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I am sure there are some of you all out there that have previously make the trip to Alaska. We live in Florida and would like to find a route from here to Fairbanks. I talked to a couple last summer in South Dakota
that traveled through I believe he told me Montanna into Canada. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Lex and Karen Cauffield
Lake Placid, Florida
Gulf Stream Tourmaster Constellation 45g
Jeep Grand Cherokee


Our 2015 vacation trip

June 26, 2015 we departed our Florida Home and set out to engage our out west tour. We had to leave home without our little dog (Maggie) she went on to a better life in doggie heaven. Our first stop was
St. Louis, Paducha, Ky, on to Mitchell, SD, the Bad Lands, Custers State Park, Mount Rushmore, Win Cave, Hot Springs, Cody Wyoming ( Yellowstone NP) The Grand Tetons, on to Salt Lake City stopping at the Bonneville Salt Raceway, The Mormon Tabneracle, on to California, visiting Napa Valley and San Francisco, traveling to Bakersfield,Ca., and crossing the Desert to Williams,Az. We toured the Grand Canyon, the Route 66 town of Williams and traveling south on 89A to Sedona. Departing and traveling to Okalahoma City, then to Memphis, Tn. ending up in Knoxville at our friends house. We usually spent 2-4 days at each location traveling in the Jeep.
Our 2001 Monaco Diplomat worked very well towing our Jeep Grand Cherokee. It was a bit sluggish when the OD temp was above 100 degrees.
Since this was our first trip out west we were very glad that we purchased our Senior NP pass. The only problem we encountered was school was not in session so most all the parks were filled. We camped at
KOA campgrounds.
It was very important to us that we stop at each states visitor center and get a map of the state and information of that particular states attractions.
We arrived home in Florida the first of September. The longest vacation my wife and I have had together.
We did trade motorhomes at Buddy Greggs in Knoxville for a Gulf Stream Tour Master 45T.


Karen, Maggie and I spent almost 6 weeks on the road. We traveled to Savannah, Ga., BlackMountain, NC., Williamsburg, Va, New Bethlem,Pa., Knoxville, Tn. and Waynesville, NC., then returned home to Florida. One of my favorite spots, was Sarah P. Duke Botanical Gardens, Durham, NC. Any of you traveling in that direction should take the morning and spend it there, on the grounds of Duke University.

Williamsburg,Va. was a very interesting place to visit. For some reason we always end up in the greatest places at the hottest time of the year or we have a Hurricane visit us. Since we have partially retired we will have to plan our trips more weather pleasing.

We are planning to travel west this Spring/Summer. We are looking forward to visiting Mount Rushmore, Grand Tetons, Badlands, Yellowstone and what ever other attractions in that area.

Anyone that has made that trip we would appreciate information and directions.

email address is

Happy Travels,

Lex Karen and Maggie

PS. Maggie is our 14 y/o Jack Russell


We are Lex and Karen Cauffield of Lake Placid, Florida. We cannot retire as yet. I have a contracting business dealing with house and commercial grove pumps. I also work every third day with Hendry County Emergency Medical Services.

My wife, Karen, is connected with the school system. We have a Jack Russell, Maggie, who also loves to RV. Our children are grown. Trevor is a medic with Highlands County and the trainer. Christopher

Is number 2 son and has a construction company.

We purchased a 2001 Monaco Diplomat. Last summer three couples made the trip up the East Coast to Prince Edward Island. We then took the ferry to Novia Scotia and made the trip over that country. We then boarded the ferry in Digby and ended up in St. Johns. Back down the East Coast to D.C. for the 4th of July fireworks.

We have hundreds of pictures. It was one of the most enjoyable trips we have taken.

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