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Old 02-15-2019, 08:33 AM   #1
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Driving the Top of the World Highway in a 40 footer

Okay - We have a 40 ft diesel pusher and a toad. We are planning our trip to Alaska this summer and would be hitting Dawson City in early July. How many of you with large motorcoaches have driven the TOTWH and think it's worth the risk(? if there is a risk.). What would be your advice to ensure, as best you can, a safe crossing?


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We drove the Dalton to Coldfoot about ten year ago in a Class C Coachmen. I know it's not the same road and can only assume the roads are similar as we have yet to drive the Top of the World. Someday.

The driving was VERY slow, bumpy, dusty, bumpy, much construction and bumpy. We both know that the suspension in a Class C is different than a diesel pusher so I am looking forward to finding out exactly how different it will be on Alaska's highways.

The only damage we had to our coach was the exhaust for the generator broke away and was hanging close to the road. I took some wire, "reconnected" and kept driving. So, there was a risk to driving the Dalton but the things we saw and where we went were worth it.

I'm also looking forward to finding out whether you decide to drive the TOTW and your posts on IRV2. Good luck.

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Old 02-15-2019, 09:13 AM   #3
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I can only speak from experience riding it on 2 wheels. I would not myself, nor suggest, drive a MH and toad over it. Too much deep soft road surfaces to damage or stop you on the way. Particularly if weather hits which is common. Id strongly suggest drive up Hwy 1 to Tok and camp there and disconnect the toad for an awesome drive over to Dawson, stay there overnite and return back over TOTWH a second time. The highway is well worth it but your MH deserves not putting it thru a road not designed for heavy rig.
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Old 02-15-2019, 10:43 AM   #4
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No Problem!

We went across 2 years ago in a caravan with much larger rigs than 40 ft. We were in 36ft with a towed and did not have any problems at all. Yes, some parts you go slower but you do want to enjoy the scenery. We spent a night in Chicken...We experienced rougher roads elsewhere on the Alaskan Highway and got a flat on the towed due to construction in one spot.
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:42 AM   #5
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We drove the Top of the World Hwy to Dawson last July. The road was very dusty and our Dyson got a good workout once we were in Dawson. The worst part of the road was from Chicken to the Eagle turnoff. After that the gravel portions were graded and not bad. We were pulling a 32 TT but saw rigs of all types including Class As. We took our time and went slow which is what Id advise to anyone travelling the road. If youre in a big hurry you wont see much and it will make it tougher on your rig. Check the hours on the border crossing so youre not sitting waiting. If its raining it will likely be very muddy. There is a pavement stretch that is just west of the border crossing and a short stretch west of Dawson but the remainder was gravel.
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We drove top of the wold in 2017 in 42 ft with toad. Ferry will take one rv if you have a tag.Will take two wo tag. Sunday is the best day, no truck traffic. Campground in Tok has two pads with pressure washers. Diy rv wash. You will need it. Check your air cleaner after totw. i plan on driving totw again. Go and enjoy the ride.
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Old 02-15-2019, 03:32 PM   #7
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There's no 'risk' driving the road. We've done it twice without issue in our 40' MH. You don't go fast so if you're in a hurry, forget it. If not, it's an awesome drive. One thing you don't want to do is to pull over on the shoulders unless you can see it's a well-used spot. The ground can be very soft on the shoulders. It's also best to sit a day or two on either side if it rains. It doesn't take long to dry out but you don't want to drive it in a downpour. The ferry works out great for big rigs. Dawson City is a fun, active little town. You'll see many big rigs. Don't pass it up! It's part of the 'experience'.

If you're having mail delivered from the U.S., Tok is a very good place to have it delivered, c/o General Delivery. Allow 5 days from the U.S.

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