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Unread 03-07-2011, 01:08 PM   #1
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Alaska bound, what am I getting into?

thought I could get a couple of guys to give some basic information bout southern Ak. Gona be heading up soon as I get a green for my new job and my only experience with the state is one detoured flight for refueling and whats on tv. don't want to be under or over prepared, and live in the Washington cascades.

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Unread 03-07-2011, 03:39 PM   #2
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which town? ive been all over the state fighting forrest fires, and a bunch more places working on a commercial fishing boat. anywhere southeast rains a lot. what kinda job do you do thats taking you up there?
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Unread 03-08-2011, 04:01 PM   #3
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Once I finish pulling teeth with the State hiring agency I'm soposto become a diesel mechanic for AK RR, and they want to train me to operate them as an engineer. So I will be floating around and between the major rail hubs till I get some seniority.
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Unread 03-10-2011, 05:16 AM   #4
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cool stuff, well summers are similar to here, winters just depend which part of the state your in.

if you got good rain gear/rubber boots, plus regular outdoor clothes, carhartts etc, and a good pair of thermals/long johns you'll be fine.
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Unread 04-28-2012, 03:42 PM   #5
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Hey bro, I am here in AK now. I live in the Eagle River (15 miles north of Anchorage) area. It is awesome. Don't worry about it, I use to live on the east coast and the west coast. Moving here was great. From Halloween to mid April (give or take a few weeks) we have snow. It is dry so you don't feel the cold. I walk outside in subzero temps in shorts and t-shirt and as long as the wind is not blowing you are good for a few minutes.

Best thing to learn to do is dress for the weather in layers. Non cotton. Base layer, warm layer, water proof layer (like gortex). When do you get to AK? What part?
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Thought I'd jump in to ask a similar question: Like the OP, I'm coming from WA, spending next winter in Fairbanks. Anything I should know ahead of time? Bring with me? Already picking up a block heater, some other odds and ends. Anything that's a must have up there? Particularly worried about handling the sub-zero temps..
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Unread 05-16-2012, 07:47 PM   #7
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Thought I'd jump in to ask a similar question: Like the OP, I'm coming from WA, spending next winter in Fairbanks. Anything I should know ahead of time? Bring with me? Already picking up a block heater, some other odds and ends. Anything that's a must have up there? Particularly worried about handling the sub-zero temps..
Hey buddy, I used to live Fairbanks, We called it Squarebanks for over 13 years and I have travelled throught out the state. I'm retired so I drive there often (since 86 done the Alcan back and forth 10 times (that is 20 one way trip) and my most recent trip was last August.

Here is a check list that I recomend:

Block heather is one.

You may need to upgrade your thermostat to high temperature one

Battery blanket.

If you are driving that jeep on a daily basis in the winter, they are a little light in the rear so you may want to put a couple of sandbags in the rear.

Unlike front Wheel drive car that have electric operated fan, your Jeep fan will run continously, meaning that your engine may not warm up very well during very cold days. You may want to purchased a radiator cover or do like some people and place a piece of cardboard in the front.

I personally prefer skinny tires in the winter as they may do better during the winter months.

Soft top during the winter, NO, NO

During very cold days try not to take sharp turn as your CV boots may break easily.

If they do break replace them before "break up" other wise slush and dirt will get to your joints and you will need to replace them.

I personally kept a piece of Cyclone fence inside my car to help me get traction.

Bring a fishing pole, get fishing license and fish and fish and fish and keep track of time in the summer as you may already know the sun doesn't really set and is easy to loose track of time.

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