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Offline Qweaver

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Taking my diesel to Alaska
« on: January 27, 2014, 08:51:24 pm »
GM in their wisdom, put a 24gal tank on the diesel pickup.  At 13 to 15 mpg loaded that's only 300 or so miles between fill-ups at the max.  So on this Alaska trip I'll need to carry spare fuel cans.  So, where do I put them with the truck bed full of camper?  I could build some kind of shelf that hangs down the sides of the bed.  Nothing good comes to mind with that idea.  Maybe beside the door on the back of the camper.  I'm paying for 31' on the ferry and if I take the truck, I'll only use 22'.  Maybe a 6' trailer to haul "stuff"   Planning, planning, planning.  ::)
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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2014, 09:03:35 pm »
Put a rack on top?  Buy a large polly tank that can be mounted in a dead space in the camper.  just thoughts

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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2014, 09:05:15 pm »
Most I see are strapped on top of the camper wrapped in trash bags right next to the extra full size spare tire..  There are a lot of dirt roads here in the north hence the trash bags to keep the dust out.   Make sure you have at least 2 full size spares...it's a long way between tire shops.  Also..make sure your lugs are torqued correct so you can get them off by yourself. It really sucks trying to get lug nuts loose that someone  over tightened with an air gun.
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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2014, 09:22:39 pm »
What about a removable tank like the ones used for boats? Attach it to the top of the camper.
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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2014, 09:47:58 pm »
Some folks use a "Hitch Hauler" that inserts into your hitch receiver.
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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2014, 10:39:36 pm »
If your camper is just bed length, get a couple of "jerry cans" and mount them on your rear bumper!
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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2014, 11:37:05 pm »
If your trailer hitch isn't covered, get one of those hitch shelves.

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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2014, 11:44:38 pm »
Where are you going that you will be more than 300 miles between fuel stops?
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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2014, 12:26:59 am »
Here in the BC interior that are limits to how many portable fuel cans you can carry on our inland ferries. I have no idea what the rules are for coastal ferries. Might be an idea to do a little research  :P.
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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2014, 05:56:11 am »
The trailer hitch mounted carrier should be the solution.  We came close to running out of fuel several times on our trips between WV and TX.  Some places just roll up the sidewalks after 9 pm.  I 'd rather have the security of spare fuel.
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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2014, 08:02:43 am »
Another thought. Expensive, but out of the way and lots of fuel. bg
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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2014, 05:32:21 pm »
Checked out the camper today.  We really liked it.  Looks very sturdy.  Don't think this one is going to leak.  It's very small but that is what we wanted.  Full size bed and no table.  We'll just use a folding table.  This is a new camper and a real bargain at $6200, +$550 for the mounting hardware and labor to mount it.  No AC or refrig. but 3 burner cook stove, water heater, furnace, sink, Propane tank and hookup, lights, power vents, etc.  I looked really close at the quality of the construction and it looks really good. 
Put the deposit down today and get it mounted Thur.   Then it's "Alaska here we come"  We will save over $1000 on the ferry fee by not taking a trailer.  I've always wanted a truck camper so that we could take the sail boat with us.
We are really getting excited about this trip.  8)
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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2014, 08:38:21 pm »
That means that even with the Hitch Hauler you should still be less than 25'.  That's good.   :)

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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2014, 09:26:53 pm »
  When I got my truck it had a 36 gal tank which I had removed and a 65 gal Titan Tank put in. Titan Tanks are made of heavy poly same as original tank and there are dealers all over the country, not cheap but nice.
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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2014, 10:31:25 pm »
At our prices, I would need to take out a mortgage to fill that tank. :o Are you boarding the ferry at Seattle or Prince Rupert? You would be traveling through Canada at a good time with our dollar hovering at 90 cents U.S. Sure gonna bite when we go south.
Are you taking the Alaska highway one way? Fuel is readily available but try not to go much below half a tank, it can be a good distance to the next station. You won't find many if any campgrounds open before June and a lot of roadside turn outs like gravel pits will be snowed in. Watch the weather and err on the side of caution. North east BC is wide open prairie and DanG cold this time of year with no place to hide from the wind.
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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2014, 10:19:21 am »
Take note of what Brucer said, the last trip my uncle made with the '55 they made him empty his extra gas can before boarding the ferry.  He had a stepside box and always carried it there right behind the cab.  Also take advise about the extra spare tire, we used both ours in about a twenty mile stretch on the Alaska Highway, and we had new tires on the truck before we left.

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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2014, 01:49:26 pm »
Was it the Canadian or US ferry that made you empty the tanks?   What's on the roads that caused you to lose tires?  We will only be using the Canadian ferry on the southward trip when we plan to stop in Powell River to visit friends.  I travel gravel roads on a regular basis here in WV (we live on a crushed rock road) with no problems.  There most be something different about the Alaska roads to cause this many problems.  I will have two good spares with me.

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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2014, 03:43:08 pm »
qweaver, the AlCan (and other Alaskan paved and dirt roads) deal with massive freeze thaw issues and they just cant get those miles repaired.  Plus you have massive vehicles travelling them which means massive wear & tear.  TAKE THE 2 SPARES, you wont regret it :D.
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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2014, 05:17:26 pm »
Getting the camper mounted on my truck has been a nightmare.  We got to the dealer at 10:30 this AM.  It's now 5 pm and the camper is still not on the truck.  1st the $500 mount kit would not fit and after hours of a poor attempt to modify the rear brackets I just stopped them and I'll properly fit the brackets myself.  The fronts fit OK.  Then when we tried to load the camper it will have to be shimmed up 4" to clear the cab.  They are making 2x4 cribbing now.  I'd like to get home be fore dark!  It ain't happening.  These guys do this all the time...they should know how.  :(
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Re: Taking my diesel to Alaska
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2014, 05:30:55 pm »
Sounds like you need a 4" high fuel tank the same shape as the truck bed.  Solve 2 issues with one tank. 
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