I am sure most everyone has thought about taking their bus to Alaska as have my wife and I. We were planning on doing it in a couple of years but next year could work out for us, especially if several folks got together and caravaned. How long of a trip were you thinking about taking. I have heard that 30 days is not long enough and we should plan for a 6 to 8 week trip at a minimum. I am still working but luckily for me I am at the top of the food chain here and might could get that kind of time off if the economy has started turning around by next summer.
Back in the 70's I made a living out of purchasing small super cub airplanes and modifying them into bush planes and flying them up to Alaska to sale, usually Fairbanks. I flew pretty low and the roads looked pretty rough back then but I am thinking they must have been improved quite a bit since I saw them last. I have read of several people taking their RV's to Alaska so I am sure our bus could make without too much wear and tear.
Keep us posted
Bob & Pearl
We did the trip in 2005. I do not recommend driving up unless you have a minimum of 6 weeks to spend. Yes, you could do it in less time, but it's just not worth the rushing required.
Take your time and enjoy the ride. We made a goal of not traveling more than 300 miles in one day, and except for one day, we met that goal. I planned on 2 weeks up, 2 weeks there,
and 2 weeks back. We extended the "there" time a bit due to a mechanical problem with the bus, and shortened the "back" time a bit to compensate. 9400 miles round trip from MN. We
saw everything we wanted to and did pretty much everything we planned, plus a lot of spontaneous stuff.
The roads were really quite good. The Alcan highway was, for the most part, all paved, except where they were working on it. There were 3 sections on the Cassair that were not
paved at that time, but they were working on them, so they may be paved now. The Top Of the World highway was dusty gravel, but good road and well graded. Dalton Highway (haul road)
was partially paved; the unpaved sections were pretty rough. We took the bus to the Yukon River crossing and then took the car to the Arctic Circle. I would not take the bus up there again,
unless I were going farther north. Otherwise, I'd do a day trip to the Arctic Circle from Fairbanks.
Many of the highways in AK, especially between Tok and Palmer, have frost heaves which can be severe, but not too bad in a bus if you watch for them and slow down. They were harder on
my Father-In-Law's pickup and trailer than they were on my bus, due to the longer wheel base of the bus.