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Unread 11-30-2009, 11:39 AM
 
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Question Moving to Fairbanks, need advice!

I've taken a job in Fairbanks (Eilson AFB) and will be moving from Texas end of December. I'm geobachin' it and leaving the family here for various reasons. The job is just for a year, at least that's the plan! I don't know anything about the area and need any and all advice ya'll have. I'm thinking of trying to find a house to sit and care for, but I'm willing to rent as well. I am a pilot (former military) and a builder, so taking care of a house and any maintenance issues isn't a problem. I'm bringing my 4WD truck up, going to put a camper shell on it and do the winterization to it, thinking about ferrying it up from Tacoma.
That's about as far as I've gotten in planning. Obviously, this is short fused, so I'm already behind the time line, so any help I get is greatly appreciated. I've been a warm weather guy my whole life, so don't assume I know anything about anything! I am looking forward to coming up and experiencing this adventure. Thanks again in advance.
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Unread 11-30-2009, 12:01 PM
 
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The Alaska state ferry leaves from Bellingham, Washington. Big bucks to ship it up that way. If the truck is in good shape it would be quicker and cheaper to drive.

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Unread 11-30-2009, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Florida...blah!....Missing Alaska
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Very cold at times. I would get an engine block heater installed on your truck. You may also want to pick up some heat pads(not sure the exact name) but NAPA should sell them. It's been years since I installed any but seems like I used gasket sealer to put them on. They come in different sizes and can be installed on your oil pan,trans. pan,front and rear differentials. Might also do the battery warmer. Nothing worse than a cold vehicle that won't start when it's 40 below. Having your gear boxes warm is much easier on your truck. If you have a garage to park it in that will be a big plus.
Warm clothes. I spent 48 years in Alaska and my feet and hands were always the hardest to keep warm in sub zero weather. Warm hat,boots,gloves,long underware and a good warm coat. cabelas.com should have all that stuff.
Be prepared for short days in the winter. Summers are nice.
Good luck and enjoy the experience!
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Unread 11-30-2009, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Moving to Elieson AFB
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Unread 11-30-2009, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Eagle River, Alaska & San Diego, CA
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Synthetic gear oil front and rear as well as synthetic oil is a must up there.

As others have pointed out, a block heater.
Face and hands protection (seriously)

Check with the AMHS I believe that right now the driver or the vehicle goes from Bellingham to Whittier for free. Bear in mind that getting a trip to Whittier is more costly than Haines but Haines to Fairbanks is weather dependent with dangerous driving conditions (find the plow early and follow them) if you drive. Make reservations in Beaver Creek and Tok in case you need em. Tok has a full service motel and restaurant and can really be an oasis in winter. Other than that carry a sat phone and let people know where you should be....yada yada. have fun. =) Oh and if you drive from Haines you will cross Canada and must have permits for any firearms. They will ask and they WILL search.
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Unread 11-30-2009, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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I have never carried a Satellite phone in any of my trips. If you do run into trouble, people do actually stop to see if you are okay. The semi drivers also stop to see if you are okay, too.
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Unread 11-30-2009, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Eagle River, Alaska & San Diego, CA
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Day after election day last year from Haines to Beaver Creek not a single trailer or car was on the road besides me............just sayin'. safety first.
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Unread 11-30-2009, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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The Canadians in my opinion take better care of the roads than the American side. The plows are out soon after it starts snowing. When we drove down to Whitehorse last month it was snowing from Haines Junction to the border, plows were out in force.
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Unread 12-01-2009, 12:07 PM
 
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Great input, thanks everyone. I'll be in a 4WD truck, will have chains and winterized (heaters, oil, etc...) just wasn't sure about the road conditions. Seems like I should plan on at least 4-5 days? The option is to drop $3k to ferry it and fly up, but if it's reasonable to drive it, I may do that.
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Unread 12-01-2009, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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