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RE: Please read the signs....

To those who suggest that they "won't jeopardize the safety of others or my family" by trying to find a place to move over to let the waiting traffic pass, you may be doing just that. Consider this, that "road rage" does happen and it's been documented in varying degrees for decades. I would suggest that trying to justify blocking traffic by invoking the safety mantra means nothing to the wrong individual you may be holding up. When trapped behind a slower moving vehicle, I have been known to on occasion utter the phrase, "I don't mind if you want to drive slow, just don't do it in front of me". I'm not about to act upon that premise other than to wait for an opportunity to safely pass, but there are those out there in the real world that may do much more, given the right set of circumstances and conditions. Just playing Devil's Advocate here, no offense to those who have indicated their contrarian positions. Avoiding the motivation issues, what has historically made the Seward Highway (South from Los Anchorage to about Portage) one of the more dangerous highways is people passing on the 2-lane portions without waiting for either a 3 or 4 lane section or for a good passing area. For me, and I suspect most others, a slow driver going too slow is just a frustration to be dealt with, but because some folks simply don't deal well with that, they attempt to pass, often with tragic consequences on that stretch of highway. In that stretch mentioned, there are (rough count) about 5-7 identified pull-out spots for slow vehicles ("Delay of 5 or more must pull over") as well as a few more parking/scenic pull outs. I can't expect everyone to drive the speed limit nor would I expect anyone (RV, Semi-, Tow-truck) to pull over if it wasn't safe, but again yesterday, seeing an RV go from Indian to the Weigh Station at what probably averaged 40 (high of 55-60 in the few places with S/L of 65) without taking advantage of the pull-over spots was pretty frustrating to those of us in the group of about 15 behind that vehicle.
PA12DRVR 07/15/19 11:00am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Please read the signs....

"It's not just the RVs that are "reading comprehension challenged". 3 years ago, a minivan (with Alaska tags) was traveling towards Anchorage on the Seward and had a posse of upwards of 50 or more cars/trucks/RVs blocked along the 2 lane section from the Whittier cutoff (Portage?) along the entire north shore of the Cook Inlet. I eventually got by, but the rest were stuck enjoying a lovely sub-speed limit stroll. " Agree....over the past 4-5 days (driving in my car, not an RV), I was stuck behind a below-the-speed-limit vehicle 5 times...a couple of them were Jeep Wranglers clearly on the way back from offroading and a couple were RV's...one of the RV's was this morning, hence why I posted it here. Probably a bit unfair to single out RV's....
PA12DRVR 07/11/19 11:01pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Please read the signs....

Suspect I'll ruffle some feathers...and I suspect this isn't the most correct audience for this post, but for RV'ers in Alaska, please read the road signs. The ones that seem to get ignored the most are: - "Keep Right Except to Pass" and - "Delay of 5 Vehicles or More Must Pull Over" Just got back from a trip over a good part of the road system (Glenn, Parks, Richardson, Seward highways) and it's pretty frustrating to see RV's going 50 (or so) in the left lane on the nice sections of the Parks and going 40 or so more or less from Girdwood to Anchorage, even on the 4-lane parts and where the speed limit is 65. The particular RV that I was stuck behind (I estimate I was No. 8) was holding up about 25 vehicles as best I could tell.
PA12DRVR 07/11/19 03:50pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Anchorage shatters all-time high temperature record !

Cooler last night and so far this morning....weather reports vary but seem to indicate highs in the low 70's vs. the mid-to-hi-80's of the past few days. Some degree of Murphy's law or karma impacting this: Bought some circulating fans (no A/C in our house) on special order...they arrived last night, so of course if it doesn't start raining, it will definitely get cooler and we won't need the fans. :(
PA12DRVR 07/10/19 09:44am Around the Campfire
RE: Anchorage shatters all-time high temperature record !

It's still hot in Anchorage...... :D:D
PA12DRVR 07/09/19 10:11am Around the Campfire
RE: Anchorage shatters all-time high temperature record !

Being presently in Los Anchorage where I don't have a/c, it almost (almost) gives me fond memories of Ewe-stun where, when it was unusually hot (i.e. 95+), all one had to do was pop in the corner pub to enjoy a cool one and some cool air. Supposed to get rain / clouds in a week or so...it will be welcome.
PA12DRVR 07/07/19 06:39pm Around the Campfire
RE: Anchorage shatters all-time high temperature record !

