I'm curious if any of the forum members have taken their WJ up the ALCAN from the lower 48 to Fairbanks. If so how did you prepare, what problems if any, what did you tow if anything? Mine would be a late spring or early summer trip.
I went in the winter but from the top down. I took a stupid trip because of a military PCS where i towed a 22 ft trailer with my lifted WJ on 35's. The roads are not too bad I had to use a few gas cans to get between gas stations but that was in the winter and most were closed. Towns are spread out so map out where you plan to stay and get gas because you dont want to get stuck. Are you planning to see things or just get from point a to b?
I'm planning on taking my time and seeing the sights, fishing, camping and so on then taking the ferry back from Skagway when done. Pulling a 17' Casita camper (3500# loaded) with a basically stock 2002 Overland with 96,000 miles. We hope to allow 3 to 4 weeks for the whole trip.
The last time I ran the ALCAN was the winter of 1974-75. It was 1100 miles of gravel back then and heavy equipment was strategically placed near areas prone to avalanches so you could clear the road yourself… I think it's a little more consumer friendly now.
It's on my list sometime in the next few years.
I plan to do a mix of camping and hotels, depending on how the miles fall and where we end up from day to day.
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I'll second what Minerbob said about the ferry. In August '07 rode the Alcan on my motorcycle and came back from Skagway on the ferry: http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/
No problems finding gas with a 7 gal tank 350 mile range. Stayed in motels only reservations were in Anchorage & Skagway picked a destination each day. Several construction areas were muddy wouldn't be an issue in a Jeep.
Thanks, I will take a look at all of those. I've been reading The Milepost and a couple of other guide books all winter trying to plan things out, but there is nothing like first hand experience with a similar vehicle.
Shelby, MT to Calgary I imagine; although I've been thinking about going up through the Okanogan Valley to Kamloops, BC and to Prince George and Dawson Creek from there. I worked at a mine near Kamloops back in the dark ages and have been wanting to go back for a look.