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Old 05-09-2012, 11:10 AM   #1
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Help: heading to Sitka Alaska via road and ferry

I am heading to Sitka Alaska via road and ferry around June 15th or so. Am taking my New Coachmen , Prism (MB Sperinter ) now I just found out will be towing my daughters Ford fiesta on a dolly as itís a auto.
Now for my question as I am new to RVing and have no experience using a dolly. What should I be checking, when towing ETC. ANY suggestions are welcomed.
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What kind of dolly? Does it turn when you turn or stay stationary? The best advice I can give you is to STOP after the first 30 minutes of driving and RE-TIGHTEN the straps that go over the tires (wheels). They have a habit of loosening up right after you start! Make sure you check those straps every so often. Good Luck.
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What kind of dolly? Does it turn when you turn or stay stationary? The best advice I can give you is to STOP after the first 30 minutes of driving and RE-TIGHTEN the straps that go over the tires (wheels). They have a habit of loosening up right after you start! Make sure you check those straps every so often. Good Luck.

good advise and also carry a spear.
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leadfoot3, I'm thinking you ment spare...unless you want to go hunting LOL...
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:59 AM   #5
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I am heading to Sitka Alaska via road and ferry around June 15th or so. Am taking my New Coachmen , Prism (MB Sperinter ) now I just found out will be towing my daughters Ford fiesta on a dolly as itís a auto.
Now for my question as I am new to RVing and have no experience using a dolly. What should I be checking, when towing ETC. ANY suggestions are welcomed.
Howdy,
Just because it is an automatic does not mean it will not flat tow Check owners manuel. It is easier to flat toe than a dolly. You CANNOT BACKUP with eaither set up. I am an old cross country retired trucker. We learn real quickFIGURE OUT HOW YOU ARE GOING TO GET OUT BEFORE YOU GET IN.

You mentioned a ferry on your Alaska trip. You may need reservations a couple weeks in advance to travel the Alaska ferry. It is very expensive with a motor home and tow car. We drove to Alaska 2009 in our Dodge Van (bought diesel pusher later) a great trip. Do not be afraid of road conditions. Gravel from Dawson City, Yukon Territory to near Tok, AK 230 miles of rough graavel, this is the exception. I would avoid this with a new RV and tow. Its a trip of a life tine. Do not forget Glacier National in Montana, Banff and Jasper parks in Alberta. "sign Forest " in Watson Lake, Yt.Museum of the North in Fairbanks, Denali Park, Seward, Home, Whitter, AK. Christmas store at North Pole, AK. The list is long, enjoy, old trucker.
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van_fl:

Hi from South Dakota. Say, ya didn't explain whether you're planning to head straight/directly to Sitka or whether the Sitka destination is just one of many spots on a general "Alaska trip." If you're Northbound and heading only to Sitka, I gotta think you best bet is to pick up the Inside Passage Alaska Ferry over in Prince Rupert (West coast of B.C.) and hop off in Sitka. It's all alot simpler than ya might think.

Gotta ask......why are ya headed to Sitka with your rig?? Sure isn't much for travelin roads around there. Just curious.

Have a great trip.

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You are wise to dolly that Fiesta. I have a Fiesta stick shift and I have spent many hours at Fiesta Faction: The Ford Fiesta Enthusiast Community Forum. There are some horror stories there about Fiesta auto trannies catching on fire, exploding, etc. while being towed flat. IRCC I think there are about 6 or 8 steps to prep the auto Fiesta for towing. One step involves completely disconnecting the battery. Using a dolly is the best way to go. You should go join Fiesta Faction: The Ford Fiesta Enthusiast Community Forum and start searching, reading and asking questions in the forum there.

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A few years ago we spent 3 months in Alaska in your pickup. Got several rock chips and a broken windshield so don't expect to come back without a few battle scars. My wife and I have said that before we were to buy a used motorhome, the first thing we'd ask is "has it been to Alaska?" If it had been there, we'd run the other way!!
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# Chickadee
My daughter has been working in Sitka as a Traveling RN for the last year and a half. She has found that she loves it there and has taken a permanent position . Her new car has been parked in my garage for a year. She now needs her car as she has had one provided by the Traveling agency. So dad has been given his orders by the DW. lol
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van_fl:

You folks might likely fall in love with Sitka also. Have a wonderful trip....you're gonna LOVE IT!!

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