Anchorage has been on one sort or the other of a warming trend for about 20 years...but "90" is pretty **** hot up here. In the 60's, one could tell it was summer when it began raining nearly every day....all kidding aside, a 70 degree day in the 1960's and 1970's was pretty hot for Los Anchorage. Fairbanks has always been more extreme than Anchorage,but instead of the 70's and 80's for highs (back then) now it's 80's and 90's. We won't discuss how many homes in Los Anchorage do NOT have a/c. Pretty miserable in the evening / early night for those places with lots of South or West facing windows lately.
PA12DRVR 07/06/19 12:16am Around the Campfire
RE: CANADA & ALASKA TRAVEL TIPS

For what it's worth, while the border crossing can be unexpectedly busy at the strangest times, the best way to avoid traffic while driving L48 to Alaska is to drive at night. May or may not work for logistics, but having done 20+ round trips, the majority of which were meant to get from L48 to Alaska or back as quick as possible, I've found that driving at night could reduce the duration of that trip by circa 24 hours or more. Obviously, a greater effect if one drives 12 hours per "night" than if one drives 5-6 hours per night, but I've noticed the time savings on my trips regardless of "shift" duration.
PA12DRVR 06/29/19 02:41pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2019

Thoughts: - 8 Weeks is pretty short (thinking of vacation / leisure) for a trip from South to Alaska and back. Would agree with Veebyes to eliminate some time in the continental U.S. and spend more of the 8 weeks in Canada / Alaska. - Agree that Prince Rupert is cool as well as a bit out of the way unless you're headed there anyway. - Agree with GritDog: Based on what is now getting to be pretty ancient experience, I understand why the seagulls fly upside down over Prince George...nothing down there worth you-know-whatting on.
PA12DRVR 06/27/19 10:41am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: CANADA & ALASKA TRAVEL TIPS

It's a bit (IMNSHO and FWIW) of a conundrum re: Motels. Later in the summer (June onward) there are more options: B&B's open up, more "lodges" or motels open up, etc.....but there are more travelers. Strictly FWIW, it seems to me that outside of the larger spots (Dawson Creek, Whitehorse to pick a couple) one is likely to find better / nicer accommodations at a B&B / small lodge than at the advertised "motels". If one is driving a vehicle (i.e. not RV'ng), prior to mid-June, I'd suggest determining where you want to get to for the day by Noon, and pick / call a place by 3:00. Mid-June or after, I'd make the determination and the call the night before. With a vehicle and wanting to motel it, one is a bit more limited (i.e. need to go from town to town) than with an RV. So the location of the "towns" may determine how far you go on any given day and that in turn determines where to look for overnight lodging.
PA12DRVR 06/27/19 10:36am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: CANADA & ALASKA TRAVEL TIPS

To add a cent to the discussion.....Gun threads have been discussed ad infinitum, so won't really discuss that other than to note that ammo for all common calibers is available in Alaska. One might not find 16 ga SSG or Kynoch solids on the shelf in Tok or Gustavus or Venetie....but generally, ammo is readily available even pretty far from the population centers. IMNSHO, it's not worth the hassle and "risk of irritating" factor to bring ammo into/through Canada (particularly handgun-suitable ammo) when it is available in Alaska.
PA12DRVR 06/11/19 10:45pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: CANADA & ALASKA TRAVEL TIPS

Looks like a very comprehensive list but to reiterate an earlier point, Canada (including BC, Alberta, YT) is not a 3rd world country. Based on my last trip (entering in MT and leaving at Beaver Creek), I'd agree that one should start looking to refuel at the 1/2 tank mark, but driving through Canada (on the main roads anyway) isn't the challenge it was in 1976. At that point, the road that is now a roadside attraction ("Turn here to see portions of the old Alaska-Canada highway") was the road to take and things were much different. In May of '18, the biggest challenge (driving a SUV, not an RV) was determining which motel to book for the night. All FWIW.
PA12DRVR 06/11/19 11:17am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Dawson City > Chicken > Tok AK

Ideally, in my not-really-that-humble opinion, one should take a separate trip (not even necessarily an "RV" trip) to "do" Southeast AK. Take the Alaska Marine Highway ("ferry') from Bellingham or Vancouver or ??? up North, i.e. to Juneau, then fly back or something similar. My view is that combining a road-based tour of Southcentral (i.e. Anchorage) and Interior (i.e. Fairbanks) with visits to SE Alaska (which is mostly accessible via air and water) creates difficult (which means $$$) logistics issues....certainly do-able, but makes for a long and time-inefficient trip. If the daughter is interested in seeing Juneau (or Sitka, or Ketchikan, or Petersburg, or ...), a suggestion might be for her to fly there after the joint trip with y'all then she could spend a day or two doing the local tours then fly home.
PA12DRVR 05/31/19 10:22am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Dawson City > Chicken > Tok AK

Suspect I'm interpreting the words wrong but if "south towards Juneau" means going to Juneau itself, that involves a ferry ride or a park somewhere and fly into Juneau.....
PA12DRVR 05/30/19 11:33am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: The moose are back

To bad it's a little moose and not an Alaskan moose...:) Just guessing, of course, but I'd say he actually looks OK....early spring or whatever you call the season before all the growth pops out is the hardest time on surviving moose: after a long winter of little food, they're pretty hungry, but the greenery isn't quite up to par yet. This fella looks a bit scruffy, which means he's shedding his winter coat (and therefore means that new hair is coming in) and he's got full velvet without obvious bug-eaten or bare spots. I think he looks great.
PA12DRVR 05/29/19 09:07am Around the Campfire
RE: Hero or Irresponsible?

