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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.)

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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/

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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.

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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."

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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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So any thoughts on the Alaska earthquake and 2019 travel plans? I know it's still 6 months away from when we are planning on leaving but if major roads are damaged what is the possible restrictions on travel in the areas north and south of Anchorage. We probably won't know extent of damage for a while yet. Heard news report that many repairs won't be able to start until spring, which is May in Alaska, right? How devastating for all residents of Alaska!

Alaska residents you are in my thoughts and prayers. Be safe!

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They know how to quickly fix roads in Alaska. We saw them tear up a long section of 2 lane highway and it was all new two weeks later.

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Yep Bill, I've got to agree with you. There are probably going to be parts of the damaged area that will take months to properly repair but I'm betting that the Alcan will be passable very soon, there's way too much counting on it to leave it impassable for long. Anyway, it's just going to be fairly short stretches that will be torn up not the whole length.

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With that much solar, olderthandirt, you will only be limited by your fresh water supply. You’ll love solar!

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So any thoughts on the Alaska earthquake and 2019 travel plans? I know it's still 6 months away from when we are planning on leaving but if major roads are damaged what is the possible restrictions on travel in the areas north and south of Anchorage. We probably won't know extent of damage for a while yet. Heard news report that many repairs won't be able to start until spring, which is May in Alaska, right? How devastating for all residents of Alaska!

Alaska residents you are in my thoughts and prayers. Be safe!

Candy


Candy:

I certainly agree with BillJ about the repair time of roads in Alaska. From the current road reports the Alcan was not impacted.  But the Alcan is just the beginning of the trip in Alaska.  (Actually the Alcan just gets one from Dawson Creek, BC, Canada to Delta Junction, AK. From Delta Junction it becomes the Richardson Hiway which goes NW to Fairbanks and South meeting with the Glenn Hiway near Glennallen.)  

Here are a couple of links for info:

http://dot.alaska.gov/earthquake2018/

http://511.alaska.gov/alaska511/mappingcomponent/index?searchclick=Anchorage

Here are the current highlights as of the time of my post:

  • Glenn Highway—Major damage at Eagle River. Highway closed, but detour through Eagle River open.
  • Parks/Glenn Interchange—Major damage. Off-ramp to Palmer is closed. Use Trunk Road to access Palmer via the Parks Highway.
  • Parks Highway—Passable to Fairbanks. Bridges and roadways north of Talkeetna have been reviewed and are clear.
  • Kenai Spur Highway—Passable with care. Damage at MP 19 and MP 35.1 and 35.7. Cracks in roadway. Maintenance crews on-site.
  • Seward Highway—Closed at MP 112 due to rock slide.
  • Alaska Highway, Richardson Highway, Parks Highway, Tok Cutoff all clear and passable.

But its a long way till travel season.

We were considering AK again in 2019. We've been up that way three times. While I'd not throw in the towel just yet for sure, once again agreeing with BillJ's comments, I would muse about a backup plan "B" just in case for the 2019 "travel season."  Trouble is, to get to the Kenai one must go via Anchorage and that was sort of ground zero for where there is major damage to many things including roads.  It's not that one may not be able to get thru, there just maybe significant delays re-building some of the limited access hiway fly-overs, etc.  No way of knowing yet for sure.  Hence the "Plan B" suggestion.

Trust this all works out for everyone and so thankful no one was killed.  Truly a blessing.

Bill

 

 



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Bill and Bill J, thanks for your thoughts. I am also closely following road reports and will keep reading. I think if necessary our backup plan will be to go as far as Denali and skip Kenai peninsula this time and spend more time along the way in BC and YT. We are traveling with family members who need to be back by mid-August, so 10-12 weeks is likely the time we will have. I've also been following RVing to Alaska 2019 on FB. Locals have been chiming in so I'm sure additional information will be available closer to take off time.😊 We haven't confirmed our route yet so plans are "jello". The benefit of being an RVer.

Alaska residents are in our thoughts and so glad no deaths.
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Larry, Let's hope you are right. I have an old Air Force buddy who lives in Chugiak for most of the year. Right now he's wintering in Las Vegas so he missed the earthquake. He heard that he did not have any structural damage to his house although lots of things were broken. I was planning on visiting his family this summer so here's hoping the roads get fixed in time.

 

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I'm beginning to firm up my Canada / Alaska itinerary. The second week of June I will be staying for one week at the Jasper / Hinton KOA after a week at the Tunnel Mt Trailer Court, Banff NP. I have to wait until Jan 9th before I can make the Banff reservation but don't anticipate any problems getting in. I am then giving myself until the end of June to get me up to Fairbanks where I will stay at the Riverview RV Park (about 9 miles south of Fairbanks) until July 7th. On that morning I will head down to Denali NP where I have a reservation for 5 nights at Riley Creek. Since my fiver is (will be) just under 40', this may be a challenge to get into one of their 40' sites. For that same reason I chose not to stay at Tek or Savage River, this time around. From that point on I will see how the road repairs are going into the Anchorage area since my objective will be to eventually camp at different parks in the Kenai. Hope to be in Alaska all of July and August before heading south on the Cassiar in early September. I am currently reading up on the good, bad, and ugly of the different RV parks along the Alcan heading north to Fairbanks. Anyone have any first hand experience on these parks that they would like to share? It would be greatly appreciated.

