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Old 09-11-2016, 08:17 PM   #1
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Alaska---frost heaves---class a's

We pulled a 39' ft bumper pull to Alaska last year with zero problems. Frost heaves were bad but no big problems with the truck/trailer combo.
Headed back next spring with new 41 ft Journey DP. What should I expect. What should I prepare for.
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We did the Alcan hwy in 2009 with our 2002 Monaco Windsor. We drove into AK the first week of July arriving on the 8th and departing Aug 8th. We took our time and in "Most" cases the frost heaves were red flagged. Didn't have too many problems but one did sneak up on us, my wife wasn't buckled in and she almost hit the ceiling. All the cloths in the bedroom closet were off the rack.

If you take your time it should be OK.
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Old 09-11-2016, 09:03 PM   #3
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Just slow down for them, we are on our way back and they were a non issue in our new Dp.
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No issues with our 40' motorhome towing the Jeep. Since you've driven it previously, you know what to expect and how to minimize damage - go slow over the frost heaves.
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You have been there and done that. The RV makes little difference, hit em hard/fast and it's no different in the DP your going to bounce and hit hard. We saw a lot of bubble wrap being used on the front of coach's even on the lower part of the wind screen, I usually kick e a nice clean looking coach but this is one place I would look like a Beverly hills hill Billy to protect the coach. We had a full front bra on our DP. Also would get a screen type protection for t h e towed.

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Same issues you saw on the trailer pull. If your new RV has a full width mud flap on the back make sure it's at least 3-5" clear of the road. Lower is NOT NOT NOT the way to stop the stones from bouncing. Higher is better. We use a bra on the truck and on the MH from Coastline RV and Off Road - RV ProductsThis is our third coach bra (yes, 3 new coaches) and second toad cover. We've been up 6 times and will go again next year. Despite all the nay-sayers and nervous nellies warnings the bra on either does NOT scratch the paint. I do not have Diamond Shield on the front of the Bus. Tiffin peeled it for us after the coach came through with it on contrary to the special order.
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I think the real difference, is that you will fill the full impact of the heaves on the house. When towing, you're insulated to what is going on in the house as it is working it's way over/down/twisted/abused but he heaves~!

I noticed many a Fiver go flying by me at say 30-35 MPH, while I would be slowing down to between 5-10 to work my way over a bad stretch if ice heaves. Think of Destruction Bay area, at least that was the longest day of the ice heaves for us in 2014. (We crossed the border to Canada 5/1, so were a bit earlier then many. And, not all of the ice heaves were red flagged yet...).

So, the main difference to you in a 40', is to slow down more. I don't thing the damage difference between a Fiver/Trailer is any difference then a Class A. Well, probably not true, lots more weight usually associated to the bigger Class A's. I think I can remember at least three times, that after a Fiver would fly by us in a rough stretch. I'd see them on the side with problems later on. I also remember while in Tok, the RV Park Owner commented the one of the most common questions he had, was 'Who can help me with my suspension, I broke (Fill in the item broke here.). He said this was usually from a Fiver/Trailer, vs a Class A. (Again, not because they're any less susceptible to damage. But since you hear the strain on the house, it helps you slow down...).

Just my opinion, and others may have a different one!

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I think the real difference, is that you will fill the full impact of the heaves on the house. When towing, you're insulated to what is going on in the house. I noticed many a Fiver go flying by me at say 30-35 MPH, while I would be slowing down to between 5-10 to work my way over a bad stretch if ice heaves.
Smitty makes a good point. Since you are traveling inside the coach, you will be much more aware of what rough roads are doing to the insides of your RV. That in and of itself will cause you to slow down. Just let the towables go as fast as they want. Traveling to Alaska is not about speed, if it is, buy a plane ticket. Hope your next trip is better than the last
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The other thing is being up high in MH you can see the heaves better and have a better chance of slowing for them.
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