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RE: hauling trailer to Alaska

Just like the recent commenters that have posted pretty much sums it up that I can also verify - I have no solar power and rarely use my Honda 2000 generator which is mainly for a backup and glad to have it when it is needed....Fairbanks region does NOT get dark between mid May thru the first week of August, so plenty of daylight here during summer - it will get dark south of the Alaska Range like 3 to 4 hours per day in the Anchorage area during June ... Solid repacking wheel bearings and quality tires is a must for a piece of mind trip like this - you especially don't want mechanical problems in remote Canada unless you want to give up one of your kidneys and first born per se. I would highly recommend installing new wheel bearings with new races since the travel trailer was mentioned well used condition... Living here in the arctic region I only use red #2 lithium grease year round for all my rigs and trailer, as it has a very high and low temperature range protection, doesn't break down much and has decent water resistance too. Frost heaves are sparsely around the Yukon and a few places in Alaska, you really want to slow down while driving thru these bumpy spots or face potential damage to suspension parts or worse... Binoculars.....make sure you have binoculars onhand too.
AKsilvereagle 07/04/20 08:57pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Longer closure gathering momentum...

With the even more staggering number of cases going on right now in the US since lifting the two months of restrictions, there is no stopping this spread - now that it seems twice as worse, but yet there are no significant mandated restrictions put in place this time which I don't get why.... My guess in the foreseeable future right now is no worldwide tourism for the next two years unless this pandemic somehow becomes under control by then as I cannot see any vaccine that can stop this 30 reported different mutated strains of covid the last I read as it first left China with two different strains back then. Because of this current event alone along with the way the United States is currently handling the crisis, it looks like I will not be able to visit Canada this year, so my 13 out of the last 14 year streak of visiting Canada will be put to an end this year. At least in 2019 - I finally got to experience the Okanagan region for the first time last year, and got to see Abbortsford, Chilliwack, Hope and Cache Creek for the first time in 28 years, while driving my camper rig all the way to Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Las Vegas to see family for the first time in 10 years, and seeing Reno and Sparks for the first time in 47 years - and if I was not a week behind schedule I would have stopped by South Lake Tahoe and Stateline to see it since 1972 when I lived there as a child also. Sure glad I made this trip before the turn of events happened. It is unfortunate that they did not immediately stop international and domestic travel from the start. Hopefully there is a light at the end of this tunnel for us RV'ers to roam freely again in North America.
AKsilvereagle 07/04/20 08:13pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Still no Stimulus Payment

I finally hit the ghetto lottery Fri the 29th of May and received my $1200 via US Treasury check when I checked my mail, it could have arrived in the P O Box as early as Tuesday since I check mail maybe once a week or so - glad I got it..... However I have to send $800 of it back to them by the 15th of June to pay my second quarter 2020 estimated tax since I requested and been approved by the IRS to hold a 9 exemption status and not have federal taxes deducted from my payroll (unless I produce working overtime hours) because I am a cheap cheechako and collect the tiny interest myself, as the federal government does not pay interest for withholding money from individuals. The remaining balance is going to pay for 200 gallons of heating fuel for this winter - free 200 gallons of heating fuel and free paying off a quarter of federal taxes is a lot better than a kick in the teeth man !
AKsilvereagle 05/31/20 04:41pm Around the Campfire
RE: Oil trades now in US dollars.....not for long

There is a saying of 'never say never'.... While the current global situation at hand with the economic slowdown due to the pandemic, almost anything could happen at this point with exposure to more potential debt. As the petro U$ Dollar is still considered the world reserve currency for the past near 50 years now, it would still take a new global system and many governments to synchronize together a new central banking system to ouster any United States involvement, and that will be a highly feat in itself without significant measures however still possible. There had been two world leaders that have tried in 2003 and 2011 and were unsuccessful so far.
AKsilvereagle 04/07/20 01:25am Around the Campfire
RE: Canada border crossing

