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RE: New mall crawler!

"Those Toyo RT's doo look like they'd s uck donkey ballz in the snow though. Just by the tread design." Different size, I'm sure, but I bought a used Wrangler with Toyo RT's one fine December. The drive back from Squarebanks convinced me to get different tires as soon as I could...which meant Wasilla on the same day I departed Fairbanks. Only had two unforced 360's on the hardpack and three "I was supposed to stop 100' ago" situations. ?????
PA12DRVR 11/20/20 12:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The strange ramifications of COVID shutdowns

One effect, entirely understandable but unexpected until it happened: part of my business is drafting contracts for tourism industries. Some clients had model contracts in place for 10 years or more.....all of a sudden, I'm hearing from those clients for the first time in many years: "What does my contract say about / how does it deal with COVID-cancellations?" Lots of interesting dynamics on that one....
PA12DRVR 11/18/20 04:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: New mall crawler!

Good looking truck / mall crawler. How will those big-xxx tires handle snow? :)
PA12DRVR 11/18/20 03:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Considering an LLC, looking for experiences

Routine questions to investigate by looking at Montana law: - Must a Montana LLC be "owned by" (have Members who are) residents of Montana? - If so, what are the requirements to establish residency? - Are annual meetings required? If so, do they need to be physically held in Montana? - Must the LLC have a registered agent? - Must the LLC conduct business in Montana? Is a business license required? - Must the LLC file an annual tax return? Annual report? - Can there be single-member LLC's? Don't know the answers to the above for Montana, but these questions typically come up when setting up LLC's in other jx. I'd have concern about ownership / residency issues and how to comply with any requirements for that. FWIW, this forum probably isn't the most effective place to get accurate and applicable advice about legally establishing and using a Montana LLC.
PA12DRVR 11/18/20 09:24am General RVing Issues
RE: How to start a Tesla at -34C

"Long time ago bush pilots up north used to drain oil and heat it over fire before puring it back in the engine. Lots o fun flying in those early days" It wasn't that long ago.... I've pretty much stopped cold weather flying in the past 10 years but before that, when venturing to the cabin in the winter, I'd drain the warm oil and pull the battery out to take into the cabin on the odd instance when I was out there in -30 or colder. Warmer than that, a good pre-heat would do it, but having warm oil sure reduced the pre-heat time and stress on the engine.
PA12DRVR 11/16/20 10:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: CDN Snowbirds getting their RV's across....

This is funny. Y’all getting riled up over people being resourceful and not breaking any rules. Once again, this forum is sorely missing a "Like" button. :)
PA12DRVR 11/12/20 10:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Brain Teaser

"There then existed the fretted sound device and Tchaikovsky said let there be a solid mass of geologic materials and there was a sold mass of geologic materials and across the land the manipulator of the sound device became famous whilst the moneychanger became affluent." ...comes down to a 4-word song title.
PA12DRVR 11/09/20 05:14pm Around the Campfire
RE: Battery problem

.The battery has had it Frank. This ^^^. Discharged to too low of level and won't hold adequate charge. Fairly regular occurrence (finding out about overdrawn batteries) in the first serious cold snap up here.
PA12DRVR 11/03/20 05:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I am now "terricited"

Should be a nice cruise...suspect that the quarters will shrink a bit as the cruise unfolds. :) Assuming you stop in a couple of places (Ketchikan, Petersburg??, Sitka, others????), I'd guess it will be nice to stop at those small towns with a party of 12 vs. 3500 shipmates.
PA12DRVR 11/03/20 05:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: Can this weight be right?!?!

Seems in the ballpark..based on my F250 and old K2500 crew cab (both with topper, me, fuel, 6.5' bed) being anywhere from 650 - 800#'s lighter.
PA12DRVR 10/29/20 12:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fairbank AK -- Northern Lights ????

