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tony lee

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Thanks Brian - sounds perfectly doable.Good gravel roads are better than bad interstates any day. I carry an unmounted spare strapped between the chassis rails so will just need to buy some extra basic tools so I can change it over if necessary. And research where fuel stops are if any - although it isn't all that long anyway so that obviously isn't an issue.


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Tony, You fill up in Dawson, drive to Eagle Plains, fill up there, and drive to Inuvik. Eagle Plains is the only place with fuel between Dawson and Inuvik.
The road to Tuktoyaktuk is now open so you can drive right up close to the Arctic Ocean.
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Spent many years living in the Yukon where there was virtually no pavement other than in Whitehorse. We have done the Dempster couple of times and love it. SLOW is the key. Take lots of time. As others have stated the northern gravel roads are 100% dependent on weather. We have been lucky both trips. If you get several days of heavy rain Ina row , it can mess with the road surface but as a rule it's pretty well maintained. Two ferry crossings but both operate pretty well. I'd plan on Six days travel time ( return) and probably a night or two in Inuvik. Inuvik is completely unique to any place else you will visit and worth a couple of days of poking around and walking.
We are planning a summer 2020 trip all the way to Tuktoyaktuk. As others have mentioned, a new all weather road opened in November of 2017. I'd like to give it a couple of years to settle in before we do it. There's fuel, commercial camping and services at Eagle Plains and pretty good services in Inuvik. There is also fuel at Ft MacPherson (when it's open ??). The scenery at both ends is kind of hohum but the high plains and mountain passes in the center are spectacular.
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Do any of you guys have plans to drive clear up to Tuktoyaktuk on the new road ?


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SidecarFlip wrote:

You'll get a sandblast job on your lower body and chassis. Windshields don't fare well either.


Yes , you could get a cracked windshield but the odds are low because there isn't much traffic. To avoid road rash, I covered the front of our trailer the first 4' up with mattress carton and duct tape. No damage and just peel it off and scrap it when you get back to civilization.

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c.traveler2 wrote:

Do any of you guys have plans to drive clear up to Tuktoyaktuk on the new road ?

Our plans are for 2020. I'm thinking it will give it time to settle down a bit.

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c.traveler2 wrote:

Do any of you guys have plans to drive clear up to Tuktoyaktuk on the new road ?

Our plans are for 2020. I'm thinking it will give it time to settle down a bit.

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SidecarFlip wrote:

You'll get a sandblast job on your lower body and chassis. Windshields don't fare well either.


Yes , you could get a cracked windshield but the odds are low because there isn't much traffic. To avoid road rash, I covered the front of our trailer the first 4' up with mattress carton and duct tape. No damage and just peel it off and scrap it when you get back to civilization.

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Our last trip to the Arctic Circle was in 2015.
http://yukonsights.ca/DempsterHwy.html

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c.traveler2 wrote:

Do any of you guys have plans to drive clear up to Tuktoyaktuk on the new road ?


Yes we will head up there this coming season. Dallas leaving early March to Niagra to western Canada and then up all the way

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