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During what week can you attend the meet? Still determining day of week.

6/3-9, 2018
- 1 (4.3%)
6/10-16, 2018
- 3 (13%)
6/17-23, 2018
- 3 (13%)
6/24-30, 2018
- 2 (8.7%)
7/1-7, 2018
- 2 (8.7%)
7/8-14, 2018
- 2 (8.7%)
7/15-21, 2018
- 3 (13%)
7/22-28, 2018
- 3 (13%)
7/29-8/4, 2018
- 2 (8.7%)
8/5-11, 2018
- 2 (8.7%)

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2018 Alaska Roadmeet dates
« on: October 10, 2016, 10:43:19 PM »

For those seriously considering attending the meet, what weeks can you make it? I'm inclined to hold it midweek, assuming everyone will take at least one week off to make it up to Alaska and look around.
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Re: 2017 Alaska Roadmeet dates
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2016, 11:11:22 PM »

My schedule is pretty flexible on date ranges. 

From reading around, and from a lot of prior experience driving long distances off pavement in cold (though not Arctic) climates, I strongly favor doing it in June or early July as I suspect the Dalton Highway will be less dried out/rutted/dusty and therefore much easier to drive the earlier we go. I think we want to hit the sweet spot where there is no snow but the road still has a small amount of moisture and isn't abused by a summer of trucks driving down it. On an unpaved surface, I'd personally rather deal with reasonable amounts of  ice/mud than washboards (while a little bit slicker, it's much smoother and way easier on the car, making it easier to control the car) - though in June I suspect we'd be able to avoid both.

My only requirement is that the meet itself be early/midweek (Sun-Tue, Mon-Wed, Tue-Thu, Wed-Fri, Thu-Sat)- I'll be driving up from Boise in a Dalton-able vehicle, and if the meet were primarily on a weekend I'd reasonably have to take two full weeks off from work to make it happen, which is probably more than I want to commit to.
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Re: 2017 Alaska Roadmeet dates
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2016, 11:33:00 PM »

I've changed the first two weeks to become the last two weeks. Later July may have better conditions. For my own sake (other vacation plans) I don't want to get into August.
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Re: 2017 Alaska Roadmeet dates
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2016, 08:08:34 PM »

My sister's wedding is 7/15 so the week before or after that is no good for me.

Anything else should, as of this writing, work.
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Re: 2017 Alaska Roadmeet dates
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2016, 12:18:26 AM »

I am out for this one, we are planning our 5th road trip out west around the middle of July and there is no way I can tie it in with a side trip to the great white north (as much as I would like to :nod:) I wish you all lots of luck and fun and I do plan on getting up that way hopefully sometime 2020 or beyond. :sombrero:
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Re: 2017 Alaska Roadmeet dates
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2016, 08:07:45 AM »

There was talk in another thread of tying this into the Twin Cities meet I've been working on, so that those driving cross-country would have a chance to do both.  Not sure how many people were planning on doing such, but it's an intriguing idea.  That said, because of our (my wife and I) schedules next summer, any such meet that I would run is limited to July weekends (excluding 7/1) and possibly the first weekend of August.
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Re: 2017 Alaska Roadmeet dates
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2016, 06:31:11 PM »

I still need to talk to my significant other about this and see how he feels about me being gone for two weeks. I may have mentioned this elsewhere, but he's talking about the possibility of going to Europe with a friend of ours. Ideally, his trip to Europe would coincide (at least somewhat) with me going to Alaska.

I also remembered that my 20-year high school reunion is scheduled for July 15, 2017. I kinda want to go to that, but if forced to choose between an Alaska trip and the reunion, I'd choose Alaska.