To the OP....AKSilverEagle provided a good thorough explanation Only thing I would add is that...after looking at the information...don't "not go" because of cold weather and Fairbanks being miserable in the winter. It can get cold (really cold sometimes) and short dark days in the cold can be sort of miserable, but that's the nature of the beast and a bit of what one gets while chasing the aurora. I guess I count as a local again, but for a getaway from Los Anchorage, particularly if one avoids January and February, a drive to Fairbanks for a 3-4 day weekend is quite relaxing to me. I'll gladly call Fairbanks "Squarebanks" (just like I say "Los Anchorage") but don't believe all the negative stories about it.
PA12DRVR 10/26/20 10:48am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Front hitch

FWIW....I've had front hitches on 2 pickups in the past. Mostly used for spotting trailers and the like. Very infrequently (in the past) used to slide in a "hitch mount" winch for getting un-stuck. If the pull on a front-hitch-mounted winch is not fairly close to straight ahead, remember that there's a couple feet of moment arm between the attachment points and the force of the pull: sideways pull puts a pretty significant strain on the cradle and attach points.
PA12DRVR 10/23/20 10:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire Chains

If you've never used chains before, on the side of the highway isn't the place to learn their quirks and foibles. Especially on an RV. While technically, that may be true, ;)Murphy's Manual of Tire Chains (with examples and scenarios, 1965 ed.) :) says in Chapter 1 that one has not had the true tire chain experience until they've had to put chains on on the side of a road, in a snow-rain mix, late at night. Extra credit is given if the user has left his or her coveralls at home. A one time 5 point bonus is given if the user's work gloves are left on the dresser at home as well. A one-letter grade promotion is given for each of the following which occur: i) the chain tensioners are left in the garage; ii) the chains in the RV are meant for the car; iii) the incident happens in below zero weather; and iv) the incident occurs as one is already running late to get somewhere. Without undue puffery, suffice to say that I've long since graduated, with all honors and bonus points, from Mr.Murphy's advanced course in Tire Chains, (minor in focus on Alaska). :B ^^All the above is triggered due to last night's hour spent organizing tire chains for the ATV, pickup, and Plow Truck.
PA12DRVR 10/23/20 10:30am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tire Chains

I have far too many vehicles up here in Los Anchorage. Plow truck, daily pickup, old pickup that I can't sell for enough money, ATV, etc. I have chains for all of them. Over the past 5 years (as best I recall), I've only used the chains on anything except the plow truck only once to get out of my 120' driveway, on a slope, in March, when it snowed 12" then rained, then dropped to -5. The plow truck wears chains pretty much non-stop December - April. Chains are worth their weight in gold on a steep icy hill. Nice to have but don't help as much in "just snow". You won't need them for your trip. Have made somewhere north of 20 trips up/down the Alcan (quite a few mirroring the OP planned trip) and only needed chains (that I had fortunately) one time back in the dark ages (79 or 80 IIRC) and that was for traction in the mud.
PA12DRVR 10/22/20 10:52am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Fairbank AK -- Northern Lights ????

Interesting perspectives. Couple of things I'd offer from viewpoint and opinions of an Alaskan: - While there's no guarantee of seeing an active aurora at any given time or location, IMNSHO, it's certainly worth a trip to try. Seeing the multicolored moving curtain (that I have seen last for 30 minutes or more at a time) is an incredible and unique experience. - My experience indicates that there seems to be more aurora activity in the fall and early spring...but that doesn't mean a Christmas trip = "no aurora", and Christmas is a good milestone to build a trip around - With 20 - 30 people, you'll have lots of leverage with airlines, hotels, tour operators, etc. - IMNSHO, the scenery is much more striking in the winter: best viewed from inside a warm vehicle, building, or airplane, but very striking. If one has the interest, a flightseeing tour would be something unique to do in December. - Fountainhead Auto Museum and UAF Museum of the North are two non-aurora activities to do. There will be dog sledding, sno-go tours, and possibly ice-fishing for the more adventurous. One can also (IIRC, haven't looked into it for a long time) take a driving tour to the Artic Circle (may not be offered in the winter). - FWIW, not something to be undertaken lightly, but driving up the old road (Anchorage- Glennallen-Delta-Fairbanks) on a cold clear winter day is a very scenic drive and one sees a hint of Alaska that isn't usually seen from the asphalt. - If there was schedule flexibility, combining a "see the aurora trip" with the Iditarod (Feb/March) would be doable with 2 caveats: a) that would be a 2022 trip, presumably; and b) (very much IMNSHO) the Iditarod is one of the greatest marketing efforts ever to be foisted on the public. What it is today is not what it was meant to be. Soapbox stowed for another short while.....
PA12DRVR 10/21/20 11:49am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Fairbank AK -- Northern Lights ????

