RV 7 tips for RVing the alaska highway. Make sure you're prepared before you drive the road north. (2023)

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Road Condition Info Good Sam Camping Leave a Reply 17 comments Anonymous There are plenty of bears so keep a clean camp. Odor free inside and out. They can get in. -2 March 30, 2017 Anonymous We drove the AK Highway in summer of 2017 and it is truly an adventure. Scenery is fantastic. Be forewarned however, from Whitehorse on north the frost heaves are a major concern. They can really sneak up on you. Trust me, having your 40′ rig with TOAD behind nearly go airborne is no picnic. Nearly caused my wife to have a panic attack. From Destruction Bay on to Tok is especially bad. If your rig is a little older, I would highly recommend having new shock absorbers install before heading up the AK Highway. -1 February 15, 2018 Anonymous – There is extremely limited cell phone coverage between the main towns along the Alcan Highway (Hwy 97). You might get connected within a few miles of each town, but there will be nothing in between.– All the towers up there in northern BC and the Yukon are Bell. Our Rogers based phones (we use a 3rd party reseller that uses Rogers towers) had zero coverage between Dawson Creek and the Alcan border, when our AT&T coverage picked up. Do an internet search for “cell tower map or locations” – there are websites that show where they are on the map.– If you really need to be constantly connected, a satellite phone is a best option.– If you just want coverage when you hit the main towns along the Alcan Highway, get a prepaid SIM card for either Bell or Telus or one of their 3rd party resellers like Virgin, or PC Mobile and activate it before you go. We had to (try to) get one in Whitehorse, and it was a pain. We now have a T-Mobile SIM card and they work on Bell and Telus towers in Canada in case of emergency.– A CB radio might also be a good idea if you need help. There’s a fair bit of truck traffic along the Alcan, and we’ve found that most truckers will help you. February 20, 2018 Anonymous Having traveled the Alaskan Highway four times by car and RV I would like to add a couple of helpful tips. 1. While the roadway surface is mostly paved, every now and the you will find yourself on gravel. Watch out for on coming trucks and RV’s as small rocks can leave your some reminders of the trip. Watch for on coming fifth wheelers as most don’t have rear wheel mud flats like regular RV’s2. Watch closely for a red flag along the roadway that is your signal to slow down for the dip in the road. If you are in a hurry a dip can ruin your front end. Slower is better.3. Buy current edition of Milepost Magazine that gives you an idea, Fuel, resorts, food etc about what is coming up ahead but sometimes stations close so follow the fueling tip by Good Sam.4. Plan for a month or more with best travel times in June, July and August.5.. There are some good CD’s on RV travel done by experienced Alcan Highway travelers. Well worth the money. February 20, 2018 Anonymous This is good information. Thanks! We are planning a two to three month road trip in our camper next year. When are the best 2-3 months to go? Any other advise will be much appreciated! February 20, 2018 Anonymous Thank you for the intuitive article. February 20, 2018 Anonymous We drove the Alaska highway last summer and it was our first long trip in our fifth wheel. Had a great time! February 20, 2018 Anonymous Excellent tips. We have driven (truck and 19’ trailer) to Alaska from New Mexico two times, 2013 and 2015. We LOVED both trips -Alaska is amazing and a must take trip for rivers. Be prepared! We took an extra tire, cut foil insulation (used for insulating water heaters -) buy it at a hardware store to cover your inside windows to block out light (the summer days are very, very long and can make it tough to go to sleep at 10 pm) or cold. Learn about bears and moose and what you should do if caught in a bad situation We did not, but we did not go hiking in the woods. And do top off your tank…we always carried 5 extra gallons with us just in case. Have some cash, some parks or gas stations do not take cards. Plan ahead with groceries as well – it can get hard to find good fresh food the deeper you go and if you do, it is expensive. Don’t complain about the plain, gravel RV parks, Alaska only has a few months to make their annual tourist income, so things are simple. Have a blast! February 20, 2018 Anonymous Excellent information. Thanks for providing the tips. February 20, 2018 Anonymous Excellent tips. February 20, 2018 Anonymous Our trip was so good we collected some friends and went back second time. There is so much to do and see there is no way I could begin to list them and tell you about all them. Just be careful and have a great time. We went in May and were gone two months. After Alaska we went down the Coast Highway into California, but that is for another trip. February 20, 2018 Anonymous Good info thanks, really helpful. February 20, 2018 Anonymous How do the bears get in and what can be done to discourage them? Are you referring to cooking odors? February 20, 2018 Anonymous Thanks for the information . Will be traveling there this summer.Are there any gravel roads to Alaska? February 21, 2018 Anonymous Great advise! February 22, 2018 Anonymous Drove the Al-Can in August, 2016. Be aware of 20 mile stretches of gravel road. We lost a tire near Destruction Bay due to the road. Their ability to do repairs is compressed because of the short summer, take your patience along. Long stretches of no cell service, consider getting your ham license and taking 2 meter radio along. The Amateurs in the Yukon monitor the radio to help out. Last, get milepost magazine and plan your trip. I planned it for two years before jumping off. I would do it again in a heartbeat! February 26, 2018 Good Sam Camping Check out this article: Bear Necessities March 21, 2018 Leave a Reply FAQs Videos

