Originally Posted by Nursegwc
Enjoy reading everyone's postings.
We are looking at taking a trip to Alaska in spring of 2018. We have a FR Wildwood X-Lite pulled by a 2015 F-150, 3.5L Ecoboost, with Max tow package. Just wanting to know if this is enough truck to pull that far.
What is your concern? Speed up mountain grades? Braking? Handling mountainous hairpin curves? How does it handle in mountains now?
Having lived and traveled Alaska and Yukon Territory for 6 years, the roads and mountain passes are at lower elevations than in the Colorado Rockies. And with EB, you shouldn't have nearly the fall-off in power that normally aspirated engines do. If you can handle the mountain passes in Colorado, or the hairpin curves and descents in the Appalachians or West Coast coastal mountains - well, it's no different in Alaska/YT. You tend to go a little slower up there, and many roads have no guard rails (the Top of the World Highway was a wonderful but scary guard-less drive from Dawson City into Alaska).
Tires are another story. The gravel used on many unpaved roads in Alaska is very sharp, and will shred tires that aren't the best quality. Our infamous Ford Explorer with OEM Firestones did just fine towing our PUP all the way from North Carolina to Alaska. Arriving in Kodiak, we had 3 flats in 8 days. Went with the local recommendations to replace with 8 ply LT tires, and those survived the rest of our time in Alaska, the 5,200 mile trip from Kodiak to San Francisco while towing a boat, and a couple more years on top of that. Others had similar experiences with P-rated tires, especially heavily loaded ones.
We loved our time there, and hope to go back in the not too distant future.
2014 Rockwood A122 A-frame
2008 Hyundai Entourage minivan
camping Colorado and adjacent states one weekend at a time
next up: Waco, TX (daughter goes to Baylor), Mt Rushmore, Utah 5