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Old 09-03-2016, 06:13 PM   #1
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September to Fairbanks

So my wife and I are picking up a new escape in mid September and were wondering about a quick visit to see our daughter in Fairbanks. Our TV is 4WD and we have chains. My wife is questioning the wisdom of a trip north this late in the year. I know if you are from Texas you will think I'm nuts. I want to know what the folks from British Columbia think.
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Old 09-03-2016, 06:16 PM   #2
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What does your daughter say, she probably knows the weather in Fairbanks better than anyone else.
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Won't be a quick trip, by road.
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She says go for it and I know the weather in Fairbanks. It's the weather between Fairbanks and Seattle/Tacoma that I wonder about.
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Old 09-03-2016, 06:31 PM   #5
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I've towed my trailer to Fairbanks but in the summer. I'd say that it's doable but the cost in comfort level is debatable given your timing. By the time you get your trailer, get up to Fairbanks, visit and are ready to return the weather may have turned enough that it would be a hard slog back.

Of course you could also bail out most of the driving back by taking the ferry. Expensive but a viable alternative.

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Old 09-03-2016, 06:37 PM   #6
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We lived in northern BC and in mid September you would normally be ok for another month or so (Prince George and north).
That said you can get a freak snow storm any time of the year. We always went by the fact that it wouldn't stay normally before November. Hope this helps.
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My wife and I made the trip in September a few years back and quite enjoyed ourselves. It rained a lot that year but when the sun came out it was beautiful. We took the northern route to Fairbanks from the border and went south afterwards to Skagway and then back east. We switched to the ferry from Seward to Valdes both to see the scenery and to escape the badly frost heaved highway. I don't know if it has improved since then.
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So my wife and I are picking up a new escape in mid September and were wondering about a quick visit to see our daughter in Fairbanks. Our TV is 4WD and we have chains. My wife is questioning the wisdom of a trip north this late in the year. I know if you are from Texas you will think I'm nuts. I want to know what the folks from British Columbia think.
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Hi: Starbrightsteve... Remember you'll be in the USA and they always blame the "Cold fronts" coming down from Canada!!! Alf
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The road between Destruction Bay and Beaver Creek Yukonis rough with several construction area. Number of commercial camp grounds will closed for the season. Its a bout 12+ hours driving to Fairbanks. If go keep one eye on the weather.
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Old 09-03-2016, 10:58 PM   #10
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What is that - two days through B.C. plus two days through Yukon and Alaska... each way, allowing for an enjoyable pace? Sounds like a spectacular trip, but it would be good to have a substantial allowance for weather-related travel delays. The term "quick visit" doesn't jump to mind.

My concern if caught in an early snowstorm would not be just tow vehicle traction, but trailer tire traction. It doesn't matter that the tug can pull and turn if the trailer is swinging around like a pendulum. I think if the road condition is such that chains have to go on the tug, the trailer doesn't belong on the road with typical trailer tires (which are summer tires, not even all-season).
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