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    Hi, having never done the Alcan, my wife & I thought it'd be great to do it with a one way rv rental from spokane or more likely Seattle to Anchorage. Could anyone having done this chime in on pros/cons of a one way rental?

    We will be traveling with one cat & a parakeet and I noticed some companies online don't allow pets. We did entertain the thought of renting or even buying a cargo van or small rv for the trip but the one way rental seems attractive .
    About how long of a road trip would that be allowing for some sightseeing along the way? We figured about 10 days.

    Any advice and opinions will be appreciated on this thanks!
    Jim

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    I know a guy that will drive your motor home back to the states. I would guest it would cost you a couple of thousand or more by the time you pay airfare to get him back to Alaska.

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    You might check with the RV rental places listed in Anchorage. Every year they need to get their new RVs up from the states. In the past they would pay you to do it, but apparently demand is now big enough that they charge you. Some of my family went this way a few years ago and enjoyed it.
    As for length of trip, remember than once you get here there is a lot of Alaska to see. I could spend 10 days just driving the loop.
    Good luck!

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    Thanks guys. Have seen cheap deals from places/factories where they're made, but none from the Seattle or Spokane area.

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    Whatever you do make sure you buy a copy of The Milepost Magazine. This magazine is a road atlas on steroids. It lists every point of interest on the entire trip and will give you history plus information on fishing, camping, and sightseeing attractions. I have made the trip numerous times over the years including three trips each way in our RV in the past four years.

    The highway was in real good shape until we reached Destruction Bay and from there to the Alaska border is mostly very rough from permafrost damage. I was slowed to 35 mph and still felt as if I might break a spring in my 32 foot class A motorhome. It sure felt good to reach Alaska again.

    The portion where you go in and out of British Columbia and the Yukon is stunning in beauty and full of wildlife. My wife and I counted thirty bears in one long day of driving including three grizzly bears feeding in the ditch along side the road. In the past nine bears were the most in a day so thirty was crazy. We also so a number of caribou, lots of stone sheep, several elk and of course the ever present wild herd of Wood Bison which you always see in the ditches and on the road in the Yukon.

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    Yep the milepost is great! This one way thing to Alaska is proving to be difficult to organize. Haven't found a co to make it happen and every one of them has not been helpful over the phone. Even the one that advertises "THE one way rental specialists"
    I do see the difficulty of going north for these companies but if they don't want to offer that, don't advertise it.
    May have to fly to anc from seattle but we wanted to do the drive.
    Even considered buying a van and selling it in ak. Frustrated but will keep trying.

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    i am sure that with enough planning you could find someone on craigslist, face book or other to split a rental with you.. if you drove it up. there are always military families and such that would love to drive it back . and a long term rental is cheaper then the daily rate ... then split it in two..

    for instance.. we were considering an RV rental next summer for the wifes annual trip south. To many kids now to fly .. SO.. 285 per day. or 1500 a month. was the quote. with 100 miles per night in state.. and a different rate for out of state. any way... that month rental would only be 750 + expences.. if you split it with a south bound family.
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    Thanks guys for the help; giving up on the idea, just too many obstacles and with a cat & bird, throwing a wrench in the works. Will do it I. The future with more time & better planning!

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    I know several people that bought used RVs in the lower 48, (much cheaper than buying here), vacation in the lower 48, drive to Alaska and sell. Most sold for more than they bought them for. Just make sure you get an RV that is in decent condition.

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    Default Re: One way to Alaska rv renting

    Quote Originally Posted by hogfamily View Post
    I know several people that bought used RVs in the lower 48, (much cheaper than buying here), vacation in the lower 48, drive to Alaska and sell. Most sold for more than they bought them for. Just make sure you get an RV that is in decent condition.
    There is a strong market for class c motorhomes in the $10,000-$15,000 price range. I sold mine after 3 years for more than I bought it for in 1 day.


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