I don't know of any country that can deny entry to its own citizens. I have read reports the government of India issued orders denying their own citizens returning from abroad, as these reports were mainly focused on hotspot places such as Europe, China, South Korea and the United States.... India exchange students from abroad were also blindsided by their own government from returning home which also included 'non hotspot' locations in which a group of students had confirmed airline flight tickets between March 14 and March 18 that were active scheduled flights departing from the Philippines, only to be informed during check in that any India bound travelers (on non direct flights) were denied boarding by order of their government.... The India government just issued the order to add all Asia departure flights not to land in India while at the same time the Philippine government issued orders that all foreign exchange students must leave their country within 72 hours.
AKsilvereagle 04/07/20 12:22am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Canada border crossing

Unfortunately these turn of events will tend to change given by the day or minute.... In addition, there have been news reports of current requirements upon a particular US or Canada port of entry (land or sea) having their own set of criteria rules along with the federal level mandates already implemented. As others have noted, do contact the CBSA as I would also try to speak with an official at the port of call location you intend to enter. Current situation since March 21, for the next 30 days. I don't think returning home by transiting Canada is non-essential travel. It's not recreational and not tourism. You just want to drive home to Alaska. It would help if you did not display any symptoms of the illness, when you reach Canada Customs. I'm not a lawyer or legal aid, but I think it's pretty clear. Good luck. I tend to agree this is spot on MDK, returning home to Alaska is considered essential as long as the OP can prove Alaska is the home of record and home of residence in which an Alaska ID along with a full disclosure background check that the CBSA has accessible will confirm that. The other two factors (as of today's post) I want to mention here : Canada federal mandate - As of two weeks ago, anyone that is potentially permitted to enter Canada will go thru additional health screening measures required to pass before proceeding. Alaska state mandate - As of two weeks ago, upon arrival in Alaska from abroad, all individuals must self quarantine for 14 days along with state mandatory stay at home orders. Having just returned to Canada as of Sat. April 4 the border is open to Canadian residents, you must self isolate for 14 days and provide your contact info for health authorities to follow up with you. Now the Yukon Gov't has just posted that they are stopping visitors to the Yukon BUT residents of Alaska will be able to pass through and have 24 hours to get to Alaska. The best thing to do is call the border entry point you will be using to cross into Canada and ask your question as you are going home. Another great post pointing out the measures the Yukon Territory has taken during this crisis : The latest reports I read reference to the Yukon Territory was implementing measures should the situation get worse there as they had 4 confirmed cases at that they have 7 confirmed as of today.... Although it's do able - depending what type of RV one is hauling with, the 24 hour mandate of driving from Watson Lake to the Alaska Border is a tall order for winter conditions... Even while driving (moving) on a 16 hour day for 575 miles, one would average 36 mph as it is still currently a late winter here in many places in the far north dealing with some not so smooth stretches due to potential road and weather conditions - with only 8 hours of time remaining for bathroom breaks, rest stops, eating, refueling, and sleep combined.... Furthermore with situations out of control to the traveler, I wonder if this 24 hour mandate would actually be strictly enforced. A lot of northern region provinces, territorial and Alaska community villages had taken drastic measures to implement no permitted entry mandates of sorts to outsiders. This is what the Northwest Territories had already done IMMEDIATELY after they had their first confirmed case of COVID-19....Closed all non essential travel to visitors and mandated returning residents to self quarantine orders. I wished Alaska had done the same when the US had their first confirmed case as Alaska has now 191 confirmed cases to date because of not quarantining any travelers upon returning. Despite taking extreme measures since the first week of March wearing a N95 mask and gloves in public, building up my immune system etc. (a week before the known first confirmed case in Fairbanks on March 15), 5 days later on March 20 I came down with COVID-19 symptoms with a 5 day fever of 99-101 F and a bad cough on the second day since with a week of real fatigue with no travel or contact related cases - Do not know how I ended up getting sick with no known exposure from anyone around me as the hospital asked me to get tested since I was 54 and stated I have diabetes which put me at a medium risk group permitted to get tested - gotten tested on Mon March 23rd and was declared NEGATIVE for COVID-19 on Mon March 30th - couldn't believe the test result as I never got sick and fatigued like that ever - I since fully recovered other than the cough and only felt winded once (on day 3 and 4) while shoveling snow for 20 minutes and walked one half mile, as my O2 sensor oxygen levels the whole time read between 95% to 100% as my lungs were not attacked to my knowledge. For those on essential travel, be careful as I can attest to be grateful to post this message as such.
AKsilvereagle 04/07/20 12:21am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Winter RV'ing in Northern NWT/Yukon

