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 Post subject: Re: Who would be interested in a road trip to Alaska?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:40 pm 
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Yes gas and diesel(arctic non low sulfur diesel too in deadhorse).


That's good to know. My truck is pre 2007 emissions, so I can run the high sulfur diesel with no problems.

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I think the longest distance without filling stations was canada, so if you can make it 300 miles on a tank you ought to have plenty of fuel.


I should be able to get close to 400 miles on a tank of fuel when pulling my camper. So if I added the auxiliary tank, I should be able to safely stretch that out to 700 miles.

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We got gas in fairbanks, then coldfoot, then deadhorse, and didn't even have to touch our reserves. We did need them in canada though, northern canada makes wyoming look populated.


:shock: Gesh, that's not the place to have a breakdown. And I suppose there's no cell phone coverage for 95% of the trip, eh?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:02 am 
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Now is this type of trip just a site seeing type of thing? For the last few years I been wanting to spend about a month or 2 getting lost in that area.More of a trip that is off the beaten track.I was planning on building a trailer to carry supplies and such,expecting to carry at least 200+ gallons of gas,talking about really off the beaten path.


For now, we're just screening to see who might be interested in taking a road trip to Alaska. There might be a group like you who would much rather turn this trip into an off-road expedition. And there might be a group like me that’s more interested in sight seeing, hiking, camping, gold panning, and fishing without having to go too far off-road. In all honesty, there isn’t much time for those of us who plan to reach the arctic circle.

I think it would be fun and rewarding to build an expedition style trailer and hit the backcountry, but I’m saving those types of trips for the western United States (NM, AZ, CA, OR, WA, ID, UT, MT, WY, CO). If we get a large enough group together, I doubt we’ll all want to go the same routes, see the same places and do the same things. I would imagine that we may breakup into groups for a few days at a time and eventually end up together off and on during the journey. Who knows, this trip is still far off, but I’m really excited about going. You could do part of the trip with us and break off, etc. Either way, it might be a good trip to test out your new trailer and tow rig. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:29 am 
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Sam, you could post pictures forever and I'd never get tired of looking. Very cool! 8)

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:shock: Gesh, that's not the place to have a breakdown. And I suppose there's no cell phone coverage for 95% of the trip, eh?


Phone coverage in alaska was ok. Northern Canadia only had phone coverage when you came into a small town every 300 miles or so, and it was canadia phone so my US cell would have been roaming, so I couldn't use it.

For anyone doing this trip I would recommend you have a CB around, and you might consider a cell phone booster or external cell phone antenna.

Some phones have a little antenna plug on the back so you can plug in an external antenna, I used to use one with my old motorola phone and it made a pretty big difference in coverage range. Cell phone boosters will have an external antenna and then a powered "repeater", and either plug into a phones antenna port, or just pickup wirelessly, which means all the phones in the vehicle can use the booster.

I'm going to be picking up one of those to keep in my vehicle at all times(and a wifi repeater with a high gain directional antenna for tapping into wifi).

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Sam, you could post pictures forever and I'd never get tired of looking. Very cool! 8)


Well the good news is with over 50,000 photos saved on my hard drive I just about can.


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Ok so this is down the coast at valdez alaska, we went to a local seafood place(with a super cute girl working there), and got some delicious and cheap seafood, then drove down and checked out people fishing for salmon during the salmon run(this is on my list to do next time I go back), there are a bunch of fish processing places in town, so you just have to bring them your catch and they will gut, process, and freeze them for you.....pack em on drive ice or even ship them home for you......sounds cool to me.

There were also tons of bears around, all in all a good side detour.

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Those are dead fish littering the ground around the bear:
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Wish I had my telephoto.....but I forgot to get it before I left!
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Sir Sam wrote:
For anyone doing this trip I would recommend you have a CB around, and you might consider a cell phone booster or external cell phone antenna.

That's another thing we would have to consider. There will probably need to be a list of required equipment, CB, fuel cans, etc.

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Here's my advice... don't over-plan it. There's a highway the whole way and it's just like every other highway. I've driven it in bad weather in January, good weather in July, and everything in between. In all the times I've driven that road, I've never taken a gas can of any sort and never had any trouble. At least once, I didn't have a spare tire and was in a lowered truck with a row of subwoofers going behind my seat the whole time. If you are confident that your KJ can make it until its next oil change without a catastrophic failure, it can make it to Alaska. No problem, just go.

