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Old 04-29-2006, 02:04 PM   #1
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caravan Trip To Alaska

going on a 48 day caravan thru Alaska starting at Dawson Creek, BC. Have a 2005 Silverado,diesel,allison 5 spd,3.73 axel,4x4,crew cab,long bed,max RV wt 14,800 lbs,GCWR 22,000 lbs; will be pulling a 2005 Montana 3295RK, GVWR 14,300 lbs. will everything go ok for me or am i tempting trouble someplace?? thanks for the replies in advance.
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Old 04-29-2006, 02:50 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! We went to Alaska last year with a Dodge dually, pulling a 37' Montana 3380RL and we had trouble at a couple of sites, but just moved on down the road and stayed somewhere else. You should do fine. We encountered steeper grades in the lower 48 than you find on the main roads in Alaska. It's a great trip. You'll probably see some other forum folks up there.

By the way, we moved to Bellevue right after we were married 43 years ago and started our family there.
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Old 04-30-2006, 01:16 AM   #3
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Don't know if you will have trouble but if you do, then I will also. We are headed to Alaska this year and are pulling more trailer with much older truck than you. After reading here for about a year now, I'm convinced we are OK. We hope to be in Dawson Creek around the first week of June and then spend June, July and August in Alaska. Maybe we'll see you.
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Old 04-30-2006, 02:19 AM   #4
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I have plans to leave the first week of June from Blairsville, Ga. We will be pulling our 3670RL and a friend is pulling a 2955RL. Don't know when we will be in Alaska, we have alot to cover in between. Just stay in touch, we might cross paths somewhere.
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Old 04-30-2006, 04:56 AM   #5
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David,

We'll be active on this forum so it should be easy to stay in touch. Our home Church is in Blairsville. Coosa United Methodist out on Mulkey Gap Rd.
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Old 04-30-2006, 05:55 AM   #6
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We also plan on being in Dawson Creek the first week of June. We will be pulling our 3475rl. We are glad Alaska is so big so we can fit 39 + feet somewhere. We hope to see some of you along the way.

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Old 04-30-2006, 07:15 AM   #7
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"jrgwdenner" we've been in area for 30+yrs, live south of base runway; name sounds familiar as i delivered mail in area for 14 yrs. thanks or your reply & all the other replies also. who knows we may meet someplace in Alaska.
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Old 04-30-2006, 09:05 AM   #8
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We only lived in Bellevue for two years in 1963-1965 before the Air Force sent us to Taiwan. We lived on the high end of Jefferson St, high as in hilly.

I'm green with envy hearing about your trips to Alaska. I know what wonder you have in store for you. When you're in Dawson Creek, be sure to have your picture taken under the arch. It's a tradition.

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Old 04-30-2006, 11:34 PM   #9
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If Judy is GREEN with Envy, I must really be in trouble. We followed Judy and Glen's trip last year and said for sure I am going within two years. Now to see all of you going this year I am really going to be going crazy by the end of the year. I hope you all have a wonderful time and keep the rest of us posted. Hopefully in 2007 we will be able to get enough time off to drive up there. Can a person really enjoy enough of Alaska by taking 6 weeks to drive it and see some of the sites?
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Old 05-01-2006, 01:53 AM   #10
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Ron, you might consider driving up and floating back. The Inside Passage would be beautiful and save you some driving time. It would give you some time to relax after a tough drive up there. If you have time it's great to drive both ways on different routes because the scenery is so different. I'd say take what time you have and make it work.
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Old 06-03-2006, 09:42 AM   #11
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We plan on leaving Wichita,KS around June 12th for Alaska and will be there thru August. We will have our laptop and check this forum. Will be pulling our 3295RK and a small enclosed motorcycle trailer. Does one need to take along extra tires (besides the ones that come with the trailer and TV)? Also, will I need waders to fish and if so what kind (insulated, chest, etc)?
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Old 06-03-2006, 12:26 PM   #12
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We didn't need any extra tires. Most of those reports come from the time when the road was much less modern than it is now. The secret is to slow down. Almost all the frost heaves are marked and when they're marked, respect them. They will give you a jolt if you're traveling too fast. The trip isn't any different than traveling on the roads in the USA. They all vary and are usually not four lanes, but they're well cared for and some of the roads will be repaired by the time you arrive.
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Old 06-03-2006, 01:57 PM   #13
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Would advise if you can tow that extra trailer on the full route you plan. Some states and BC Canada may not allow that. Here in Wa. it is a no no.
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Old 06-04-2006, 02:54 AM   #14
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We'll be leaving Washburn on June 13 with DW's mother(78 yro). We wanted to take the MIL on a trip and I gave her a number of possibilities including DC and AK. She choose AK. Hope to get to Calgary area in 3 days and then spend a week in Banff. Then on to North Pole, travel time unk, with plans to spend a week there. We then plan to go to Scagway with a week there. Then we will start working our way back with estimated arrival in Nekoosa, WI for a camporee with DW's siblings on July 21. Above times are not set in stone, but just general plan. Have a safe trip North everybody.
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Old 06-04-2006, 12:52 PM   #15
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We are on the road at this time. We are in Arkansas, Bull Shoals Lake and White River. Beautiful scenery and good trout fishing. We are leaving tomorrow, heading through Springfield Missouri heading toward Denver on to Montana heading to Alaska. Maybe I will see you on the road.
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Old 06-06-2006, 03:51 PM   #16
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We are in Colorado, heading for Rocky Mountain Nat. Park. We will stay for a few days. I have never been here. I am looking forward to checking this area out. I need to go trout fishing. Anyone know about Boyd Lake State Park?
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Old 06-08-2006, 09:50 AM   #17
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Good luck to all of you traveling this summer to AK. We miss home in Fairbanks, but will continue to travel "Outside"(the lower 48). Take your time, pull over if you start to get a parade behind you and believe all the road signs when they say rough road! And don't forget your MILEPOST!!!!
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Well, we've made it to Dawson Creek so far. Starting the Alaska Hwy Saturday am...6-9. Anybody close to us?
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We are stranded in Whitehorse waiting for our mail. Not a bad place to be stranded though. Looks like we will have to be here at least til Monday.

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Old 06-11-2006, 05:22 AM   #20
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Helen, You're right about "good place to be stranded." Stayed at Hi Country RV there twice last summer. Try Yukon Rib and Salmon BBQ downtown! Wal-Mart, Starbucks, etc. Have fun and a safe journey. Watch for those frost heaves. Hope the road after Haines Jct. has been improved?!!!
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