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Old 11-28-2015, 05:13 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by TCNASHVILLE View Post
Central Florida to Alaska, now that's a hike! I'll bet it's an incredible trip. I recall some of our members have made the trip and documented it. Try a Forum search to find them.
Glad time isn't a factor for you, cause you'll need plenty of it. Thousands of miles and then you get to Canada. Then thousands of miles and you arrive at the Ak state line near Chicken. Keep in mind that Alaska is 2x the size of Texas, so [Yup] thousands more miles as you drive Alaska. The good news is that there aren't that many miles of paved roads in Ak. Still plenty of beautiful driving. THEN when the mood hits you, its time to do it all again in reverse.

I met a fellow from Tenn at the pump out in the CG in Denali. Had a fairly new medium sized class B MH and was towing a Saturn sedan. As we pumed, we talked and he announced when this rig gets back to Tenn, you can buy it for $20k [Saturn and all]. He was done!!! Others we met on our trips discussed thousands of dollars in repairs that they had faced on the trip north. Breakdowns in western Canada often mean several lost days as you wait for parts to be shipped in.

If I sound negative about Alaska, I'm not. I love Alaska and we are already planning our next adventure. I simply want to offer an alternative that will save you major wear and tear on you RV and TV, concentrate you adventure in the great state of Alaska and save you considerable $$. We fly to Anchorage and rent a MH. Cost varies by season and you have the flights which can be pricey; but in our case when it was time to go home, we were home in less than 24 hours, our TT was spitshined and ready to go, and the TV the same.

Next time we're thinking about flying but instead of the MH, rent a small SUV and drive to some of the remote haunts we have discovered in our previous trips. There we plan to stay for a few days or longer at lodges or BB's that are far and few between, but do exist.

Enjoy your adventure.

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Old 11-28-2015, 07:08 PM   #12
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Preparation is the key when driving back and forth to Alaska. We have driven to the lower 48 and back three times (actually drove down and back one time, then flew down and drove a friends truck and TT back, then the third trip we used the ferry out of Bellingham), call us the lucky ones I guess, because we have never had an issue. Not once ran out of gas, lost a tire, got a flat, etc. The trip where we flew down and brought the truck and TT back was in the middle of winter. It turned out to be the smoothest trip. It all really comes down to preparation, planning, and not rushing a thing. So do take your time.

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Old 11-29-2015, 09:20 AM   #13
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I bought the milepost for our 1st trip to Ak. Probably useful on trip one because its all new at that point. Problem I had with the MP is that it is a mile by mile travel log, and I mean milepost by milepost. Given that most things are a hundred miles or more apart, the detail of mile 47 or 74 isn't of that much usefulness. On next trip I tried to download the MP for the online version. No luck as my wifi / DSL wasn't up to the task. Anyway just be aware that milepost is detailed, minutely detailed, with tons of really useless detail. Sort of like walking from your RV to the CG office a 1/2 mile down the lane and following directions each step by each step.

As to the drive to and from the lower 48, the OP starting at say Orlando will have a drive of roughly 3100 miles [x2] to get to Seattle. The drive from there to Dawson city is another 2000miles [x2]. We drove about 2000 miles on our MH vacations in Alaska. That's a total of 2000 miles plus a flight from Nashville roundtrip. From Orlando you're facing 10,200 miles of towing before and after touching Alaskan soil.

Just advising that the OP understand the magnitude of the venture before they sign up for that ironman trip.

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