My recommendation: drive to Fairbanks via Edmonton, Calgary, Dawson Creek route and plan your assault in Fairbanks. Plan for time spent in Banff on the way up or down, Muncho Lake is worth a overnight, Hot Springs south of Whitehorse are cool, drive the old denali highway, check out Fielding Lake, chill at Chena Hot Springs, drive to Circle, drive to Chicken, Kennicott, McCarthy, Skagway, and Dawson. Ditch the rigs in Homer and hop the coastal ferry for a couple days in the small coastal towns without road access. All awesome stuff and just off the top of my head.


As for backcountry overland travel... not happening. Nothing against Troy or his rig, but it's not made for the wet grass swampy tundra muck that is most of Alaska. Trail runs happen in large groups with 1-2 winches per rig. The only rigs that even stand a chance are very purpose-built and generally sit on 44"+ agro tires with chains. 6x6's are very common with agro tires. Google Alaska moose buggy if you like... and these things get stuck ALL THE TIME.

The common style of rig for running Alaskan trails, and this is what ALL of the trails look like except for a few easy ones here and there:
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Thanks durango for all your input. I'll definitely take your ideas into consideration when we start planning.

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My recommendation: Hot Springs south of Whitehorse are cool, chill at Chena Hot Springs


My wife is sold, she LOVES the hot springs........ :lol: :lol: :lol: She'll spend 3 days just in those areas. :mrgreen:

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I hope to visit Chena hot springs while I'm at my Fairbanks assignment. :D

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We have a guidebook to all the hot springs in New Mexico. The book is called “Enchanted Waters.” Some hot springs are touristy; others are undeveloped areas (natural), and there are a few remote hot springs that require hiking (or backpacking) to get to them. It has become a hobby of ours to find hot spring destinations and take a soak.

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If you wanted to include Banff in your trip, which I would recommend, I would skip Calgary/Edmonton and drive up through Banff/Jasper area.....much more picturesque.

If you are desperate for phone reception in northern BC, bring your sat phone, otherwise no service except near towns.

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I would love to do this trip! I lived in Anchorage as a kid from 1979-1984 (4th - 9th grade) and still have friends that live there that I KIT w/ through facebook.

If I could make it happen it would probably need to be After I get my youngest through college so probably after 2013-14. A driving trip up there, around the interior and back is High on my bucket list.

I'll keep watching this thread. :JEEPIN:

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A driving trip up there, around the interior and back is High on my bucket list.

I’m glad to hear your level of enthusiasm. Do you think you could aim for the summer of 2014? 2014 seems like a doable timeframe for most people. It’s far enough out to allow plenty of time for planning yet soon enough that people wont lose sight.
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I'll keep watching this thread. :JEEPIN:

We’ll eventually have a place on the forum where we can start working out the details.

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We’ll eventually have a place on the forum where we can start working out the details.


Made a place for you:
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Sam, I appreciate your willingness to provide a place to organize this trip; however, it seems easier to keep everything on LOST for now. We have a few moderators who are going to help. Again, thanks for helping. We need all the help we can get, especially from people like you who have first hand trip experience!

For the sake of ease, I am now posting details about the Alaskan trip in the “Outdoors & Camping & GPS - Don’t Get LOST” section of this forum.

If you are interested in this type of trip, please signup here:

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Use this thread to list camping/lodging opportunities and route planning through Canada and Alaska.

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Use this thread to list destinations and/or activities that you would like to see and do while driving through Canada and Alaska.

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Use this thread to share your tips, ideas, and make suggestions on how to prepare. This might range from financial readiness - to camping equipment - to vehicle preparation and anything in-between. In my opinion, this is a good way to start preparing now in hopes to alleviate last minute financial burden and preparedness.

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I've done the ALCAN twice and both times in the winter. 1st trip was Feb 03 and 2nd was Nov 09. Pulled a 30ft TT up with a 7.3 Powerstroke Excursion and 2nd trip towed a 40ft triple axle with a Dodge 3500 dually with 5.9 Cummins.

Traveled with 2 children, wife and yellow lab and we had a blast. All Super 8 hotels on the ALCAN take pets. We traveled about 300-500 miles per day and just took our time.

Get a Mile Post book before going. It is a great tool to have with tons of info.
If towing a trailer make sure you have a stone guard on the trailer or big mud flaps on your vehicle. A radiator screen would be a good idea for summer travel as well. We didn't have rock/stone issues because everything was snow covered, but summer/spring travel will be different.
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