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Posted: 01/11/22 07:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Google Maps will show current delays. They do have an option to set a different departure time but the further out, the more it's a rough estimate.

As someone else mentioned, figure around 50mph, so if it's 2000miles, figure 40hr of driving as a rough idea.

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Posted: 01/11/22 08:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

CA Traveler wrote:

With good weather plan on 50MPH or less due to road conditions and no issues.
1. Met a couple with a bent 5er hitch and they were in day 19.
2. Another dropped a trailer axle.
3. Another was hung up in Fairbanks with issues.
4. And another had engine issues in Haines which was beyond local help. He decided to take the Ferry to Vancouver Island.

Just the ones I knew about.

Your sure a buzz killer.
How many thousands made the trip without problems?

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Posted: 01/11/22 08:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Take a few extra tires and a real jack for both the RV and tow vehicle.


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Posted: 01/11/22 11:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can make Anchorage to Omak, WA in 60 hours in my truck. That's running 65 to 90 MPH, sleeping in the truck when I'm tired and eating in the truck from the cooler in the front seat with me. I have a 110 gal tank in the truck bed so I don't have to buy fuel on the way, when I'm starting to doze off, I get out and pump some fuel by hand or make a call on the sat phone for a few minutes.

So it was 60 hours down last trip. Coming back up with a nice three axle goose neck trailer with a 9,000# Tucker Snocat on it, it was several days longer.

There was a lot more road construction going on, road work, new bridges going in, paving, and accidents. When traffic would come to a stop I would go tell whoever was behind me that I was going to sleep and to lay on his horn when the traffic started moving.

One long accident was when someone hit a UPS truck head on and the driver went thru the front windshield. Traffic stops, you wait for the Mounties and medics to show up, then the helicopter to take out the body, then for the mess on the road to be cleaned up while the various vehicles are being hauled away by the wreckers. I think I got almost 5 hours of sleep on that one.

I also make good time in the middle of the night when there is only a little traffic and I try to time my trips so I cross the boarders in the middle of the night to avoid the lines.

Remember in Canada there is basically one road, when it comes to a stop, there's no cutting off on another road out and around, you sit there and wait.

Why people are in a hurry to get here to see Alaska, I don't understand. I've been here 50 years and think it's a great place, but the scenery in Canada is every bit as good as Alaska's.

And let's talk about the frost heaves on the road. On the way down with just the truck, just south on the northern boarder, I hit one frost heave so hard it threw the extra new spare tire I was taking down for the trailer, completely out of the back of truck. I never did find it.

And the animals standing in the middle of the road such as moose, bison, bears and goats. They're blocking the road along with the tourists taking pictures.

Unless I had a second driver so there was no sleep stops, I'd never dream of CA to AK in 60 hours.

I've got another trip next summer from Anchorage to eastern Canada to pick up another Snocat, but I'll have to take a trailer both directions so it will be a lot slower.


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Posted: 01/12/22 09:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In 2017, we pulled a fifth wheel to Alaska from North Idaho. We left May 15th, and had mostly great weather. The roads are muddy from the oil workers, but actually better than I-5 in most places. Speed is limited to taking pictures of the scenery and animals.
There are frost heaves but most are marked by that time of year. There were all sorts of places to pull over for the night, but never go under 1/2 tank of fuel--we planned for gas at one place, but it was closed and barely made the next fuel stop (we used the 5 gallon gas jug on board to make it).
Anchorage is a dingy place, but there is a RV park very close to a great Costco (with their famous chicken!). Don't miss their "zoo" that's just outside of town.
Soldotna (Fred Meyers) is a great place to stop and explore. There are oil rigs, fishing, good food, and most import, a laundry.
Seward is a must stop if you want a RV place right on the water.
Homer Spit has RV parking at the fishing hole, right on the water. It's an easy walk into the shops for ice cream.
About 2.5 miles South of Ninalchik, there is RV camping in a park at the side of the highway, but if you go down the steep paved road, there are many boondocking sites right on the water. There also is a boat loading place there that uses log skidders to put the boats in. Also, if there might be a tsunami, you'll be the first to know--it's that close to the water.
We also went into Denali about 30 miles to camp for a few days--very cool. We did get a bug North of Denali that made all of us pretty sick.
Fairbanks is another dingy town, but has all the goodies that you need .We spend about $1.00 per mile overall --7000 miles and $7000 in expenses. I would hook it upi and go again!!!!



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Posted: 01/19/22 01:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Coquihalla Hwy (5, north from Hope) is reopening to general traffic.

Hwy 1 through Fraser Canyon is now open, with sections of alternating one way traffic (such as the 250ft temporary bridge at Jackass Mountain).

* This post was edited 01/25/22 10:02am by paulj *

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