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    Alaska Highway near Watson Lake, Yukon

    Crossing 1,422 miles of rugged terrain, the Alaska Highway is unlike any road trip that you’ll experience. Longdistances between towns, widestretches of daylight during summer and unpredictable weather pose unique challenges to even the most seasoned RVers.

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    With this in mind, it’s important to be prepared. The following tips will help you make the trip north without a hitch.

    • Fueling. It’s recommended that you “drive on the top half of your tank.” Plan for stretches of 100 to 150 miles without fuel stops, and fill ’er up whenever you get the chance.

    • Keep your camera handy. The scenery along the highway is stunning. Stay on the alert for wildlife sightings along theway.

    • Pay more at the pump. Expect higher fuel prices, especially in the more remote stretches of the road.

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    • Watching the weather. The northern part of the Alaska Highway begins thawing in late May, and the weather turns cold again in September. Summers along the highway are stunning, with daylight extending past most folks’ bedtimes (make sure that your windows have appropriate shading for bright summer nights). Don’t be surprised by rainstorms at the height of summer. Pack clothes for rain and chilly weather just in case.

    • Road conditions. Today’s paved Alaska Highway looks nothing like the rugged road of the 1940s, but it’s a good idea to stay abreast of changing driving conditions. Travel with a GPS navigation system that informs you of potential traffic problems and construction delays. You can also consult road report phone numbers, websites and weather cams that show stretches of the road so that you can look ahead (see below). Be aware that cellular reception may be spotty in some areas.

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      Anonymous

      There are plenty of bears so keep a clean camp. Odor free inside and out. They can get in.

      -2

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      Anonymous

      We drove the AK Highway in summer of 2017 and it is truly an adventure. Scenery is fantastic. Be forewarned however, from Whitehorse on north the frost heaves are a major concern. They can really sneak up on you. Trust me, having your 40′ rig with TOAD behind nearly go airborne is no picnic. Nearly caused my wife to have a panic attack. From Destruction Bay on to Tok is especially bad.

      If your rig is a little older, I would highly recommend having new shock absorbers install before heading up the AK Highway.

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      Anonymous

      – There is extremely limited cell phone coverage between the main towns along the Alcan Highway (Hwy 97). You might get connected within a few miles of each town, but there will be nothing in between.
      – All the towers up there in northern BC and the Yukon are Bell. Our Rogers based phones (we use a 3rd party reseller that uses Rogers towers) had zero coverage between Dawson Creek and the Alcan border, when our AT&T coverage picked up. Do an internet search for “cell tower map or locations” – there are websites that show where they are on the map.
      – If you really need to be constantly connected, a satellite phone is a best option.
      – If you just want coverage when you hit the main towns along the Alcan Highway, get a prepaid SIM card for either Bell or Telus or one of their 3rd party resellers like Virgin, or PC Mobile and activate it before you go. We had to (try to) get one in Whitehorse, and it was a pain. We now have a T-Mobile SIM card and they work on Bell and Telus towers in Canada in case of emergency.
      – A CB radio might also be a good idea if you need help. There’s a fair bit of truck traffic along the Alcan, and we’ve found that most truckers will help you.

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      Anonymous

      Having traveled the Alaskan Highway four times by car and RV I would like to add a couple of helpful tips.

