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Old 04-20-2015, 06:34 PM   #1
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Is Alaska really worth it?

We took an Alaska cruise in 2012, had a helicopter flight to a glacier and took the Skagway train. Now my husband wants to drive up there, but does not want to take the 5er. I get that. We've had enough trouble with that we don't want to subject it to rough roads.

So he is having problems finding a suitable truck camper for a good price that he can re-sell after the trip. His minimum standards differ from mine.

Buying a smaller trailer is not what he wants to do because you have to pay sales tax on it, plus you are dealing with that many more tires to worry about (the truck only having four).

We have been to the Rocky Mountains in B.C., Alberta and Wyoming. We have been to the U.S. Southwest. I figured the scenery in B.C. was about as good as it gets.

Is it really worth that long, long trip up there and buying and reselling a camper? Is it THAT special? We are keeping the Cruiser no matter what.
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:46 PM   #2
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The answer to that question can only be found with a good heart to heart talk between you and your hubby.
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Old 04-20-2015, 08:30 PM   #3
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Hey Lone..I picked up an older truck camper for this summer to alaska,yukon and nwt(all the way up the dempter hwy) Not taking the trailer either. Heard it is the way to go.
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Assuming you have the truck, just calculate the cost of the truck camper, and only think you'll get $1000 for it when you return. But here's the bigger costs, and I'm only asking metaphorically, I really don't want your answers. How old are you? How long will this be possible for the two of you? What is the cost of regret if you don't go? Would not going cause friction? What else are you going to do with your time and money? It doesn't matter if it's a drive to Alaska, or to the middle of Kansas. A dream is a dream.
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Old 04-21-2015, 03:55 AM   #5
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Hubby is 70 and I will be 64 in June. Hubby figures on selling the truck camper for what he pays for it. We have a truck with an 8' box.
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You have been given good advice from Martinsc and Lloyd. Best of fortune in your decision.
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Old 04-22-2015, 05:47 AM   #7
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I think you guys are missing my point. Some places are worthwhile to visit, some are so-so. Some are easy to get to, others not so much.

Examples: If you have been to the Grand Canyon, then Dead Horse State Park in Utah is similar only smaller, so it's probably not worth the drive. If you have seen Bryce Canyon in Utah, then Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah is similar only not as spectacular. Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona is worth the drive no matter where you come from - a definite "bucket list" item.

So, having seen a lot of these great sights, as well as Yosemite (worth the drive), Colorado, and the Rockies in BC, I am asking if Alaska is worth the drive, because it is a very long, difficult drive.

I am not one to say I did it because I wanted to say "I did it". I want to do it because it is worth my time and effort.

So those of you who have been there, was it worth it? I don't want to put a lot of time and effort into something and then be disappointed. Not saying that Alaska isn't beautiful, but will we see stuff we cannot see anywhere else, anywhere closer and easier to get to.
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I can't answer the question about value of the trip, but we are planning on an Alaska trip next year. However, I'm planning on taking the Cruiser. Considered all the other options. I don't want to spend 3 months in a TC (and rush thru the trip) or invest money and time getting a TC or any other rv set up to meet our needs as there are guaranteed losses with those options, just how much is unknown. And there can be on-the-road problems with any rv, especially one you are unfamiliar with. If I have zero problems with the Cruiser, then I am ahead and if there are major problems, then maybe it is time to buy a new rv a year or two earlier than planned.
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I've been looking at flying to Alaska and renting an RV. The trip for me is otherwise too long. On one of the websites, they were looking for people to drive new units from Elkhart, IN to Alaska.....just another option.

As far as is it worth it? Don't know, but would like to find out!
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I can't answer the question about value of the trip, but we are planning on an Alaska trip next year. However, I'm planning on taking the Cruiser. Considered all the other options. I don't want to spend 3 months in a TC (and rush thru the trip) or invest money and time getting a TC or any other rv set up to meet our needs as there are guaranteed losses with those options, just how much is unknown. And there can be on-the-road problems with any rv, especially one you are unfamiliar with. If I have zero problems with the Cruiser, then I am ahead and if there are major problems, then maybe it is time to buy a new rv a year or two earlier than planned.
Thanks, Larry. We would have considered taking the Cruiser, but we have had a lot of trouble with it and since we have just had it for two years, we would like to get a few more years out of it. The only reasons we are keeping it is because 1. we love the floor plan, and 2. we hope we are past all the issues with it.

When next year are you planning to go? How long will you be taking for the trip?
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