Mac's 2012 Alaska RV Trip travel blog


A cool cloudy morning with temperatures in the low 50’s. It rained heavily last night starting around 22:00PM and rained most of the night.

I left the Pioneer RV Park at 10:40AM. I went to Wal-Mart for a couple of things but they did not have what I wanted. I left there and went across the street to the Canadian Super Store and got what I wanted. I was in both places for a total of twenty minutes. I did not need a cart but was amazed that to get a cart you have to pay $1.00 Canadian and when you return the cart you get your dollar back. I guess it keeps anyone from taking a cart and they do not have to go around the parking lot gathering up carts.

From the Super Store I drove over to the Klondike Motors dealership arriving at 11:30AM. They were working on the vehicle. They finished installing the water pump; however, it is making a whirring sound. They told me they could get another one by Monday but I told them I was not going to wait. They told me it is holding water and to get it replaced as soon as I can get to another GM dealer as this pump is guaranteed for 90 days so there will be no cost to replace it. I don’t need to drive it much and will call the GM dealer in Palm Springs and set up an appointment when I get back in a couple weeks. I departed the dealership at 14:55PM.

I saw one brown bear along the road on the drive to Teslin but there was no place to stop and get a picture. I also saw a number of RV’s heading north with Alaska plates that must be heading home.

I arrived at Yukon Motel & RV Park in Teslin, Yukon Territory at16:45PM. 30amp E/W. The sites are a little uneven and the 30amp power is low. Probably because I imagine everyone here has there heaters on as it is cold outside with a cold wind blowing. They have a restaurant here at the RV Park. They give guests a 4 cent discount on fuel that makes it 2 cents a liter cheaper than in Whitehorse.

Having to go to Whitehorse to have the SUV repaired cost me one day of travel and an extra 61.7 miles that I did not plan on. It definitely could have been much, much worse.

Everyone I dealt with at Klondike Motors (General Motors dealership) in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory has gone out of their way to help me. I cannot thank them enough and if anyone befalls the same misfortune as me, I can whole heartedly recommend you contact Klondike Motors. The personnel in Parts, Service, and the repair technicians are some of the best I have ever dealt with. I consider the one day of sightseeing I lost in Haines and one day lost in Skagway a small price to pay for the service I was provided by Klondike Motors. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

My Internet finally locked on to the satellite last evening so I had both Internet and DirecTV. I also have both here at Yukon Motel & RV Park.

I ate dinner at the RV Park restaurant.

120.3 RV miles today – 2 hours and 20 minutes driving time.

6.2 SUV miles the dealership put on car testing it.



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