Just wondering if the OP had attempted this so called 'winter trip' as November was a very snowy month and December was a very cold month here while never missed a day of work with the majority of daytime highs days ranged between -15 F to -40 F below for December.... I never left my house nor commuted anywhere in the past 9 days with temps ranging between -32 F below and -48 F below here in January, as my boss permitted me to stay at home until the temps improved....started out -43 to -46 last weekend and it was a brief -38 to -32 daytime high Monday and Tuesday as the temps had dropped worse between -42 to -48 since Wednesday as it is now Sunday and -41 F below as I am posting here.... It has been real nice not having to work out in the extreme cold for a change all week (first major -40 and colder coldspell for at least a week) as my job duties are having to work outside full time year round which I have done for the past 14 winters, don't get much of a break other than having to warm up in front of a space heater for short periods of time, as I already had to work in plenty of -20 to -36 below days this winter and it takes a toll on me now compared to my younger days.... Alaska had not had a major -40 below and colder one week or longer coldspell in three winters as during my residency here in the past going on 38 years now you would expect at least one major prolong coldspell in the interior practically every winter, as the 'average' number of -40 below or colder days per winter in the Fairbanks area was 12....a couple of winters I had not seen any -40, a few winters might be 2 to 3 days of -40, while other winters were 20 to 35 days of -40 below or colder.... There had been 14 days of temps reaching my house of -40 or colder already this winter, as there is so much massive cold pockets in the arctic this year on the super weather maps while the winds had been coming from the east (inland) which means it stays brutally cold.... I had done removed snow off my camper shell roof 5 times already this winter and it is only half way in the winter season here, and have tons of snow packed up against the house (my skirting) which helps keep the even bitter cold from reaching my water line and house pipes even though I have my pipes 100 percent insulated and heat tape on to my water tank and water line.... When it gets past -30 F below for a long period of time at my home it goes in survival mode as I rather be home during -40 F below and colder anyway in case of house emergencies (and had a few of those crisis too) as my house is a double wide addition of a old 1966 house trailer mobile home with only a forced air furnace, and everyone is spot on that posted all the what if's and what kind of energy it really takes to keep a RV or structure heated or functional in brutal extreme cold and hope nothing ever goes wrong.... The thing is : I have electric grid, a 500 gallon fuel tank, marginal insulated house, two Honda 2000 generators for power outage emergencies to keep warm, and two chords of seasoned birch and spruce logs to throw in Blaze King stove, my cabover camper is not for winter shelter for emergency.... As others noted, a typical RV is NOT ideal to camp in sub zero winter temps of the arctic, the best shelter for remote winter camping for that would be hauling a mini cabin on a trailer, one would be better off staying in their vehicle running it 24-7 to stay warm rather than in an RV.... I have yet to see anyone in Fairbanks ever make it thru the entire winter living in their RV other than giving up when it got real cold after a few days to ending up found dead from a gas leak, seen a few RV'rs make it in Wasilla and Anchorage as my friend has done it there in a class C saving some rent money but they are much milder temps but he is still asking for it when things do go wrong.... I even hate RV'ing in September and October here in the far north as it is cold at night and go into survival mode while sleeping in winter clothing, as it is the only time of year I am allowed anytime off that is not during winter season, (as my work does not allow anyone to have summertime off) and I never give up on a yearly RV trip.... If the OP's vehicle is not arctic winterized or does not know how to survive in the arctic winters when it gets sub zero for long periods along the Dempster Hwy. remote, all winter with no grid power, etc. - that is an area that does not have many resources for fuel and supplies at that, which is just plain suicide trying to stay all winter in some RV relying on some generator power, no matter how much you convert your RV for winter conditions and a hundred more scenarios that can go wrong that no one else has mentioned on their postings in emergency situations, and if there is no snow to build a snow cave to keep one warm at -10 below on a -40 below or colder day should the RV or truck not run to generate any heat, or have a health issue where you cannot do anything - especially without someone else present, last resort is to be rescued or die freezing.... Best time to winter RV in remote areas as many do here during bitter cold is during March and April as you get more daylight hours which does warm up some on certain times of the day in most cases, and ones that do RV during that time will not do so for more than a week span, only seen it get past -40 below in March once during 2007, for two and a half weeks - and never seen -30 below in April.... My furnace has been running 16.2 hours in a 24 hour period on average in the past 9 days on a .60 nozzle, which is roughly 10 gallons of fuel per day, so it is probably going to be $700 in fuel and $300 in electric during this month's projection - and with a remote bitter coldspell shacking up in some RV, it is going to cost at least that much a month IF you can find the resources on the Dempster (other than Eagle Plains and hope they do not run low or out of supplies when you need it) along with non stop constant work to stay warm and fix things on the fly (and that's if it can be fixed) and eventually get more food somewhere, and the road conditions are screwed up, and hope the vehicle always starts and doesn't have a mishap.... Other than commuting in an RV from a temporary point A to point B type scenario during the winter months in the far north, I would not dare to do an all winter remote trip like what the OP had posted their intentions, especially on the Dempster Hwy. region.... As others stated about the OP attempting to do an all winter remote trip like this in an RV, the colder it gets, the more you will not enjoy the experience in the many scenarios mentioned and not mentioned.
AKsilvereagle 01/12/20 11:40am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Beware Gift Card Scam

