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Posted: 12/20/16 04:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mabynack wrote:

Donh1 wrote:

I'm new to this but I have an important thing that is a must do before leaving home. Make yourself very familiar with your jack and spare tire. If you have aluminum rims be sure that they are properly greased between the rim and Axle. The aluminum and steel tend to corrode together and are almost impossible to get off at roadside. The best thing to do is to physically satisfy yourself that you are able to do the tire change both for your truck and trailer. You may discover that you will need an extentsion on your lug wrench just to undo the wheel nuts. Better to sort this out in your driveway rather than on the side of the Alaska highway.


One of my tires leaked down while in my driveway. I decided to pull the tire myself and take it back to the tire store rather than drag the FW. The store is on a narrow side street with a very small parking lot.

I couldn't get the lugs loose. I was a mechanic for many years and I'm a big guy. I used an impact wrench and when that didn't work I tried a breaker bar and a three foot long pipe. I bent both the pipe and the breaker bar. I finally gave up and took the FW back to the shop. I can't believe they managed to tighten the lugs that tight without damaging the stud.


I bought a Torque Multiplier, cheap and well worth the money. I easily unscrew my 22.5 wheel nuts torqued to 500 Lbs on my motorhome, I mark it and I can torque it back to original until I can get to a shop for a torque wrench. I also bring a spare tire chained under the MH. These tires can easily, well sort off, be installed with the wheel on the MH, they use big pry bars with lots of lubricant and just get the tire off, tire on. If it is the inner tire on a double wheel, you have to remove it obviously. If it is the out tire on a double wheel, you run your inner tire on a piece of wood thick enough to raise the outer wheel the replace the tire without removing the wheel, for the front one, I use the front MH jacks.

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Read the Milepost and then go do your own trip. You are not going to miss anything.

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I am planning to take a RV trip to Alaska via Canada Yukon in 2017 summer and fall starting from VA. I am going to be there for a over 9 months. Any advise on the tow behind vehicle? How useful it is or not?
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Posted: 01/15/17 05:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How long is your RV? For 9 months a toad would be great especially if you have 4x4.


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I have made more than 10 trips to AK and am planning some more. The people are a great resource in Alaska and a lot of fun. It is easy to find places to camp everywhere if you know how to boondock. Take advantage of every opportunity to get on the water. Bring binoculars, because wildlife are always around. Plan on some hikes off the beaten path. There are a lot of fun obscure towns.

I will never get to most of the tourist attractions on the lists above. To each his own.

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For a lot of visitors Alaska is about cruise ships, the State Ferry, or driving the highways to get there and Milepost. To me the essence of Alaska is the bush, not the transportation to get there.

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