I have read and re-read your entire thread here on your jeep trip. I am considering a trip up to Alaska later on this summer. I'm in East TN. I have a couple questions for you.
I have 3 different vehicles that I could take:
- 2005 Jeep Rubicon Unlimited with a Ruger trailer http://www.rugertrailers.com/
- 2008 Dodge 4500 w/ Cummins Quad-Cab with a 9' aluminum bed on the back....It also has a 50 gal regular fuel tank and a 95 gallon auxiliary fuel tank I can mount in the bed front.
- 2004 GMC Yukon Denali XL
Right now, my plan is to trailer my Jeep/ Ruger trailer up to Dawson Creek behind the Dodge. Store the dodge and big trailer there at a mini-storage - then take off on the Jeep. My reasoning behind trailering up is that the Dodge is a LOT more comfortable to drive and gets almost as good of mileage as the Jeep does. Plus, I'm toting 140 gallons of fuel. Which means I can pick and choose where I buy fuel. Also, if I were to have a major breakdown, I could possibly go pick up the jeep and take it home to TN.
Now I'm thinking about just driving the Dodge the whole way and leaving the jeep at home. The dodge is a beast and I can haul half the house on the bed of it if I want to. My only issue is if you aren't hauling a heavy load it rides like a wagon and can beat your teeth out on a rough road. Any thoughts from you on this?
I could also take the GMC Yukon Denali XL as well. It's the size of a Chevy Suburban. It use to have an air-ride suspension on it, but I took all that crap off and replaced it with a strutmaster regular spring/shock one. I could put a basket on the rear hitch and stuff on the roof too.
Another question. In all your photos I never noticed your top off at all. I have both a hardtop and a soft top for my LJ. Would I be better off putting the hard top back on for this trip if I take the Jeep?
Here is a link to my Dodge when it was new. The guy that makes the bed is less than an hour from me. Mine is the burgundy one. http://www.bullheadproducts.com/your-truck/rv5/#