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« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2012, 08:47:02 AM »

Thanks so much, I gave all your advice to my friend, the third part of the trip thru Tok, Alaska, was the determening factor to cancel the trip. He's gonna ship the car from Seatle, we'll get it up there this week. Thanks You Guys for all your input, someday to Alaska under different circumstances, tom, lvmci...
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« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2012, 08:53:48 AM »

I did the trip this time of year last year. I told myself I'd never do it again in the winter. My wife and I drove from Texas the whole way there. We stopped in Idaho and bought some new studded snow tires and was driving a four wheel drive van. The worst part of the trip for us was the blowing snow and white out conditions. We drove many many miles at 20mph with our hands out the windows slapping the wipers as they came within reach. We live in Alaska and are very familiar with winter driving, but that was living on the edge. We just flew out of Alaska yesterday down to Idaho, the temps in Anchorage are around 0 and you can expect -30 near the border. There has been no snow and doesn't look like there will be for a week or so. The roads in Alaska are good right now, not sure about Canada.
My best advice to you would be... carry survival gear, have a good set of tires mounted, test your antifreeze, make sure you have a good battery with a good cold cracking amp, and switching over to a good synthetic oil would be advised. It is very scary out there in the cold snow when you may not see anybody for awhile. BE CAREFUL and have a safe trip.
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« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2012, 11:46:57 AM »

If you are going to put a new battery in it, wait until you are in the North.  A Southern battery is not a good idea.

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« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2012, 05:34:23 PM »

thanks once again, we're going to bring car to Seattle, and ship it from there, ALL your advice was well appreciated, lvmci...
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« Reply #19 on: November 28, 2012, 06:19:35 PM »

LV, I know it sounds like a fun trip, but that is probably a wise choice. You won't regret that. Being stuck somewhere in a snowstorm is no fun.

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« Reply #20 on: November 28, 2012, 06:46:33 PM »

John, who else can get you in more trouble then your friend? Relatives maybe, lvmci...
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« Reply #21 on: November 28, 2012, 07:23:26 PM »

well, rats.

A lovely outing in the snowy landscapes scuppered.

Forecast over the next few days for Whitehorse calls for flurries and temps -11 to -24 Fahrenheit.

Nicely cold enough that it will be dry.

More busnuts should give winter operations some consideration.

Everywhere is much quieter, fewer people, and you get to see things that few others get to see.

Your same good insulation that makes your coach cool works just as well in keeping your coach warm.

Nothing goes down the road with more stability in snow like a motor coach.

happy coaching!
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« Reply #22 on: November 28, 2012, 07:37:46 PM »

Sell the car and send her the money.
If it is not prepped prior to arrival,it ain't gonna start till spring if the temp drops.
add up the car's value+shipping+gas+expenses+return to LV.
Is it a new car?
my .02 worth 1/2 that.
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« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2012, 02:56:15 PM »

was wondering? sounded like a $3000 trip?  must be a great car or girl? Sell cars up there? Bob
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« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2012, 12:16:05 AM »

Talked to my dad today, he said it was 45 below in Tok.  Be happy you stayed put.
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« Reply #25 on: November 30, 2012, 03:06:27 AM »

this trip sounds like a sure way to thin out the gene pool
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« Reply #26 on: November 30, 2012, 05:41:36 AM »

Man, I know how you guys feel.  It got so cold here last week that I had to put on a long sleeved shirt.  I hate it when that happens.
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« Reply #27 on: November 30, 2012, 07:08:35 AM »

Yep, mighty cold in TOK.

Take a look:
 http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=63.3366667&lon=-142.9855556&site=all&smap=1&searchresult=Tok%2C%20AK%2C%20USA

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« Reply #28 on: November 30, 2012, 04:07:28 PM »

Sounds like next weekend would be the time to go.  Getting all the way up to -13!  Grin

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« Reply #29 on: November 30, 2012, 05:18:32 PM »

lots of vehicle components start acting funny, if at all when temps drop below -20,
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