I hope to cast a vote soon for a date for this meet.
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Re: 2017 Alaska Roadmeet dates
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2016, 11:21:46 PM »

There was talk in another thread of tying this into the Twin Cities meet I've been working on, so that those driving cross-country would have a chance to do both.  Not sure how many people were planning on doing such, but it's an intriguing idea.  That said, because of our (my wife and I) schedules next summer, any such meet that I would run is limited to July weekends (excluding 7/1) and possibly the first weekend of August.
Honestly now I'm torn between two meets.  Maybe layover in Minneapolis before flying up? ;)
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Re: 2017 Alaska Roadmeet dates
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2016, 12:54:58 AM »

Mentally subtract one vote from the 6/18-24, 6/25-7/1, and 7/2-8 choices. I probably won't be able to do those weeks but the poll does not allow me to remove votes.
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Re: 2017 Alaska Roadmeet dates
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2016, 06:31:37 PM »

Mentally subtract one vote from the 6/18-24, 6/25-7/1, and 7/2-8 choices. I probably won't be able to do those weeks but the poll does not allow me to remove votes.
That's odd. There used to be the ability to allow users to change their votes, but it sure wasn't available for this. Must be a change in SMF for the worse. Anyway, I am leaning toward a bit later in July, actually the 7/9-15 week.
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Re: 2017 Alaska Roadmeet dates
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2016, 09:14:51 PM »

Still there, not open to standard users and non-mods for the board. Want the change option on?

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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2016, 11:41:25 PM »

Still there, not open to standard users and non-mods for the board. Want the change option on?

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« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2016, 08:55:02 PM »

Anyway, I am leaning toward a bit later in July, actually the 7/9-15 week.

Alyssa and I 100% cannot possibly make it that week. But if that works best for the most people don't move things around for our sake, we can always plot our own trip.
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« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2016, 09:48:17 PM »

Anyway, I am leaning toward a bit later in July, actually the 7/9-15 week.

Alyssa and I 100% cannot possibly make it that week. But if that works best for the most people don't move things around for our sake, we can always plot our own trip.
How about 6/11-17? That one also has decent support.
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« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2016, 07:17:24 AM »

How about 6/11-17? That one also has decent support.

My partner's birthday is 6/11, so if the meet takes place during that time, it's quite possible I wouldn't be able to go. (My preference would be a bit later in June.) But you can't make your decision based on one person's conflict, so just do what you feel is best given the majority vote.
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« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2016, 06:54:09 PM »

How about 6/11-17? That one also has decent support.

50/50. Won't know for sure until dates for all the leadup events for my sister's wedding (rehearsal dinner, etc.) are determined.
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« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2016, 01:29:25 PM »

Is anyone else considering a drive from one of the states in the East to Alaska?

I am (not in the truck, but in my newer and less-worn Honda Pilot), but have not decided yet.

Is a Pilot with AWD tough enough for the Dalton Highway?  I will likely have a set of heavier Michelin tires on it before heading out. 
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« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2016, 01:48:27 PM »

That's how I would get out to Alaska.  My plan would be a carpool (or RV pool) with AJ and Brandon, as it's not affordable for me to do the whole trip solo at this time.
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Re: 2017 Alaska Roadmeet dates
« Reply #18 on: October 26, 2016, 05:10:55 PM »

Is anyone else considering a drive from one of the states in the East to Alaska?

I am (not in the truck, but in my newer and less-worn Honda Pilot), but have not decided yet.

Is a Pilot with AWD tough enough for the Dalton Highway?  I will likely have a set of heavier Michelin tires on it before heading out. 

I would expect so- at least one rental agency up there is renting ruggedized (read: all season tires, two spares, and a block heater) current-generation Ford Escapes for the trek (at av minimum price of about $700!), which would be just as competent as a properly-tired Pilot. I'd make sure to have at least one, maybe two full sized spares.

Since I have a relatively short drive up, I'll be bringing up a vehicle with two full sized spares, a tow strap, basic tools/adhesives/fluids, and transporting 10-15 gallons of extra fuel on a roof rack - I'm not sure that we'd need two vehicles equipped with that much redundancy (though it can't hurt if somebody can do that inexpensively)- in a worst-case scenario emergency, the surviving vehicle could turn back to get help.
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Re: 2017 Alaska Roadmeet dates
« Reply #19 on: October 26, 2016, 05:44:50 PM »

Is anyone else considering a drive from one of the states in the East to Alaska?

I am (not in the truck, but in my newer and less-worn Honda Pilot), but have not decided yet.

