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Unread 04-10-2014, 10:21 AM   #1
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The Long Drive to Anchorage

So any of you, not just military guys, have you driven to Alaska from the lower 48? Im PSCing and need advice on if I should drive the Jeep from VA to Anchorage. Its a very long drive, through Canada and the Yukon, on 3" lift and 33's. Im battling whether I should drive or fly. If I ship the Jeep it probably wont be there for a month or longer. If I drive, theres a potential to make a decent penny. My main concern is breaking down somewhere in remote Canada and being up the creek. Any experience or advice appreciated. Thanks!

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Unread 04-14-2014, 02:39 AM   #2
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I drove my jeep from upstate NY, across the northern part of the lower 48 till I hit bellingham,wa from there I took the ferry up to Haines,ak.. drove threw the Yukon all In December were most gas stations were closed due to it not being tourist season. But you picked a good time up year to drive up. Now the question is are you driving solo or with a family? That came make or break a trip with how much stuff and extra weight you can factor in with your jeep. Yukon roads have some great whoops lol..but at least you pick a good time of year in my book to travel up.
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Unread 04-14-2014, 03:10 AM   #3
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I drove my jeep from upstate NY, across the northern part of the lower 48 till I hit bellingham,wa from there I took the ferry up to Haines,ak.. drove threw the Yukon all In December were most gas stations were closed due to it not being tourist season. But you picked a good time up year to drive up. Now the question is are you driving solo or with a family? That came make or break a trip with how much stuff and extra weight you can factor in with your jeep. Yukon roads have some great whoops lol..but at least you pick a good time of year in my book to travel up.
Lol, Im actually driving from Syracuse to Elmo now. Taking leave en route. I wanted to take the ferry, but they are all booked for vehicles for that time of the year unfortunately. Im not worried as long as theres places to get gas in the Yukon and Canada. Ill have to gas up about every 200 miles. I was mainly concerned about finding gas and places to sleep first, then I started thinking about the mountains and the 3.73's I have with 33's. I dont want to be dogging it around the Yukon.
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Unread 05-04-2014, 02:51 PM   #4
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I've driven the ALCAN twice. Once from Chicago and once from Portland, OR. The roads are decent and there are gas stations along the way. My suggestion - if you come to a gas station, even if you've only used 1/4 tank, fill it up. You never know when the next stop will be (although I believe it averaged about 150-200 miles). Once you come through Tok, AK and make the turn onto the Glenn Hwy towards Anchorage, thats where I found the road to be the worst and have the most frost heaves. Be careful you don't bottom out too many times like I did when I came from Chicago.

Its a VERY long trip but its absolutely gorgeous. Drive safe, enjoy it and PM me if you have any questions.

*EDIT - I just now saw the dates on these posts and am a little late to the party. Hopefully you've made it by now.*
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Unread 05-05-2014, 08:11 AM   #5
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I've driven the ALCAN twice. Once from Chicago and once from Portland, OR. The roads are decent and there are gas stations along the way. My suggestion - if you come to a gas station, even if you've only used 1/4 tank, fill it up. You never know when the next stop will be (although I believe it averaged about 150-200 miles). Once you come through Tok, AK and make the turn onto the Glenn Hwy towards Anchorage, thats where I found the road to be the worst and have the most frost heaves. Be careful you don't bottom out too many times like I did when I came from Chicago. Its a VERY long trip but its absolutely gorgeous. Drive safe, enjoy it and PM me if you have any questions. *EDIT - I just now saw the dates on these posts and am a little late to the party. Hopefully you've made it by now.*
No you're fine I'm not headed until August. I was just saying I'm going from Syracuse instead of VA. I'm trying to get a tire carrier at the moment that will hold a Gerry can or two just in case.
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Unread 05-10-2014, 07:26 PM   #6
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I'm not headed until August.
Just in time for the State Fair. One of the best in the country.
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I'm considering driving up there myself this summer. Are you definitely heading out of NY? I'm in North East TN.
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I drove from Langley in Hampton roads va up to my parents house in Potsdam ny (3hrs) above Syracuse New York, I crossed into Canada in ogdensburg and drove all the way through Canada to AK. There is really only 1 route you can take across canada and it's really easy. I think I only used a map or GPS for pulling off the highway to sleep. Choose your refueling points well, bring some spare gas, good spare tire etc. and you'll be fine (a lot of music helps too)
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Btw I left this exact time in August when I came up too, you picked a great time good weather good road conditions and road constructions will be finished or wrapping up
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Unread 08-12-2014, 11:20 PM   #10
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Sorry yall I havent been checking JF much lately as Ive been super busy. Just got to Anchorage and the drive was amazing. I went across Fargo and into Montana then up past Edmonton onto the ALCAN. Most beautiful scenery in the world I feel. Montana was spectacular then the drive from Haines into Palmer/Anchorage was crazy with the mountains and glaciers. Im in heaven. But I would love to do some wheeling so Ill get on alaska4x4 and get that going. Im looking to maybe get into atleast a new rear end so I can run 35's comfortably. That is my next big project. Ill use the same username on AK4x4 so you can find me if need be.
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Sorry yall I havent been checking JF much lately as Ive been super busy. Just got to Anchorage and the drive was amazing. I went across Fargo and into Montana then up past Edmonton onto the ALCAN. Most beautiful scenery in the world I feel. Montana was spectacular then the drive from Haines into Palmer/Anchorage was crazy with the mountains and glaciers. Im in heaven. But I would love to do some wheeling so Ill get on alaska4x4 and get that going. Im looking to maybe get into atleast a new rear end so I can run 35's comfortably. That is my next big project. Ill use the same username on AK4x4 so you can find me if need be.
Welcome! You just missed the AKX meeting on Tuesday. Next one will be on the 26th at Pizza Man in Eagle River, starting at 6:30.
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Unread 08-15-2014, 11:38 PM   #12
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Welcome! You just missed the AKX meeting on Tuesday. Next one will be on the 26th at Pizza Man in Eagle River, starting at 6:30.
What is AKX? Local club for all wheelers?
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What is AKX? Local club for all wheelers?
Yup.
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Unread 08-19-2014, 09:43 PM   #14
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Yup.
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At this point we've essentially shut down our website and moved over to FB (although I'm pretty sure we still own the domain name):
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alask...s/197443149863
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