I am new to this forum so I apologize if this question has already been answered (I searched but couldn't find what applied).
I currently reside in central Florida and have plans to move to Wasilla, AK in May 2015. I've lived in Alaska before, so I know enough to know my cost of living and demographics. My question has to do with the actual travel from Florida to Alaska...
I have 2 dogs, 4 cats, myself and my husband that are making the trip. We currently have 2 vehicles that I would love to bring with us, however they are not 4wd, so I'm not sure they'd be worth the cost of having them shipped (close to $6500 for both of them).
I've looked into the most reasonable way to make the trip. The options that I've come up with are:
1. Drive the whole way. The best way (financially) would be to rent an RV - because of all of the pets; cheaper for food and if we feel that we can travel longer than an 8 hr day, we'd be able to.
2. Fly. I dont much like this idea because the trip w/layovers would be a minimum of 10-14 hours....long time for my pets :(
3. Drive to Washington, then fly to AK. Considering some of the worst roads to travel on is the Yukon and Alaska Highway, I thought I'd same myself some heartache and flat tires.
Does anyone have any experience with this? I'm open to all suggestions. I've done more research on the RV rental and I really like the idea, however I've found that most RV's wont do One Way without having someone to bring them back down to Florida. Plus, I would like to tow at least one vehicle with me so we can have transportation once we're in Alaska. I've been told that the tow weight cannot be more than 2500lbs...which both of our vehicles exceed that limit.
I've attached some figures that I've come up with. Basically, I've calculated what I would need to survive for 3 months when I move up to AK. It includes costs of travel. I'm not happy with the final figures and I cant help but feel I'm over estimating or missing something.
Thanks in advance for any feedback you have!!