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Not an ideal first time towing experience next month -- ALCAN Highway.

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    Sorry I haven't updated on our ALCAN trip in a couple days.

    In my previous update I mentioned while we were experiencing temperatures down to -34F, our Electronic Throttle Control light went on and then the engine check light went on, and we limped in to Dease Lake on half power. That was late Saturday evening.

    That night I contemplated all the various options for Sunday with our derated diesel engine and what it might cost to tow it somewhere. What to do with our trailer, etc. It was very depressing.

    Sunday morning (-34F again) I awoke I went across the street to a small grocery. Some diesel fuel pumps were not working at these temps. The gas station in Dease Lake instructed folks to place the pump nozzle inside their cabin for several minutes to warm it up.

    I was was told by the hotel that the small grocery served breakfast but it turned out they do not on Sundays. So I got some coffee instead and struck up a conversation with the only other person there who was getting a pack of smokes, and holy cow, he turned out to be a 30-year veteran local diesel mechanic. I mean come on. Dease Lake has a population of 300 folks, and on a -34 degree Sunday morning I meet their diesel mechanic by chance at the tiny local grocery? Some higher power is at work here.

    He turns out to be a great guy. Helped we rig up a temporary grill cover (see pic), cleared my check engine, a few $$ later sent me on my way. We made it to Whitehorse and engine ran great (> 400 miles).

    This morning coming out of Whitehorse it hit -44F at one point. We drove all the way to Wasilla (~680 miles). No trouble.

    Tomorrow we hope to reach final destination, Homer, AK.

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    great story! keep it coming.
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    Lol first page 2nd on my list after better tires was the factory weather front. I have screen pics from taking an AS to northern MN showing -24. But -44 holy Mac take every precaution those kind of temps are dangerous as when things go wrong you can find yourself in a bind quick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VernDiesel View Post
    Lol first page 2nd on my list after better tires was the factory weather front. I have screen pics from taking an AS to northern MN showing -24. But -44 holy Mac take every precaution those kind of temps are dangerous as when things go wrong you can find yourself in a bind quick.
    in the early '70s, I spent many an hour at Loring AFB in Maine standing underneath a B-52 at -45. Fortunately they were supposed to bring us in at -45. I have experienced -50. NEVER piss off the senior NCOs.
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    Thanks for the updates. Hope the rest of your travels were smooth.

    you just never know who you are going to run into and it sounds like you ran into the right guy.

    Hope your trip home is less eventful!
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    Love the Hillbilly winter front, could you please send me the design specs on how to make one?

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    Wasilla is home to a good friend of mine that visits HERE in South Florida some winters. Scott Vietmeier loves Alaska but is well aware of the tribulations cold can bring on. He used to be a game warden but now patrols for the Alaskan Railroad. He tells me stories of what C O L D can do.

    Super happy you found the contact that got you back on the road. Also happy the Ecodiesel really did not roll over and die in those circumstances. Now my take is, with more misery ahead, you have a positive attitude and convey that to both us and all around you. Get it on!
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    Thanks for all the updates and story, great to know the Eco is capable. That trip is on my bucket list after I retire. Want to pull my fifth wheel up there. Was stationed in Adak in the early 90s, and spent a lot of time on the mainland.
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    dloop,,,Thanks so much for the great updates. The last story reminds me of my driving to Earnest AFB Newfoundland in the winter 1981, That was an experience I will never forget.
    So glad the truck go the job done for you. Good luck on your return trip. Ray
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    Excellent updates ! Glad to read how YOU are dealing with the COLD
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