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Old 04-23-2018, 07:07 AM   #1
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The road to Tuk

Here's a new destination for us, though I remember Glenn saying it's a pretty rough town:

BBC - Travel - Tuktoyaktuk: Canada’s last Arctic village?

You go first.
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It got a lot more peaceful when Glenn left.
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I would love to do a trip to Tuktoyaktuk. Maybe part of a Northern trip.

Should get some great capacity for solar charging in the summer there.
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I would love to do a trip to Tuktoyaktuk. Maybe part of a Northern trip.

Should get some great capacity for solar charging in the summer there.
If you do you might want to consider two spare tires.

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If you do you might want to consider two spare tires.

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For spares total? Two truck and two trailer? Do they allow double towing. Oh man, that means another spare.

Maybe I'll chew bubble gum!
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We took the Dempster to Inuvik then flew to Tuktoyaktuk in 2008, would be cool to be able to drag the trailer there again someday..
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For spares total? Two truck and two trailer? Do they allow double towing. Oh man, that means another spare.

Maybe I'll chew bubble gum!
Bubble gum might not do for a nasty rock cut. There's been discussions before about two spares and some folks think that it's beyond silly to have two spares but when you've seen the results of roads with sharp rocks and folks that have written off two tires, more or less at once, it is something to consider when the road is remote and roadside assistance virtually non-existent.

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Bubble gum might not do for a nasty rock cut. There's been discussions before about two spares and some folks think that it's beyond silly to have two spares but when you've seen the results of roads with sharp rocks and folks that have written off two tires, more or less at once, it is something to consider when the road is remote and roadside assistance virtually non-existent.

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I have read a lot of that from both sides. I kinda get the idea that the roads are better now, but don't have any experience myself.

Definitely something I will consider. I like the idea of having a spare spare, I don't like the idea of carrying it.
And do you carry one for the tow too?
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I think if you take it slow it's not too bad on the tires... we had a spare on our FJ when we made that trip, didn't needed it. We also didn't see anyone with a flat while traveling on that segment (4-5 days combined).. we did run into people with RV trouble that needed a ride out to get help. We were going to do that for them but luckily another car was on the way out and picked up the passengers.
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We drove the Dempster in a long-bodied Toyota Land Cruiser in 1982. We had unbolted the rear seat and left it at home and made some window screens so we could sleep in the back when the bugs were atrocious. We used a tent when they were merely bad.

Now we have an Escape 21 and would be interested in revisiting the Yukon and travelling all the way to Tuk. Some extra preparations would seem wise, though, especially if your tug is a diesel, as our "Land Bruiser" was. We had to carefully plan our fuel stops in advance. Perhaps there are more diesel pumps and less range anxiety in the Yukon now. In 1982, the only diesel pump on the Dempster was at Eagle Plains, about halfway between Dawson City and Inuvik.

We drove the Dempster during a dry spell, and a roostertail of dust could be seen for miles when another vehicle was approaching. The makes we wonder how we could seal the door of the Escape to make it dustproof. The windows might be OK as they are, but if anyone thinks not please let us know.

We had no flats on that trip, but heard stories along the road of others who did. I don't know if the roads are better in the Yukon now, but the quality of premium tires certainly is. Still, an extra truck and trailer spare in the box mounted on rims would buy some peace of mind.

I look forward to hearing the experiences of others to take on the challenge of driving to the Arctic Ocean.
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