not the best tended gravel either!! You would do well to put new tires on the M/H if they are more than 4 yrs old. Tires are hard to come by and road service is spotty.. and expensive. If towing... lose the solid vanity mud flap, they cause more damage than they save. We travelled From Dawson City (top of the world hiway) to Whitehorse and Watson Lake and to Haines Junction, on our 2016 Alaska trip.
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Some sites that should prove useful .

DriveBC
http://511alberta.ca
http://511yukon.ca
The Alaska Highway Guide for RV and Motorhome Travelers
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interesting topic .... following.

Have planned a trip to Destruction Bay Yukon .... that's as far as I've gotten.

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Thanks everyone, I will repost this in the travel section and try to find my signature and update it.
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Is the NZ for New Zealand ??
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Yes, we are dual citizens after spending 17 years there now back in Calgary.

The MH would be a beast to drive there and with gas typically over $2/L or $7/Gal (u.s. or $9 Imp Gal) if just doesn't make sense. They do have smaller ones, typically diesel and 4cyl and they are a menace on the roads. You will know that if you watch the old "Top Gear" TV program where the UK has the same issues.
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Yes, we are dual citizens after spending 17 years there now back in Calgary.

The MH would be a beast to drive there and with gas typically over $2/L or $7/Gal (u.s. or $9 Imp Gal) if just doesn't make sense. They do have smaller ones, typically diesel and 4cyl and they are a menace on the roads. You will know that if you watch the old "Top Gear" TV program where the UK has the same issues.
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