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post #1 of 172 Old 08-04-2010, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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4000 mile trip in a yj to Alaska

Well leaving next saturday to Anchorage Alaska for work and yes im driving the yj 3900 miles from michigan I will be pulling a small snowmobile trailer with my tools and ****. So far I did a full tune up and changed all the fluids and fuel pump n filter. Wraped my exhaust cause my floorboards get steamy hot. I need to change those dash speakers are they hard looks like I have to rip out my dash?
Got some questions bout the trip
How is Alaska highway 1 whats the gas prices along the highway speed limit n cops? any places I should check out along the way? Will I die if I break down lol (thats what my friend told me that lives in ak). What should I do with my soft top keep the back windows out so they dont flap?
list so far to bring
lots of tools
extra oil, gas, water, u joints
lots of red bull and asprin food ear plugs
gps I pod camera will take lots of pictures.
let me know what you guys think and some tips and has anyone made this trip.


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Thanks I cant wait

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Make sure you have current Registration and Insurance with you.. Bc you know ' the donut eaters' love to mess with outta staters....

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How long are you going to stay. Soft tops are fun but alaska in the winter chilly?

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I would suggest keeping any clothing you would need to stay warm easy to get to. I was driving across Wyoming at night this last winter and lost the foam around the heater core, my thermometer on the dash read -31 degrees. If I had not had everything easy to get to hypothermia was a real possibility. One thing I was told at least about being in Wyoming is be prepared to survive on your own if you break down because cell phones are not always an option. Good Luck.

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I live in Alaska & have driven the highway a few times to & from WA. There is usually ALOT of construction this time of year, the gas prices can be spendy & it's a wise decision to carry extra gas because gas stations can be few & far between. Make sure to bring heavy clothing, blankets & something to start a campfire if you break down. Cops are not a problem (at least I didn't have any mess with me). They just want you out of their country pronto & I hear you need a passport to go through now, so you may want to check on that. There is alot of up hill (most of the drive will be up & down the mountains) & it can get very curvy. It stays light until 9pm or so & then becomes dusky around 11pm. Be careful about driving too long because it's boring & easy to fall asleep...ask me how I know. I've found that other drivers are quite helpful if they see a motorist in need but, hours can pass without seeing other motorists. Be safe & have fun! I hope this helps a bit, if you have specific ?s post them here & I'll try to answer if I am able.
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Ouch man, soft top, in alaska??

Good luck with your trip, and dont forget pictures

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Believe it or not I see more people with soft tops up here than hard tops...if it becomes an issue havin a soft top whaen its cold, just install a small heater in the rear somewhere & you are good to go. I do have a hard top with soft uppers, the uppers stick out about 1/2 an inch so it gets chilly but my heater is pretty strong so it doesn't bother me much. If you're thinking about getting a hard top be sure to buy one & have it shipped up here before you leave because it's slim pickins for YJ parts up here.
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Plan on staying for atleast two-three years but who knows might be forever im sure I will think of some more questions today at work. nineohseven im going to be living in wasilla with my buddie so yea maybe you can show me around up there.

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This may not sound important but bring an extra pair of sunglasses...it sucks having to squint while driving...b/c we all know that the visors are worthless...

also make sure that your spare tire is in tip-top shape...and I good quality flashlight is always a plus...

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That long of a trip, bring a fire extinguisher.


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I couldn't agree more on the flash light. I have a wore out head lamp with 1 LED in it and I've used it more than I can count. Keeps my hands free when I'm working on something at night on the jeep. I also have a big maglite but I just call that "The Negotiator". A few other goodies I keep in the center console are a set of channel locks, a 5 in 1 screw driver, little rain pull over (might not do a lot of good for Alaska though), a set of gloves and extra tail light bulbs.

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I just got back from a fishing trip a few weeks ago. I wanna say gas was ~$3.85 /gal for the most part. It is an amazing place and I can't wait to go back. Good luck on your venture!!!
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post #15 of 172 Old 08-05-2010, 08:23 AM
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man i wish i could go on a trip like that. I love driving in harder conditions and a long drive plus up and down weather would be perfect for me hah. Only in a jeep would so many people envy the fact that you will have to plan for a few different things to break on it and do it for the 4000 miles. Your a lucky man
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