Originally Posted by mightybus
Can you please send us a few pictures, tell us about a few more things about the area, tell us if you recommend someone making the journey, when you plan on bugging out etc.
About the area...well we're not much into fishing or hunting, so that's a big chunk of what Alaska's about that I can't report on. We've walked on a glacier, hiked to another one, went on a tram up a mountain, seen spectacular views, etc. Played in snow and in a lake on the same day. Stuff like that. Might be going on a trip next week to Fairbanks to attempt to see the Northern Lights. Sun activity might spike the 18th or 19th (we could be there the 19th), so if it looks like it'd pan out and the smoke has cleared, we'll go. Otherwise we'll divert to Valdez this month and try Fairbanks next month.
Trip wasn't that bad. Roads were better than when I drove to Houston, TX. They were so bad then that the hinge I put on one side of the generator cover (meant as a quick fix) bent, and I was worried the cover might eventually come off. Didn't happen this time. Now, when I made the trip to Houston, there was a freak snowstorm around Memphis, TN. This is what caused the bad/rough roads.
I should probably note that the hard drive in my main laptop started to fail too. The hard drives that failed were in devices that were NOT running at the time, plus they were all laptop drives (so they should have better shock protection). As of now, the only drive that completely survived is the one in the netbook, which WAS running at the time (it served as my gps). If I had to do it again, I'd make sure anything with a hard drive in it was well cushioned. I might get another netbook that has an ssd drive (no moving parts), as I'm tempting fate keeping it on during the rough parts. Oh, and running the washer while driving past Destruction Bay (some of the worst frost heaves are here) probably wasn't smart, but it worked fine afterwards.
If your bus/rv is in good mechanical shape, and you've got the money to take care of a potential breakdown while on the way (not to mention money for fuel, food, etc.) I say go for it. Roadside Assistance is virtually a must, I'd get a plan with either Good Sam or Camping World (I believe they're fulfilled by the same company, I need to double-check as it's time to renew). Even AAA may not be a perfect option, with mileage limits, iffy coverage in Canada, and also iffy RV coverage (even if you get RV coverage, it's not valid in some places). The plan from Good Sam and Camping World will tow you as far as is needed, works for your RV everywhere, and is good anywhere in North America (I think you might have to pay first in Mexico then get reimbursed, but they pay upfront in the US and Canada). If you were to break down on the Alaska Highway it could be hundreds of miles to get a tow, and they can charge a pretty penny.
Currently plan on leaving mid October. Hopefully we'll have good weather. If not, then I'll see about staying until mid November and then taking the ferry back.