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Unread 02-06-2014, 01:05 PM   #1
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ALCAN Highway

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.

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Unread 02-06-2014, 01:59 PM   #2
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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?
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Unread 02-07-2014, 10:44 AM   #3
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WJon35's,
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.
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Unread 02-07-2014, 11:08 AM   #4
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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.
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Unread 02-08-2014, 12:12 AM   #5
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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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Unread 02-08-2014, 11:40 PM   #6
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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.

The Milepost was a GREAT resource for the trip. http://www.themilepost.com/
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Unread 02-09-2014, 09:03 PM   #7
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Check to make sure you can bring the camper on the ferry. I had planned that originally but my trailer was too large. I dont think you will have any issues but I do recommend getting one of these http://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Distr...FQNufgod2yIATw if you dont have one. I was also using these http://www.monroe.com/en-US/products/Max-Air/ to even out the ride height and for the extra weight they are really easy to install. The roads are all paved so no issues there further up the alcan there area lot of frost heaves but it makes for a fun ride. Be sure to stop at the sign forest http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sign_Post_Forest its right off the road you wont miss it. Then once you get up to fairbanks hit up the north pole if you have some kids so they can see where santa lives. The hot springs are cool as well http://www.chenahotsprings.com/
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Unread 02-10-2014, 09:09 AM   #8
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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.
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Unread 02-10-2014, 08:16 PM   #9
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Were are coming into Canada at?
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Unread 02-12-2014, 07:38 AM   #10
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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.
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Unread 02-13-2014, 08:51 PM   #11
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Here's an Alaska trip made last year by my good friend Bob K. Took his 6 cylinder 52 Chevy Custom all the way…. enjoy the pix… the Alaska stuff starts on page 5...

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...ghlight=alaska
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Unread 02-14-2014, 09:49 AM   #12
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Great photos and stories to go with! What an adventure.
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