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Old 09-07-2016, 04:26 PM   #15
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We've been to Alaska in 2008 and 2015. Drove all the way up and back. No windshield problems at all. Didn't make any reservations in campgrounds and stayed in Provincial Parks most of the time for about $17-20 a night. Prices went up from 2008. If they are full you can park in the overflow areas and sometimes the overflow is better than the campground itself. Left in late May and came home in August as the leaves were already changing. May could mean a little snow depending on weather pattern. Found if we stopped on road when there's a person coming at us on gravel breaks the gravel doesn't slam into you and therefore no damage. Only damage we had was when a speeding huge class A RV coming at us threw gravel and it hit the front of our class C coach. After that we stopped on gravel breaks when someone came at us. Put clear plastic film on front of coach and screen over grill and radiator in case of rocks. Drove slow to see the scenery and animals and got great mileage from doing that. Watch for frost heaves and gravel breaks and you shouldn't have any problems. The current year Mile Post is a must since it tells you where everything is including gas, gravel breaks, steep hills, where animals are, etc. Places close and new ones open every year so the travel books from Visitor Centers aren't as accurate. Passports required, Canadian Provincial auto insurance cards required which are free from your auto insurance if you are covered in Canada, and no weapons can be taken into Canada. Don't even try in case they search you. Ready to go again. Walmart in Whitehorse lets RV'ers stay and there's always a bunch in the parking lot. Gas and free dump and water at station next to Walmart.
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Just as a suggestion to those posting long posts. It would be a benefit to folks like me if you could break them up into smaller paragraphs. Otherwise my eyes get buggy.
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Just as a suggestion to those posting long posts. It would be a benefit to folks like me if you could break them up into smaller paragraphs. Otherwise my eyes get buggy.
More importantly, if you put all that effort into writing a post, I presume you'd like people to read it. Capital letters and punctuation are also beneficial.
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As usual, the forum has provided much useful information. Put my mind at ease, but darn..... 100 years too late for the "gold rush" adventure, eh? In my mind I could see myself fending off bears with a steak knife in one hand while repairing a broken axel with the other. Oh well, wifi is hard to get. That's roughing it 2016 style!
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https://youtu.be/tOcNBrE25MI

Some of you may find this video on the Alcan highway construction interesting to watch.
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https://youtu.be/tOcNBrE25MI

Some of you may find this video on the Alcan highway construction interesting to watch.
Watched some of it, and will watch the rest later. I enjoy watching these type documentaries.
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More importantly, if you put all that effort into writing a post, I presume you'd like people to read it. Capital letters and punctuation are also beneficial.

I used capital letters and punctuation. So maybe you need to read it.
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I was speaking in general terms to people who post here. I wasn't referring to you, although you wouldn't know that. Sorry.
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Excellent advice from all the above. We left North Carolina in mid-May 2014 and returned about the end of July. On the way up, in early June, we drove through snow along the BC/Yukon border so it can be chilly. About the only thing I'd add to the above commentary is that some sort of blackout curtains were a necessity for us when the sun stays up for 20-23 hours. Eventually you get so tired you can sleep anyway but with the curtains you can at least pretend it is nighttime.
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Excellent advice from all the above. We left North Carolina in mid-May 2014 and returned about the end of July. On the way up, in early June, we drove through snow along the BC/Yukon border so it can be chilly. About the only thing I'd add to the above commentary is that some sort of blackout curtains were a necessity for us when the sun stays up for 20-23 hours. Eventually you get so tired you can sleep anyway but with the curtains you can at least pretend it is nighttime.
Yes something to block the sun is needed. We used windshield covers on our windows and held them in place with the day/night shades. Don't forget covers for your skylights if near the bed. Don't need to open the vents at night since it is to cool. Only in Alaska or Northern Canada can you walk around the campground about midnight and take pictures of the mountains above you or see a lovely sunset.
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If you really want to see a fantastic Sunset then u must fly out

to Nome, Alaska and take pictures of the sun going down but never below the horizon on the Spring to Summer dates in June I believe they start around the 18/19th to about the 22nd. I got those pictures on old fashioned cameras not like today's cameras which are mostly all digital now.
There is a place in the NW territories where there is no Ambient light and you can see so many stars, I believe this place is one the only places left on earth where there is no ambient light affecting the Sky at night time.
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An alternative to the hassle of shading all windows is a simple pair of eye masks, bought on Amazon for a few dollars, if you can tolerate wearing them. A great memory of ours sitting in the Scamp, reading by the windows using natural light, and all of a sudden realizing it was nearly midnight.
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I understand that many like dark when sleeping. For me, closing the window coverings and my eyes do the trick. Heck, I can sleep under the open sun when tired.
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An alternative to the hassle of shading all windows is a simple pair of eye masks, bought on Amazon for a few dollars, if you can tolerate wearing them. A great memory of ours sitting in the Scamp, reading by the windows using natural light, and all of a sudden realizing it was nearly midnight.

We pulled our shades down at bedtime 1-2AM and slid windshield covers under the shades. Took all of 1-2 minutes. Left the ones in the bedroom on all the time as we do now to stop bright lights in campgrounds.
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