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Brad Townsend 07-15-2013 10:54 PM

Alaska Trip?
We are in the consideration stage of going to Alaska maybe next year.
Wondering if anyone has taken their newell there.
We are also considering not taking the newell but something small enough to tow behind the Toyota FJ cruiser.
Any input is appreciated.


rellick 07-15-2013 11:10 PM

Well Brad & Karen, It just happens we are planning a trip from Florida to Alaska next year, you are welcome to join us for the whole trip or part of it, whatever works for you. You can read up on it and comment if you like, we are open to suggestions as well.:thumbsup:

Brad Townsend 07-15-2013 11:35 PM

I'll keep that in mind. We would be leaving from Yuma az area. Unless I can be convinced the coach would not suffer from rough roads I am currently leaning on purchasing a small trailer like a Casita or an Aliner in order to go off road and camp in free spots. It would be a big change to get used to going from this big rig with shower large fridge, and Freezer. The fuel savings would be huge. Not sure on anything just yet but doing a whole lot of research.
I see you are a former welder/machinist.
I am a former toolmaker/welder and carry with us a Miller Dynasty 200DX which I can stick and Tig. Looking for a nice Mig welder probably will be a miller also but I want it to run on 110 volt. I do a lot of thin stuff in our winter spot in Winterhaven Ca. Just north of Yuma on BLM land where we are off grid for the winter.

rellick 07-16-2013 12:29 AM

Brad, we do plan on taking nice highway, there has been plenty of big rigs that go up there, it should be a good time.
:thumbsup: Thats cool you are a toolmaker/machinist. I still go out welding with the truck but mostley in the winter, mostly oil and gas pressure piping and structural welding. I have 3 trucks I try to keep busy, it gives me more time to tinker with toys etc. I also have a 200dx, I have never tried to plug it in to the Newell but I would imagine it would work fine. They are small enough to stash away in a compartment somewhere. Too bad they dont make a cc/cv with ac to tig aluminum and still mig/stick steel, had a 302 gas powered miller that would, but they dont make a plug in machine that I have found that would do everything. I have a lathe and a cnc mill in my shop and use them when the need arises.:bandit:

Brad Townsend 07-16-2013 12:53 AM

Sounds like you have a neat set up. I miss the trade but it's not like it used to be with the new trade agreements. I do like the fulltime life and am able to work as I need/want to in different places.
We have more folks from Canada in our winter spot than US folks.

Neweller 07-16-2013 02:06 AM

The ALCAN itself is pretty smooth sailing, even the last time I took the Cassiar Trail, it was mostly paved, I believe it must be pretty nice all the way now. Man, are there some nice campgrounds along that route. I seen plenty of big rigs. Now I know some the off the beaten path could be another story. But I guess that would make for some nice day trippin. Just watch out for those feisty little man eating deer flies. Dang, I was running for our vehicle in a hurry when those varmint came attacking. But I love that route. The whole Frazer River is one heck of a nice spoilers run. I enjoyed that place by the Jade mine, it was pretty cool too.

Brad Townsend 07-16-2013 10:01 AM

I have read that the dear flies are bad. Are they all over alaska? Are they more a certain month? Did you take a newell? Any damage, windshield etc.?

Neweller 07-16-2013 04:51 PM

The flies were worse going into winter or during the spring and early summer. Late summer and Fall they didn't seem to be a problem. I know one year coming back from Fairbanks in the later part of October going through the Yukon I believe it was a couple hours North of Whitehorse I stopped at a campground where you will see bear of course and long after most RVers have long headed south I experienced the little varmints. I never really got heavily bit by them but I did feel them while others say you don't really feel it. I beg to differ on that. I just finished my business and ran for the vehicle swatting them away. I'll tell ya, when they are not a bother during the summer it is really a fantastic place. Something that locals had told me was they use muskoil to ward them off or I guess DEET will still work. I was also told that they favor running water areas unlike mosquitoes.

In a regular vehicle we didn't have much issue with the rocks flying or damaging anything. But in the Winni Chieftain we did have a screen guard on the front for those portion of the run. Never had any issues with damage there either. The only time I experience damage was in a car while driving up there back in the late 80's and roads have much improved since those days. I'm told its pretty much paved now. Of course the ALCAN will be fine anyway. There is plenty of beauty without going off the beaten path like I'm talking but it's just a pretty cool run.

Never actually made the run a Newell, the Winni was a 36' and was fine.

jWolfe 07-16-2013 05:07 PM

Great info Ken. The deer flies are bad in a lot of states. Didn't know they were in Alaska.

Brad Townsend 07-16-2013 05:09 PM

Thanks for the input. I would like to get off the beaten path and do some Kayaking. We have a 14 ft inflatable.

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