I never had the incentive to buy any gift card for anybody because of the potential glitches some will have.... A similar case I dealt with that was very disappointing is when I purchased a second set of four Rancho 9000 shock absorbers during their buy three get one free deal.... The first set of four I purchased back in 2008 I gotten in the previous deal, I went thru the manufacturer to get the $100 rebate check in the mail which was nice as I received it within a month and got a whole $100 credit, no hassles and cashed it.... The second set I purchased back in 2017 however changed their way of issuing a rebate, which after a three month wait I finally received some CHASE Bank $100 card that had my name stenciled on it.... Tried to use it at two different supermarkets as they stated they cannot accept payment with this card, tried using it at a fast food joint, got the same rejected answer, then went to Office Max and inquired if they would accept it as payment and they would approve it, however they would only accept it as a 'one time purchase', so since I needed $82 worth of stuff, I purchased that and then forced to buy almost $18 worth of other junk like pens and highlight markers I would eventually use in the future and got as close to the $100 mark without going over - it was like make believing I was some price is right game show contestant and got within .04 cents from maxing out the entire card value. Although I didn't go to the bank itself - that would have been my last resort to try to get any kind of redemption value out of this so called 'rebate' card that certain businesses didn't want nuthin' to do with - so in a way I felt scammed. Then once I used the card, holy Toledo there came the invasion of the junk mail in my PO Box .... This is an example of why important mail always gets lost, but JUNK MAIL NEVER DOES ! - Never Again will I associate to do anything with any type of third party rebate card, gift card, quest card, phone card, Christmas card whatever. All these businesses with their own issued gift cards and such still accept cash or any bankcard hassle free so to me is like why bother purchasing a gift card to potentially losing out on some money or getting potentially hassled on trying to redeem it - that's my opinion after what I went thru with that rebate card and others getting scammed on these gift cards one story after another. Seems like they are handy if one is to scam someone out of some value though. I'm sure others will point out not all cards are bad which would be true to an extent, however I always been consumer cautious but never expected receiving a 'card' on a rebate offer when they never specified it.
AKsilvereagle 01/03/20 07:49am Around the Campfire
RE: UPDATED: Arizona (not Nevada) roads question

