I've been reading through this site for several months, and can usually find answers to any question I have. So a big thanks to the folks that take the time to deal with would-be Alaskans' many questions--as crazy as they often are .
Grew up in the mountains of the Oregon Coast, haven't lived there in many years and find myself missing it every day. Unfortunately, the place has changed quite a bit (haven't they all?!), and it seems to me that if I want the sort of environment I was raised in, then I need to look further afield. And so...
I'm actively planning on relocation to AK, which currently means saving money, adjusting possessions, and doing a lot of reading. I'll most likely come up for a visit sometime in the early spring to get a feel for a couple different areas. Looking most seriously at both the Matanuska and Susitna valleys for their relative proximity to Anchorage--say, within 3 hours--and city resources (book stores, university, cheaper grocery/hardware/etc. prices). Big area, I know. But just throwing it in to make it clear that the south and interior are not really what I'm looking for. The move is 1.5 years away, as much for seasonal reasons as any others.
All of this is just a sort of introduction, so thanks for the patience.
I'm sure that down the road I'll have all sorts of tedious questions but for the time being, I have just a few, some broad and some sorta survey-like ones:
The plan is to purchase a Class-A RV (lower end) rather than deal with a uhaul rental or crappy box truck purchase. Will this be difficult to sell up there?
Are any of you carpenters? What are lumber prices like?
How is cell coverage on the Park and Glenn Highways, say from Parker to Denali and Parker to Glennallen? I don't love the things, but this is the kind of tidbit that helps with logistical planning.
Finally, anyone willing to put up a list of 10 things that people should know, but probably don't, about moving up there? I'm not planning on living in a remote cabin, trapping, and living off the land, if that helps.