05-02-2012, 04:16 PM
US Army Retired
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Van Alstyne, TX
Vehicle: '11 Ram 1500 Big Horn Crew 4x4
Trim Level: Big Horn
Color: Brilliant Black
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 10
OK, Having made this exact drive 5x in my life, I can tell you, its a lot of fun. If you want scenery, I highly recommend the trek through Alberta, as its full of all kinds of fun stuff!
As for driving the Al-Can, I drove it last in June 2003 when my folks moved from Anchorage AK (Elmendorf AFB actually) to Fort Worth, TX when my dad Retired. You will want:
-10 gallons extra fuel
-2 spare tires (at least)
-Camping gear, complete with 1 firearm, preferably .45 or larger (even if you
do not plan on camping, it may save your life if you have to camp somewhere!)
-1 extra set of HL bulbs (rediculous fine in Canada if you get pulled for a headlight out)
-some kind of rock protection for your truck, be it a temporary screen that mounts to the front (the kind you put on a car being towed behind an RV) or whatever...the gravel sections will destroy your paint.
-Glass coverage on your insurance, I lost 3 windshields in 5 trips. Truckers don't always have mudflaps on the trailers.
-Lots of cash, you will need to exchange it at the border, and then again at the Alaska Border. I wouldn't use debit/credit cards for many reasons, one the exchange rate is factored in, someone could fudge something up (happened to me, I ended up paying 1,200 for a tank of fuel in BC cause some dolt added a digit), and because MANY places along the al-can dont have the ability to take Debit/Credit, and some won't take US currency. You will be on E and pull into a gas station and dude will be like, "I cant help you".
-Speaking of gas stations, whenever you see one once on the al-can, FILL UP. I know for a fact its not uncommon to see 400+ miles between them.
-Don't expect stellar fuel economy. The altitude is high most of the trip and as such you will run slightly rich. In addition to that, there are many grades of 7, 8 and even one thats 12%. You will be able to identify it by the sand/gravel pit at the bottom...its designed to stop runaway rigs from flying off the mountain.
All-in-all a very beautiful drive, and one I would happily take again.
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