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Old 08-17-2019, 12:25 PM
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How are you intending to handle over nights? Camp? Motels? Sleep in vehicle? Something else?
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I have made several long trips in remote areas on Baja, Utah, and Nevada.
I fitted my dodge diesel with a 2nd fuel tank and I carry two spare tires, parts, filters, and fluids.
But most important is to watch the road and the weather, and keep your speed under control.
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How are you intending to handle over nights? Camp? Motels? Sleep in vehicle? Something else?
I will use motels if I can.
The vehicle is a bit small to sleep inside comfortably,
but I don't rule that out.
I've done lots of camping over the years, so that's a possibility.
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I have read that in some places there are RV rooms for rent ... ???
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Old 08-17-2019, 03:51 PM
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You're not taking extra fuel?
Ha~!
Only that which fits the top inch of the gas tank!
Range from top-off to warning light is over 300 miles highway.
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I have read that plenty is available, so long as you don't skip
opportunities to fill up.
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Old 08-17-2019, 04:00 PM
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Jump starter box
Jumper cables
12v compressor
Spare fluids ...oil...trans...coolant
Good Jack and jack stand
OK - better to have it and not need it, etc.
But, in years and years of owning cars,
needing a jump start came with these conditions:
- old battery
- very cold weather
- car having not been used
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I have never had a situation of
driving all day and being unable to start the next morning -
- in moderate or warm weather.
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I once had a dead cell in battery, vibration i think. Could get jump start but would not hold a charge. I forget age but was surprised so i doubt it was too old.
My current battery is 8 years old and fine. But i dont drive much now, less activity less wear? As long as its charged.
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We change batteries up here on average every 3-5 years. But if your not going in the winter you should be ok. Remember between ft nelson-whitehorse few garages, parts will be dear, and may take 7-10 days on the rush
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I will use motels if I can.
The vehicle is a bit small to sleep inside comfortably,
but I don't rule that out.
I've done lots of camping over the years, so that's a possibility.
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I have read that in some places there are RV rooms for rent ... ???
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Not sure, but depending on the season motels might fill up. They aren't exactly cheap either. Lots of places to random camp, for free. Costs a little at Liard, but the springs are a nice place to stop. And then you can kind of clean up there.

And stopping at recreation centers for a swim and shower is a lot cheaper than motels also.

Not sure about RV rooms; but apparently renting the RV for trips is a thing now.
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I have made several long trips in remote areas on Baja, Utah, and Nevada.
I fitted my dodge diesel with a 2nd fuel tank and I carry two spare tires, parts, filters, and fluids.
But most important is to watch the road and the weather, and keep your speed under control.
I took 2 spares on my trip as well. But I wouldn't bother with it again. My tires are 35x12 (or 12.5?) and don't fit under the truck. Plus I have an L shaped tank that's about 100 U.S. gallons in a 6 1/2' box, so it got filled up fast. I had tough tires, though, and the means to repair them. One tire in the back worked perfect, as with a piece of plywood over top, it made a nice platform to sleep on.
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Ha~!
Only that which fits the top inch of the gas tank!
Range from top-off to warning light is over 300 miles highway.
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I have read that plenty is available, so long as you don't skip
opportunities to fill up.
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As long as you don't roll through too late. Some places close up early. And I get a little paranoid about some of the little one horse/gas station towns running out. Maybe unlikely, but could put a cramp in your plans.
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OK - better to have it and not need it, etc.
But, in years and years of owning cars,
needing a jump start came with these conditions:
- old battery
- very cold weather
- car having not been used
.
I have never had a situation of
driving all day and being unable to start the next morning -
- in moderate or warm weather.
.
Last week up in Massachusetts.... my truck just arrived after a 1200 mile road trip up from Georgia. Perfect starting every time. First morning in Massachusetts...no crank. Battery failure
Pulled out my hand held jumper box...connected it to my battery... cranked up...tested charging system...good
Let run 30 minutes while running errands.
Shut off.....no re start
Tested battery with my Midtronics tester....failure
Jumped again with hand held... drove to Walmart. Paid for a new battery
Installed.... good to go
Other battery was 3 yr old

Do you want to be stranded and wish you followed my advice?

