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RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Thanks for the fuel information. I feel a lot better! We passed through the YT checkpoint and started the clock. We'll be leaving Whitehorse early in the morning to make it in time for our 24 hours. I'll be sure to get that fuel in Beaver Creek though. We're staying the night in Tok and then on to Anchorage after. Almost there! I'll post some pictures soon.
Pipsfc 02/18/21 08:15pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Thank you all! We made it to Liard Lodge safely last night. Today we trek to Whitehorse. I have a question. Yesterday I was getting fuel at an ESSO station and realized I pumped 5 gal of LSD into my truck before I stopped it. I had about a half a tank already in the truck before accidently adding the the LSD and ended up going to another station that offered ULSD to finish filling it up. Will this LSD hurt anything? It seems that most places in the ALCAN offer only LSD, unless you're in a well established town/city.
Pipsfc 02/18/21 07:40am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

So we made it to Airdrie, AB yesterday without issue at the border. Thank goodness! Apparently the COVID testing requirement starts today. We were prepared regardless. I did run into an issue though. While trying to leave for St John, BC this morning I was trying to knock ice off the axels of the TT when I noticed broken wires to 3 of the 4 wheels. Found out that these were the brake wires and that they had been cut by the ice build up. Since my movement is restrict due to covid, I was lucky enough to find a guy who will be able to repair the wires tomorrow. What a relief! I have also purchased a butane torch from Canada Tire and will do a curbside pickup later today. I'm definitely learning some things on this trip.
Pipsfc 02/15/21 12:54pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

The COVID-19 test should have gone into effect 3 Feb. That is the information I received from the Air Force. I already have tests scheduled for me and my family this Friday on Hill AFB. We get the results right away. Better safe than sorry. As for the pictures, we'll be taking lots of them! We did last time and can't wait to do it again. theres been a lot of confusion where people have been told rapid tests do not qualify and the real tests take to long to get bak to meet the guidline. I would check with the boarder agents and see what is required and the time frames for your transit. Steve Unfortunately it's impossible to get in touch with CBSA. I've tried on numerous occasions with no success. I followed the guidelines on the CBSA site to have a molecular (PCR) test done. The test they administered at Hill is the same test.
Pipsfc 02/12/21 11:06am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

The COVID-19 test should have gone into effect 3 Feb. That is the information I received from the Air Force. I already have tests scheduled for me and my family this Friday on Hill AFB. We get the results right away. Better safe than sorry. As for the pictures, we'll be taking lots of them! We did last time and can't wait to do it again.
Pipsfc 02/09/21 06:35pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Ok... TT is done. I had to remove the drum and readjust the star adjuster from inside. Strange thing was it wasn't stuck or seized up and the damage to one of the splines was not what I thought it was, so kept the part. It's ready to go. Now I need to install the heating pads on the oil and trans pans and all is ready. I picked up two 5 gal (20 litre) diesel cans today as well. I'll have 10 gal diesel and 5 gal gas for the generator. Also picked up the 911 and the additive. It's getting real!
Pipsfc 02/07/21 09:07pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