      1. While the roadway surface is mostly paved, every now and the you will find yourself on gravel. Watch out for on coming trucks and RV’s as small rocks can leave your some reminders of the trip. Watch for on coming fifth wheelers as most don’t have rear wheel mud flats like regular RV’s
      2. Watch closely for a red flag along the roadway that is your signal to slow down for the dip in the road. If you are in a hurry a dip can ruin your front end. Slower is better.
      3. Buy current edition of Milepost Magazine that gives you an idea, Fuel, resorts, food etc about what is coming up ahead but sometimes stations close so follow the fueling tip by Good Sam.
      4. Plan for a month or more with best travel times in June, July and August.
      5.. There are some good CD’s on RV travel done by experienced Alcan Highway travelers. Well worth the money.

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      Anonymous

      This is good information. Thanks! We are planning a two to three month road trip in our camper next year. When are the best 2-3 months to go? Any other advise will be much appreciated!

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      Anonymous

      Thank you for the intuitive article.

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      Anonymous

      We drove the Alaska highway last summer and it was our first long trip in our fifth wheel. Had a great time!

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      Anonymous

      Excellent tips. We have driven (truck and 19’ trailer) to Alaska from New Mexico two times, 2013 and 2015. We LOVED both trips -Alaska is amazing and a must take trip for rivers.
      Be prepared! We took an extra tire, cut foil insulation (used for insulating water heaters -) buy it at a hardware store to cover your inside windows to block out light (the summer days are very, very long and can make it tough to go to sleep at 10 pm) or cold. Learn about bears and moose and what you should do if caught in a bad situation We did not, but we did not go hiking in the woods. And do top off your tank…we always carried 5 extra gallons with us just in case. Have some cash, some parks or gas stations do not take cards. Plan ahead with groceries as well – it can get hard to find good fresh food the deeper you go and if you do, it is expensive. Don’t complain about the plain, gravel RV parks, Alaska only has a few months to make their annual tourist income, so things are simple. Have a blast!

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      Anonymous

      Excellent information. Thanks for providing the tips.

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      Anonymous

      Excellent tips.

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      Anonymous

      Our trip was so good we collected some friends and went back second time. There is so much to do and see there is no way I could begin to list them and tell you about all them. Just be careful and have a great time. We went in May and were gone two months. After Alaska we went down the Coast Highway into California, but that is for another trip.

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      Anonymous

      Good info thanks, really helpful.

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      Anonymous

      How do the bears get in and what can be done to discourage them? Are you referring to cooking odors?

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      Anonymous

      Thanks for the information . Will be traveling there this summer.Are there any gravel roads to Alaska?

    15. RV 7 tips for RVing the alaska highway. Make sure you're prepared before you drive the road north. (26)

      Anonymous

      Great advise!

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      Anonymous

      Drove the Al-Can in August, 2016. Be aware of 20 mile stretches of gravel road. We lost a tire near Destruction Bay due to the road. Their ability to do repairs is compressed because of the short summer, take your patience along. Long stretches of no cell service, consider getting your ham license and taking 2 meter radio along. The Amateurs in the Yukon monitor the radio to help out. Last, get milepost magazine and plan your trip. I planned it for two years before jumping off. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

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    FAQs

    How long does it take to drive an RV to Alaska? ›

    Reasons to ship your RV to Alaska

    For most RVers, figure about 8-10 days of driving. Driving the fabled Alcan Highway is something a lot of RVers want to do at least once.

    Can you full time RV in Alaska? ›

    You may opt to leave your rig at home entirely and rent an RV when you arrive in Alaska. You should be able to find just about any type of RV you like through local companies. Most rentals include dishes and linens. You can find rentals in and about Anchorage.

    Is Alaska RV friendly? ›

    Alaska is one of the only places in the world where it's legal to pull over anywhere and RV boondock style. Highway pullouts, shoulders, and other areas off the road are prime spots for getting some sleep and prepping for the next day's travel.

    What should you not bring in an RV? ›

    What Not To Pack For Your RV Vacation
    • Canned food. Seriously, you'll never eat all the emergency supplies you're tempted to hoard in your RV. ...
    • Electronic items. This includes laptops, tablets and video game consoles. ...
    • Kitchen appliances. Keep your meals simple. ...
    • Fresh water. ...
    • Firewood.

    How long should you drive an RV each day? ›

    Drive no more than 200 miles in one day. Stop every two hours for a stretch break. Arrive at the campground by 2 p.m. Stay at least two nights at the same campground. This is the 2/2/2 rule.

