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Driving from S.Carolina to Alaska...W/Trailer

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by kevinklk97, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Sep 12, 2011 at 5:35 AM
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    The title says it all I just need as much advise I can get. Im in the military and getting stationed in Alaska not sure where though. I plan on driving my 07 Prerunner up there with a U-haul trailer around April/May time frame.

    Question#1 Has anyone drove the route? and were you driving a Tacoma?

    Question #2 How would the Tacoma do with the trailer with about 7000lbs
    not having 4x4?
     
  2. Sep 12, 2011 at 5:40 AM
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    7,000 pounds is over our tow capacity. Even if you drop a thousand pounds, it's going to be an unpleasant drive and hard on the truck. Trailer brakes/brake controller and anti-sway hitch mandatory. Remember, calculate weight of truck cargo and passengers in as well. Also, I wouldn't even think about it without the tow package (transmission cooler).

    My $.02 - do a partial do-it-yourself move. Let DoD handle all your furniture and heavy stuff, and pack a small u-haul full of everything that you will immediately need and things you don't want the movers handling. You'll still get paid for the stuff you move, the mileage you drive, and DLA. You won't kill your truck (or yourself) by driving thousands and thousands of miles overloaded. The trip might actually become enjoyable.
     
  3. Sep 12, 2011 at 5:47 AM
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    That sounds like fun with out the 7000 pound trailer. That doesn't sound safe. I know that the Military gives you plenty of time for travel. Whatever you do plan your trip stop by stop and plan for stops along the way. Be safe keep us updated.
     
  4. Sep 12, 2011 at 5:50 AM
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    As others have said, that would be a rough ride with a 7000 lb. trailer. 4X4 isn't going to affect your towing other than the fact it adds a a few hundred extra lbs.

    With that being said, I have no doubt that the truck CAN do it. If you decide to make the trip, then take it easy and enjoy the ride. No need to push it with that kind of weight.
     
  5. Sep 12, 2011 at 5:55 AM
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    Alaska + Prerunner = Not Ideal

    Personally, I wouldn't want to traverse Canadian/Alasksan Roads with snow without 4x4. :D
     
  6. Sep 12, 2011 at 6:29 AM
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    Good point about the trailer gents honestly I have no idea about the weight of the trailer. From what I hear the mountains in western Canada are pretty steep so im still debating on even taking a trailer,Im definatly driving though. Anymore advise will much appreciated.
     
  7. Sep 12, 2011 at 6:54 AM
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    trade that in for a 4x4 my friend. The snow is coming and alot of area's on the alcan will be hell with a rear wheel drive especially towing something.
     
  8. Sep 12, 2011 at 7:25 AM
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    We drove from Florida to Alaska in 03', and back to Texas in 07', there are some steep hills all over, and some roads are not even paved. We drove a tahoe 4x4, did not have to used the 4x4 but the 5.3L was a lot of help. Do partial dity move. drive during the day in the ALCAN (alaska canada highway.) Be carefull with the moose. Stop at Fast Eddy's in Tok, Alaska and order a Musher's omelette for breakfast (it will feed a small family) I hope you get station in Anchorage. Be carefull and enjoy AK.
     
  9. Sep 12, 2011 at 7:42 AM
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    907taco Im actually thinking of trading it in for the new 2012 4x4 its sucks this one is almost paid off
     
  10. Sep 12, 2011 at 7:44 AM
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    graytacoma great info yeah im hoping and praying for Anchorage I hear thats the best place to get stationed in the world.
     
  11. Sep 12, 2011 at 8:18 AM
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    I would not haul 7000lbs more than a couple hundred miles in the Tacoma. The most I would take on that trip would be about 4000lbs. Also, if you have the means get rid of the PreRunner here. You won't be able to sell it up there and you'll want to if you're stationed there for a while. Purchase "Milepost," the book. It has all the information you need for the drive. It has fuel stations, campgrounds, restaurants, etc. Other than that, enjoy the drive, it's a beautiful one.
     
