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Alaska Road Trip: Driving the Alcan – Seattle to Fairbanks [Part 2]

Note: This travel post is part of a 12-day trip that departed from Seattle and included Canada, Fairbanks, and Deadhorse, before ending in Anchorage, Alaska. Our kids were ages 2 and 5. Part 1: Complete Trip Itinerary This post –> Part 2: Driving the Alcan (Seattle to Fairbanks) Part 3: Driving the Dalton Highway (Deadhorse + Prudhoe Bay) Part 4: Driving the Parks Highway (Fairbanks to Anchorage) Related: Child friendly activities in Anchorage There is some gorgeous country between Seattle and Fairbanks, interspersed, of

The Alaska Highway 12 Day Trip Itinerary [Part 1]

Here was the premise: Pack our two kids (ages 2 and 5) into our 2008 Toyota Tundra and begin a 3,700 mile trip from Seattle up to Alaska. We headed north through British Columbia until we hit Dawson Creek, the historic start of the famed Alaska Highway. Later, we continued driving northeast into Alaska, stopping in Fairbanks briefly before joining the Dalton Highway, the stretch of road that follows the Alaska (oil) Pipeline up to Deadhorse and Prudhoe Bay. Following our foray

Truck Camper: Constructing the table and floor compartment

A quick recap: We started with an empty shell from Four Wheel Campers and built it out to accommodate two adults and two children. The storage compartment is roughly 40″ long, the same as the dinette bench lengths.     The top is made of 3/4″ plywood and consisted of two pieces, attached together with hinges.    It can be opened by lifting the hinged door at the front. We are currently in the process of installing a small diesel

Truck Camper Construction Resources

Here we’ve assembled a list of the components used during the construction of our camper.  We’ll continue to add resources as the build-out progresses. Camper & Vehicle Details Truck: Toyota Tundra (2008), Double-cab, TRD   Camper: Four Wheel Campers Hawk shell. “Silver Spur” interior, standard white exterior. Purchased December 2014. Received March 2015. We added the following options to the basic shell model: -Mechanical Camper Jacks $695 -Solar wiring plug on camper roof $50 -Powered roof vent fan $295 -Front opening window $195 -Side awning $795

Constructing the Passenger’s Side Storage

Previously: Driver’s Side BuildOut and How To Fit Four People in a Truck Camper First up, you’ll remember that we started with a shell (empty) camper. The passenger side is on the right (below).   Passenger side on the left (looking out the back).    Here is the layout that we built: Because the door is off-set (not placed directly in the middle of the camper), we had less room on the passenger side. Consequently the bench seat storage area

A Long Weekend in Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada

Spring here upon us in the Pacific Northwest and we are feeling a little bit itchy for some outdoor time. It’d been a while since we ventured up to Canada so we pulled out our passports and headed north. <?php echo do_shortcode(”)?> Vancouver Island is just a short hop away from those of us living in Washington State. There are several ways for us to enter Canada, the cheapest for us was to cross the border at Peace Arch (on

How to Fit Four People in a Truck Camper: the top toddler bunk

Previously:Driver’s Side BuildOut   A while back we detailed the construction process of the driver’s side fridge cabinet and storage area of our Four Wheel Camper Hawk shell model. The other notable feature of this area is that the top converts into a bunk for our two year-old daughter (edit: she’s now a very tall almost-four-year old and still fits like a champ!).   Here is our sketchup version. It should be noted that our actual length numbers are slightly

Constructing the Driver’s Side Storage & Fridge

In the Spring of 2015 we purchased a Four Wheel Camper Hawk shell model. We got the grey Silver Spur interior and the standard white exterior.   While we really liked the pre-finished models, they lacked two things that we desired: -Storage. Most of the models came with installed sinks, ranges, and heaters, which were nice, but left precious little room for storage. We decided early on that we weren’t going to have a sink or built-in range as our

The Perfect Kid Campground: Deception Pass State Park

  A freshwater swim area. Kayak rentals. Beachcombing. Paved ocean-side trails for bicycling. Deception Pass State Park is kid heaven. And it’s within an hour and a half of Seattle. Get thee down to this park! First, let’s get the negatives out of the way: -It’s not remote. -It’s a large campground and a busy day picnic area. -Campsites are fairly close together. BUT, it’s only 80 minutes from Seattle and set amid gorgeous scenery. The water in adjacent Cranberry Lake

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