Typical battery failure often will not give you any warning

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Last week up in Massachusetts.... my truck just arrived after a 1200 mile road trip up from Georgia. Perfect starting every time. First morning in Massachusetts...no crank. Battery failure
Pulled out my hand held jumper box...connected it to my battery... cranked up...tested charging system...good
Let run 30 minutes while running errands.
Shut off.....no re start
Tested battery with my Midtronics tester....failure
Jumped again with hand held... drove to Walmart. Paid for a new battery
Installed.... good to go
Other battery was 3 yr old

Do you want to be stranded and wish you followed my advice?

Typical battery failure often will not give you any warning

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Not to discount anything you said here ...
but I imagine that a workable battery would be one of the easier-to-find
replacement parts. Does not have to be an exact match of the group size;
mostly needs to have the plus and minus reachable,
sorta fit the pan,
and not be too tall.

I did ask for advice, after all, so I'm listening.
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Old 08-18-2019, 02:34 PM
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Not to discount anything you said here ...
but I imagine that a workable battery would be one of the easier-to-find
replacement parts. Does not have to be an exact match of the group size;
mostly needs to have the plus and minus reachable,
sorta fit the pan,
and not be too tall.

I did ask for advice, after all, so I'm listening.
Those compact jump start boxes work great. Mine even has a light and 2 USB ports.
Easily fits in glove box or console

Just check it about once a month to make sure it is fully charged

One of the best pieces of emergency gear to keep in your vehicle
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I will use motels if I can.
The vehicle is a bit small to sleep inside comfortably,
but I don't rule that out.
I've done lots of camping over the years, so that's a possibility.
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I have read that in some places there are RV rooms for rent ... ???
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Yeah....I would not count on motels. They are going to be really hard to find, and extremely expensive when you do. Other than whitehorse there is just about nowhere on the highway you can expect to get a room for the night. The alcan is pretty civilized these days, but its not THAT civilized.

Lots of campgrounds, but you have to get to them early.

This is why when I drove it I always vehicle camped. I really really liked the flexibility of choosing where and when I stopped.
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Yeah....I would not count on motels. They are going to be really hard to find, and extremely expensive when you do. Other than whitehorse there is just about nowhere on the highway you can expect to get a room for the night. The alcan is pretty civilized these days, but its not THAT civilized.

Lots of campgrounds, but you have to get to them early.

This is why when I drove it I always vehicle camped. I really really liked the flexibility of choosing where and when I stopped.
I agree. The hotels if you find one will be very expensive
Just for a few hours sleep.... sleep in your vehicle
Does your front seats recline back pretty good?

I do it all the time. Pillow and blanket.

I stay in enough hotels during the year for work that when I am on a road trip....I donít want a hotel.
I save my Hilton Honors points to buy stuff on Amazon...
Same as cash
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Yeah....I would not count on motels. They are going to be really hard to find, and extremely expensive when you do. Other than whitehorse there is just about nowhere on the highway you can expect to get a room for the night. The alcan is pretty civilized these days, but its not THAT civilized.

Lots of campgrounds, but you have to get to them early.

This is why when I drove it I always vehicle camped. I really really liked the flexibility of choosing where and when I stopped.
The key is to sleep comfortably and be awake during the driving hours.
I'll have to experiment with vehicle sleeping...
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New questions:
Best tires?
Best battery?
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If your going for new ,it might be best to find out what brands are being sold up there .that way if there is a warrantee issue it might be covered locally.
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I just got a jumper pack that includes a 12v aux outlet. The 12v jumper outlet often has safety features like auto timed cut off so you can't use it for many 12v equipment.
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Old 08-19-2019, 11:47 AM
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If your going for new ,it might be best to find out what brands are being sold up there .that way if there is a warrantee issue it might be covered locally.
Ha~! Good point!
But of course the idea is to reduce the likelihood of failure.
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