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Old 02-24-2014, 01:50 PM   #1
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Alaska anyone?

We are thinking about an RV adventure to Alaska. We purchased the Mile Post. Any other suggestions or resources? We are still in the planning stage. Looked at caravans, but want to take our time and stay where we like. Thanks,

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Old 03-05-2014, 11:04 AM   #2
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Wish we were headed up North on your coat tails but we've got a few years left at workin for the man. Check out RV.net & IRV2. Each forum has a thread devoted to Alaska 2014. If you have trouble locating either let me know I'll forward you the links.

If you change your mind and wait bout 2-3 years we'll go with ya!!
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Old 03-05-2014, 11:59 AM   #3
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Just a suggestion, but might consider leaving your RV at home and fly to Ak and then rent a motorhome from any of several companies in Anchorage. We have done this twice and loved every minute. The why of this is Alaska is BIG, really really big, and far away from the lower 48. You should ponder what you are really wanting from your adventure, exploring alaska or driving several thousand miles thru Canada before arriving at the Ak border. We chose to spend our time and miles actually exploring Alaska. On our trips we met and talked with several fellow travelers who chose to drive up. Almost all experienced delays and expensive maintenance or repairs on their long drive across Canada. Most said if they had it to do over again they would fly and rent. We drove between 1800 and 2000 miles on each of our Alaska rv adventures, all of them in Alaska. We have driven on almost all paved roads in the state [except Anchorage] and many gravel roads too. Alaska is truely the last frontier. In making your decision to drive up you will also be making the decision to drive back to the lower 48. We met people who had driven 4 or 5 thousand miles before they did the first mile in Alaska. We were truely exhausted at the end of or 2 plus week vacations and couldn't imagine that drive home [over 5000 miles] in our case. That seat on the flight home was tight, but in a few hours we recovered our car at the airport lot and were home in just another 2 hours.

Another suggestion if you decide that a drive across Canada is something you really want to do, you might look into signing up to drive a new RV from N Indiana and deliver it to the rental company in Anchorage. They will cut you a deal and the wear and tear will be on their RV, not yours. You drive up and fly back. A lot of people sign up to make the deliveries.

We rented from ABC in Anchorage and would highly recommend them. If you plan your trip before Memorial day or after Labor day, they offer a 50% discount. No extra milage, insurance, or tax charges. You just pay the rental [ours at the discounted rate was approx $100/day 4 years ago. All units rented are 2 model years or newer. Our last rental was new with only 7000 miles on it.

What ever you decide, save time and energy for when you get to Alaska. You will understand why when you are 25 miles from the airport or when you clear the bordor near Chicken Ak.
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Wish we were going to Alaska again this summer as made the RVing trip up and back last summer. And, we are contemplating doing it again next summer!

In addition to the Milepost, I'd also suggest Travelers Guide to Alaskan Camping by Mike and Teri Church. We found it to be helpful.

For what it is worth, you can read our blog of our adventures at Alaska Blog. Enjoy your planning and have safe travels.
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I just checked ABC RV rental and the charge for a truck camper was $275 per night...
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I just checked ABC RV rental and the charge for a truck camper was $275 per night...
Before Mday or after Lday and its half price. Our last rental was a new class C MH for $110/day Sept 2011.
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Thanks for all of the help. We can't fly as we have two dogs, but we also want to see the Western part of the US.
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Thanks for all of the help. We can't fly as we have two dogs, but we also want to see the Western part of the US.
Just realize you will also see several thousand of miles of Western Canada too. Correction - You'll see it twice, once coming and once going. Wouldn't mind giving the drive north a chance but just couldn't face the drive home. We have dogs as well and they RV with us most of the time. Going to Montana this summer and they'll be co-pilots. Alaska on the other hand was a no go for the guys and they stayed home with the dog sitter.

Enjoy your trip. Hope you have plenty of time to enjoy Alaska before having to head home. We did 14 days the first time and 19 the 2nd and still had things we wanted to do up there. Make sure your RV is in tip top shape and up to date on all maintenance. From what I've been told by people who have done what you are proposing and all lost time due to breakdowns ranging from multi flat tires and broken springs to electrical [ECU] and tranny. RV service is far and few in W Canada and for that matter once you get 50 miles out of Anchorage or any of the other cities of any size. We broke down in Seward [bad fuel] and a call to ABC and they brought us a replacement RV and helped us transfer all our stuff.

Looking forward to hearing about your trip.
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