Campground hosting in Alaska – How we live

By July 10, 2018 Getting Started
Trail River Campground Host Site 2018

Yukon and I were talking this morning about needing to get water today on our way back in from town. I told him I was going to write about how we live as campground hosts here in Alaska because I just realized people do have questions about this! How we live is one of those things I don’t think about much…we just do it. But/and, here are some of the details of campground hosting in Alaska if you’re curious about that kind of thing!

Dedicated Campground Host Site

We live one mile off the paved road in the Chugach National Forest. Our campground is called Trail River which is bordered on two sides by water – the Trail River itself and Lake Kenai. Our host site is the first site on the first loop.

It’s open and sunny (more on that later) and we can also see the traffic coming in and out.


NOT full hook up:

Shitter's full!

Shitter’s full!



We have a dedicated host site which, thankfully, has a sewer dump holding tank.

Every couple of days we drive Bob (our yellow Chevy Tracker ZR2) down to the Forest Service facility to get water, which we store in a 65 gallon holding bladder. A small pump sends the water back into our rig’s water tank for us inside.

For power, we use a combination of things:

  • 5,000 watt Onan diesel generator (which keeps our house and chassis batteries charged when it’s cloudy)
  • 400 watts of solar via panels on the roof which pretty reliably keep our residential fridge running 24/7 when it is sunny (we hope to upgrade to double that amount of solar next year)
  • Goal Zero YETI 1250 Generator to run our WeBoost, charge our phones and laptops, and to run an oscillating fan when it gets warm

We dump our sewer and grey water about every five days.

Our heat, hot water and stove all run off our on-board propane.

We use a Heater Buddy to knock the chill off inside the coach during chilly mornings when we don’t really need to run the main heat.

And about every 4-6 weeks, we start the rig (because it doesn’t like to sit) and take a drive to get more diesel and propane.

Other Stuff about how we live

We have zero internet access at the campground. Hot spots or boosters have no nearby signal to pick up. We do use a WeBoost mounted up high off the back of our rig which helps us send/receive text messages and make phone calls (it’s about 80% reliable). Of course, when the whole network on the Peninsula is having issues (like yesterday morning), nobody can get a call in or out! We missed a job interview call yesterday morning because we couldn’t make a call out from anywhere. Thankfully we could get an email out and they were very understanding.

Moose Pass is closest place to get internet and make phone calls, so we often end up at the Moose Pass Library or at the Trail Lake Lodge to check email and blog. Other days, we combine a variety of other errands (gas, groceries, laundry) and head into Seward.

We cook most of our meals in the motohome (or outside on our propane grill).

On nice afternoons, we take Rex and Hobbes out for walks or just clip them to leashes to enjoy the sunshine at our campsite.

On nice evenings, we walk down to the lake to watch the weather – clouds, storms, sunrays,  and the changing personality of the lake itself.

It’s definitely NOT a bad life!

In our next blog, we’ll describe WHAT we do each day and week as campground hosts. Stay tuned…

And if you have questions, let us know! We LOVE answering questions about this RV Lifestyle.


Nelson and Hobbes



Yukon and Bean at Exit Glacier 6-25-18Evening on Lake Kenai

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