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Old 04-27-2016, 04:33 PM   #191
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Yes I moved to Anch in 1975 when I was in 8th grade. I lived in Alaska about 30yrs. I was just teasin bob but ak native is an Alaskan Indian. I moved back to Tex 12 yrs ago. And just for record. I lived in Anch in the 80's graduated high school 1980 just like bob said he was up there in the 80's and roads were so horrible? Well ? I was back in Ak 10 months ago and the roads haven't changed one bit since the 80's. But if you were getting good first hand info you would know this.

I knew you were ribbing Bob, just as I was. When the opportunity presents itself, you gotta run with it! 😀


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Old 04-27-2016, 06:24 PM   #192
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I knew you were ribbing Bob, just as I was. When the opportunity presents itself, you gotta run with it! 😀


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Old 04-28-2016, 10:08 AM   #193
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Speedwagon is right.

Everyone needs understand. Speedwagon is right. Anything can happen. It is a long way, the roads aren't interstate highways, it will rain, there may be a forest fire, a volcano may erupt and you might leave your wife at some roadside viewpoint. My point is that the same problems may happen anywhere. On our trip, while stopped for a "walk around", one of the members left his rig in drive. Yep, it decided to roll slightly downhill and hit another rig. Both were slightly damaged. It was the fourth trip from Texas to Alaska for the guy that left it in drive.

Speedwagon is also correct that if you break something it may take longer to get parts. However, Good Sam, Coach Net and others have very good coverage and many of the Alaskans make their living off of the summer visitors. They know that it is important to keep the visitors moving and coming. On our trip one trailer hit a large pothole between Fairbanks and Denali. The result was a broken spring and a bent axle. They were stopped in a small roadside paved area. GS sent out a truck with a mechanic to change the spring and to escort the rig back to Fairbanks. While waiting for the mechanic, the owner called the Fairbanks dealership that GS recommended. The dealership had no parts and estimated a week. However, the dealership recommended a place in Anchorage. Upon calling that company, it was discovered that they specialize in suspension work and had everything needed to replace the axle. The GS dispatched mechanic arrived and replaced the broken spring. It was completed at 3:30 in the morning. The folks spent the rest of the night, went on to Denali and then drove slowly to Anchorage. It took the suspension specialists less than four hours to replace the complete rear axle assembly.

My message is that things can happen. It might be a paint chip, a windshield crack or something major like having a bolt break on your toad hitch (watched that happen, check those carefully and often). If you need work, there are people there who can handle the job. If you are careful, take things slowly and exercise reasonable precautions the odds are very high that anything that happens will be minor and will be far outweighed by your experiences and the grandeur of the Yukon and Alaska.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:15 AM   #195
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Everyone needs understand. Speedwagon is right. Anything can happen. It is a long way, the roads aren't interstate highways, it will rain, there may be a forest fire, a volcano may erupt and you might leave your wife at some roadside viewpoint. My point is that the same problems may happen anywhere. On our trip, while stopped for a "walk around", one of the members left his rig in drive. Yep, it decided to roll slightly downhill and hit another rig. Both were slightly damaged. It was the fourth trip from Texas to Alaska for the guy that left it in drive.

Speedwagon is also correct that if you break something it may take longer to get parts. However, Good Sam, Coach Net and others have very good coverage and many of the Alaskans make their living off of the summer visitors. They know that it is important to keep the visitors moving and coming. On our trip one trailer hit a large pothole between Fairbanks and Denali. The result was a broken spring and a bent axle. They were stopped in a small roadside paved area. GS sent out a truck with a mechanic to change the spring and to escort the rig back to Fairbanks. While waiting for the mechanic, the owner called the Fairbanks dealership that GS recommended. The dealership had no parts and estimated a week. However, the dealership recommended a place in Anchorage. Upon calling that company, it was discovered that they specialize in suspension work and had everything needed to replace the axle. The GS dispatched mechanic arrived and replaced the broken spring. It was completed at 3:30 in the morning. The folks spent the rest of the night, went on to Denali and then drove slowly to Anchorage. It took the suspension specialists less than four hours to replace the complete rear axle assembly.

My message is that things can happen. It might be a paint chip, a windshield crack or something major like having a bolt break on your toad hitch (watched that happen, check those carefully and often). If you need work, there are people there who can handle the job. If you are careful, take things slowly and exercise reasonable precautions the odds are very high that anything that happens will be minor and will be far outweighed by your experiences and the grandeur of the Yukon and Alaska.
Well Said!!!
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:21 AM   #196
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I have a TOAD question for those who have done the route. Currently I'm using an Acme Eze-Tow dolly, with surge hydraulic disc brakes, for my Ford C-Max. I already have a spare tire and wheel, spare straps and spare winches for the dolly so I think I have that area fairly well covered.

On to the question, based on your experiences, and observations, is there any disadvantage / advantage to dolly towing versus flat towing purely based on the route? I think I've heard all the normal traditional issues on which is "best" in the lower 48, I'm asking this question purely from the driving the AlCan and around Alaska viewpoint.

EDIT: My dolly's hitch height is 12 to 14 inches so I have around 10 to 11 inches of ground clearance.

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DW and I plan to take our time, we are both retired and we don't get in a hurry anymore. I plan to drive slow and see the sights, I have made no reservations for this trip. I have backpacked almost 1,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail, I have walked 7 days at a time in the rain. I have walked with to much in backpack, I have walked in the snow but through it all I had fun. And guess what, I plan to have fun on this trip to Alaska. I plan on taking just the truck back this winter so I can see the northern lights. My son said why not fly and rent a RV in Alaska but it's the trip that matters to me, it's all about getting there. I may go back next year. I have been to Yellowstone 3 times and I'm going back this year, it's on the way to Alaska.

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DW and I plan to take our time, we are both retired and we don't get in a hurry anymore. I plan to drive slow and see the sights, I have made no reservations for this trip. I have backpacked almost 1,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail, I have walked 7 days at a time in the rain. I have walked with to much in backpack, I have walked in the snow but through it all I had fun. And guess what, I plan to have fun on this trip to Alaska. I plan on taking just the truck back this winter so I can see the northern lights. My son said why not fly and rent a RV in Alaska but it's the trip that matters to me, it's all about getting there. I may go back next year. I have been to Yellowstone 3 times and I'm going back this year, it's on the way to Alaska.

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The negative nellies are making me unsure of my commitment to this trip.....I've never been discouraged by others, but it sounds like we are all guaranteed to damage something on the Alcan. I believe if one uses common sense, takes some time to plan, and goes at a reasonable pace, one can enjoy the trip with little to no damage. I've talked to 3 others who have made this trip, and enjoyed themselves. Of course there are numerous sources of info about the Alcan, and I would rather use those and personal resources from others that have made the trip, without the "you will destroy your equipment" suggestions. I'm done commenting on this....now, on to the greatest adventure of our lives!
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I plan to drive slow and take my time, I'm in no hurry on this trip. I have insurance and I have good tires, plenty of extra fuel, generators, two battery banks, eight 6volts. It's going to be a trip of a lifetime, I plan to have fun. All the trips before now I had to hurry up, I'm retired now and the hurry up is gone. I have no exact time to start this trip and no exact time to get back. I have the time and the money and diesel is fairly cheap now, the Canadian dollar is cheaper. I am going even if I found out the roads were all gravel. In 05 I wanted to see what the end of I-40 looked liked from Wilmington NC and I spent Christmas ridding, I had Christmas dinner in Jackson, WY at MacDonald, we had fun. We are going to have fun on this trip


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