    Can I sleep in my RV on the Alaska Ferry? ›

    U.S. Coast Guard regulations prohibit access to the car deck while a vessel is underway; therefore, RVs and motorhomes may not be used for dining and sleeping while on an AMHS ferry.

    How much does it cost to RV travel full time? ›

    We have seen monthly full time RV living budgets from fellow travelers as low as $1,600 and as high as $5,000. If you really want to go minimal, you can easily live this life for around $1,000 per month by finding a free spot to park your rig for extended periods or by becoming a camp host.

    Is it cheaper to RV full time? ›

    Living in an RV means living a lot smaller with a lot less stuff. You have less room for everything – clothes, toys, tools and more saving you a lot of money. Along with less space, you save on utilities and home-improvement projects if you own your home. Living in an RV can cost as much or as little as you would like.

    What is the 2 2 2 rule in RVing? ›

    The RVing 2/2/2 rule is a safe and effective way to plan your travel. It means drive no more than 200 miles a day, stop every 2 hours, and stay 2 nights in each place. Some RVers also put an appendix on the rule encouraging drivers to arrive at an overnight destination by 2:00 p.m.

    Can you camp on the side of the road in Alaska? ›

    Alaska Roadside Camping is legal in most areas; here's the scoop. For reasons of safety alone in a state as large as Alaska, pulling off the road when tired is encouraged and completely acceptable too.

    What state is best for full time RVers? ›

    The Three Best States for Full-time RVer Domiciles

    The best states for full-time RVer domiciles generally come down to Texas, Florida or South Dakota. All three states are income tax-free, the government entities will accept mail-forwarding addresses and they are headquarters for mail-forwarding services.

    Where can I park my RV for free in Alaska? ›

    Escape To These 5 Free Campsites In Alaska For An Overnight You Won't Soon Forget
    • Exit Glacier Road, Seward, Alaska. ...
    • Galbraith Lake Campground, North Slope Borough, Alaska. ...
    • Isabel Pass, Richardson Highway, Alaska. ...
    • The Seward Highway Pullouts. ...
    • Deadman Lake Campground, Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska.
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    Can you roam around an RV while driving? ›

    It's illegal to sleep, walk around or even be inside an RV like a travel trailer, fifth wheel or any kind of pull-behind campers while it's moving. However, you can sit inside a Class A, B, and C motorhome that has seat belts, and you can legally use some of the facilities inside while driving.

    What is the most RV friendly state? ›

    In general, the top three states for RV living are Texas, Florida, and South Dakota. Besides being somewhat loose with their regulations, these three states are extremely RV friendly. Most importantly, Texas, Florida, and South Dakota are all income tax-free.

    What are most common problems in RV? ›

    Today we're discussing the top three RV problems you're most likely to encounter and what you should do about them.
    • Leaky Roof. Water leaks are pretty much inevitable when RVing. ...
    • Electrical Issues. Just like your actual home, your RV is likely to run into electrical problems from time to time. ...
    • Slide Out Problems.
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    What food should I bring on an RV trip? ›

    What to bring when RV camping
    • Shelf-Stable.
    • Catch-All Spices.
    • Trail Mix, Nuts, Bars, Beef Jerky and Dried Fruit.
    • Instant cup of soup and Pasta meals.
    • Instant Coffee Pack and Tea Bags.
    • Sandwich making foods.
    • Pre-cut frozen fruit and fresh veggies.

    What should you not do in a campground? ›

    18 Things NOT TO DO While Camping
    • Forget to Bring Bug Spray: ...
    • Not Bring Enough TP: ...
    • Leave Food Sitting Outside: ...
    • Fail to Give Someone your Camping Itinerary: ...
    • Assume There Will be Clean Drinking Water: ...
    • Trusting your GPS: ...
    • Start a Fire with Gas: ...
    • Set Up Camp in the Dark:
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    What is the 3 3 rule for RVers? ›

    By adhering to this simple rule of thumb, you can make traveling easier for your whole family. What is this? First, limit your travel to no more than 300 miles in one day. Second, arrive no later than 3 p.m. Finally, stay at your destination for at least three days.

    Can I sleep while the RV is driving? ›

    New South Wales

    stating that it's legal to sleep or live in a car provided parking is allowed on that road. So, make sure you don't park in restricted zones. Otherwise, you may get a traffic violation ticket, a fine, or be asked to move your car.

