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Old 08-02-2017, 09:12 PM
 
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With just me and the kids, I don't intend to stray very far from pavement, honestly. Not the first few weeks anyways. I will also be really straight up with whatever dealer I see next week for a test drive, and, if I'm still considering it when I get up there, with the rental place up there, in my experience and expectations, and see what they recommend. I have seen and participated in the leveling and hookups and such, with direction, on trailers, but not on my own and not on motorhomes.

I like the concept of more flexibility with an rv, and less potty stops, but I'm not bent on it, and the cost factor isn't huge, so I will plan a route first, I think, and then see if an rv makes that significantly easier, or what. I will primarily be looking for what is easiest overall. If an rv beings me more stress or hassle than potty stops and extra hotel bookings, then it's out. Low key is my new middle name.
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Old 08-03-2017, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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Is this just a two week vacation or a move? It seems it's some sort of extended vacation that's going to last through winter?

If you don't have to work, save your time and money checking out anchorage and cross it off your list. The only point of being in anchorage is for a high paying job. I'd at least start with the valley if I wanted to be convenient to city amenities with a little less craziness. Or somewhere down on the Kenai. Or pretty much any smaller town in Alaska over anchorage if jobs wasn't a concern. I'd normally recommend Fairbanks area, but not that time of year.

I'd also normally recommend the RV to check things out but time is working against you here. It's going to be getting chilly when you arrive and winter is coming up fast. If you're staying through winter I wouldn't waste too much time and money with a RV. I'd be trying to find a place to stay. September can actually be a good time to find rentals as the seasonal people will be moving on soon. Winter time in Alaska is not conducive to RV living or trying to find a rental and you're basically coming up when it's starting.
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Old 08-03-2017, 01:09 PM
 
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6.7, this is a sabbatical year, expecting to like Alaska living and buy a house next summer and make it a permanent move. I am also thinking that my timeline is likely going to be too tight to mess around with an RV.
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Old 08-03-2017, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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I actually love the weather in the Fairbanks area around September - October. It's just not pretty at all after the leaves turn and fall off. In fact, a person might go right ahead and call it ugly. Is that why you'd not recommend it, 6.7, or some other reason?
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Old 08-03-2017, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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I love September up here, and October isn't too bad, I just think winter is coming up fast . Fairbanks area isn't the best place to be come soon without a solid plan of trying to secure a place to live sooner than later. I didn't recommend it because I don't recommend an interior winter on anyone .
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Old 08-03-2017, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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I love September up here, and October isn't too bad, I just think winter is coming up fast . Fairbanks area isn't the best place to be come soon without a solid plan of trying to secure a place to live sooner than later. I didn't recommend it because I don't recommend an interior winter on anyone .
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Old 08-03-2017, 06:34 PM
 
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Notes taken. Visit if I have time, but don't look for winter rental there!

I will hopefully be able to solidify plans by the fourth week of August. Hopefully have news by the 23rd or 24th. Then I can make commitments and book things.

Can't find my milepost, which is bothering me. I know right where I keep it, but it's not there. Going to have to go on a search.
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Old 08-06-2017, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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If you go the RV route I'd recommend Great Alaskan Holiday. They are more expensive than ABC but have newer, nicer RVs. They also require you to sit through a 20 min video on how to drive an RV and what to watch out for. First 2 weeks of September should be fine. After that you run the risk of freezing weather which can damage the water lines in an RV.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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https://www.adn.com/alaska-life/trav...-the-internet/
Here's another RV rental option.
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Old 08-07-2017, 08:39 PM
 
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I'm ditching the rv rental idea. I'm feeling like I need to not "lollygag" at all, and just be very focused on finding a good rental for the winter. i am starting a new thread with a couple of new questions. Thank you all for the suggestions, though!
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