Enjoy your Alaska Highway RV expedition even more with these practical tips.
The Alaska Highway opens up access to a vast expanse of wild country.
It runs 1,422 miles from an already northerly starting point (Dawson Creek, BC) to the top of the world in the Alaskan Interior at Delta Junction.
This article gives you a few tips if you’re planning to embark on this adventure.
The MILEPOST “FAQ: Driving the Alaska Highway” is an excellent collection of advice about driving the Alaska Highway and we also found some interesting tips posted online by RV traveller Jim Phipps.
According to the MILEPOST, you’ll see bicycles, motorcycles (roadsters and racers), vintage cars, sports cars, compact cars, pop-up trailers, motorhomes, 5th-wheelers towing passenger cars and most sizes of trucks on the Alaska Highway during summer months.
What this means is that you should pay attention to what’s going on around you on the highway.
Your best bet in terms of making sure you don’t run out of gas is to “drive on the top half of your tank.” Plan for 100 to 150 miles between service stations and you’ll be fine because they’re usually closer together than that.
Keep in mind that some businesses are seasonal and many are not open 24 hours a day. In most places en route with more than just a few residents, you’ll be able to get gas, diesel, food and a place to stay if you want out of your RV for the night!
RV traveller Jim Phipps recently published a list of do’s and don’ts. Here is his advice:
“Everybody wants to go to Alaska… Like a pilgrimage, the sights and sounds of Alaskan Nature were surprisingly spiritual, and became the yardstick against which we’ll measure all future trips. There were a few things we did to make it so and a few other things we wisely avoided.”
Bring your camera and keep it handy (wildlife sightings will come fast and frequently as you drive the highway).
Bring blackout material for your windows (because of the extended daylight).
Get the MILEPOST book (it’s a great source of practical information).
Seek out museums, demonstrations, events and local entertainment.
Take a wildlife cruise of Prince William Sound. Whales smack their tails, otters tease, puffins squabble, bears fish, seals lounge and eagles soar, solely, it seems, for our pleasure.
Expect higher fuel prices.
Fill up at every opportunity (drive on the top half of your tank).
Carry paper maps (don’t rely on your wireless devices).
Learn to recalibrate your compass or carry a dedicated GPS.
Our own tip?
A great way to experience an RV trip on the Alaska Highway is to join a guided convoy tour.
Groups of RVs leave major North American cities en route to southern Alberta, with options to visit Calgary, Banff and Jasper en route to Alaska Highway Mile “0” in Dawson Creek, BC.
Convoys also travel the reverse itinerary from Anchorage, Alaska through the Yukon and northern BC to Jasper, Banff and Calgary.