    What length of RV is easiest to drive? ›

    Travel trailers are usually in the range of 12-40 feet and are not difficult to tow. Many come in lightweight models, making them easy to drive with SUVs and other family-friendly tow vehicles.

    Where do you shower when traveling with an RV? ›

    Whether you are already subscribed to a recreation center or not, most gyms offer daily accesses to their facilities. Between $5 to $20 per person per day, recreation centers often provide hot showers with plenty of pressure to wash your hair after a few days on the road. Some also have spas and saunas!

    Can you go to the bathroom while driving an RV? ›

    The good news is that you can use the RV bathroom while the vehicle is in motion. Because the electrical systems are in action while the car is on the road, you can use the bathroom and flush with the water pump as normal.

    Can you take long showers in an RV? ›

    If water conservation is a priority because you're dry camping, 5 minutes or less in the shower is recommended. If you have water hookups and conserving water isn't necessary, you can technically take a shower for as long as your hot water will last. When RVing, a 10-minute shower is reasonable.

    What is the cheapest state to live in an RV? ›

    Where are RVs the cheapest?
    • Montana is the cheapest state to register an RV and the most popular for registering when you live in a different state.
    • Low taxes and fees plus an extremely easy process to establish residency makes South Dakota one of the top choices for a cheap RV.

    How long does the average person keep an RV? ›

    The short answer is that the average lifespan of an RV is around 20 years or 200,000 miles, whichever comes first. But the answer isn't quite that simple. That number can vary depending on the class of your motorhome, how well you take care of it, and a few other factors.

    How do you prepare for an RV full-time? ›

    Beginner Tips for Full-Time RV Living
    1. Get to Know Your RV.
    2. Have Plans and Do Your Research.
    3. Get Your Domicile and Insurance.
    4. Downsize.
    5. Make a Checklist.
    6. Communication is Key.
    7. Expect the Unexpected.
    8. Be Flexible and Have Fun.
    18 Jul 2018

    Will RV holding tanks freeze? ›

    Tanks that are exposed to outside temperatures need some kind of insulation to keep them from freezing. Prolonged temperatures below freezing will eventually freeze a tank, either preventing you from dumping or preventing you from getting the fresh water you need.

    How do people make money while living in an RV full time? ›

    Read on to understand six of the most essential ways you can use your recreational time to generate substantial income to support your needs and goals.
    1. Telecommuting. Many businesses allow people to work online full-time. ...
    2. Freelancing Online. ...
    3. Workamping. ...
    4. Start a Blog. ...
    5. Amazon CamperForce. ...
    6. Become an RV Technician.
    11 Jun 2020

    What type of RV is best for full time living? ›

    Many RVers believe that Class C or Class A motorhomes are the best RVs for full time living because they are comfortable for long travel days. Drive-able RVs also give you more flexibility to chose an everyday vehicle instead of having to drive a heavy duty truck.

    What is the 2s rule? ›

    So what is it? The 2-2-2 Rule involves going on a date night every two weeks, spending a weekend away every two months and taking a week-long vacation away every two years. The idea behind it is that prioritizing and planning to spend time together strengthens your relationship.

    How often should you start your RV? ›

    Running the engine allows the oil to lubricate the dry components of the engine, and it helps keep the RV batteries topped off. I also recommend starting and running the generator on a monthly basis. Make sure you run the generator with at least a half-rated load for an hour or two.

    Is 70 too old to start Rving? ›

    The RV Lifestyle has no age limits. As long as you are healthy and have the desire and physical health, don't let your age slow you down!

    Can you sleep on the side of the highway? ›

    Never sleep pulled over on the side of a road, whether you're on a busy road or not. Doing so is dangerous and puts you at risk of receiving a traffic ticket. If you're sleeping roadside, make sure to take the key out of the ignition of your car and park in a well-lit spot.

    Can you Boondock along the Alaskan highway? ›

    In fact, almost the entire state is open to boondocking. Most of the highways have pull-outs on them where boondocking is permitted, and Alaska 511 is your North Star to navigate these highways and potential road closures. The Last Frontier is by far the most boondocking friendly state in the union.

    Is idling illegal in Alaska? ›

    Alaska Transport Blog

    Well, in Alaska idling is legal if you are in your car in the driver's seat or if you have an automatic starter. The maximum time that you are allowed to idle in either circumstance is twenty minutes.

