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Old 03-22-2007, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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I only spent a thousand bucks in fuel, food and lodging for 2 people one way through Canada, entering at North Dakota. I bought fuel at the smaller communities and towns...at the no brand name stations. I also thought it better to support the smaller communities, and prices were cheaper. Swing into Muncho Lake Lodge when you go by there. Very nice place with great food and fuel. You'll love the log and stone work inside and out.
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Old 03-22-2007, 07:49 PM
 
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We moved out of AK two years ago and I used commercial movers to avoid the hassle of packing and hauling. Of course I moved 11,000 lbs of household goods. Used North American Van Lines and got a good deal using a govt discount (Military Reservist) even for a non orders personal move. Don't forget you can take a moving deduction for the costs of the movers, storage, your own mileage and lodging if driving, etc. Check the IRS publication for details. The bottom line is you have to decide what items of your stuff is important for you to keep. What I liked was that I was able to arrange when my stuff left the port and then once it arrived on the east coast I left it in storage for two months until I found where I wanted to live. One more point, take your time if you can and enjoy the trip. There is quite a bit to see and do even in April. We stayed at hotels/motels to include Super 8's and two years ago the average cost was about 85.00 even in Canada. The only location we did not like was Watson Lake as the lodging there was pretty run down. Also, don't overlook discounts from memberships you might already have such as AAA and Sams Club. We spent two weeks on the road and for what we saw and did the cost was not that bad.

geeeeeze; spend your time in paradise playing the membership,?? save a dime here,??? ********** person there......... ???? fruick the locals ????

get some medicine girl!

can people go and live free and get there basic outfit and not worry about white mans budget club deals/ membership save 10 cents there deals?

Clubs and bs scam corporatives!!!!!!!


Buy a 5 x 10 for 1500$ put you shyte in it , with the dogs and cats and hit the road. Let the border strip ya clean /no harm ; tell em thank you SIR!


Live ALASKA AND CANADA AND THE MOUNTAINS ............ DONT LET COMERCE EAT YOUR HEART.

Spend your time on the road like all the RVers worrying about every dime? Not

Alaska is medicine for the soul.................
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Old 03-22-2007, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Paducah, KY
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Buy a 5 x 10 for 1500$ put you shyte in it , with the dogs and cats and hit the road. Let the border strip ya clean /no harm ; tell em thank you SIR!


Live ALASKA AND CANADA AND THE MOUNTAINS ............ DONT LET COMERCE EAT YOUR HEART.

Spend your time on the road like all the RVers worrying about every dime? Not

Alaska is medicine for the soul.................[/quote]

The cheapest I have found a trailer so far is $2k, any other ideas where I can look. I am going to check around paducah during the weekend and see what I can find. I'm just nervous about pulling a trailer.. I have only done it from Va.Beach VA to Paducah KY. Of coarse by the time I get to Alaska I guess I would be a pro......lol I like to stay at local places much better, and have found that many of them are better taken care of, and their employees are much more greatful.

Cynthia
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Old 03-22-2007, 11:52 PM
 
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CLL Bring a small durable sign or some momento U can leave behind (Most people left an old car license plate) in the City Of Signs in Watson Lake just inside Yukon Terr. along the AK Hiway. When U reach Watson Lake, drop into the W.L. Garage and say hello to Donna and Pat, the owners. Tell them a guy name Henry sent U. If U need to, they will let U park over nite. Fill up there if U need gas. Most of the time they are the cheapest in town. Anything automotive, they can repair. There is a laundry across the street and if you decide to pull a small sleeping trailer, there is a free dump and water in town.Good Luck on your trip. I will be following U up in May in my pusher.
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Old 03-23-2007, 12:00 AM
 
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CLL, fill up before U go into Canada. Unless things have changed recently, fuel, which is by the litre, is more expensive. I've found it better to have some Canadian money instead of going the credit card method. Though U suppose to get the best rate via the card, most will have a service charge on top of it which negates the exchange rate.
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Old 03-23-2007, 12:08 AM
 
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Your gonna want hotel rooms not tent in April. Believe me...after driving all day...the last thing you want to do is set up a tent in the dark. You can get rooms cheap in any town through Canada. Don't use Super 8 or the name brands unless you want to spend 150 or more. Those all have pools. The cheap no name brands went for 50 to 75 bucks with no pool. After getting back into Alaska I stayed overnight in Mantasta. Nice little cabin, the coldest beer in the whole 7000 mile trip, and the best food. Little things like that will make your whole day. 40 or 50 miles either side of the Canadian/Alaskan border are bad with frost heaves so you'll have to take it a little slower.
And the heaves are especially bad between Haines Junction and north of Tok. Do take it slow there. That was where I broke the base plate of my towed vehicle last year.
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Old 03-23-2007, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Paducah, KY
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CLL Bring a small durable sign or some momento U can leave behind (Most people left an old car license plate) in the City Of Signs in Watson Lake just inside Yukon Terr. along the AK Hiway. When U reach Watson Lake, drop into the W.L. Garage and say hello to Donna and Pat, the owners. Tell them a guy name Henry sent U. If U need to, they will let U park over nite. Fill up there if U need gas. Most of the time they are the cheapest in town. Anything automotive, they can repair. There is a laundry across the street and if you decide to pull a small sleeping trailer, there is a free dump and water in town.Good Luck on your trip. I will be following U up in May in my pusher.
That sounds neat!! I just switched my plates from VA to KY so I have the old plates that say YLW CYN on them. I will leave one behind. So their are still heaves in the end of April?
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Old 03-23-2007, 08:25 AM
 
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Frost heaves are where the water beneath the road has frozen and pushes a piece of the road up. Very common. The ground will still be mainly frozen in April, it takes a while to thaw, and then you get potholes.
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Paducah, KY
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I see!! So just beware of bad road conditions.. Well I was expecting that anyways. I guess pulling a trailer would make a huge difference though! Thanks for explaining it to me!!

Cynthia
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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I pulled a trailer down and back last April. Really no problem. My biggest was dodging dead deer on the road through North Dakota and southern Canada. Just try to stay focused on the road and watch for flagging...and you'll have no problem seeing the frost heaves before you hit them.
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