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Re: Alaska in July, first time RV

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:45 pm
by dolphintraveler
mkc wrote:
Yes, sinks and shower go into grey tank, toilet into black. (in most RVs. Some of the newer high end ones have a single waste holding tank) We actually fill the grey faster than the black if we're showering in the RV (even with military-style showers).

Dump black first then grey so grey water rinses sewer hose. NEVER use the water at a dump station to fill your fresh tank (there's sometimes a sign to remind you it's non-potable water). It's there for you to rinse your sewer hose (and rinse down the dump inlet). Wear disposable gloves to dump. It's really not that bad once you get the hang of it.

There will usually be a tank monitoring system to let you know how you're doing, but a lot of them are 1/3 - 2/3 - full. Not terribly useful. And the black and grey tank ones are notorious for being wrong (usually underestimating, not the other way around).

The great thing is that RVers are generally a helpful, friendly bunch. Let the neighbors in a campground/rv park know you're newbies and most will help show you the ropes. Not quite as humorously as depicted in the movie "RV', but close :wink:

You might check out and forums for more info/advice, too.

Thank you for the information the tanks and the other tips. Also the links to the RV forums. We might have to rent the RV movie. Really appreciate it!

Re: Alaska in July, first time RV

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:48 pm
by dolphintraveler
akblizzard wrote:
As a resident, I enjoy seeing Alaska through other's eyes. Since I've driven and rode the Harley on every part of the AK road system (a few times), I have a couple of comments to add. First, absolutely get a Milepost but don't fret over the current year. You know, the roads just don't change that much from year to year. :happy Second, the bear fears expressed on this thread are (very) over the top. I tent camp both on the road system and backpacking / hunting, never had a bear problem in 25 yrs. If you are heading to Seward, and interested in glaciers and boat trips, check into Exit Glacier area. A good hike for a 7 year old, with a lot of room to explore. There are two trailheads in the same area, one up to the Harding Ice Fields (probably too much for a 7 YO, but you don't have to do the whole thing) and the trail up the Resurrection River. Again, you don't have to do the whole thing, but a good outing. As for the boat trip, check out the best way to see a lot of great scenery and animals at . You'll have a blast no matter what you do and make some great memories.
Great tips - thank you! We checked out Milepost from the library, but it's a bit old - 1974 :-). I think we need a newer copy than that.

You're probably right on the bears. Perhaps it's just the parenthood concept. We have Exit Glacier on our list as a must-do. Harding Ice Field is questionable... but perhaps we do part of it as you mention. Thank you for the link too!

We're excited to see your state!

Re: Alaska in July, first time RV

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:59 pm
by dolphintraveler
snert31 wrote:Watching the videos here may be helpful. They even have a way around dumping - if you're willing to get your hands dirty, so to speak. ... i_WZTMD2K3
Thank you! I've watched a couple so far

Re: Alaska in July, first time RV

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:04 pm
by dolphintraveler
AKdream wrote: I've only ever had one experience in Resurrection that I wouldn't approve for a 7 YO and that was a badly timed circumnavigation of Fox Island that left us exposed to the Gulf of Alaska. You won't be anywhere close to that with the outfits in Seward. If you truly do have concerns, take Miller's Landing or one of the other guides out to Humpy Cove for a paddle. It's very protected and an awesome kayak destination with a great waterfall and usually sea lions out fishing.

I really want to sell you on doing at least one kayaking trip because its an amazing way to see Alaska and probably far safer, in a guided situation, then you probably are imagining.
I'm sold! I'll have to work on DH now...
AKdream wrote: I'd also agree with akblizzard above that bear fears over exaggerated. Brown bears are real, and a real potential danger - but preparing yourself with basic reading on how to handle brown bear encounters and simple intelligence will keep you out of danger.

I'd also like to second the poster above who said to eat at the Glacier BrewHouse in Anchorage!
Thank you!

Re: Alaska in July, first time RV

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:07 pm
by dolphintraveler
Braje wrote:I live in AK we tent camped for years before upgrading to an RV. We just leave the food in the RV with no problems with bears, but we do keep a clean camp. I enjoy the AK Native Heritage Museum in Anchorage. I would suggest, if you go to Fairbanks go up on the Parks Hwy to Denali then Fairbanks, then down the Richardson from Fairbanks. You will be able to see the Pipeline and Matanuska Glacier. It is a beautiful drive. I am not sure the RV rental places allow you to drive the Dalton. You might was to look at the Alaska forum on ... laska.html
Thank you for those tips - that link is amazing!

Re: Alaska in July, first time RV

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:10 pm
by dolphintraveler
EmergDoc wrote:I grew up in Alaska and have visited as a tourist. Hands down, the best three "tourist" activities I've done are:

# 1 A fly-in fishing trip
# 2 Flightseeing around Denali on a clear day.
# 3 The 26 glacier cruise out of Whittier on a nice day

Driving an RV around on the highway system would be pretty far down my list, but if I were I'd be sure to include Whittier (can you get an RV through the tunnel now?) and Seward. I would much rather go from Whittier or Seward to Valdez by boat or plane than by car.
Thank you for the tips!

The boat trip between Whittier and Valdez has been mentioned. It's not cheap if we bring the RV along and we'd miss one of the activities we were planning, which is on the drive. I'm guessing we'll just have to keep our current plan that we'll be back. I've written down the cruise you mentioned, and have noted the flight-seeing though that is very weather dependent.