Is a Pilot with AWD tough enough for the Dalton Highway?  I will likely have a set of heavier Michelin tires on it before heading out. 

I would expect so- at least one rental agency up there is renting ruggedized (read: all season tires, two spares, and a block heater) current-generation Ford Escapes for the trek (at av minimum price of about $700!), which would be just as competent as a properly-tired Pilot. I'd make sure to have at least one, maybe two full sized spares.

Since I have a relatively short drive up, I'll be bringing up a vehicle with two full sized spares, a tow strap, basic tools/adhesives/fluids, and transporting 10-15 gallons of extra fuel on a roof rack - I'm not sure that we'd need two vehicles equipped with that much redundancy (though it can't hurt if somebody can do that inexpensively)- in a worst-case scenario emergency, the surviving vehicle could turn back to get help.

The Pilot starts happily in the coldest winter weather we get here in my part of the East (extreme winter cold for us is about 0F or -18C), so I doubt it would need a block heater in it for summer use in Alaska, even on the North Slope. Two all-season spares might be a challenge (one advantage that my truck has is 16" wheels with a full-size spare and easy room for a second in the bed, but I am not sure I want to drive it that far with 420,000 miles on the meter).
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Re: 2017 Alaska Roadmeet dates
« Reply #20 on: October 26, 2016, 06:26:41 PM »

The Pilot starts happily in the coldest winter weather we get here in my part of the East (extreme winter cold for us is about 0F or -18C), so I doubt it would need a block heater in it for summer use in Alaska, even on the North Slope. Two all-season spares might be a challenge (one advantage that my truck has is 16" wheels with a full-size spare and easy room for a second in the bed, but I am not sure I want to drive it that far with 420,000 miles on the meter).

I would assume the block heater is for non-summer rentals.

If the Pilot has light-truck rated tires, they should be sufficient. I don't know how rugged its suspension is. But unless rainfall turns the Dalton into hundreds of miles of potholes, the Dalton won't require as beefy a suspension as do some other bad roads of the Arctic. If as corco suggests Ford Escapes are used for some Dalton Highway rentals, that's reassuring, unless the rental agency felt the need for a more-rugged-than-stock suspension.

AWD is nice but not necessary, unless you get stuck on a soft shoulder. The pickup I drove on the Dalton, and worse, had 4x4. I didn't even turn on the 4wd anywhere in Alaska.

Since I have a relatively short drive up, I'll be bringing up a vehicle with two full sized spares, a tow strap, basic tools/adhesives/fluids, and transporting 10-15 gallons of extra fuel on a roof rack - I'm not sure that we'd need two vehicles equipped with that much redundancy (though it can't hurt if somebody can do that inexpensively)- in a worst-case scenario emergency, the surviving vehicle could turn back to get help.

A lot of "just in case" supplies can be shared by multiple vehicles in a group, especially if everyone has a CB or other radio to communicate within the group. The big exception is mounted spare tires, which have to be matched to a specific vehicle model and perhaps year.
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Re: 2017 Alaska Roadmeet dates
« Reply #21 on: October 27, 2016, 12:05:58 AM »

Looking for final votes to come in. Week of 7/9-7/15 has the most support (after mentally subtracting Anthony's votes for the three prior weeks), and that's what I've been leaning towards anyway. Going once, going twice.
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« Reply #22 on: October 27, 2016, 11:22:19 AM »

Anyway, I am leaning toward a bit later in July, actually the 7/9-15 week.

Alyssa and I 100% cannot possibly make it that week. But if that works best for the most people don't move things around for our sake, we can always plot our own trip.
How about 6/11-17? That one also has decent support.

Work-wise, June is nearly always bad for me.  July is much  better.
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« Reply #23 on: October 27, 2016, 01:16:08 PM »

Yeah, July probably works better for me too.  We're generally finished with the annual pavement survey by then.  Also gives me more time to buy out my car lease.
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« Reply #24 on: October 27, 2016, 02:20:49 PM »

Much agreed about July, the later the better.  Our busy time is late May through mid July for removing asbestos in schools.
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