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Alaska - Summer 2019 - RVDreamers Sharing Plans


Howard has given us all permission to us this site as a place to share our planning, experience and knowledge for a trip to Alaska in the Summer of 2019. 

We are planning our 3+ month trip to begin at the end of May and to wrap-up in early September.  We will start and finish the trip from Western Washington (Tacoma).

My research has included - Mileposts, Blogs from fellow RV'ers, and a zillion brochures and magazines sent from a single online inquiry. Thus far I have enjoyed the personal Blogs from fellow RV'ers the most. 

Perhaps a good beginning point would be a listing of the best Blogs and YouTube videos to use in our research. What are your favorites?

I'll be trying to find a way to post our itinerary/plan in the next few weeks.  (The next week and a half we are busy driving to Mazatlan, Mexico.)

ALASKA or BUST



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Bill and I went to AK summer of 2016. I blogged about it extensively, including 2 summaries that I’ve been told had helpful info. Take a look and see if you find anything helpful!

bkamericanodyssey.com/2016/06/05/getting-to-alaska/

bkamericanodyssey.com/2016/10/15/recap-alaska/

Be sure to let me know if you have any questions or comments n

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Planning to head north to Alaska through Montana end of May with a new (but tested) 2019 NH 40' Summit. My current thinking is to take the route through Calgary, Banff, Jasper before driving on to Dawson Creek. Then on to Fairbanks. That's as far as my Alaska planning has gone. On the way back in early-mid September, I would like to take the Cassiar Hwy route to Prince George / Cache Creek / Hope, with a crossover east of Vancouver. I have been weighing the pros and cons of a side trip to Haines with a ferry ride to Skagway. At this point I'm not convinced I want to try backing a 40' fiver with an F350 in the confines of a congested ferry. Who knows, maybe by then I'll be used to back-up challenges. I have spent many evenings watching one YouTube video after another on recent trips through Canada and Alaska. Most were very informative and there were some great suggestions on accessories. While the Milepost was a great starting point (and future reference), I have a lot of research (and literature orders) ahead of me regarding Alberta / BC Provincial Parks and favorite pull-out spots. My new fiver will have around 1300w of solar supporting a bank of Lithium batteries which I plan to use to full advantage. I expect that boondocking will be a big part of this trip. Should be interesting since I've never boondocked before. I will continue to post updates as my itinerary continues to evolve and make a final decision on a TV. Thanks to everyone that is and will be posting here and look forward to possibly meeting some of you along the way.

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We were there in 2015, check our blog http://guntherandkara.com for late June through August 2015 for our details. 

We went with a caravan...rvadventuretreks.com...which is supposed to be the least regimented caravan company but it was way too structured and as it turns out going on your own is just fine. Do check the various caravan sites for a general itinerary as they pretty much all follow the same route because it’s pretty much the only way to go. 

The nice thing about solo other than the lack of required early early morning departures is that you can see what you want to see whereas the caravan has to include something for everybody...gift shops and visitor centers to hikes with the bears...and you might not be interested in some of that. 

Skip Hyder...unless the bears are there which is only for a couple weeks during the salmon run there’s nothing to do there really...and it’s off the beaten path even for Alaska. 

The trip across the Top of the World Highway to Dawson City is definitely worth it, as is Denali...my personal best moment was the plane trip down to Katmai NP to see the brown bears. 

Haines is cool as well...we did not do that ferry but most of the ones up there are pull on and off...no backing needed I believe. The one at Dawson City definitely is. 

If you’re heading up the AK highway from DC...take a left at Haines Junction and go down to Haines, it’s a 1 day side trip to get there plus however long you stay there. We also thought Destruction Bay just north of Haines Junction on the AK highway was a great place to stop.

Our trip was 60 days from Dawson to Prince George...we thought 75 would have been better and 90 better still. If you leave Dawson in late June you will miss mosquito season pretty much.

 



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There are two ways to Alaska, or back, joining at an intersection just inside the Yukon Territory about 15 miles west of Watson Lake, YT.  I would suggest going up the Alcan from Dawson Creek and then, coming back, take the turn south off the Alcan onto Highway 37, the Cassiar / Stewart Cassiar Highway.  All the same road.  Highway 37 will lead you down via Prince George, BC – Highway 97 to ML16 (TCH)  - Jasper, BC and the “Ice Fields Highway.”  That will likewise take you to Banff, etc.
 
Taking the Alcan the way up and the Cassiar / Ice Fields Highway back offers the best of both worlds in our view.  The Ice Fields Highway is spectacular in its own right.  The Alcan has its own magic. We’re looking forward to driving it again someday.
 
I agree with Neil’s comments as to time, etc.  Just don’t go too early in May.  Many times it’s the Montana weather that is the issue.  Not just the Canadian and there are mountains.  We’ve been up that way and back three times and the very late May – early June worked well as to the entry point into Canada.  Remember, the Canadian part of the trip, up the Alaska Range on the Alcan, is an important part of the spectacular trip.
 
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Sounds like some great ideas from you all. From everything I've read, going across the Montana border at the very end of May is the time to go. That will give me 3 to 3 1/2 months before heading back into Canada. I've seen numerous YouTube videos where the travelers were just racing back down to the lower 48 on their return trip. I plan on taking my time and enjoying the spectacular scenery. After all, that's what I'm going up there for in the first place. I've been to Alaska numerous times on cruises and cruise tours and now it's time to take that bucket list drive, while I still can. I don't plan on making my trip through Alaska all-inclusive, just too many things to see in one drive up there. So maybe I'll be heading up there several more times.

Bill, are you and Linda planning to attend the New Horizons Owners Group Rally in Kerrville this year? That's on my to-do list once I give my Summit a good two week shakedown.

Hans

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olderthandirt wrote:

Bill, are you and Linda planning to attend the New Horizons Owners Group Rally in Kerrville this year? That's on my to-do list once I give my Summit a good two week shakedown.

Hans


 They are planning to be there...as are Connie and I. We are both scheduled to arrive Thursday before the rally starts. 



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Bill, are you and Linda planning to attend the New Horizons Owners Group Rally in Kerrville this year? That's on my to-do list once I give my Summit a good two week shakedown.

Hans


 Yep, as Neil said, we'll be there as it now stands.  I encourage you to make the NHOG Rally a priority.  There are a lot of knowledgeable people going and can give you many NH specific tips.  

If it is your plan to go to the rally I really recommend make the campground reservations NOW.  This will be a fairly large rally and they could run out of the reduced rate sites.  If you need more info send an email to: nhog2019@gmail.com and one of the Rally Masters will get you the info.  Plan to get there a few days early and gather more one-on-one info.  We'll be there a bit early just for the social aspect and to fiddle with the rigs.  You know half the time at the rally is working on rigs don't you.  :)

Along with Neil and Connie we will be glad to share our Alaska experiences.  I've done an "Alaska 101" presentations at RV-Dreams Rallies and the NH one as well.  Not doing that any longer but happy to share the power point if it might be helpful. But conversation is usually just as good.  

IMO, an Alaska "cruise" isn't seeing much of Alaska.  The Alcan and the "great circle" route is half the adventure.  But that's just my take.

Hope to see you there.

BTW, very wise to fully shake down the Summit, or any new RV, prior to Alaska.  After all, no matter who builds them "Its an RV."

Bill



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Looking forward to meeting you both and Neil & Connie and picking up some valuable tips on Alaska travel.



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