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Campground Trends–the New Normal
* It’s hard to find a ski resort in the East that has a campground but some do, and some others allow camping in the parking lot. Ask.
* Stay abreast of spring opening dates for seasonal campgrounds and their reservations opening dates. Many are accepting reservations now for spring and summer, 2021.
* Water hookup may mean a shared faucet and that could mean reduced water pressure.
* When a campground lists a dump station, it doesn’t always mean it’s free.
10 Things You Didn’t Know
About RV Cruising Alaska
It’s time to book next summer’s RV trip to Alaska. Wouldn’t that make a great Christmas gift for the family? In any case, the summer season there is short and intense, and reservations are a must, so advance planning starts NOW.
1. Just getting to Alaska can consume too much of a two- or three-week family vacation. If your time is limited, consider a fly-drive rental. Rates vary wildly depending on the date, size of the RV and the length of the trip.
Official Visitor Centers are worth a stop
2. One-way and round trip fly-drive rentals are available.
3. One-way Seattle-Alaska delivery rentals are a good bargain in the early spring, when rental fleets are being re-positioned for the summer season. Fly to Seattle, pick up an RV, leave it in Anchorage and fly home.
4. Whether you go in your own RV or a rental, the latest edition of The Milepost is a must. It gives detailed highway information with everything you need to know about sightseeing and services. Fuel stops and other points of interest can be far apart, so it’s essential to plan your itinerary. Most roads are narrow and lay-bys not always handy, so it’s important when driving a large vehicle to plan ahead for these stops. https://amzn.to/2QskAbS
5. Don’t plan on covering a lot of miles each day. The joke is that Alaska has two seasons, winter and “under construction”. This means delays. Sightseeing everywhere is awesome, so take your time on the road. Remember that days are very long in summer. You'll also want to spend time in campgrounds to chill out, build a campfire, take hikes and jawbone with other campers.
6. Never pass up an official Tourist Information or Visitor Center. They have adequate parking for an RV, clean rest rooms, guidance from knowledgeable locals, discount coupons and often a small museum or other displays.
7. Don’t miss at least one passage on the Alaska Marine Highway, a network of ferries connecting a state that is mostly made up of water. Most ferries carry RV’s . The sightseeing from the water is a special treat.
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8. Alaska gets a lot of cloudy, drizzly days. Nature’s nature’s beauty takes on a silvery sparkle, so don’t stay inside. Wear a slicker and boots and get Out There to enjoy the hiking, fishing, nature watching, wildflowers and so much more.
9. Whether you eat in restaurants or in the RV, plan to spend at least 25% more than you do at home for food. Gas prices and campground rates are also higher. At this writing, campgrounds are coy about their rates for next summer and gas prices too may be higher or lower than today.
10. Breakdowns happen. If you rent an RV, rent from a major company that has a full roadwude support system and backup plans or refunds in case you are stranded. If you drive your own RV, bring a good supply of spares and at least a basic tool kit.