Not sure if you need a travel agent...maybe a travel coordinator for 30 people, but I suspect any of the major airlines would be happy to help out. For Northern Lights, one needs electromagnetic activity, clear skies, and absence of light pollution. I'm not sure of any source that can predict electromagnetic activity much more than a month or so in advance, but it may be out there. Fairbanks has lots of cold, clear, dark nights in the winter, but, anecdotally only, not sure if the Christmas timeframe is typically the best for clear skies and/or aurora activity. There are several companies that offer aurora tours out of Fairbanks (google ...) as well as various resorts (i.e. Chena Hot Springs) that offer lodging and tour activities. Aurora can also be regularly viewed in the Knik area (outside of Anchorage) and the Eureka area on the Glenn Highway. Might consider a couple of days in the Anchorage area to mitigate the risk of weather and/or electromagnetic cycles. FWIW, I'm sure you know, but Fairbanks is cold in the winter. Was up there this January for a kids hockey tournament: Several public displays (i.e. bank signs, etc) showed close to -40 for a couple of days. Not the coldest I've seen, but cold enough that a broken down car or improper clothing will lead to bad results.
PA12DRVR 10/20/20 04:26pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Brain Teaser

When my now 8 year old granddaughter sung that at 4 - 5 years of age, it pretty much made grandma and I useless for anything other than sitting around listening to her. ...although if one expanded the root word, I'm not sure "scintillating" carries the same impression as "twinkling".
PA12DRVR 10/20/20 01:38pm Around the Campfire
RE: Halloween Or Not

Don't get trick-or-treaters much at our place. Will be ready if they come, but the long driveway and gap between houses seems to push them somewhere else. For me, I was never thrilled with dozens of snotty-nosed kids coming to the door...no more or less thrilled this year, but don't expect many in any case.
PA12DRVR 10/19/20 12:37pm Around the Campfire
RE: Over loaded pickup

I suspect that "overloading" happens fairly frequently; overloaded to the degree in the picture, probably not too often. Prominent local lumberyard won't load for non-account customers (they will put the lumber on the forklift at truck height for the customer to manhandle). The account holders, when signing up, have to execute a very strong liability release that, in part, says "...loading only done upon customer request and per customer direction...".
PA12DRVR 10/12/20 11:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: alaska 2021 ???

Would suggest folks planning a trip to Alaska take it as soon as possible as Alaska is changing (like everywhere) and not always for the better: - A year might not make much difference, but the more physically fit / less impacted by age one is, the more Alaska can be enjoyed. - Right, Wrong Or Otherwise, many of the "not-pure-tourist-trap" stuff is going by the wayside: The AMHS ain't what it was as little as 5 years ago; the villages accessible by scheduled air transport are shrinking; certain national parks/preserves are reducing means and methods of access..etc, etc. and the list goes on - RWOO, although it may be a 2020 phenomenon, many of the remaining "tourist" services are seeing significant price increases: fishing charters than can only put 4 people on a boat charge more, flight services that can carry full loads but bear the cost of COVID mitigation programs charge more, etc. ....and many places are just closed and unlikely to make it.
PA12DRVR 09/18/20 12:13pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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