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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - What preparations are you making?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:35 am 
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Since we do not use the microwave, we are going to remove it and cover the vacant hole with a matching door to expand storage space.

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Below is a picture of the cabinetry to the right-side of the microwave. From the measurements that I have taken, this exact door should fit. Jayco can build me the same door and send matching hardware so it will look like a factory install. Here's what I will need:

- Door: 0187426 DOOR, FLAT PANEL MANCHESTER OAK NATURAL TOUCH ASH FOURWOODS 21-3/4X15-1/2 SQUARE CORNER 1-3/4 RAIL COVE EDGE CO1
- Hinge: 0175409 HINGE, CABINET SATIN NICKEL H78SN (in stock)
- Knob: 0180124 KNOB, DRAWER SATIN NICKEL SMOOTH (in stock)
- Catch: 0057633 CATCH, ROLLER DOUBLE WITH STRIKE (in stock)

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - What preparations are you making?
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On the left side of the microwave, I have these wall outlets:

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On the right side of the microwave, I have this outlet:

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And here's a head on shot of the compartment:

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Now I need to figure out how to cover the wiring so the compartment is safe and looks clean.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - What preparations are you making?
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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.
2 must haves would be money and a mile post.
Stop at the Laird Hot Springs.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - What preparations are you making?
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Now I need to figure out how to cover the wiring so the compartment is safe and looks clean.

Two simple options: build a box out of thin plywood the size of the opening and slide it in just like the microwave did. Attach it with a few countersunk screws on the inside of the opening frame and new door will still fit. Line box with shelf paper or simply paint. Option two, line the inside with kitchen hardboard paneling available at any building supply store. Attach to braces that are already in corners, may have to space out on left with some 1" strips to leave room enough to cover the back of the recessed 12v/antenna wall outlet.
Either option will cover all the exposed wiring and plugins as they will behind the box or panels... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - What preparations are you making?
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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.
2 must haves would be money and a mile post.
Stop at the Laird Hot Springs.

Doug


Doug, thanks for posting. We'll keep Liard Hot Springs in mind as we plan. We have a Mile Post but will need to update to the newest version before we actually make the trip. We'll be taking the 2006 Cummins and towing our 2008 Jayco travel trailer. We are now planning to take 4 - 5 weeks to do the roundtrip.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - What preparations are you making?
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dieselenthusiast wrote:
Now I need to figure out how to cover the wiring so the compartment is safe and looks clean.

Two simple options: build a box out of thin plywood the size of the opening and slide it in just like the microwave did. Attach it with a few countersunk screws on the inside of the opening frame and new door will still fit. Line box with shelf paper or simply paint. Option two, line the inside with kitchen hardboard paneling available at any building supply store. Attach to braces that are already in corners, may have to space out on left with some 1" strips to leave room enough to cover the back of the recessed 12v/antenna wall outlet.
Either option will cover all the exposed wiring and plugins as they will behind the box or panels... :wink:


Thanks WWDiesel! I was thinking option #2, but your option #1 sounds like a good idea too!

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - What preparations are you making?
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Sarah came up with the idea to use decorative totes to expand storage space. They sit on the bunk bed. So far they have remained stable while towing.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - What preparations are you making?
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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - What preparations are you making?
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It looks like you are quite prepared. When is the big trip? :D

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profdlp wrote:
It looks like you are quite prepared.


Ha ha, I would like to think that I'm prepared. There are more modifications to come. :mrgreen:


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When is the big trip? :D


That's a good question. We won't go until our house is finished, which will be another year. kskj would also like to go, but due to the length of time this trip will take to fully enjoy it, he is planning after his retirement (maybe two more years). In short, after recently discussing it with kskj, we're planning for the summer of 2017.

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It's always good to have something to look forward to. :)

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It's always good to have something to look forward to. :)


That's true. I always have irons in the fire. I wouldn't know what to do if I weren't planning for something. :juggle:

So are you going to make the trip with us? :mrgreen:

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The mini-struts are installed!

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - What preparations are you making?
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I added a screen door cross brace to the camper today. It's nothing fancy, but does provide a nice handle to grab ahold of when closing or exiting. The factory door has a small finger pull area to close the screen door, so this makes it more convenient.

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You do very nice work! :D

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You do very nice work! :D


Thanks! :mrgreen:

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My wife came up with this idea. It's a decorative way to keep the towels from falling during transport.

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I just brought my trailer for the trip, could've used a roof top tent and a regear for the big move to AK from upstate NY. Would've been a much more fun trip.. And by fun I mean less expensive :furious: Image

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I recognize the sign post forest shot from our trip last year... Watson Lake, YT. :D

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I recognize the sign post forest shot from our trip last year... Watson Lake, YT. :D


It was a cool place, the bugs drove us out rather quick though.

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