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    • #14644
      Wheeldog
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      New Guy here from Alaska. We snowbird in AZ. Great forum!!!

      Alcan is beautiful in the winter……love driving then. Here are a few pics of our trip home in mid March.

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    • #14647
      Wheeldog
      Participant

      Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm………not sure what I did wrong?? Here is a link to the pics.

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      1994 S and S 9.5' Camper (SOLD)
      1999 S and S 9.5 Camper

    • #14690
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Some of your photos look familiar, my wife and I traveled through Canada and Alaska in the summer of 2015 Our next trip will be in 2018, wanting to photograph the northern lights and better bear viewing. Have you any information on Bella Coola, Canada ?Mantanuska Glacier,Alaska

    • #14700
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      Those are terrific photos. Thanks for sharing.

    • #14701
      Wheeldog
      Participant

      The pics of the mountains were going into Haines Junction and then Kluane Lake.

      Best lights are in the winter. There are some now but not much. UAF has information on them…….. http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/Alaska/20170420

      I don’t know anything about Bella Coola, we always travel through in the winter when most tourist places are closed.

      McNeil River in Alaska has some of the best bear viewing, but you need to get a permit….. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=viewingpermits.mcneil_overview

      2016 3500 HD Durmax

      1994 S and S 9.5' Camper (SOLD)
      1999 S and S 9.5 Camper

    • #16538
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Wheeldog, we went right through Haines Junction and Kluane Lake, did you stop at the native memorial just south of Burnswash?
      Native

    • #16540
      Jefe4x4
      Moderator

      Nice pix. It sure looks like you are alone. What is in the trailer? Snowmobile? Skidoos? I’m sure you have 4-season insulation in both the TC and the trailer. What other ‘for winter’ upgrades did you do? Studded tires? fuel heater? Extra fuel?
      Jeanie and I love swimming upstream when everyone else is swimming downstream, just as you do traveling AK in wintertime. We are hoping in the near future to do AK again only in August/September timeframe to feel the approach of winter and avoid the AK state bird. For us, our TC is a 3-season affair: Fall/Winter/Spring. What’s missing here? Here is as close as we get to an AK winter: this is the winter of 2009-10: We received 16 feet of snow over the season, but no more than 6 feet at a time. jefe
      http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z240/jefe4x4/DSCN1843_zpsb28a5618.jpg

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    • #16550
      Wheeldog
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      They don’ plow the attractions out in the winter and many of the lodges are closed. Weren’t able to stop at the memorial near Burwash.

      We were alone most of the trip……which I like!!! We had 10 gallons of extra diesel that we never used either way. Did use some diesel additive to keep the fuel from gelling when it got cold. Had a Mr. Heater with it’s own 20 lbs tank. Didn’t do anything else to the camper, pickup or trailer.

      The temp hovered around freezing once in Canada. Didn’t hit any cold till Tok. Woke up to zero and it got down to 10 below going across the Tok Cutoff. Had the furnace on full, but you could see your breath in the camper. Stopped in Glennallen and ran the Mr. heater and furnace to warm things up. The water pump froze, but it didn’t hurt it. Put the rig in a warm shop for a few days before winterizing. I did notice the outside shower faucet leaked when you turn it on, but that’s the only damage.

      We bought the trailer in Phoenix and hauled up my wifes ’67 Mustang, some truck parts and our sign/tee shirt biz. We have a place in AZ and over the lat 10 years we have been getting too much “crap”. Time to bring some of it home.

      I sold the camper and the trailer is for sale. I will pick up another camper in WA or OR when I go down this fall. I can usually make enough to pay for the trip by selling it and other stuff here in Alaska in the spring.

      If you come in late summer be sure and catch the state fair. Most tourists miss it. The giant vegetables are pretty cool if you have never seen them.

      Fair Info

      If you make it to Alaska, look us up. Got a RV spot with full hookups we let folks use.

      2016 3500 HD Durmax

      1994 S and S 9.5' Camper (SOLD)
      1999 S and S 9.5 Camper

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