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For Tunnel Mountain in Banf...make sure you pick out the site you want ahead of time and be online to the reservation page. Refresh the page exactly when the res window opens and book quickly. But 10 minutes later the weekend days will be almost all gone. 

We were there almost 2 weeks and Fri/Sat nights there were no empty sites butSunday there were maybe 10 rigs in the park. We ended up with our 3rd or 4th site choice as we weren’t quite fast enough. 



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Some places in the area of Banff are not open until some time in June, so you might want to come back in late summer, early fall to see what you missed. We stayed at Lake Louise with 30AMP electric only both times we were in the area.

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jrzygrl64 wrote:

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


 I would like to go to Alaska in 2019 but I would like to know the approximate overall cost. I know that could be a big difference in everyones taste or things you may or may not want to see and do.  I have been told to budget at least $1.00 per mile or more to cover total cost. I have read your blogs and it covers lots of cost but I didn't see anything about the total overall cost.  thanks



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Thanks for the heads up. I called the reservation number and that person told me they open up at 8 A.M. on Jan 9th. I will definitely make myself ready.

 

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Danny and Cheryl,

Reading both posts should give you a good overall view of our costs. We workamped most of the summer, so didn’t have usual amount of campground fees that others have. Everyone travels differently, so we attempted to break down our costs so others (such as yourselves) could use the numbers we gave and apply them to your situation and the way you plan to travel. You may take a different route than we did, for example; you may want to stay in more campgrounds than we did on the way up and down, etc.

Sorry I can’t be more helpful as to an exact figure, but honestly I don’t think it would do you a lot of good. We crossed on May 2 into Canada and back into USA through Montana October 12th’ish - I doubt you will stay that long. You could click the links for other summaries of our friends that are in the second post (especially CampeChronicles) and use their numbers as well to help you.

Good luck and let us know how your trip goes!



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We were on a caravan so didn’t pay for campgrounds...but I asked at many of them and 30 a night is typical. Gas and diesel are more expensive, we paid a max of about $7 a gallon in 2015 but the average was probably a buck more than down in the US. Groceries were maybe 15 or 20 percent more. 



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We went from Vancouver to Alaska returning via the Cassiar hwy in 2013 taking 3 months and could have used 4. We had side trips to Dawson City (Had a Sour Toe ****tail)and Hyder (Bears and Salmon Glacier) If interested check out our blog. Other than the Milepost book another favourite is Alaskan Camping. Another must have if you want to save some $ is the Alaska Tour Saver Coupon Book.

Not to put a damper on anyone's plans but from our experience we would never take our 38' 5th wheel "home" on that trip again. We had over $2000 damage to our suspension when the center hanger connecting the leaf springs bent inward ruining 2 fairly new tires. We now have squeaks in our floor and squeaks somewhere in the dash of our truck.  We would love to go again but if we do, we would look for either a lightly used truck and camper or preferably a Class C and sell it on our return. 

Summary of our Alaska Trip not including tours and dining out as everyone's experiences would be different.

Have fun planning and safe travels to all!



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Boondocking vs. Commercial Campgrounds ?

This is my biggest question as I do my planning for our Alaska trip.  Here is a question for the experienced folks - is it difficult to find boondocking spots as we travel through B.C., the Yukon and Alaska.  How did you locate your overnight stops?

I've done a plan using only commercial campgrounds using RVParky.  We would prefer to mix in a majority of boondocking spots as we travel.  

Thanks for any advice you can give on boondocking.



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Russ, check out my blog (links above) as I am pretty specific about where we stayed on the way up and also on the way out. If, after reading, you need more details, I can have Bill look back and send them to you!

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Still quite a bit of time left before we leave but already excited! We made our reservations at Denali for three nights at Teklanika campground. We will be there July 1-4. We also ordered our 2019 Alaska toursaver books and received them today. We purchased on their website for $20 off the normal price. Looking forward to browsing for ideas. We have talked to a few different couples, who have traveled to Alaska in the last few years and they all recommended planning for a budget of at least $10,000. Of course, that depends on how many campgrounds we would use, trips or activities we scheduled etc. We're hoping to save a bit by boondocking and eating out very little. With the toursaver coupons, we're also hoping to save on any activities.
I have a general idea of our trip up and other than stopping for a few days at Banff and a couple more at Jasper after we cross the border, about first week or so in June, (we don't know the exact departure date yet) but we are planning on long travel days (3) from Iowa to Sweetgrass, MT and after that taking our time.
We are hoping to boondock part of the time along the way and stop at campgrounds when we need to dump and take on more water and do laundry. I will be following with interest any recommendations for boondocking spots along the way up. Bill and Kelly, I plan on rereading your blog posts for your stops. We are planning on the Icefields highway and then connecting with the Alcan on the way up and taking the Cassiar route on the way back down. Any thoughts on this plan?
Hope we can meet up with some other RV-Dreamers along the way.
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Thank you Kelly, I am rereading your blog for the third time.  I continue to learn something new each time.

