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Old 01-04-2014, 06:26 PM   #11
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Just so happens we have a 350 Ford that was just traded in, would consider that once they get it cranked up again. One of the turbo's went south, no big deal. We do have a 3500HD GMC, that might be a good alternative, plus it is a dually to match: We shall see when time gets closer, may get the Ford running again by then:


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Kicker, you might wantto consider taking a newer Durmax from the Dealership if there is one available. 36 gal. fuel tank I think ??
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:32 PM   #12
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Canada/Alaska Route

Think we have layed out out route with a couple of mods that make it flexible. Starting out at Great Fall, then up through Calgary, on to Bnaff, Jasper, Hinto, Grande Cache, Grand Prairie, Dawson Creek, to Whitehorse, the up to Fairbanks, that route seems to have all we need at the moment:
Thanks for your help, now working on Pass Ports etc;
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using the Milepost is great advice. we live here and still use it. You shouldn't need the gas can, but you need to plan your gas stops. We drove the Alaska Highway once by motorcycle with a 180 mile range. Now with the MH we can bypass the remote gas stations and only fill up in the larger towns, where the gas is cheaper. Sometimes a little extra range can save a lot per gallon. We drive from Fairbanks to Valdez to go fishing. I could easily make it to Valdez on a tank of gas, but we usually stop after 100 miles and fill up in Delta Junction and save $.30/gallon. We can make it to Valdez and back to Delta on a tank.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:50 PM   #13
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Very happy to hear that you are planning a trip up the Alcan. You won't regret it. We lived in Fort Nelson BC, Mile 300 of the Alcan for 6 years and made the journey up into Alaska a few times. We still believe that the Alcan highway has some of the most beautiful scenery there is. Be certain to include Dawson City as a stop point as it was the centre of the Klondike Gold Rush and has some very interesting history to experience.
If you haven't upgraded your truck to an Extra Large Fuel cell it is worth the investment. Check out Titan Tanks.
Key points to stop at on your trip are: Fort Nelson, BC (Check out the Museum), Fort Liard, BC ( Cjeck out the natural Hot Springs), Watson Lake, Yukon (check out the Licence Plate Forrest and Northern Lights Gallery), White Horse, Yukon (check out the Paddle wheeler Museum), Skagway, Alaska (Check out the whole town it's wonderful) A must do is Dawson City, Yukon ( This is a National Historic site and is fabulous)
As everyone else has mentioned the Mile Post is a must have when travelling the Alcan. A lot of work goes into this publication and it is a valuable resource for places to stop and see.

Best of luck on your trip. Don't stress out over it, Canada is not the barren waste land that so many think it is. Yes, we are less populated and our towns and cities can be a fair distance apart but we manage to get by.

I hope you enjoy our wonderful county as you pass through and please buy your goods at the towns along the way to help support the communities. They depend on the business that tourists bring. If you don't support them they won't be there in the future.

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Old 02-22-2014, 09:23 PM   #14
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Thanks for taking the time to send us so much information, I know how long this must have taken and we do appreciate your thoughts. The gas thing was kind of one our concerns as the 2500HD Gas 6.0 only gets around 12 m.p.g. on a good day. I have purchased two P-Cans that hold 5 gallons each, figure before we get down to a quarter of a tank, we would pull in to a gas station, if for some reason we have to run past that point, then out come the P-cans. Several web sites we have visited, especially one in particular really went into detail for several cities and what sites were outstanding at there locations. Since we are taking our time, and another couple who is taking the same trip at the same time have been here before, so we have a good back-up for both of us.
Right now we are packing up our house as it sold in three days after being listed here in Dallas, GA. Our place at Talking Rock Creek RV Resort is the home of our Sunnybrook TT in which we plan to live between trips. Out Crusader is parked right next door to the Sunnybrook, she has a good ADCO Cover on her right now for the winter, soon to come off the first of April to get things tuned up and ready to do.
Looking forward to this trip as it is the dream of a lifetime for my bride. The only problem we are having concerns our adopted cat. We considered taking him with us, but so far he has proven not to be a good traveling companion. We are searching for a good home for him, he is a good cat, but not a good camper. He still likes to go and come at will around here.
Thanks again for you suggestions and pointers, we shall use them extensively: Kickster
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:01 PM   #15
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Please don't take a gun, of any kind to Canada. Have a great trip.
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Consider taking the Cassiar Highway on the way home. Take the side trip to Hyder, Alaska. If during the salmon run, late July-early August, you can visit the bear viewing area. If not, the trip past the viewing area to the Salmon Glacier is well worth the time. It was a highlight of our trip. There is a nice little campground in Stewart, BC which is right next to Hyder.
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I assume the Cassiar Highway is on the west coast of Canada. That sounds like a great side trip. Thanks for the info.
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Plan to see as many of the sites as recommended by our friends here on the Forum, this is a once in a lifetime adventure, do not want to miss anything..thanks for the tip...:-}
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I assume the Cassiar Highway is on the west coast of Canada. That sounds like a great side trip. Thanks for the info.
It is Highway 37. It intersects with the Alaska Highway about 13 miles west of Watson Lake, Yukon.
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Hey LKicklight, I wanted to let you know about a travel restriction you'll need to keep in mind when you travel west from Calgary.

Now, it may sound like a punchline, but we love our wildlife so much up here that we close down certain roads through common wildlife corridors at critical times of the season.


One such closure is occurring each night from March through to June 25th, just outside of Banff on a beautiful stretch of road, the Bow Valley parkway.





Here's an article with the details:

Parks Canada to close Bow Valley Parkway at night in bid to protect wildlife

...An overnight traffic ban on the Bow Valley Parkway goes into effect this weekend as part of an effort by Banff National Park to protect wildlife such as wolves and grizzly bears along the scenic roadway.
Starting Saturday until June 25, Parks Canada will close a 17-kilometre stretch of the road between Johnston Canyon and where it meets the Trans-Canada Highway just west of the Banff townsite each night from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m.
“It is mandatory,” said Dave McDonough, superintendent of Banff National Park.
The plan, which was developed after extensive consultation with scientists, conservation organizations and area businesses, will give animals free rein to use the area and feed in the critical spring months following winter hibernation...



Now, I'd definitely recommend making sure you drive through there in the day and not go around it, which is your other option. But I thought you should be aware for planning your travels.


Just incase you think it's just Canadians being Canadian, you're probably right. But then again, the picture below, which has made it's way around the web, was taken not far up the road from where this closure is.





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