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Posted: 12/19/17 09:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are heading south from Anchorage around 4/1/2018 with the camper in tow. Are any of the campgrounds open that early? I am thinking I don't want to de-winterize the camper until I get back into the states, but I can still sleep in it. Any advice?


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Some cities may have campgrounds open year round. Google your possible stopping places, and phone ahead.

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Indiana State Parks are open all year round, but water is traditionally turned back on in the campgrounds, dump stations, and bath houses on April 1. "Most" private campgrounds open April 1 also in Indiana.


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We typically arrive home to west central Illinois from the South about that time and are able to use our motor home all the way with most campgrounds open by then and sooner. However this would be less so much further north. Of course, we've spent many nights in our motor home well below freezing as long as we have elec. hook-up. Sometimes couldn't be hooked to water and the dump valves may freeze.


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Posted: 12/21/17 10:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've headed south from Whitehorse about April 20th the past couple of years, and boondock as far as central BC or Alberta because nothing is open.


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I think the OP was asking about campground in Alaska/Canada being open - not Indiana/Illinois. [emoticon]


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This post might get better responses in the “Alaska” section, (Tried sending this to the Moderator, but these often get way-laid with an “error” msg., as this was.)


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There are some parks open in southern BC, and a lot in WA and OR and south. The ones I am familiar with in AB open on or after May 1. You can often share the parking lots with the long haul trucks for an overnight.

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Thank you all. I have driven it in the summer but not end of winter. Much appreciate the advice.

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Other's have covered the substantive stuff, but don't forget that you're likely to get a pretty dirty rig that time of year.

I'd speculate between Los Anchorage and Sheep Mountain, it will be warm and sloppy, then cold and clean (- ish) for quite a ways until somewhere in BC or Alberta (depending on route) where it will get sloppy again. Paved roads or not, melting slushy snow makes for a dirty rig.....as I'm sure you know living in ER lately.


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