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Unread 03-09-2010, 09:44 PM   #1
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Orders to Alaska...

I just received an assignment to Alaska. I'm debating on either getting my jeep shipped or driving the 2400 miles threw Canada. Decisions decisions. If i deiced to drive I'd probably want a roof rack to haul stuff along with me. Any who i have a hard top and I don't want to drill into my hardtop. Any opinions on what type of easy install roof rack to get.

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P.S. I have this nasty crack that when I noticed it was already past the length of a dollar. It slowly continues to grow.

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Unread 03-09-2010, 11:14 PM   #2
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service the Jeep down south, detail/clean it up and I vote to ship it! You get paid to ship it ...more $$ than the miles, wear and tear, and costlier servicing after the ride (and maybe repairs too) will take, take the TRAIN and enjoy!
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Unread 03-09-2010, 11:46 PM   #3
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Army or USAF? Either way you should love AK. I lived in Anchorage a few years ago and want to move back. I drove up when i moved up and i must say it was a long drive and the majority of time not much to see. Was not as cool of drive as i thought it would be. When i moved back to the lower 48 i shipped it back, but if i was going to move back i think i'd take a good full week and drive it again. Have fun up there, lots of good places. First stop should be Humpy's for the fish and chips and salmon spread. You'll thank me later.
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Unread 03-10-2010, 05:14 AM   #4
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If you drive it, get a trailer and pull your stuff up on that. I wouldn't even bother with a roof rack of any kind.

Good luck!
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Unread 03-10-2010, 07:58 AM   #5
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Unread 03-10-2010, 08:02 AM   #6
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There is a company that runs cargo from Tacoma to Anchorage all year long (I worked for them for a year or so). The company is called TOTE (Totem Oceangoing Trailer Express). See if you can get your Jeep on there. Good luck.
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Unread 03-10-2010, 08:24 AM   #7
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I drove up when i moved up and i must say it was a long drive and the majority of time not much to see. Was not as cool of drive as i thought it would be.
I think this is one of the first times I've heard there isn't much to see on this drive. I've driven the Canadian side of the AK highway at least a dozen times now, and I'm still impressed on what I see...

I'd say get a trailer to haul your **** and go for a nice drive.
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Unread 03-10-2010, 10:00 AM   #8
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Unread 03-10-2010, 10:10 AM   #9
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I vote for driving! Can't beat seeing great scenery.
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Unread 03-10-2010, 10:11 AM   #10
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Unread 03-10-2010, 10:35 AM   #11
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I'd service the Jeep, stock it, pack up and make the drive. That would be AWESOME!
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Unread 03-10-2010, 11:17 AM   #12
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Where are you heading in Alaska? I say drive, and pull a small cargo trailer for the stuff you plan to move. I would not drill anything into the roof of my jeep personally. JMO
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Unread 03-10-2010, 11:45 AM   #13
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Congrats! I'm jealous. Alaska is great. It's obviously a lifetime journey and should always be good for stories. The downside is weather or an incident with your Jeep that costs you $$. You ship it, it'll be ready for play when she arrives and they'll be plenty of places to go up there.

Good luck. Most guys I know that have moved up there end up driving.. I wouldn't do the rack.. the wind resistance will really piss you off in the mountains enroute and it WILL be windy. I'd go with the trailer idea like the others have said AND ship as much stuff in boxes up there that you can.

Have a great trip and hopefully you'll enjoy Alaska as much as everyone else.
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Unread 03-10-2010, 12:09 PM   #14
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Dude, It's considered OCONUS, shouldn't they pay to ship the Jeep? or are you already shipping another POV already?
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Unread 03-10-2010, 12:35 PM   #15
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Dude, It's considered OCONUS, shouldn't they pay to ship the Jeep? or are you already shipping another POV already?
Yes, I know they will pay for my jeep to be shipped. I just figured it would be a nice drive. I think what I'll do is rent a Uhaul and attach my jeep on the back. My coworkers are trying to convince me to load the jeep in the back of the U-haul for more weight. The more weight...The more money uncle sam pays me to ship my stuff.
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