Just got back from a 6 week vacation and driven my camper all the way to Southern California and Southern Nevada to visit family and friends over a 7588.8 mile round trip ! The state boundaries still have not changed since I was raised in that area in the 1970s and personally driven from Needles to the US 95 Jct along westbound I-40 over three weeks ago on my way to Las Vegas as it is still within the state of California as noted that Nevada is nowhere near the I-40 route.... As noted, new pavement along that stretch of I-40 does exist. Can't comment on the Arizona roads other than crossing in there from Needles and filling my fuel tanks at $2.589 per gallon and almost drove to Bullhead and Laughlin but reconsidered as it was getting heat of the day and didn't want to chance climbing the grade and getting potential fuel vapor lock again like I did driving up the Grapevine the week prior it was soooo hot, and lucky I coasted into the new rest area they have there and let the engine cool for an hour. What I can attest to along driving eastbound I-10 from San Bernadino-Yucaipa I-215 interchange all the way to Whitewater, the two right lanes were so beat up I thought something bad was going to happen to the camper or suspension as there was so much traffic on a Sunday night I could not get even close to drive in the number one or two lane at that - Never seen Palm Springs bound traffic that busy ever, but then again I haven't driven along that stretch in 28 years either and it was a culture shock !!! Heading back northbound out of Las Vegas I stayed along Western Nevada with their excellent roads and my first time along that area as I driven to Sparks - Reno which was the first time I had been there in 47 years since my childhood back in 1972 residing there for a year.
AKsilvereagle 10/12/19 07:27pm Roads and Routes
RE: Why did the motorists cross the road?

My Uncle was the only one that would redeem Blue Chip Stamps, S & H Green Stamps, Chesterfield and Bel Air cigg coupons and would get the ultimate color TV and other top of the chain prizes from all 3 outlets... He was the only rich one of the family that always had cash flow to buy things and collect massive coupons and stamps back in the day... For Christmas and other special significant days we would get the color TV and furniture and other redeemed prizes from my Uncle from the stamps and ciggy coupons - and he is still alive in 2019 despite all those cigarettes ! As for me I been working for the oil company full time since I turned 16 back in 1981 when I first got my driver license and still working for the oil company full time here in 2019... Everytime I pull up to a gas pump - I work for the oil company.
AKsilvereagle 10/12/19 06:23pm Around the Campfire
RE: Walmart Overcharge

No overcharge incident with me here, however I had a couple of much weird cashier encounters a couple years back.... Noticed a new male cashier at the local Safeway supermarket as I purchased three items totaling $9- something as I hand the cashier a $20 bill.... Right away I noticed I was shortchanged when I received back the round off pocket coin change and a $5 bill - leaving me hangin' with an exact 5 dollar shortchange - as I immediately bring it to the cashier's attention and stated 'you only gave me a five dollar bill here' WHILE fully extending my arm holding the receipt, the $5 bill and the pocket change towards the cashier.... Now Get This : The cashier reaches for my receipt... Takes it out of my hand and reads it very carefully... Removes the $5 bill out of my hand... Get Ready - Hands me back my receipt along with a Twenty (Yes - $20) Dollar Bill ! I didn't know what to say and looked at him straight in the eyes like . . this is a joke right ? There was a three second pause and he states 'sir, here's your money' (all straight faced and everything) so I took the $20 bill and receipt out of his hand and walked out the store with my purchased goods. Ended up going to the store getting almost $10 of free goods while receiving seventy something cents in coin ! Needless to say that was the one and only time I seen that employee ever work there. Another similar encounter is when I went to the Wendy's drive thru with a group of us and kids in which the tab totaled $31.40.... So - I hand the drive thru cashier (a teenager boy) a fifty dollar bill, a one dollar bill, plus a quarter, a dime, and a nickel totaling $51.40 in cash.... Well, the cashier tried to hand me back the $1.40 while stating I given him TOO MUCH MONEY - as I told him I meant to give you the full $51.40 so you can give me back a $20 bill to make it easier for both of us.... The cashier insisted that he only NEEDS THE $50 BILL for payment so he can give back "the right change" to me.... I requested that I speak to the manager over this encounter as the cashier got real annoyed and sigh-ed and slammed the window shut, as two minutes later the manager re-opens the drive thru access window with the meanest disgusted look on her face while she hands me a $20 bill and all the food we ordered - My only reply was .... REALLY ????????? Is that the best cashier you have right now ? She replies "I hope I can get thru today". Like the OP and others responded have pointed out - sometimes you have to be vigilant when it comes to money transactions while certain people running a till have no business handling money either hurting a business or a customer client or buyer. Wonder how some of them incompetents even own a credit card or make it on their own in the world.
AKsilvereagle 10/12/19 05:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: RCMP seek witnesses - Liard Hot Springs death investigation

