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Old 10-02-2007, 08:37 PM
 
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I am planning on driving to Anchorage at the beginning of November of this year [2007]. I am currently driving a 4 cyl front wheel drive manual transmission hatchback. I havn't seen much information about this and Im wondering if this will be safe for the trip. I havn't been able to sell it/purchase a four wheel drive in time and any information would be helpful. It will be loaded with cargo and I have traveled through Colorado during what i can assume will be similar circumstances without any huge problems. Thanks in advance
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Old 10-03-2007, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Fairbanks Alaska
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First suggestion is to be sure NOT to overload the car. Yes i t will make the trip. Put on new fan belt now and save the old one for a spare. Check your hoses etc. If it is rear wheel drive, have the front bearings packed with winter weight grease. Antifreeze to -60 and check the thermostat, to be sure it is a 190 or hotter. Some newer cars come this way. 4 cyls normally don't make much heat below -10 or so. Plan accordinly for warm clothes and gear. On some cars you can place a towel over the fron of the radiator letting air through but at a reduced rate. This is good for the very cold areas you may encounter. Another less classy option is a roll of timfoil over the openings of the grill. Make sure air can come up infront of the radiator from the ground. Your trying to prevent all the extra air due to motion from traveling and super cooling the radiator. Consider running a mid grade fuel. Especially the more remote you get. An alternative is to add a can of Heet to your fuel every few tanks. Your trying to ensure no moisture buildup. If your lamps are replaceable in you headlights consider some that have higher wattage on high beams. either 60 - 100 or 80 - 100 if your electrical system will handle them. Lots of long dark stretches in the Yukon and BC. Don't crowd the snow burms in Bc and areas. sometimes the edge of the road is not where it seems. They used to put the burms in the ditch and you couldn't see the road taper off, so if you moved over you could be in the ditch.

Bring lots of music, and a Camera! Enjoy your trip.
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Old 10-03-2007, 03:45 PM
 
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Yo, Thaw, can't rep you until someone else gets a share!
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Old 10-03-2007, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Wink An Alaskan Necessity

Don't forget DUCT TAPE!
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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"if the women don't find you handsome, they'll find you handy"
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Old 10-05-2007, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Boston
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w00t for the red green reference
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Old 10-06-2007, 03:06 AM
 
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"I'm a man, and I can change, if I have to,..... I guess."
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Old 10-06-2007, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks Alaska
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When is the next "Lodge" meeting???
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Old 10-06-2007, 09:13 PM
 
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Possum Lodge meeting on Sunday (PBS).
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Old 10-07-2007, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks Alaska
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Can't make it..... No TV.

See you at the RED GREEN REGATTA in Fairbanks next Summer!
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