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

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

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

    Hi Folks,

    I have a 2016 1500 ED Tradesman CrewCab. I have added no options to the base model other than my dealer will be installing an OEM electronic brake controller next week.

    I may be required to haul a bunch of household items from Seattle to Anchorage through the ALCAN Highway next month.

    The bed of the truck will have a pair of (smallish compared to typical US models) European washer/dryer.

    I will be hauling all of the remaining household goods (two beds, furniture, boxes) in an Interstate 7x16 enclosed cargo trailer. Like this one:
    https://www.trailersplus.com/Idaho/P...LS1629HN100440

    I know there will be some that suggest not making the trip at all. That may end up being the case, but if I have to make the trip I want to be as prepared as possible.

    I greatly appreciate any advice you can provide as it could very easily positively impact my safety next month.

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    dloop

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    I should have mentioned. My rig is a 4x4 model

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    Hitch and go. Won't be an problem wiith your truck. Obviously you'll want a brake controller assuming the trailer is eauppped with elect brakes. If you're expecting a lot of ice or snow get some chains.

    Best of luck and enjoy the trip. Should be a beautiful drive.

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    Thank Robert. I did pick up some chains.

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    New truck I assume good tires. Naturally better tires are available. If it's the factory Wranglers they are not the best on any gravel roads you might travel up there. As in they puncture fairly easy if they are not the factory LT tires. Check your spare make sure it has proper pressure. Do you have the leather weather front for your grill and also the cord behind the passenger side front grill top corner to plug her in when temps drop & you stop for the night. Might bring some extension cord to facilitate this. Maybe the optional factory rubber mud flaps to minimize stone chips. If you add tools etc & the trailer gets north of 5k a no sway WDH makes for safer more enjoyable yow especially at highway speed. We have had a couple members who have made that drive perhaps they can chime in.

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    I second what Vern said about the tires, I would want something better than the Goodyear SR-A tires if the roads are gnarly. The upgraded factory tires(Goodyear Silent Armor LT load range E) would be a better choice. Also swap out the spare tire with above.
    Something else to consider, depending on how much weight you'll have in the bed plus tongue weight, you may have some squatting to deal with. A set of Timbrens or Airlift 1000 may be added quickly and rather inexpensively. Keeping tabs on how/where things are loaded can minimize squatting.
    Also have tongue and hitch locks in case you have to leave the trailer somewhere temporarily.

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    ALCAN in January. Can't wait to hear the story!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyler View Post
    ALCAN in January. Can't wait to hear the story!
    I'll try to post updates with pictures.
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    Take two spare tires and put your heaviest items in the trailer centered over the axles.
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    Don't forget good spare tire(s) for the trailer and the right jack, lug wrench to change. If you have a spare wheel bearing, grease and the tools to change it, you'll never need one. Tire pressure monitor for the trailer tires.
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