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Old 01-29-2009, 02:46 PM
 
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Guys, what kind of vehcles are practical and common in AK? I have 2008 Honda Odyssey FWD and 2007 Volvo S60.
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Haines, AK
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Subarus,Jeeps, and trucks.
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Alaska & Florida
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Trucks...American would be the most common
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Homosassa, Florida
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Foot traffic. running away from bears in wilderness park areas. yes indeed.
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:46 PM
 
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how my honda oddysey would do?
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:48 PM
 
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Your Honda will do fine. Just make sure you get some good winter tires before the first snow fall.
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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how my honda oddysey would do?
Any two-wheeled drive vehicle is just fine for Alaska, as long as you do a few things to it. Like getting it winterized (block heater, oil pan heater, battery blanket, etc.) and by a full set of studded tires before the snow falls. I have been driving a two-wheel drive Saturn for the last 5 years without any problems. I think there has been one or two days where the snow was too deep to make it to the highway, and then one day a couple weeks ago where the road was an ice-skating rink, but those are the only times I can recall in the last 5 years not being able to drive my Saturn safely.

Don't do anything while still in the lower-48, wait until you get to Alaska before winterizing your vehicle and buying studded tires. The reason is because mechanics in Alaska have winterized a great many vehicles and they know what works best, and what doesn't. They also keep these items in stock, and won't have to make any special orders like they may have to do in the lower-48.

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Old 01-29-2009, 04:01 PM
 
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Glitch, thank you very much. All of you guys, thanks. I was waiting for relocation orders for few months now, and we were looking into the few states including VT, MN, WA, and AK. Finally, we made up our minds and my employer told us it will be Anchorage. It would be a good change for us.
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:02 PM
 
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Guys, what kind of vehcles are practical and common in AK? I have 2008 Honda Odyssey FWD and 2007 Volvo S60.
There are plenty of Volvo's up here too. They do quite well in our winter conditions.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Eagle River
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Default Winter driving is different

If you aren't familiar with driving on snow, find a nice open and snowy parking lot and do some donuts to learn how to deal with skids. Get your studded tires mounted on rims of their own, easier to switch out each year.
Most important, slow down when roads are slippery, don't become a ditch diver! Assuming the Volvo is FWD, it will be fine. There are plenty of minivans here, they do fine as well. Rear wheel drive only is not good here.
Best wishes for your relocation, just holler for other questions.
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