Yukon RVing: Tatchun Creek Campground

We pulled out of Dawson City at about 12:30 on Wednesday (June 17), headed back towards Whitehorse, though we weren’t finished yet. Cathy just had to be at a meeting in Whitehorse on Friday, then we could get back on the road for the weekend.

Cathy and I talked about a few ways of dealing with it, and finally decided to look at Tatchun Creek Campground north of Carmacks for tonight, go home Thursday afternoon, and then on Friday morning I’d take the rig to a campground east of Whitehorse where she could join me after work that evening.

As we drove south on the North Klondike Highway, we met a lot of motorcycles heading towards Dawson. I hadn’t heard about it, but it turns out that most were probably going for the Dust 2 Dawson event which was being held the next 2 days. I haven’t seen any attendance numbers, but it was in the hundreds, no doubt. When I shot this photo, we were stopped by road construction, waiting for a pilot car.

Motorcycles on the North Klondike Highway
There was a great deal of road resurfacing being done in half a dozen places, and we pounded across some very rough stretches. There’s no question that the highway needed some TLC – it was getting to be very rough.

Construction on the North Klondike Highway
At 2:30, we stopped at this rest area along the Stewart River at Km 357.3, just north of Stewart Crossing, for a long break. Although there was no place to run Monty and Bella, they’re always happy just for a walk.

Rest area along the Stewart River on the North Klondike Highway
Tatchun Creek Campground is at Km 382.4 of the highway. We decided that it would suit our purposes well enough, and were settled in by about 5:00, having put on 336 km (209 miles) during the day. Tatchun only has 12 sites, and although the government claims that there are 4 pull-throughs, that’s a stretch – 3 at the most, but 2 would be my assessment.

Tatchun Creek Campground, Yukon
Site #10 looks okay in the photo above, but not so much when you see that it’s just a wide spot on the road that circles the park, and our 50-foot-long rig just barely fit. Site 11 is the only site that most people would call a pull-through, and it was occupied by a very large rig, probably 65 feet in total. The campground only had a couple of empty sites that night, but was very quiet. Cathy mentioned the highway noise a few times, but there was little traffic and I didn’t find it obtrusive at all.

Tatchun Creek Campground, Yukon
We had a very pleasant evening. The forest is lovely, there were lots of flowers and squirrels, and the kids enjoyed some degree of freedom. Monty claimed his chair for a while, but as he often does, let us know when it was bedtime by digging a nest in a willow bush nearby 🙂

Tatchun Creek Campground, Yukon

Thursday was yet another lazy morning – my schedule in particularly is very different when we’re in the RV. We got back on the road for the final 222 km home at about 11:00. I had a few things to buy to restock, but would be back on the road in less than 24 hours, for the 90-minute drive east on the Alaska Highway to Squanga Lake Campground.



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Yukon RVing: Tatchun Creek Campground — 7 Comments

  1. Murray, really enjoying the trip…
    Interesting seeing the car following you everywhere. I’m guessing that its braking system is linked to the vans system, as a normal large trailer would be ? Is it auto or manual and you would, needless to say, tow it in neutral ? The towbar obviously hitches up with the front wheels and turns them as you negotiate corners etc ?

    Sorry so many Q’s but don’t see many similar setups here (towing cars/etc) and have often wondered about the mechanics of it all.

    Would be an interesting challenge reversing ( bit like reversing a B double) which is why you refer to “pull throughs” no doubt !

    Cheers, John

    • Thanks, John – glad that you’re enjoying it. Having a “toad” (towed car) is surprisingly simple. This page shows a photo to start the answers – http://www.etrailer.com/faq-towing-a-vehicle-overview.aspx

      The car self-steers, and the RV is so much heavier than the car, no car brakes are needed, though many people do install them. I don’t even feel that car, either pulling or stopping – only the rear-view camera tells me that it’s still there. All the lights on the car are connected to the RV lights, though – running, brake and turn signals. The 2nd photo in the link above shows the red wiring connector as well as the 2 safety cables in case the towbar breaks.

      The car is a 4-wheel-drive with automatic transmission. To tow, it’s the transfer case that makes it easy to tow without a dolly. The transfer case goes in Neutral, and the transmission in Park (actually, it wouldn’t matter where you had it, but the manual says Park). Evey 200 miles, the car needs to be started and the transmission engaged (Drive) to run some fluid through the transmission, but other than that, there’s nothing to do.

      You can’t back up with the car attached because the wheels no longer self-steer – I tried it at Tatchun Creek Campground and the front wheels of the car immediately went sideways. If you had someone in the car who understands what would be a complicated steering, you could though. It only takes a couple of minutes to unhook the car if needed to get into a site, though.

      For us, one of the big considerations was the fact that we will very often be on uneven ground when hooking up and unhooking the car. For that reason, we got a Falcon All-Terrain tow bar ( http://roadmasterinc.com/products/towbars/falconat.html ) which has some extra fittings to allow for uneven ground without binding – and I love it, as it does actually what it claims to.

      • and I thought I knew everything about everything already!!…just goes to show.
        Really interesting, Thank you.

        John

  2. As much as I have enjoyed your motorcycle and winter trips, I am getting into your RV stuff…your enjoyment of the new mode of travel and freedom is telling…

    • A huge part of that enjoyment is that the entire family is with me for my adventures now. They may be different adventures to some degree, but if/when I want to go high-country hiking (or pretty much anything else) for a day, I’m still able to do that – and probably would come back to a fresh pitcher of margaritas at the rig 🙂

  3. Love reading your blog Murray! I purchased a 28′ travel trailer back in October down South and I’ve been camping the various campgrounds up here this season. I found Tatchun Lake (about 30km North of Carmacks to the turn off, then 7km down the dirt road to the campground) was much nicer than Tatchun Creek, Frenchman and Nunatuk.