Trailer Life Magazine Open Roads Forum: Dawson City > Chicken > Tok AK
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in RVing in Canada and Alaska

Open Roads Forum  >  RVing in Canada and Alaska  >  Alaska

 > Dawson City > Chicken > Tok AK

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 4  
Next
Sponsored By:
nrbsr

Upstate NY

New Member

Joined: 02/09/2017

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/14/19 10:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2018 F150 3.5 Eco towing a Keystone Bullet 230bhs

Wife and I will be leaving in a couple weeks from upstate NY headed to Alaska. My plan on the way up to Fairbanks and Denali was to take Rt 2 from Whitehorse to Dawson City then Rt 5 through Chicken towards Tok.

While researching I've come across some negative comments on road conditions traveling from Dawson City through Chicken, including one (I think on tripadvisor) stating that they would never tow a camper on that route.

I'm not against a little "adventure", but I also don't want to get the wife and I into a situation I might regret.

Seeking comments!

Johnny G1

Clearwater, British Columbia ,Canada

Senior Member

Joined: 11/13/2003

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/14/19 12:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Towed my fw across the same route 2 times and likely do the same this summer, lots of vehicle's towing on the TOW hwy which is gravel for about half way, tour busses use it all the time so it can't be that bad, a little dusty if it's hot and dry.


98 Mountain Aire 34' 210 Cummins Puller and 2001 dodge dully with all the toy's, 400 + hp pullin a 28' 5th wheel Travel Aire. Lots of fun.

sljohnson1938

Mount Airy, NC - USA

Senior Member

Joined: 05/21/2013

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/14/19 02:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

we have been on the TOW highway two times with no problems. however, I have heard that if it is raining or recent rain then stay off. The Canada side is a better road than the US side. On our last trip, 2016, the few miles south of Chicken was terrible. Lots of potholes.


1999 Dodge 3500 CTD dually
Ham radio - WU4S

nrbsr

Upstate NY

New Member

Joined: 02/09/2017

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/14/19 05:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for your comments, Alaska has been on my list since I landed in Anchorage 50 years ago on my way overseas courtesy of uncle Sam. The view from the tarmac was enough to convince me that I'd have to get back someday. The wife and I are really looking forward to the trip.

I really would like to do Dawson City. I will have two opportunities, I am thinking I'll add some flexibility and check on the weather when I get to Whitehorse, if it looks wet I'll have another opportunity when I get to Tok on the way back.

rag-ftw

fort worth

Senior Member

Joined: 02/27/2010

View Profile





Offline
Posted: 05/14/19 06:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We've driven TOW several times with our Class A towing our pickup with no scares or near misses!
I would not advise TOW when it is raining as the shoulders can be soft on the downhill side.
Our best trip was one year in October when TOW was frozen. No dust, mud, or soft shoulders to deal with. The fall colors are spectacular a couple days after the first killing frost! We now know the meaning of "purple mountain majesties"!
Plan on leaving Dawson or TOK early in the morning as the border checkpoint doesn't open until around 8:30. Leaving early helps avoid oncoming traffic!
Dawson City is a definite do not miss location. Tons of history and old mine sites to visit.


2004 Travel Supreme 38DS04
2009 Ranger 4X4 Towed
Ready Brake, Tire Minder

DrewE

Vermont

Senior Member

Joined: 08/23/2014

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/14/19 08:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A lot can depend on the weather, as has been mentioned. If it's been decent (as in not rainy) there's little to really be concerned about in my opinion. It's a gravel road, not a superhighway.

When I went to Alaska a couple years ago, I took my motorhome over it and up to Eagle before going back to Tok. The road to Eagle is certainly rougher (and narrower and with little room for error), but should be doable with care if you aren't scared of heights. Eagle was a very interesting little town, and the public campground is kept in immaculate condition.





rag-ftw

fort worth

Senior Member

Joined: 02/27/2010

View Profile





Offline
Posted: 05/14/19 09:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you want a really unique experience park in the wide spot of the road adjacent to the cut-off to 40 mile and take your towed out there to see the village that is being restored.
If you are in the area Eagle has a pretty unique 4th of July parade!

Ed Rana2

Arizona

New Member

Joined: 02/04/2017

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 05/15/19 08:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We did the TOW in June 2016 from Dawson City. Few things not mentioned - there is a 10 minute ferry ride across the river to start the highway. Our timing was bad, behind a caravan, and waited about 3 hours to start. Don't sweat the small stuff...
As mentioned, weather will impact the road, it was nicely graded, safe, stress free to the Border. On the US side as approaching Chicken, the road was in heavy use and quite muddy. Slow and easy, no issues. A night in Chicken was a hoot and the drive the next day into Tok was good.

That experience was certainly a highlight of the trip. Remote, yet comfortable with the roads, beautiful scenery, true sense of being "out there."
Once in Tok, it did take a good hour with a pressure hose to get the top layer off the truck and trailer, but no other worries.
Take your time, enjoy the journey, don't sweat the small stuff...

Dawson City also was pleasant as well. Glad we did it.


Ed & Sally
2005 Jayco Jayflight 28'
2015 Chevy 2500

Ozlander

Rose Hill, Kansas

Senior Member

Joined: 04/23/2003

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/15/19 09:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We did it on a motorcycle pulling a tent camper. You haven't seen mountains until you've' been on the TOW.


Ozlander

06 Yukon XL
2001 Trail-Lite 7253


ppine

Northern Nevada

Senior Member

Joined: 07/04/2016

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/15/19 09:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good idea. Just expect dust and gravel.

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 4  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  RVing in Canada and Alaska  >  Alaska

 > Dawson City > Chicken > Tok AK
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in RVing in Canada and Alaska


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2019 CWI, Inc. © 2019 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS