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Old 10-25-2013, 12:41 PM
 
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Ah! Good idea to make sure that everything is quite secure. I mean I would have made sure it was secure but had forgotten about the shifting of the ferry. The Expedition is 4WD. I will have my dad put on all weather tires. Not so sure I want or can for that matter stop and put chains on with my daughter half way thru the trip. Well, one can do anything they have to if needed but it doesn't sound like something I'd LIKE to do.

I had a fleeting thought of taking the southern route and then up the coast to get to Bellingham but that adds approx 1000 miles. I'm sure that with good tires and the 4WD and planning for the worst we can make it going via I-90 or 84. We plan to leave out of L'ville on Nov. 8th so that we have plenty of time.

Off of the shipping subject - The only other information (Ha! like I think I know everything....) I need as of this minute is exactly what type of clothing is recommended for the winter months in Sitka? I just want to be prepared.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 10-25-2013, 03:33 PM
 
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The proper place for chains are in the container they come in, left somewhere in the back of the vehicle. That is, don't use them until they're required at passes. Get the wire chains as they're easier to install. I'd also practice putting one on once before you need to.
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:30 PM
 
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The proper place for chains are in the container they come in, left somewhere in the back of the vehicle. That is, don't use them until they're required at passes. Get the wire chains as they're easier to install. I'd also practice putting one on once before you need to.
What AKCK said, especially the part about practicing putting on the chains in the warm and dry... And remember that putting chains/cables on mean you don't drive over 30 mph. I'd pick an aggressive tread all season or M & S (Mud/Snow) rated tire, but that's just me. I wouldn't turn down 'free' new tires no matter what they were. Glad you have 4WD- not that you couldn't make it with 2WD.

Good Luck and enjoy the drive - it is truly amazing. One day, I will do it in the winter too.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:30 PM
 
Location: sitka, Alaska
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Hope your trip is a safe one! Its been raining pretty hard the last couple days here after a wonderful, sunny weekend. The temp is running low 40's and damp as heck! Rain gear, boots, and warm underclothing. My wife wears her Hanson rain gear with a light jacket underneath everyday. There isn't a whole lot of fluctuation in temps between days and nights here so far.
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