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sue.t

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Posted: 08/24/14 08:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fanrgs wrote:

North of Ft. Nelson, there are several good parks many miles before Liard Hot Springs. The private Tetsa River Services campground (75 miles north of Ft. Nelson) and the scenic, well-maintained, well-run private RV park at Toad River (good WiFi too) are worth making a reservation to stay in, if necessary. There is also the Tetsa River Regional Park about 15 miles east of Tetsa River Services, which, again, has no hookups.

If you're southbound on the Alaska Highway and leave Liard Hotsprings, it is about 200 miles to Fort Nelson. In Fort Nelson most of the campgrounds are full with oil/gas field workers. Continuing southbound between Fort Nelson and Fort St. John, there's usually nothing available either. We did a lot of looking while headed southbound in September 2007 and finally settled on staying in a rest area overnight because there was nothing else to be had.

Another good reason to go north on the Alaska Highway and return south using the Cassiar Highway.


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Posted: 08/25/14 08:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I guess Rollcall 2014 is almost over and 2015 is taking the lead! We made it back home and had a wonderfull trip for the second time. This was probably my last trip to AK, 14000 miles for our first trip and 12500 for the second one should be enough for a few years.

Hope you have a wonderfull trip in 2015.


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We did Alaska in 2013, and all we can say it was the most amazing trip we ever took. This year we stayed local got caught up on house stuff, but I think there is a very good chance to hit the road north in 2015. We left Wisconsin on May 15th and returned the first week of August. I think we would leave the same time next year but stay at selected locations a little longer and travel back on the Cassier and check out the Hyder/Stewart area. We like to come back into the USA in Western Montana and hide out in the West Glacier area for a while. Otherwise we keep planning and dreaming.


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Five windshield chips and one crack on the toad. Bring two or three windshield repair kits and fix as soon as possible to minimize a crack spreading. I like the rainex kit sold at walmart with the windshield wipers. Chips are kinda like the cost of fuel, not much you can do about it except add it into the budget

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My wife and I just signed our papers and are renting an RV and doing the drive from Forest City IA, heading up to Alaska on May 16 2015. We only have 11 days to get up there and another 6 to do Denali and the Kenai Peninsula but we figure that is better no days. We are really excited about the drive up there, we are new to RVing and thought this would be the best way to get the full experience. Only 9 months left to plan!!

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We have been home for a week. We left home June 4 and spent 11 weeks on the way to, in and home from Alaska and Canada and I am already thinking about returning next year. If we do go back for our 4th trip in the last 6 years, I think we will leave home later and stay in Alaska until the trees are changing. I have seen some pictures and I think that would be a wonderful time of the year to be there. Since we mostly boondock or stay in Federal, state and provincial campgrounds, the closing of full service campgrounds would probably not impact us much.

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Carmen, consider renting a Rv for a week since you are new to it,things to be learned prior to starting out to Alaska next summer,,,

How much to pack, you will try to take to much stuff

The operation of the different systems on an Rv, refrigerator, battery's, gas detectors, hold tank size etc

How fast the vehicle goes and fuel used. Slower and gulps gas

How to park and access stores

A weeks experience will allow your ak trip to proceed with less stress.


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We are leaving Tok as soon as I can get the snow off the windshield. We didn't get much just a dusting.

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Carmen and Joey

As Traveylin Pops said, the 17 days you have is way too short. You'd be a lot better off to fly to Alaska, rent a MH and spend the time in Alaska. Most people will tell you that even that is way to short to see Alaska. Either that or rent the MH as planned but only go up as far as one of the northern Canadian towns, fly back from there and do the Alaskan portion later. Again, the 17 days is way to short to see what Canada has to offer.

I'm not sure how many miles you're planning on driving a day, but one of the main things every says after they get back, is to slow down for the road conditions. You're not going to be on a freeway at 70MPH. If you do break something from speeding for the road conditions, most of the RV repair places in northern Canada have at least a two week back log of work before they can even look at you. And when they do, if parts are needed, it will be another week to get them.

The Lynden trucks can make the trip in 72 hours when they need to, but considering the time you'll spend setting up everyday, you're not going to see much more than they do. You really need to reconsider how far you want to go in that short of a time.

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The program that Camen and Joey are involved with is the delivery of new rentals to Anchorage. They get a greatly reduced rental price and the Anchorage rental agency gets their RV deliver directly from the factory in the Lower 48. They probably don't have a choice as to where to turn it in, it is in their contract.

A couple of springs back, ABC Rentals or GAH Rentals sent 150 new Class Cs to Alaska with this method. It is a win- win situation to me. When they get to Anchorage they turn in the RV and fly home. Some people rent for an extra week or so to stay longer. To me, 17 days will make for a great trip. Not as long as some can make, but it will give them a good idea of what to do on the next few trips they make to the north country. I can make it from south Florida to Fairbanks in 10 driving days, with a few stops along the way it works out to be about two weeks . From Iowa 17 days will give them a very nice trip. I have often said, I would fly to Alaska, just to spend a weekend, if I could afford it, which I can't. LOL

Several of the big RV rental agencies in Anchorage are also dealers, so they buy directly from the factory. The renters apply to take the new Class Cs north on a set departure date. They can rent all the basic items they need, such as pot and pans, linens, etc. Then at some time, the rental agency loads all the pots and pans, linens, etc in a truck and sends it back to the lower 48 for the next years renters to use. The rental agency will have people at the factory to go over the rigs with the people, explain all the working, how to handle any problems, etc. Folks leave out in assigned waves and the route they take north is, as I understand it, is up to the travelers, to a large degree.

Most of the renters will fly into the factory area. The rental agency furnishes transportation from the nearest airport to the factory to pick up the new rigs. They have the process figured out, from telling the renters where the nearest grocery stores are, to how to order pizza to be delivered to their RV, that first night.

* This post was edited 09/03/14 02:06pm by joe b. *


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