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dennyh65

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Posted: 03/05/14 11:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the great post. I am driving a 40+ with a tow, are there any issues with steep passes or low underpasses on the Icefield Parkway between Banff and Jasper?

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Posted: 03/06/14 07:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 40' with tow and never had an issue anywhere on Icefields parkway or Alaska. The only place you need to watch (and this goes for everyone) is at gas stations. I saw a 5th wheel take the inside lane and smacked his air conditioner on the low hanging roof. I try to find truck stops for gas (diesel)

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Janet, so nice of you to take the time to post all this info. My wife and I are planning our first trip up there and were referred to your sticky to answer many of our questions. It was very helpful.

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So glad it helped. I had a lot of help from last years group in getting all the info together. Believe me I didn't do it myself. Last years group did a good job!

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While still a rookie, as we are heading out on our first Canada/Alaska trip in T-Minus three days, I have one tip for those planning this adventure.

As WiFi and Cell Data Coverage may be iffy at times, I've opened a word document and Cut & Pasted several of these threads (like this one) into this document. This way you can still access the data, without the internet.

And yes you can print it out too. But I'm so famous for printing things out, and putting them away very carefully - then not remembering I have them or where I put them if I do remember[emoticon]!

I very seldom lose the laptop.

Best to all,
Smitty

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From JanetRupp's wonderful post on "What Not to Miss". Put Saran wrap on toilets, on drains in sinks, bathtubs, showers, make sure to do kitchen sink (make sure to fill trap first)

I thought I was pretty well versed on what to do when leaving home for an extended period, but had never heard this one, so I did some research. Looks like it is really a useful step I have been missing. Thanks, Janet!

http://pestcemetery.com/one-tip-every-snowbird-should-know-plastic-wrap-your-toilet/


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This may have already been mentioned, but I feel so strongly about it that I will discuss again. On our first trip to Alaska in 2010, our home was struck by lightning during the 3 months we were away. It was so severe that it cracked the tile in our kitchen and on our deck. It was so strong that screws that held the frame for the screened in porch exploded out of the concrete. Five trees were damaged. The yard sprinkler control box as well as other controls in ground in the system were damaged. We lost the garage door opener, dishwasher, two TVs, two, VCR/DVD players, router, modem, radios, and much more. Electrical outlets were blown out of the wall.

There are many things that we can't unplug, but now when we leave for an extended period of time, we do unplug *everything* that we can. You might think about doing this. It took us about 6 months to get everything back to normal. Thank goodness, we have very good insurance (State Farm) and even with the deductible, we came out well because we were able to get things done for less than expected.

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hr0082 wrote:

This may have already been mentioned, but I feel so strongly about it that I will discuss again. On our first trip to Alaska in 2010, our home was struck by lightning during the 3 months we were away. It was so severe that it cracked the tile in our kitchen and on our deck. It was so strong that screws that held the frame for the screened in porch exploded out of the concrete. Five trees were damaged. The yard sprinkler control box as well as other controls in ground in the system were damaged. We lost the garage door opener, dishwasher, two TVs, two, VCR/DVD players, router, modem, radios, and much more. Electrical outlets were blown out of the wall.

There are many things that we can't unplug, but now when we leave for an extended period of time, we do unplug *everything* that we can. You might think about doing this. It took us about 6 months to get everything back to normal. Thank goodness, we have very good insurance (State Farm) and even with the deductible, we came out well because we were able to get things done for less than expected.


Great advice...this always my last step. Always a pain when we come home, but worth time both related to surges and to not worrying about whether I forgot to turn something off!

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I live in Whitehorse Yukon and have lots of local knowledge on places tourist miss! I travel to Haines and Skagway a few times every year fishing. So if anyone has any question or would like local tips then shoot me a message.

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Posted: 07/12/14 08:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am planning a 2016 trip. When is a good time to hit the WASH/BC border for the start of the trip?

I am planning on being at the MT/ALBERTA border by 20 Sept.


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