OK, question for you guys… I’m planning on a trip to AK next summer (July and August) and am trying to figure out how to manage any fish and game I’m lucky enough to get when I’m there. I’m driving up with the truck and camper and the wife and kid are flying into and out of Fairbanks. I’ll have the truck and the ability to carry the stuff back with me, I won’t ship. I’m not looking to load up on massive amounts of fish and game, but a couple Halibut, few nice salmon and a caribou would be awesome. We are going to base for much of the time in Seward where we have good friends, but also will be doing a float in the Brooks towards the end of the trip for caribou, we have friends in Fairbanks where would could plug a freezer in too.
So, do we bring/buy a freezer in the truck and plug it in in Seward and then take it up to Fairbanks before the float and plug it in there? We have a nice little Yamaha generator that I can run while on the road on the way back in the truck. There are some downsides of this approach, one is just managing the freezer, which would have to be loaded on the tailgate and pushed under the topper, since there wouldn’t be clearance under the topper to open the lid. We have 5 and 15 cubic foot freezers now and they would both fit (neither seem ideal size, but we could get one of an in between size). The other downside is that the freezer would take up a lot of gear room, but I think we would have space. Positive would be that we could manage the freezer on our own terms not worry about renting space or borrowing space, I'd rather be fishing then looking for freezer space.
The other option would be a big cooler or two. We would have to borrow or rent space in Seward and Fairbanks. I’m not sure what the bumming space option would be until we get there since who knows how full their freezer would be. I’d assume that we could rent space somewhere in Seward in July and Fairbanks somewhere in August. I have no idea of the costs, either. I’d then want to transport the whole works on dry ice, which I’d assume would be available, but I don’t have a sense for cost or a guess how much I’d need. Total time on the road would be 7 days to get home, I assume if going the dry ice route, I’d need to reload somewhere along the way. The benefit would be that a couple large coolers would be easier to manage in the truck and probably take up less space, but the downside is the hassle of renting or borrowing space.
Anyone have suggestions??? I have a general sense that there are places to keep stuff frozen where you can rent space, but I have no idea how that would work in practice or the cost. I wouldn’t be thrilled with the idea of renting space if the price really added up, I’d rather deal with a freezer.