QUESTIONS ON AN ALASKA TRIP?

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  1. stacyj

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    im planing a trip to alaska 1st of june 2018 i will be on a 2016 gsa 1200 i will be going solo can't find anyone that can take off that long,Time i will have is 6 to 8 weeks mainly interested in what i should carry with me i am 58 and been riding most of my adult years just looking for advice from someone than has done it allready i live in oklahoma but will be leaving from colorado will be camping some advice on tent's would be nice i have most every thing else for camping but would appreciate anyone's advice thanks, STACYJ
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  2. froger

    froger Been here awhile

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    If your tent stands up without pegs you can set up on old pavement, which is nice. Long as you have a good sleeping pad to go with it. Get a good quality tent too, they aren't that expensive. Remember, when not riding its all that stands between you and forty billion skeeter's.

    A two person tent is about right for a guy and his gear, and they pack down to about the size of a loaf of bread.
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  3. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    But on a long trip...a 3 person would be even better! Lets you sort things out better and has space to keep everything dry if you have to hole up a day or two.
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  5. stacyj

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    thanks for all the info from all, going to check out the thread ,thanks again
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  6. rickj

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    Hi Stacy, congrats on your upcoming trip. It will exceed all your expectations!

    I agree with scootac that a 3-person tent would be better, unless you find a fairly roomy 2-person one. I always keep all my gear in the tent with me, and I like to be able to sit in my Helinox chair when putting on socks, etc. The main criterion is that it has to be waterproof. I have a 3-person Alps Mountaineering (Jagged Peak 3), and it works out pretty well. On our next trip (June 2018) we plan on camping mostly, so I'm going to bring my Redverz Solo tent. It's a big tent but it works really well in the rain, as you an just hang out in the center "garage" area. No need to carry a large tarp for over the camping area either. I have only used it a few times, once in the rain, so I'm still learning about it and I hope it works out well.

    PM me with an email address if you want me to send you my checklist. It may give you some ideas. I think the biggest point for motocamping up north are that you have to be ready for rain, carry 100% Deet for the skeeters, don't attract wildlife to your camp with smelly stuff, and we ready for a variety of temperatures.

    Do check out that 2018 planning thread mentioned above for ideas. Enjoy!
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  7. stacyj

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    Thanks for for all the info checked the thread i think i am on the right track good camping gear, had a redverts 2 person a while back great tent sold it going to get a new redverts solo a little smaller, good riding gear, and lots of DEET
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    I checked out that Redverz tent...aren’t you afraid the bike may fall on you in a storm either due to wind or washout?
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  9. stacyj

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    if you lean the bike away from you if it falls you will be ok the one i had was a two person it was a little to big getting the solo one i never did use the garage for my bike but it was good to put gear, bags,changing clothes in or if its raining you can sit in their and be dry did that a couple times their good tents never got wet
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  10. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    Stacy, also check out all the rest of us that will be going to Alaska and Yukon next year, as there is a strong possibility you will run into groups of us in this place or that place. I know many of us will be in Dawson City for the D2D, June 21st and 22nd. I know you chose to ride alone (and don't say it's because you couldn't find others that have that much time off, as several of us have the rest of our lives to ride....any time, any where) but check in with others here, while ON The Road, so we can share info, offer advice, give tips, tell you what to see, and what to avoid.
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    I've decided to take my Redverz Solo tent for a few reasons - and I'll find out if it works out well.

    The main advantage, I think, will be that I can remove the sleeping bay that hangs on one side in about a minute. If I’m taking the tent down in rain, I’ll remove the sleeping bay (very compact) and put it in one of my dry bags. The rest of the tent can be stored in its bag wet as it’s all a completely waterproof material. If it's not raining, I can store it in a mesh bag to dry it out while I'm riding. With the 2-man tent I used on my last trip, I could set up the two poles quickly and then go under the rain fly to hang the tent under it. It sounds easy, but not so much in practice!)

    I've only used the Redverz a few times, and only once in rain. It was nice to be able to sit in the comfort of the garage portion during the rain. I learned that I must use all or most of the guy lines if it's windy though!

    I've read lots of threads on the Redverz tent, and some love it while others wouldn't consider it due to its packed size. However, I'm at an age where I'm not looking forward to getting in / out of a tiny tent. And putting my pants on while laying on my back is no fun! I've been moto-camping since the early 70s and really enjoy it, but with age I'm leaning toward more comfort. I was following Rudy's (Black 8) Ride Report this summer, and it seemed like his Redverz was working out well for him. I'll be able to report how well the Redverz Solo worked for me after next summer's trip.
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  12. stacyj

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    Thanks to everyone lots of good advice the Dawson city thing sounds very interesting think I need to be their
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  13. stacyj

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    One last question about crossing the border anything I need other than passport driver license insurance never been out of the US that's sad isn't it
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    Not just vehicle insurance, but an endorsement from your agent/ carrier that states your covered while in Canada during the time block you’ll be in the country.

    Also, when approaching customs don’t hold your passport in your mouth, they will admonish you severely. Both US and Canadian Officers.
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    Darn it, I wish I could throw a LIKE to @djroszina above ^, but his info is wrong. I have grown to like that guy so much, feel he is my missing brother, but I need to leave him on the curb with this one. :(

    At the border going into Canada, all the Canadian agents will ask you for is your Passport, and drivers license, unless...like me..you have an Enhanced Drivers License, which means the passport is built-in to the drivers license. I have NEVER had a border agent at the USA/Canada border ask me for an insurance card, or a motorcycle registration...ever. They will run your license plate, always do, and if the name on the license plate registration is the same as what is on your drivers license......Thank you, and have a nice day.
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    I’ve never in my 4 times have been specifically asked for it either, but with my luck they would ask if I neglected to get one. I just call my agent and tell them what vehicle I will be traveling with and the time block and they have it for me same day. Doesn’t hurt to have. Also, heaven forbid, your in a multi vehicle accident and they then ask for it.
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    They may ask if carrying tobacco or alcohol too. I told them once I had a fifth, not a problem. There is a limit on how much you can take in.

    And they have info on you....and will ask questions that they already know the answer to!!! Don't lie to 'em!!!
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  18. stacyj

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    thanks i will get the info from my insurance agent gust in case i deal with the government every day never know what they may ask for THANKS TO ALL
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    Heres what they look like, Its last years, You don't need to have a time block for when in Canada, Just ask your insurance co for a Canada non citizen card. I do mine on a yearly basis since I travel up often. DSCF1172.jpg
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  20. stacyj

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    Thanks for the info I will show this to my agent thanks again capt
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