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Wadcutter

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Posted: 06/28/20 09:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I forgot to mention one thing. The only regret we had visiting AK was that we had not done it years before. We're already planning when we'll make our next trip. I have already started my list of places we're going.
1-McKenzie Highway in NWT.
2-Denali Highway.
3-Spend time in the Brooks Range.
4-Still considering to Inuvik and on into Tuk just to say we did it and saw it.


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Posted: 06/28/20 10:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Wadcutter wrote:

I forgot to mention one thing. The only regret we had visiting AK was that we had not done it years before. We're already planning when we'll make our next trip. I have already started my list of places we're going.
1-McKenzie Highway in NWT.
2-Denali Highway.
3-Spend time in the Brooks Range.
4-Still considering to Inuvik and on into Tuk just to say we did it and saw it.


Tuk is our next summers trip.
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Posted: 06/28/20 11:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

SideHillSoup wrote:


Tuk is our next summers trip.
Soup

COOL!!! Not for us. 2022 would be the earliest.

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awesome advice wadcutter

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Posted: 06/28/20 03:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We drove to Alaska last year from the midwest and after crossing into Canada, we dry camped the majority of the time-the longest stretch was 19 straight nights-until we returned to the lower 48. Plenty of pull offs to stop overnight. As long as it is not marked, find one that suits your needs and spend the night. Get a Milepost because it lists all the pull off along the way. There are lots of free dump/fill stations along the way..


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Wadcutter wrote:

I forgot to mention one thing. The only regret we had visiting AK was that we had not done it years before. We're already planning when we'll make our next trip. I have already started my list of places we're going.
1-McKenzie Highway in NWT.
2-Denali Highway.
3-Spend time in the Brooks Range.
4-Still considering to Inuvik and on into Tuk just to say we did it and saw it.


Your information is right on and very well written. We did the Denali Highway and it was well worth the trip. We did two overnights and took our time. So beautiful and so many moose to be see. Be sure to eat breakfast at the Alpine Creek lodge on the Paxon end of the highway. You won't be sorry.

We spent the summer of 2017 on our Alaska trip from Maine. 13,000 miles and just over $13,000 spent which included three fishing charters and the shipment of 146 pounds of halibut and salmon filets home. We also took over 4000 pictures. Extra camera batteries are a must.

This is an amazing trip. A very different and much slower way of life and a pleasure to be away from social media and the news broadcasts.

Lakeside

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Someone asked me off list what tools they should take, other items, and the roads. Might be useful to others.
Basic tool kit of the usual wrenches, pliers, adjustable wrenches, screwdrivers. Assorted lengths of rubber bunges. Several rachet straps. The most used things we packed were a piece of old carpeting about 6 ft by 3 ft to lay or kneel on, duct tape, and bailing wire.
I took 2 extra unmounted tires for the trailer and 1 unmounted tire for the truck. Also had 1 each mounted tire for the trailer and truck. We never had any tire trouble but I would take them again. I can change a tire on a rim, some people don't know how. You might have to drive a ways but you can find someone who knows how to put a tire on a rim but they may not have an extra tire. The people we ran into who live there outside the cities are a resourceful bunch. They know how to get things done. And friendly and willing to help.
I took an air compressor. Never needed it but if I had to change a tire out I would need the air compressor.
I took 2 hydraulic bottle jacks. I only needed the one when we lost the bearing/axle on the trailer but 2 bottle jacks can be handy.
In addition to the 5 gal of diesel fuel for the truck I also carried 5 gal of gas for the generator.
I also carried 10 gal of potable water. I kept the trailer fresh water tank full whenever possible but there were times it was nice to have the extra 10 gal when dry camping. In addition to keeping your fuel tank full, keep your fresh water full and your waste water tanks empty whenever possible.
Take an outdoor gas grill. The area is beautiful. You don't want to cook inside. You can't always depend on having a wood fire. 2019 was very dry and there were fire bans in effect. No campfires in a lot of places.
I was surprised by the road conditions. All I've ever heard was how bad the roads are. The main roads are either blacktopped or hard pack gravel. We found the hard pack gravel to be smoother. Downside to the gravel is it's either dusty or it's sort of a mud.
You will hit road construction/repair. No big deal. You're in Alaska. You're not in a hurry. Enjoy the scenery while waiting.
Watch for frost heaves. Canada and Alaska does a pretty good job of marking them with a flag or an orange cone but they miss a few. As long as you're not going too fast the frost heaves are not a problem. They'll just give you a roller coaster ride or pitch you a bit. We did see an empty flatbed semi with all his wheels go off the ground when he hit a frost heave at probably more than the speed limit.
The worst road we encountered was the Tok Cutoff between Glennallen and Tok. The surface condition was OK but it pitched, rolled and gave you a real ride. Nothing terrible or impassable. Been on worse in the lower 48.

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Posted: 06/29/20 02:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you, lots of good info. Do most people who boondock run a generator?

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