Here's a clearer question (questions) that may bring me better answers from everyone.  

1. How did you find or pick your boondocking spots?

2. Were any of the locations scenic enough for a two day stay.

3. How available were Regional Parks or low cost city parks?

4. Did you just stop and find a wide spot or did you preplan special locations?

We will be taking a full month to travel to Anchorage.  So our pace will be more like "drive one day/take the next day off".  A that pace we would love to find scenic locations and not just an overnight sleeping place.

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Haven't been keeping up with this thread…but from our trip in '15 thought I would toss in a few must do and not worth it items.

Following are highly recommended.

Plane trip from Fairbanks to Anaktuvik Pass and Gateway to the Arctic National Park.

Plane trip down to Katmai Island from Homer to see the brown bears…for me this was the highlight of the entire trip. You land on the beach in a 6 passenger (including pilot) plane and have to take off again before high tide. Hike around the park with no people around for maybe 2 or 3 miles total on flat but swampy ground. We saw probably a dozen bears there feeding and living…including one that walked by our group inside of 10 feet…close enough to see the striations in his teeth. He ignored us since he was fishing.

Denali NP…take the bus trip…the one out to the visitor center is 5 or 6 hours, there is a longer one we didn't take but I don't know if the extra $$ and double the time is worth it.

If you take the glacier tour from Valdez…take the Lulu. It's a little more money but much nicer boat, great tour owner/tour guide.

Marle Brown lives at Fort Nelson…not Liard Hot Springs like I said before…in BC on the way up…he's this cool old guy with a bunch of still running 20s and 30s cars and a bicycle that both wheels steer on.

Top of the World Highway across to Dawson City and Dawson City…this is about a 100 mile dirt road that is fine for RVs over to Dawson City where they film the gold shows. Don't miss the Sour Toe ****tail if you go there. Passes through Chicken AK.

Homer was really cool as were Talkeetna and Haines.

White Pass railroad from Carcross down to Skagway…great views and a lot of the famous photos of old time trains rounding curves in the pass with drop-off down to the valley floor below. 

The only thing I would really skip is the side trip over to Hyder…it's pretty much a dump and not worth the 2 days over and 2 days back unless you 100% know the salmon run will be on so the black bears will be at the viewpoint/boardwalk. The drive down the river the last 30 miles to get there is beautiful but it's off the beaten path even for Alaska.

If you leave Dawson Creek around the end of June you'll miss all the mosquitos.

If rolling your own tour…check the various caravan web sites and pretty much reproduce their itinerary for the places you want to go…they almost all take pretty much identical routes as it's the only itinerary that makes sense given geography and roads…but IMO paying the extra $$ for the caravan isn't worth it as long as you can change an RV tire if you need to and have spare bulbs, fan belts and such.

The roads aren't nearly as bad as you might have heard…sure, there's some dirt/gravel ones, probably 500 miles of it for us…but they're well maintained and keeping to 35-40 isn't much trouble.

Get Milepost magazine…that's really about the only reference guide you need…it's got everything you want to know in it.

If anybody's interested…you can read our blogs about it at https://guntherandkara.com from June to August 2015. Any questions…feel free to post them here for me, DM me here, or email me at neil at Laubenthal dot net.



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Russ,

1) most of the spots we found were from my friend (who we were traveling with) having read other blogs

2) the only places we stayed more than 2 nights were Munch Lake, between Fort Nelson and Watson Lake. For larger rigs choose McDonald - sites are right on the lake - GORGEOUS! If we had gotten lake view sites at Congdon Creek we would have stayed longer there. We also stayed a while in Haines AK - amazing!

3) we went up in May left out late September and did not have trouble getting spots. Not sure if we would have been in high season.

4) we knew where we were planning to stop but remained flexible in case we got tired early or were able to keep going. For our side trips - we had reservations

Hope this helps!

Can’t wait to hear about your trip!

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Best purchase I made for my interior trip to Alaska was a very inexpensive mosquito head net. Still have it today. Lifesaver.

Following this thread and already working on our prep for our 2020 road trip to Alaska with our Cyclone.

Susan

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very inexpensive mosquito head net

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We bought those too in anticipation of the bugs but never actually used them. Still carry them in our hiking backpacks and actually needed the, once up in MO The next year. 



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