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Old 05-07-2013, 08:06 PM   #15
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The Top of the World Highway is a crap shoot any time of the year. If it happens to rain just before you go it can be far and away the worst road on the planet. If the road crews are out in force between the time it rains and the time you travel on it you're likely to have a more pleasant ride.

Rain turns an otherwise mild gravel road into a washboard, and rutted nightmare. Rain is the determining factor. We traveled it in 2007 just after a rain storm and before the road crews had a chance to get out. It was 110 miles of shear hell. Top speed was 11 mph with an average more like 7 mph. All the while the dishes were trying to come out of the cupboards and the wheels were barely able to keep traction.

I was able to increase my 4 letter vocabulary exponentially. It took over a week before I could utter a sentence without at least half a dozen 4 letter words. We're planning to go back to Alaska this summer. One of the places to avoid is the Top of the World Highway.
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Back in the 1960's, while stationed in Alaska, I had the dubious pleasure of bringing pick-up trucks with slide in campers up the ALCAN Highway (1250 miles of usually dusty, gravel highway) seven times. Before my first trip I discovered rocks and dust were the two major culprits that one would encounter. For the rocks, I protected the underside with carpet, encased all wires and exposed propane lines, and taped cardboard over all the windows on the drivers side. Dust was the next problem. The majority of the dust would curl up from the back of the rig and seep into all cracks and crevices. What was happening when all the windows were closed tight and taped, it created a vacuum inside of the camper and dust loves a vacuum. I "pressurized" the camper by opening the top vent (for cleaner air) and built a U shaped dam at the rear of the vent for the purpose of forcing air into the vent. Depending on the make of the camper I would still get a little dust, but the last rig I brought Up (a Franklin camper) I had no dust. Remember, none of these had basements.
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