Originally Posted by blue_bullet
Frank & Karen,
Welcome to the forum. We are new here as well. At ETI last week Dennis spent about an hour with us answering a lot of questions. He showed a used 1 or 2 year old 21 to demonstrate some features the demo models did not have. One of my concerns was the smooth fiberglass in the wheel well. I felt it and there were no rough spots. He said the trailer had been on a lot of gravel roads yet there was no sign of wear. I think we will wait and apply line x or get some kind of shroud installed only if needed after several years of use. The impression I got from Dennis was I probably needed to worry about something else. I do know from experience a blown tire on a tandem can create havoc, and the less the shredded tire has to latch onto the better. I have seen shrouds ripped apart along with the holes created to keep them attached. Simpler might be better.
I have a question for you. My wife and I hope to head your way in a summer or so and had considered taking the ferry system from Bellingham or Prince Rupert, stay in Juneau for a bit, then head on to Haines for the return trip via land. We sort of blew the ferry idea off b/c we travel with a German Shepherd Dog and the ferry rules state that pets/livestock must remain below decks in the vehicle or trailer and can only be attended 3 times/day with a ferry employee in attendance. That sounds pretty restrictive. Do you have any comments or recommendations for us?
I lived in Juneau for 5 years in my early teens, leaving there 2 years after statehood, and have not been back since. We traveled to and from there via the Princess Louise so I know the beauty of the marine trip though I know the Marine Highway System is run differently than the Canadian Pacific Steamship Line was.
Again welcome and hope you are enjoying a waterproof trailer. You need one in Wrangell.
Thanks for your post re-wheelwells, but it seems no one believes
them to be particularly vulnerable to rock damage and choose to
see damage and repair rather than prevent. That item on my
initial post was just a suggestion and will remain that as I am
going to drop the subject.
Your plans to travel on the Alaska Marine Highway would be more expensive from Bellingham, but you would not have to be
purchasing the fuel to get to Prince Rupert . We enjoy the drive
to Rupert as we don't get much driving around Wrangell.
From Bellingham-Ketchikan is more than a day (I am sure you
would have to be escorted to the car deck to see to your pets needs.)
Prince Rupert - Ketchikan about 6 hours
Ketchikan - Wrangell about 6 hours
Wrangell - Petersburg about 3 hours
Petersburg - Juneau about 8 hours
Juneau - Haines about 5 hours
Haines - Skagway about 2 hours
The ferries usually are in port for 1/2 - 1 hour at all stops and
people walk their pets ashore at these times-very common.
Pull these towns up on internet, I am sure there have been great
changes from the early sixties.
The drive out of Haines or the south Klondike highway out of Skagway are simply beautiful on even a fair day weather wise.
Check requirements for pets vac. etc. for both inter-state and
The Alaska Marine Highway has a good website-pick up a Milepost book. Hope you get to make this trip and thank you for
your post - congrates on the 21' order.
Our best Frank and karen