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    Insulated rubber gloves that allow some dexterity . Keep them in your drivers door pocket. If you have to do any trailer/ tire work you will be glad you have them. As a long time snowmobiler, there is nothing worse than mucking around with sleds/ trailers etc. With cold wet hands. You can also use them for fuel stops. Also bring a light ax for gently, knocking frozen slush off trailer doors. Remember everything gets stiff and breaks easier when cold, might want some alcohol for any frozen locks as well. One more thing bring PLENTY of windshield washer fluid.
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    First - Welcome. First, 2nd, third and fourth post on the forum.

    Say this a lot for those adding load into the bed and towing. Adding a simple pair of Timbren bumper stops will help handle the additional suspension load with the bed loaded and trailer tongue-weight added.

    Aggressive tread on different tires just might be real useful. Snow can get deep and the roads, from my summer motorcycling experience, can be hard to even follow at times, especially if snow covered. There will be snow in winter and long stretches of "nothing" to go with it. Use treated fuel and carry some anti-gel also to supplement in case the temperatures get -20*F or lower. They probably will. Don't forget warm clothing and coverings if delayed outside. Places to shelter are sparse in some areas. Consider a spare fuel container if delayed and some drinks and food also. Communication is sometimes broken at certain spots so figure you might need to take care of yourself if need be.

    Reads like an adventure. I say, go for it.

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    "If you have a spare wheel bearing, grease and the tools to change it, you'll never need one." That might be the most prophetic advice ever given on our forum.

    Lots of great helpful useful advice on this thread. Living in a more moderate climate I hadn't thought about it. I'm so spoiled with axle to frame air bags I never recommend the Timbrens but knowing air pressure is more difficult to keep in extreme weather & the Timbrens are a sealed bag I would have to admit this would be a situation where it would probably be a better choice.
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    Take a couple of cans of fuel. Waiting until July would be optimal.

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    On my last trip this summer (8300kms from Ontario to Alberta Canada and return), having a quality jack, small compressor w/ air hose and a tire chuck is a bonus. Plus having a full toolset is a must. I also recently installed a set of TLC Air Suspension bags, and they are worth their weight in gold

    Best of luck on the trip!
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    I first want to thank the folks here for all of the advice.

    I did head out on this trip this morning. I'll attach a couple photos below.

    Before leaving I was able to act on some, but not all of the recommendations:

    electronic brake controller
    mud flaps
    heater core cord
    Timbren ses
    gloves
    chains
    locks

    The trailer was packed to the brim and not with light stuff. Bed of truck also has a washer and dryer, full weber BBQ and misc. I think I was most thankful for the Timbrens,

    First day weather was very favorable. Only some slight flurries at one point but most of the day was overcast or clear. Roads were much like in the photo below or compact ice but usually bare along the wheel paths.

    I traveled 462 miles today and got to Quesnel. Truck performed flawlessly. The computer said I got 15.2 mpg. I don't have any trailer experience to compare this to, but I'm amazed by this mpg given all the climbing I did with that load. I'm happy.

    Thank you all for making my first day safe and enjoyable. I'll try to provide an update on day 2 tomorrow night.

    Not an ideal first time towing experience next month -- ALCAN Highway.-truck.jpgNot an ideal first time towing experience next month -- ALCAN Highway.-lupic.jpg




    Thanks everyone for helping
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    Have a safe trip!

    Nice pictures of the scenery.
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    Day 2 update.

    Went about 700 miles today and hit my first issue. Temperatures dropped to -34F at about the 650 mile mark. Then the Electronic Throttle Control light went on. Just prior we could hear what sounded like a pump making repeated noises as it tried to pump. Power dropped on the engine. Stop/Start did not clear it.

    I did add diesel additive to the tank ahead of time knowing it was going to be very cold.

    We limped in to a hotel. Plugged in the block heater.

    Tomorrow is Sunday so will probably have to wait until Monday to have it looked at

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    Oh poo. I was afraid of that extreme cold. Sitting outside all night may just compound the issue with DEF freezing in the lines and/or tank.

    36* here right now. We act like we are freezing this morning. You are near -36*. I would not be able to act like I was freezing since I would be quite stiff and dead. Today is the tomorrow you referred to. Try to keep warm.
    Use your head or my may have to use your feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dloop View Post
    Went about 700 miles today and hit my first issue. Temperatures dropped to -34F at about the 650 mile mark. Then the Electronic Throttle Control light went on.
    Do you have the winter front on?
    Quote Originally Posted by Captainmal View Post
    I was afraid of that extreme cold. Sitting outside all night may just compound the issue with DEF freezing in the lines and/or tank.
    IIRC, this was discussed last year, there was an update that basically turns off(or part of) the DEF system when the truck is in extreme cold. Somewhere around -14°F(-25°C).

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