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Old 03-30-2014, 02:03 PM
 
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Every which way I do the math, driving always wins by time and money. I even added the cost per mile on my lease as savings and still didn't work out as well as driving. So assuming those are most important to you, driving is the way to go.

Only way it may not work out is if the vehicle you are driving has problems that it might not have had if you took the Ferry. Repair costs are probably steep in the boonies. I hope to never, ever, have to find out.
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Old 03-30-2014, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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Every which way I do the math, driving always wins by time and money. I even added the cost per mile on my lease as savings and still didn't work out as well as driving. So assuming those are most important to you, driving is the way to go.

Only way it may not work out is if the vehicle you are driving has problems that it might not have had if you took the Ferry. Repair costs are probably steep in the boonies. I hope to never, ever, have to find out.
I didn't find the actual labor costs that bad. It was the availability and price of parts that was the killjoy. The alternator started going out on my truck a couple of years ago about 90 miles north of Hope BC. Somehow I managed to keep it running until I got to Abbotsford. The engine shut down as I came off of the off ramp and I was able to coast into the parking lot of a muffler shop. It was a Saturday afternoon and they were about to close. They found one NAPA store that was still open and they went over and got the alternator. It costs $375CN but they only charged me $60 labor to put it in. Good deal since I didn't have the tools with me to do it.
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Old 03-31-2014, 11:02 AM
 
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You got really lucky Stiff... You could have been stuck for several days. Obviously someone wanted you to make it to your destination on time. Good to see Labor isn't crazy, even though the cost of the part seems steep, although since I don't know what year, make, model truck you have, who knows.
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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Yep, if it would've happened in Iskut or Jade City I coulda been screwed. I have since expanded the tool/spare parts kits in all three of my trucks. And have added another blanket and reading material.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Vernon, British Columbia
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We looked into taking the train from Kamloops to Prince Rupert, and then the ferry to Whittier, but decided against it because the large layovers along the way. Maybe if I was retired.

Anyway, we have decided instead to take the ferry just from Whittier to Valdez on the way home. Much simpler, and a whole lot cheaper!
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