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Old 06-12-2015, 09:33 PM   #1
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'Want to Caravan to Alaska 2016?

Hi, we're looking for anyone who might want to caravan to and through Alaska next spring/summer from California and beyond? There's been a recent thread asking, more generally, who wants to caravan anywhere. We're posting this specific request in hopes that about 10 trailers can travel on the same route. Basically, we would stagger our morning leaving times and meet at a particular location in the evening. I was going to say "by dark" but Alaska is the "Land of the Midnight Sun" in the summer ! 'Looking forward to hearing from you.
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I'm headed that way in 2 weeks😁 leaving from Vancouver Island. Have fun on your caravan, I'm going solo which is a little bit scary but also quite exciting.


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Gilda, that will be one wonderful trip. We do not have our next trailer yet. Not planning out that far. Hope you can get a good group together.

That will be something to have you going with one caravan and another out east.

Hopefully you will be able to chronicle your progress for the less fortunate.

Sam, have a good trip and let us know all about it!
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I'm headed that way in 2 weeks😁 leaving from Vancouver Island. Have fun on your caravan, I'm going solo which is a little bit scary but also quite exciting.
Sam,

We soloed to Alaska our first year on the road. Really no issues. We used the Milepost book as a guide, well worth the cost.

The travel is slower and there's a lot to stop for. The trip there is just as good as Alaska.
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Old 06-13-2015, 06:19 AM   #5
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We've been planning an Alaska trip since our retirement last year and would certainly be interested in joining in for at least part of the journey. Please keep us posted if this draws any interest and let me know if there's anything I can help with. Any southeastern US folks want to go to CA and north next year?

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We soloed to Alaska our first year on the road. Really no issues. We used the Milepost book as a guide, well worth the cost.

Glad to hear you had no issues, I hope my trip goes equally smoothly. I purchased the 2015 milepost and am currently pre-reading through my proposed route. I also have an independent campground guide that reviews all campgrounds and not just advertises them.

I'm very excited to leave in 13 days, but still have lots to do.


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Old 06-13-2015, 07:58 AM   #7
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The campground I remember the most is Cottonwood on Klaune Lake in the Yukon. The only place we made reservations was at Denali. We stayed the furthest in the park you can stay at mile 30. This campground saves you time when you want to go deeper into the park. We spent about a week in Denali. Before entering Denali we stayed at a Private campground just outside the entrance for a night to get ready.

As to the campgrounds, we didn't worry about them too much, generally we were only staying a night or two. We also stayed in a number of state parks. We spent about 2 months in Alaska.

If you got to Denali there's a second visitors center at mile 62. Make sure you bring food if you take the bus rides into the park (worth it we saw 18 Grizzles) they sell no food at the center.

Bring a little sign with your name and city on it for the sign post forest at Watson Lake. Before Fairbanks in Esker is a little fire station turned into a theater. They show the best Northern Lights exhibition I've seen out side of the real thing.
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Old 06-13-2015, 08:46 AM   #8
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Gilda, how much time are you thinking of allowing for the Alaska portion of the trip? The thing that I always hesitate about as far as committing to any sort of organized travel with others is that most folks like to drive longer days than we like to do. Would be fun to have other FG Rvers to share the trip with though. This is a trip we've contemplated, but never done. I'm interested in at least keeping up with your plans.
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Hi, might be interested, went in 2010' but would consider another trip. Bill in orange Ca


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"I also have an independent campground guide that reviews all campgrounds and not just advertises them."

Sam would like to know more about this guide and where you purchased it.
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'So great to hear from so many of you so soon! My cousins lived in Fairbanks when I was a kid and all my extended Italian family caravaned there to visit. Mine was the only family who did not. In later years, when I was working, my mother and her sister, brother-in-law and grandson trailered to Alaska. Again, I was envious! I few years ago my immediate family took a Princess Cruise to Alaska and loved it. It left us begging for more!

In a PM I was asked about details.
1) route going and returning
2) whether you are primarily boondocking or staying in campgrounds
3) length of the trip
4) whether you would drive overland or take ferries between points

There are NO DETAILS as of yet as I'm hoping there are experienced folks out there, such as Norm and Ginny, who can advise us. Please let us know if any of you have favorite resources, books, websites especially oriented for folks traveling with trailers/RVs. This thread seems to be helpful Caravan to Alaska - Page 2 - iRV2 Forums. Books that were recommended are The Alaskan Guidepost and Alaskan Camping by Mike and Terri Church. Also look on the Internet at rv.net (Good Sam Club) and enter "Alaska" for your search.

Yes, traveling as a group has its pros and cons.
Pros:
The FUN of:
sharing stories at day's end.
creating a family of sorts.
creating shared memories.
possibly sharing in food planning and preparation and cleanup.
the safety in numbers. If there are mishaps/illnesses, etc. we can help out each other.
Cons:
Takes a bit more planning than going solo.
Taking into account a variety of preferences/personalities/etc.
Less flexibility

In reading about other folk's caravan experiences I learned a few things. We'd agree to a general itinerary at the start of the trip.
We'd need leaders/coordinators/wagon masters for various aspects of the trip: Itinerary, group meals, mechanical adviser, entertainment, tours, etc.
The idea is not to have all trailers travel on the road at the same time because that would just frustrate other drivers. We would stagger our exit (the previous night's camp) and arrival (the next night's camp) times which allows for folks to travel at their own pace. The last trailer would serve as back-up should anyone break down along the way.
We could travel north together and then disperse and go solo (or choose our travel companions) going south.
I expect this to be a 2-3 month trip as we are retired.

We have a year to plan this so let's start dreaming!
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Glad to hear you had no issues, I hope my trip goes equally smoothly. I purchased the 2015 milepost and am currently pre-reading through my proposed route. I also have an independent campground guide that reviews all campgrounds and not just advertises them.

I'm very excited to leave in 13 days, but still have lots to do.


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Sam, Of course we did some pre-reading but as we drove Ginny would read it to me. When we used it it listed every sign, pull off spot...just everything and what I remember most was a place to by a huge pull apart cinnamon roll.
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Last year we had the deal of a lifetime. We had been to Europe and weren't going to Alaska until later.
My brother had driven his motor home up there by himself and was getting lonely. We flew up there on frequent flier miles and he picked us up in motor home and we stayed with him for 10 days there.
Denali - surprised to find out this park is for the animals (not people). Campgrounds very nice but make sure you have reservations. We stayed there 3 nights which seemed nice.
Took a plane ride from Talkeetna over Denali! Awesome! Also took the scenic train ride there which was very nice and relaxing.
We camped in Seward and went whale watching and glaciers breaking off into the sea. We also hiked out on a glacier - not sure exactly the name but not far from Seward.
One thing I learned from my brother was that there is camping free all over the place and cheap forest service campgrounds are abundant.
Have fun!
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May I suggest that you look at ADVENTURE CARAVANS. They are mostly big motor homes and trailer people, but do an excellent job of planning and organizing the tours. They do a variety of Alaska trips, so you can find one that fits your plans. You pay them a fat fee up front, and they do the work.
We joined them in 2004 at Prince George BC for a 50 day tour of BC, Yukon, and Alaska, returning to P.G.
With your Scamp, you will be able to tuck into the smaller camp sites, and places the biggies can't go.
BUT, I hope you can get enough FGRVs to make a good adventure.
Happy Camping!
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