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fishhogg

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WARNING we did the trip twice in the 70's! The second trip we never left. ??

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It may be too late for this May, but flying to Winnebago IA and delivering a C to Anchorage and then taking a cruise back to Vancouver solves both desires. Driving one way to Alaska in someone else's RV and cruising home is as good as it gets. Yes, I did it several years ago but started from Vegas and had the C for 3 weeks.
Until Whitehorse the roads were very good but after there it's hard to have good roads on top of the permafrost.


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The roads are mostly great, the scenery spectacular and you'll want to go back. Again and again.


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fishhogg wrote:

WARNING we did the trip twice in the 70's! The second trip we never left. ??

Have you driven back to the states since the 70s ? We drive from PA. to AK. about every five years or so. Four trips since 2000. In that time the changes in everything from the improvements to the AK. highway to the deterioration of the businesses and small towns along the way, is shocking. I can't imagine what it would be like to have a 40 year gap between trips.

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Posted: 02/05/18 08:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We found the roads in Canada in better condition than in the US, that is until you get way up north and the frost heaves.


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I made the trip from CA to Alaska in 2012 in my truck camper. All went smoothly. Saw some fantastic scenery. Only made reservations for Denali. I second the recommendation for Church's Alaska Campgrounds book. Very helpful. Took the ferry back from Haines to Prince Rupert.

You might get some ideas from my blog of the trip, which lists every campground, here.

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And we found significant rocks on the Canadian roads due to the use of chip seal. Broken glass etc is not uncommon. In Whitehorse we estimated 50% of the cars had broken windshields. Perhaps this is just a way of life in that area.

Rocks are a concern when passing, being passed or oncoming traffic. The worst drivers in terms of rock throwing were the locals and the RV tourists from the states. The best were the truckers. When approaching they would pull to the right as far as possible. We also went the the right and slowed down.

Typically we drove 50-55 MPH on the Alaskan Highway due to road conditions, etc. And the driver or at least me had less time to view the scenery because of increased awareness of road conditions just ahead.

As I like to tell my friends - You can drive the speed limit or faster - no problem - just bring enough cash to buy a new rig!


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Posted: 02/05/18 11:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, the worst roads are in the Yukon.

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Met a camper in Dawson Creek that was in his 19th day having his bent 5er hitch repaired. Another deposited a trailer axle along the highway.

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We almost made it through the entire trip with our original windshield, but an 18 wheeler was late for something, and passed us in the opposite direction in the last stretch of roadway construction/loose gravel before we escaped the great white north. The stretch of construction was posted 50kph and he was easily doing twice that. Showered us (literally) with loose gravel and there was no place to escape, as the ditches were all steep drops because they had raised/regraded that section of roadway higher than it was. It would have been east/south bound in northern BC, just past Fort St John, before Dawson Creek somewhere, iirc.
btw, if you do get a crack or get chipped, and you can get to Montana safely, the Safelite shop in Great Falls is very good. Ordered my new glass the afternoon I called in, and it was there the next morning. From SLC, UT??? Great price, too.


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