  12. Sep 12, 2011 at 9:10 AM
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    you may be pleasantly suprised at what youll get for a trade in on it. that could sweeten the deal some. good luck and drive safe:)
     
  13. Sep 12, 2011 at 9:34 AM
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    Straight from the horses mouth my friend. Take it from a local. Compared to where he is I am in the deep south (South Okanagan) and I wouldn't be without 4x4 in the winter and in that part of the world April/May is still winter.
     
  14. Sep 12, 2011 at 10:34 AM
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    One more thing thing to consider... It would be better to trade in your truck before you get to Alaska, no one will want a 2wd truck up there. I would highly suggest trying to sell private party if you can and then look for a $x$ I mean 4x4... But you definitely don't want to bring that prerunner with you since its value will drop significantly. On a plus note I am willing to bet that a 4x4 tacoma will probably gain value if bought on the east coast and then driven to Alaska. I bought a ranger while in High school in Seattle and shipped it to Alaska, drove it for two year then sold it for what I paid for it....

    I am guessing that you are headed to Fairbanks or Anchorage so you will be taking the Alcan. I grew up in southeast Alaska and we traveled from Alaska to Washington D.C when my dad took a detail assignment there for a few months. We took the ferry to Prince Rupert then drove across Canada and then dropped down into North Dakota and so on. We had our '91 blazer loaded 4' high on the roof lol. We rotated drivers and only stopped for gas. It took us 2 1/2 days with an adverage speed of 50 mph overall, taking into account the times we stopped for gas and what not.

    It was anything but fun... But I was with family and we were in a hurry to say the least, so maybe you will have a better experience.

    Good luck and let us know what you decide.
     
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    I just PCS'd to Florida. DOD now calls it a PPM "personally procured move". Same thing as a DITY, just another retarded name. Like stated above a PPM that far with 7K pounds from SC to AK sounds like a nightmare. My recent PPM blew. The axle on the trailer behind my budget 16 footer (carrying the mustang) broke. Spent 5 hours on the side of the road waiting for a new trailer. I would definitely do a partial PPM. Let the Gov't deal with the heavy shit.
     
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    You might consider doing the move during winter, if possible. As I understand it, the Al-Can is a better drive in the winter. Based on my experience, that's probably true. The roads will probably be icy, but smoothed over instead of jostling and bumping in the non-paved (and maybe the paved) sections.

    A friend of the wife moved to Fairbanks in November. She lived in CA/OR all her life (and didn't last long). Her boyfriend at the time drove their Uhaul, and she drove a brand new Jetta. They did fine.

    As others said, 7,000lbs is over the limit. I wouldn't do that, personally, but wouldn't worry about making the trip with a small trailer or no trailer. You might consider a large rental truck and towing the Taco.
     
  17. Sep 12, 2011 at 5:41 PM
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    Well you guys talked me into it I guess Ill get the new model 4x4 lol, I noticed there is a lot of military on this thread. I been in the ARMY for 13 yrs now. I been a Drill Sergeant now for 38 months I instruct at the Drill Sergeant School. Once again thanks for all the advice.
     
  18. Sep 12, 2011 at 11:04 PM
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    Good call Kevin. 2wd trucks sit on dealer lots forever and no one up here buys them.

    The Alcan drive is going to be amazing. I've done it 3 times and it's a fantastic drive. It's definitely the way to go!!!
     
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    Hi all. New to this forum. But recently moved to Southeast Alaska from Mississippi. I drove my 04 Tacoma to Bellingham, WA and loaded up on the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry. The ferry took the "Inside Passage" and was a great trip. My Tacoma stayed safe and sound down below. I didn't drive through Canada because I carried a couple of guns (including handguns) and didn't want the hassle of declaring them. Just another option. It all depends on where in AK you actually go.
     
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