UPDATE : Suspects bodies confirmed dead have been found - CBC News are still updating this story.
AKsilvereagle 08/07/19 01:41pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Lesson Learned (fuel station etiquette)

I have never owned any credit cards to this day but do have a Visa debit card that has the same protection as a credit card in reference to unauthorized purchases.... I use my debit card only for online purchases and when buying local gas purchases (and also only "in-state" purchases if it's a 24 hour pump with no attendant present - mainly out of town locations in Tok or Anchorage) as this is the only card I have exposed to electronic purchases which I keep limited. I learned early on when the gas pump feature asks 'debit or credit' after swiping my card.... I always now press the 'credit' selection even though it is a debit card as it first happened to me twice early on selecting 'debit' that it wouldn't authorize a sale for whatever reason, and tried the 'credit' selection after immediately re-inserting the card again as the pump authorized the transaction very quickly. Never have I used my debit card for fuel purchases in other US states or anywhere in Canada - I always pay cash. I only started to use my debit card for local gas purchases the past 10 years because I was getting older and much much colder during winter (as my work consists of outdoor work full time) then having to run in and out of the store and waiting in line twice to prepay and get your change which takes quite a bit of time on occasion - sure makes using a card more convenient during those -15 to -50 below F days when needing fuel for the rig. My debit card account I only keep a minimum amount in it that I anticipate needed on a weekly basis or to cover enough sufficient funds on a big money deal for some online purchase....but never more than a floating $200 balance at all times. My other two Visa bank cards (from two other US banks) I only use them at the issuing bank's ATM branch machines and never use them anywhere else or any other purpose but to withdraw cash from their branch locations - no electronic purchases of any kind as they stay off the grid from businesses and the internet. Never do I expose any of my cards to any private or non branch ATM's either - as I do not believe in paying 'fees' or paying for some one elses retirement to access my money while I do not feel secure if I even dared to use these cards anywhere else. My Canadian bank card I only use at their bank branches which is required to access your account when at the counter interacting with the teller, and only use it at their ATM branch machines - also no electronic purchases of any kind as they stay off the grid from businesses and the internet. My Canadian bank card can be used for purchases if needed on a dire emergency and never have yet to be in that predicament. Even local when I pay for everything else, it is strictly cash transaction from me - supermarket, restaurant, auto parts, hardware, doctor, etc. Federal tax, utilities, heating fuel company, phone-internet I pay by mail with old fashioned paper check quarterly or semi annually as I issue around 10 personal checks per year - which is the same account as my debit card. I am not a fan of 'bill pay' or 'automatic pay' as I do not like the idea of some entity having access or control of my account either. With the safeguards I always practiced here that I posted, I have yet to be hacked or exposed to any fraudulent first bank card was issued in 1986.
AKsilvereagle 08/05/19 07:34am Around the Campfire
RE: Current Road Conditions for the Dalton Highway

When after arriving in Fairbanks, check for current road conditions... It will be more likely not a pleasant drive at all due to the heavy rains that just occurred the past week or so, and forecasted to have at least two full days of rainfall this week as well, with occasional rain or good chance of rain throughout the remaining days this whole week too. I driven the Dalton Highway in heavy rainfall a half dozen times and the road is unforgiving in a lot of portions, so fair warning if one decides to drive it during significant rainfall. The only good thing about the recent rainfall is all the dense smoke in that area had finally subsided, as it was a nasty hot summer here with so much fire danger, especially in the Dalton Highway corridor and areas nearby. Typical August is rainy season here in the Alaska Interior. As mentioned about the hard runnin' semi truck traffic on the Dalton Highway, I already dealt with over 150 semi truck wheel rims that were abused or damaged this summer alone.
AKsilvereagle 08/05/19 05:20am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Bring beer into Canada

You can bring in as much beer as you want, just declare it when asked (and they will ask)..... The catch is : there is a limit on duty free amounts and any amounts exceeding that threshold you dearly will pay for it.
AKsilvereagle 07/17/19 01:46pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2019

