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Old 01-30-2016, 01:01 PM
 
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I am 44 and Married 2 kids one 18 and other 14 I want to relocate to Fairbanks area I have the money to live one year without any worries. I have 18 years in warehousing and trucking industry I cannot drive a truck this has been a life time dream of me and wife we now have the money to do so. I know it will be an Extream change with everything. We have been up there but one week you really don't get a true feel I would love to hear what the people that live there have to say

Thank you for all responses negative and positive will help
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Old 01-31-2016, 12:37 PM
 
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I'm confused. You want to be a truck driver in Alaska? You have experience in the industry but you can't drive a truck? Why can't you drive a truck?

At least you have savings and a plan. As long as that plan includes leaving before you can't I won't say don't do it. I will say that it is going to be tough to break into a job because things are slowing down. It doesn't mean you won't. IMHO, it just means it will be more difficult. But perseverance is key and being around when the job is ready to start for you is crucial.

Fairbanks isn't the most expensive area in the state, but it sure isn't the cheapest either. We don't know where you are coming from so it might not be as big of a sticker shock to you. You are correct in that a week isn't going to tell you just how expensive it is to live in AK.
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Old 02-02-2016, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I would advise the OP to take his time working and saving where he is at; meanwhile do a lot of reading about the present state of our economy. Right now it does not look good for the forceable future. But who knows? It's possible for the economy to rebound in a few short years.

When we had the last bust in the '80s, it took several years for Alaska to recover. But back then the price of oil bounced up years later, and continued until about a year ago.
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Old 02-06-2016, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Hopefully I didn't scare the OP, for that was not my intention
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Old 02-06-2016, 01:34 PM
 
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Maybe it was for the best, Ray...

If a blog post from someone you don't know scares you, AK isn't the place for you.
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Old 02-06-2016, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Maybe it was for the best, Ray...

If a blog post from someone you don't know scares you, AK isn't the place for you.
That's true. By the way, if the OP is making a good living and putting some cash away in the lower-48, it I were he I would stick it out over there for the time being. No sense to come to Alaska this year, or even the next, unless something good happens to our economy.
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Old 02-06-2016, 07:33 PM
 
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I agree Ray -- now is not the time to take a gamble on getting a job in Ak or leaving a good one in the L48 to come for one. (Unless the place you work for is sending you and would take you back to the L48 if cuts in AK happen due to a falling economy)
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Old 02-06-2016, 09:47 PM
 
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I want to relocate to Fairbanks area
What are your reasons for this?
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