Ready or not, Denali, here we come!

By Sarah Reynolds | Jun 10, 2016
Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds Maureen washes the camper in preparation for our time in Denali National Park, the goal of our trip, at a car wash in Fairbanks.

North Pole, Alaska — We spent Thursday getting ready for our sojourn in Denali, where we will have no hookups, just what we bring with us.

First thing, I called several local places that sell and/or repair RVs, to see if they stocked the converter that had to be replaced, without much luck. One of the places I called was Bulletproof Trailer. There was no answer, and I didn't bother leaving a message.

I did reach another place, Arctic RV, which is apparently the largest dealer in the Fairbanks area, where I was told they did not stock the converter we needed, but they could order it. Since we couldn't wait for the part to arrive, the woman I spoke to was nice enough to tell me about a couple of dealers in the Anchorage area who might be able to order it in time for us to get the converter installed on our way home.

But before I got around to that, I got a call from Brett at Bulletproof. Brett didn't stock the converter we needed, either, but he said he could get a better converter that would give us a true battery charger and maintainer -- and he could do the work that day, if we brought the trailer to his shop.

This we did, and he was true to his word. His technician installed the new converter, disconnected the old one (a complicated story in itself that I won't go into), and we should now be good to go. When Maureen mentioned a problem we'd been having with the trailer's brakes -- they shuddered when slowing to a stop -- Brett had the tech adjust them for us, too, and didn't even charge us extra. All in all, we were feeling very lucky that Brett bothered to return my call.

We washed clothes, stocked up on water and other essential groceries and washed the thick layer of road dust from the Yukon off the trailer. We're as ready for our three days in the wilderness as we're likely to be.

As I will not have a cell signal in Denali, I will post about our time there after we leave.

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