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Old 06-14-2014, 12:17 PM   #1
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Florida to Alaska

I have a 1994 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9 ldr gas pickup truck.
I will be pulling a 34 ft "Nu Wa" sno bird. 5th wheel.
The truck and trailer has been a pair since new.
The truck has 90,000 miles and is in great shape. I am
certain that I have done the proper maintenance and have
replaced key parts on the truck with new tires on truck and
I will be leaving the truck and trailer in Alaska so I only have to go one way.
I plan on leaving florida follow I-10 to New Orleans and go straight up from
there to Canada. Hopefully skipping alot of mountains.
The trailer weighs approx 11,000 lbs.
I did a dry run of about 400 miles last week. As I have never pulled a 5th wheel before. Seemed like the truck was working very hard but its all new to me.
If anyone has any advice for me it would be appreciated.
What can I expect on the alaskan highway as far as this truck being able to
pull this trailer? Has anyone pulled to alaska with similar set ups. Thanks

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Old 06-14-2014, 12:40 PM   #2
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By Gosh Now THAT, IS A TRIP even if it is one way.
Yes the gas pickups do feel the extra weight of a towing load.
how are you avoiding the mountains? going the southern route? I-40 isn't all that bad till flagstaff. Just take it easy and watch your gauges.

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Old 06-16-2014, 08:36 AM   #3
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I went up to Winnipeg and then across Canada. I only recall one real steep grade down and up from a river crossing past Dawson Creek someplace.

Also, gas was more expensive in Canada.
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Old 06-16-2014, 08:41 AM   #4
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Get a copy of the Milepost for travel tips along the way. The highway is paved, but be aware of frost heaves, normally well marked.

The MILEPOST: Alaska Travel Guide and Trip Planner

Have a fun trip!
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Old 06-16-2014, 05:07 PM   #5
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We are on our way to Alaska right now and yesterday we experienced a 9% grade for 6.5 miles and the same down on the Alaska Highway. Would not be great using an underpowered tow vehicle or RV.
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