    Why are so many full-time RVers quitting? ›

    Health Scares and decision fatigue

    Managing health care while RVing has always been a challenge, and that's before there was a global pandemic. Some RVers have decided to give up RVing because they want or need access to more stable healthcare.

    Do full-time RVers pay taxes? ›

    Most people who work remotely over the phone or internet will be able to file taxes in their domicile state alone, but if you do physical jobs or render services in other states, you will likely be required to file tax paperwork (and make payments) in each of those states.

    How do I keep my RV pipes from freezing while driving? ›

    How do I keep RV pipes from freezing while driving?
    1. Let the faucets in your RV drip. When water continues to move, it's far less likely to freeze.
    2. Use foam or rubber pipe insulation around any pipe that's exposed to the temperatures.
    3. If you have a generator in your RV, turn the heat on while you're driving.

    Can you park your RV anywhere in Alaska? ›

    RV camping is allowed in Alaska state parks and USACE (US Army Corp of Engineers) campground facilities throughout the state. USDA Forest Service areas also offer developed campgrounds suitable for RV camping. USFS campgrounds are usually primitive with only vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings.

    What should I pack for my first time RV? ›

    Aside from your camping supplies, below is a list of popular items you might want to bring for some additional fun!
    • Flashlights and headlamps.
    • Refillable water bottles.
    • Clothes (be sensible)
    • Sunscreen and insect repellant.
    • Camping chairs.
    • Deck of cards.
    • Outdoor rug.
    • Smart phone or tablet.
    16 Jan 2018

    How do I prepare for my first RV trip? ›

    RVing for the first time? 8 tips for newbies I wish I'd known during my first trip
    1. Don't get poop on yourself. ...
    2. Remember your toolkit. ...
    3. Pack sufficient cookware. ...
    4. Use leveling blocks. ...
    5. Get into your campground before dark. ...
    6. Download camping apps. ...
    7. Use RV toilet essentials. ...
    8. Wake up early, watch the sunrise, take a nap.
    20 Jul 2020

    Are Alaskan Campers 4 season? ›

    Inside this four-season camper you'll find a plush leather dinette, a beautiful wood-paneled ceiling, and high-end maple cabinets throughout. You'll also find a generous amount of overhead storage and counter top space inside the camper.

    Can I camp on the side of the road in Alaska? ›

    Alaska Roadside Camping is legal in most areas; here's the scoop. For reasons of safety alone in a state as large as Alaska, pulling off the road when tired is encouraged and completely acceptable too.

    What is the best direction to park an RV? ›

    Park North

    The direction you park your RV is very important. You will want to make sure that you park the RV facing North. Most RV's have the least amount of windows on the side with the entrance door, and this side also typically has an awning.

    What is most important in an RV? ›

    The most important thing to consider when buying an RV is the floorplan. You want a layout that's functional and comfortable for everyone. Account for sleeping space, cooking space, storage, and how you like to camp. Which floorplan fits your travel needs?

    Is it better to leave RV slides in or out? ›

    Water leaks in your RV slide can cause structural damage and can also cause damage to furnishings or stored items in the RV slide. To protect your RV and your belongings from unwanted moisture, it's best to store your RV with the slides in.

    Can you use an RV toilet while driving? ›

    The good news is that you can use the RV bathroom while the vehicle is in motion. Because the electrical systems are in action while the car is on the road, you can use the bathroom and flush with the water pump as normal.

    Do you need to use RV toilet paper? ›

    Many new RVers wonder whether it's really necessary to use RV toilet paper. The truth is yes. You do indeed need to use quick-dissolving RV toilet paper. If you don't have tissue that's safe for RV use, you shouldn't flush it into your RV's sewage system.

    Is there an RV shortage 2022? ›

    RV supply in 2022 will increase for both new and used RVs. RV manufacturers are finally catching up on production of RVs. This means RV dealers are once again seeing almost normal numbers of RVs on their lots. There are also a lot of used RVs coming onto the market.

    Will camper prices go down in 2022? ›

    Notably, there was a decrease in camper prices for towables and motorhomes in January and February 2022 because they're cold months that tend to put most travel to a stop. Many COVID buyers are now selling their RVs because they no longer have a need for them now that travel is back to normal.

    Will RV prices go down in 2023? ›

    Yes, if trends keep moving in a positive direction, prices should go back to what we would call normal. Better yet, with supply and demand from dealerships replenishing inventory it could even bring us some deals. Especially, if units don't move as quickly as they might like.

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