In Wisconsin on way back home. Traveled over 11400 miles so far. Steer clear of Tok cut off between Tok and Glennallen. Use rt 4 between Delta Junction and Glennallen. Tok cut off is in bad shape (frost heaves) and construction. Broke a spring and shackle there. Saw another guy who broke an axle. Long delays there also. Unfortunately here in the far north, construction and frost heaves have been a way of life since roads were developed. I cannot stress enough the fact when I post here or tell other people about commuting on buckled up roads or frost heaves to SLOW DOWN OR DRIVE TO A CRAWL IF NEEDED or else significant damage to equipment, suspension parts, and axles bending or breaking will result ! To give a prime perspective on a much similar conditioned route when I travelled the notorious 85 mile stretch of Destruction Bay YT thru White River YT on the Alaska Highway over the years - these are the driving times I posted according to my travel logs in my old 1970 Ford F250 camper rig : Year - Total Time - Average MPH 1998 ....3 hr 46 min....22.56 MPH 2008 ....2 hr 44 min....31.09 MPH 2009 ....2 hr 50 min....30.00 MPH 2010 ....3 hr 07 min....27.27 MPH 2011 ....2 hr 41 min....31.67 MPH 2012 ....3 hr 32 min....24.05 MPH 2013 ....2 hr 39 min....32.07 MPH 2014 ....2 hr 55 min....29.14 MPH 2015 ....2 hr 53 min....29.48 MPH 2016 ....3 hr 36 min....23.61 MPH Now haulin' the camper on my old 1975 Ford F250 rig : 2017 ....1 hr 54 min....44.73 MPH 2018 ....1 hr 41 min....50.49 MPH During 2016 and 2017, the Yukon DOT Road Maintenance had worked on the Koidern-Donjec corridors of the Alaska Highway and significantly improved the roadway along this stretch which was the best I ever seen it during 2017 and 2018 since the first time I driven it in 1985, however it will be short lived as this stretch will buckle up again within a year or two. As you see the incremental travel times I logged over the years are different, as there were stretches of this 85 mile area that the road surfaces and frost heaves were so bad, I had to drive thru some portions moving between 2 MPH to 10 MPH in many spots. Regardless, I NEVER had a single mishap on bent, broken spring, shackle, or axle issues in my 1970 Ford F250 rig that I exclusively used as a camper hauler from 1996 thru 2016..... That covered over 3600 miles of estimated unpaved road surfaces.... Crossed well north of the Arctic Circle while sections of the Dalton Highway were very rough.... Estimated covering over 70 percent of the 'connecting' Alaska road system minus various city and village side streets.... Driven thru many road construction zones and pilot car escorts to count.... Driven Top of the World Highway to Dawson seven times and the Taylor Highway 8 times between 1998 and 2016 in my camper rig.... Driven a 5060 mile round trip from Fairbanks AK to Yellowknife NWT and back in 2008 with unpaved road and rough surfaced sidetrips in between.... ....and countless western Canada trips on a yearly basis since 2008. I driven the Tok Cutoff route in my camper in 1997 and it was pretty horrendous with frost heaves then, took me two days taking my time thru there as I overnighted on Nabesna Road and overnighted in Gakona the following day taking my sweet time to Anchorage. Logged 45,951 total miles with my camper on my 1970 F250 rig, and the GVWR was overweight between 200 and 600 lbs., while the front axle was 300 lbs. overweight from 2008 thru 2016.....All on Alaska and western Canada roadways with countless frost heaves and buckled road surfaces in between without a bent or broken mishap !!!!!. Although I had to retire the 1970 F250 truck of mine from being a full time camper hauler because of the replacement cab mounts welded in 2010 were not as durable as the factory ones - only lasted six years as I only had 80 percent rust free floorboard left and the steering column started taking a toll on the heavier front end with the cabover camper weight - now it is an everyday driver starting in 2017 with the extra weight off the truck and is just fine. I'm sorry but whenever someone experiences equipment damage to suspension or axles - they were still driving too fast for road conditions - it is all on the driver. If the road is declared open, it is drivable....just slow down or waaaay down if the road surface is worse like I always done and you will avoid damage. Unless one wants to be in a hurry - then avoid a certain route and go the long way around if that's an option.
AKsilvereagle 07/14/19 10:31pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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