To the OP's question, No, you are not off base. Attention should be earned based on accomplishments, not received because it was specifically sought out. Were I king for a day, I'd send a bill to this lady for the search costs due to "leaving the ....cell phone..." behind. That's assuming that the media is reporting the full story, which is probably a big assumption.
PA12DRVR 05/29/19 09:03am Around the Campfire
RE: Dawson City > Chicken > Tok AK

Regarding any one RVer, who tells you to avoid any part of AK. or the Yukon, as a particular road is hell on earth. I've done the trip from PA. to AK. four times, so far. 99+% of other travelers I've met are in tune with the reality of where they are, and how and why being in some of the most amazing places on earth, means that roads are far from perfect. However,every so often you end up having interesting conversation with a fellow traveler that has simply become unglued, when dealing with the stress of driving their rig (which they are OCD about to the point of it being unhealthy) in that environment, They just can't deal with the possibility of it becoming damaged, stone chipped, or even filthy. I was heading north in Prince George, early in the year, and met a guy who was heading south in a class A. This guy had made it another half day north, and lost it. He abandoned his Alaska trip, since he couldn't imagine another hour of gravel roads, or following a pilot car through another rough construction zone. Fact is, he never really started his journey north. Another year I was south bound filthy and tired from dealing with **** roads. I stopped at border city for the night, and spent until ten PM repairing my fridge. As I went to bed, I noticed that a rig was STILL at the free rig wash, having been busy washing a stunning Class A with a matching Jeep GC for a few hours. I got up at 2 AM to pee, and they were still detailing the rig. That couple should of never left the states,lol. Bottom line, to quote an old cowboy I worked for, "some guys would whine if you hung em with a gold rope". IOW, there is a small demographic in the Alaska bound crowd that will tell you that any and every road is the road from hell, and will destroy your rig. Have a GREAT trip, the TOW is magical. If there was a "LIKE" button, it would have saved some space, but, from a more-or-less lifelong Alaskan with 20+ trips on the Alcan perspective, the above is absolutely spot on. The incredible scenery comes with a few corollary conditions, one of which is that the roads don't match equivalent roads "outside". ...but the roads are what they are and they allow folks to (relatively) easily access some areas that are pretty spectacular. Given the terrain conditions, the weather, and the fact that the REAL state animal is the road grader (in both summer and winter plumage :C , dings, scratches, and chipped glass are somewhat to be expected.
PA12DRVR 05/28/19 09:29am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: single or dually

If body size/style is equal (i.e. LB SRW vs. LB DRW) - Dually is a bit more trouble to park, not really a big deal, but a little more careful approach - Putting extended reach valve stems on dually tires is a PITA, particularly if one rotates tires often - Dually setup has noticeably less traction in snow and ice all other things being equal If you need or might need the carrying/pulling capacity, get the dually: the above issues aren't terribly significant. If you're sure you won't need the capacity, go with the SRW. Simple. :)
PA12DRVR 05/24/19 09:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Denali Hwy vs Fairbanks?

"I'll be in a 4wd truck camper that isn't overloaded so shouldn't have an issue. My plan is to average about 100 miles per day with more days allowed for stopping and taking in the sights." FWIW, the Denali Highway is listed as 135 miles....the last time that I drove it for recreation (not getting from A-B fast, not hunting, etc), I spent two nights on the highway, departing from Paxson late morning, and getting to Cantwell late afternoon. It's worth the time....and if the road is exceptionally rough (which I've seen several times), 25 mph (with a load/trailer) is a good, aspirational target.
PA12DRVR 05/15/19 03:12pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Denali Hwy vs Fairbanks?

Thoughts (from nearly 60 years !!!) in Alaska: - I took a couple of trips as a kid on the Denali Highway when it was "the highway" to get to McKinley. It was beautiful then and beautiful now. - The Denali is arguably the most scenic drive in Alaska, although TOW and the Richardson into Valdez are also competitors. - I've got some great friends in Fairbanks and go there often to see them and every now and then as a jumping off spot for hunting/fishing. Other than that, I don't find Fairbanks appealing, although there's plenty to do there. - If your rig can handle an (often-rough) gravel road, take the Denali..but there's limited services and it's not a road to rush over. - If you can swing it, I think one should take the "old road" from Delta to Anchorage. Then one can visit Denali NP by taking the Parks Highway back up North.
PA12DRVR 05/15/19 11:22am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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