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Old 11-25-2017, 06:02 PM   #1
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Hi, We are hoping to take our future 19' or 21' Escape up the Alaska Highway. Is that realistic?
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Hi, We are hoping to take our future 19' or 21' Escape up the Alaska Highway. Is that realistic?
It sure is. Most of the road is paved, except where they are fixing it. I made a trip towing a 17 with a RAV4 & friends towing a Scamp 16 with a Tacoma Sienna van. No problems, and a wonderful trip: 2015 Alaska Tripl
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Old 11-25-2017, 09:40 PM   #3
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I just looked at your photos from your epic 3 month trip - I'm getting excited to go. I gather the Alaska Highway is now paved most of the way so now problems there. Excellent!
There are other places that we'd like to go where the roads are gravel. Plenty of the secondary roads in BC are gravel for 100km or more. Or places like the Dempster Highway. Is that realistic?
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Just go.
Stow heavy items down low, light items in upper cabinets.
Bungee cords can secure cupboard doors and fridge door.
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Use bungee cords or straps.
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Awesome! Those photos show pretty much exactly what we want to do. We will go! My husband Robin wants to know if those are fishing boats on your roof?
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I gather the Alaska Highway is now paved most of the way so now problems there.

Or places like the Dempster Highway. Is that realistic?
Lot's of Escapes have done the Alaska Hwy. But a note of caution is required. It's about the same as driving cross country. You're going to have lots of good road, some not so good road and then there's construction areas that can be tedious and road damaged by frost heaves.

The Dempster Hwy. is a different kettle of fish. Crushed rock and it's been known to cut tires. Also the Top of the World Hwy. is well worth doing but we did cut a truck tire on one crushed rock section.

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Those are Buck's Bags Southfork pontoon boats for fishing. Can use flippers and/or oars.
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As mentioned earlier, the alaska highway route is fully paved short of construction area. The road from Burwash landing to the border is pretty bad due to frost heaves and ruts, be prepared to go much slower in that stretch and when you see a rough road indicator, believe it!

Roads in AK are pretty well maintained but there will be lots of construction. You will likely experience some pretty aggressive driving on the seward/sterling highways and best bet is to pull off frequently and let people pass. I could be 10 over the speed limit and it doesn't matter, they just have to pass you because if you are in an RV. Far less of an issue when away from the south central area. A trip to Homer is still worth the traffic and crazy drivers though.

Top of the world highway is beautiful and from Chicken towards the AK highway junction it is a good chip sealed surface. Chicken to the border can get snotty if its been raining and the shoulders are soft. Canadian side to the yukon river runs fair to good.

Do pack some extra tools such as gorilla tape, extra zip ties, tire repair kit etc.. It can be spendy to get assistance between towns along the road. Never had a problem but I like to be stocked for basic road breakdowns as there is not much cell service in the yukon territory away from Whitehorse and some other communities.

I wouldn't hesitate to drive up here. If you come give yourself a lot of time to take in the sights.
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Do pack some extra tools such as gorilla tape, extra zip ties, tire repair kit etc.. It can be spendy to get assistance between towns along the road. Never had a problem but I like to be stocked for basic road breakdowns as there is not much cell service in the yukon territory away from Whitehorse and some other communities.

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I second that. I had a tire repair kit at home but didn't take it with me. It cost a few dollars. I paid $27.00 for one. We found the cellphone booster was a great help on the long stretches between cell service. Get a signal earlier and keep it longer.

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