There are one of two options I recommend : 1 - Use the same spur adjuster...and lubricate BOTH the male and female thread assemblies with anti seize lube after cleaning the spur adjuster and threads on the assembly 2 - Replace with a new spur adjuster assembly...and lubricate BOTH the male and female thread assemblies with anti seize lube On rigs still using the current assembly parts (like the travel trailer on this thread), what I do with the same spur adjuster is mark a dot on a tooth or on the side of the round wheel at any position (like 12 o' clock) before rotating it, so you know how many full turns it takes to remove the thread assembly which in turn knowing the exact position it originally was when you reassemble it after cleaning and lubricating the threads.... I used brakeleen to clean old assemblies, and apply a light lube spray on the threads and thread hole, installing fully in and back out to ensure the assembly turns freely and knowing there is no piitted or hang up areas of the assembly - before I re-lubricated the threads again with anti seize lube by applying it on both male and female threads, screw the assembly all the way in and back out, and reinstall again to original position (which will be very close to the original adjustment).... This is a new spur adjuster I purchased when I assembled all new rear shoe brakes on my 1973 half ton F 100 Ford pickup that needed it : https://i.postimg.cc/qRbDjMr9/091.jpg Even with the brand new part, I still fully worked in the anti seize lube shown on this spur adjuster assembly (the silver-gray color coating the threads) One of the old spur adjuster assembly still had three minor hangup spots after lubricating (but still fully turned throughout after cleaned and lubricated) as the other side was still usable and turned freely with no hangup spots, however I replaced it with a new one anyway since the other side needed the new spur assembly and saved that used good part for a spare if needed.... https://i.postimg.cc/NMr631r7/107.jpg As you can see the spur adjuster at the bottom of the brake hardware on this axle, the advantage of applying the anti seize lube is the adjuster will always turn freely and protect the threads at the same time... https://i.postimg.cc/Kj1tPtmg/116.jpg As an additional precaution shown here on the backing plate - I coated the brake shoe pin mount areas with grease to slow down the long term rusting process as I also coat the pin mounts themselves with grease on the inside of the brake assembly, installed a vacuum cap over the bleed valve to protect it, etc. as the tricks of the trade of living in the arctic and avoiding long term problems. I have yet to have any problem with a seized, rusted, or dried up spur assembly ever re-occur under extreme cold or extreme heat conditions, even in the long term when I apply anti seize lube on the spur assemblies, - the spur adjuster will always turn freely at all times whenever the self adjuster kicks in....I mainly use anti seize lube for brake assemblies, exhaust nuts and bolts, and other assemblies where areas of heat or extreme moisture surround it so it will not be stubborn for any disassembly and what have ya - great stuff. AKsilvereagle, you always provide outstanding information. I really appreciate that. I am going to replace my stuck adjuster because one of the spurs got slightly disfigured when I was trying to rotate it. I was trying to put a lot of pressure on it and the screwdriver just slipped off. I have since purchased a brake spoon to help. I now need to watch a video on how to replace it.
Pipsfc 02/07/21 09:01am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

So everyone makes adjusting the brakes look easy, but not me. I can easily tighten but not loosening. The star won't turn I guess clockwise. Any advice? I'll edit my post. I moved to the opposite wheel on the same axel and I seem to have no issues with that one. It appears the star adjustor on the other wheel just doesn't want to loosen.
Pipsfc 02/06/21 05:00pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Thanks all for the help again. I feel better about the fuel. I believe the 911 also comes in a standard additive to prevent gelling. I think that's what I saw when I was looking at it. I'm definitely get the 911 as well. I did watch a video on YouTube for the brakes. I feel confident I can take care of it easily. Getting the truck serviced as I type this to prep it for the trip. We leave in a few days and getting excited!
Pipsfc 02/06/21 12:42pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

First of all, sorry for the delayed response. We had our household goods shipped this week and our home inspection on base, so it's been a busy week. Next, I'll be trying to readjust the brake pads on the TT tomorrow. Not sure how to do it with mine but I'll be looking for videos. I've posted the image below of my brakes if anyone has advice. https://i.postimg.cc/r0CKSVw8/20210128-125508.jpg Lastly, I use ULSD. Will diesel in Canada meet the requirement? I see the talk of #1 but I thought I could use only #2. I'm a noob... sorry. Oh! Thank you for the cardboard option on the grille!
Pipsfc 02/05/21 11:48pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

So I finally finished the repack and I hope and pray I did it right. A couple of concerns I had when working this. Three of the four hubs were difficult to remove and reinstall because the brake pads were quite snug to the drum. Also, the wheel that had some very slight movement seems to be a bit better but when I spin the wheel it starts smooth but then kind of rattle to a stop. It almost seems to be a balance issue.
Pipsfc 01/31/21 10:15am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Never mind... local RV service center confirmed this is normal for a hub. However, I got two wheels done but had to finish the repack of the outer bearing of the second wheel the old school method because my grease gun doesn't want to work properly it seems. Maybe it's me since this is the first time I've used one.
Pipsfc 01/28/21 07:38pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Guys I took the hub off and started to clean the racers and noticed the rough area just passed the inner bearing. Is this normal? It doesn't seem to be where the bearings sit. https://i.postimg.cc/gw5DCCJs/20210128-143255.jpg
Pipsfc 01/28/21 03:44pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

****! Something else to buy. Man! I was asking about this on the silveradosierra.com forums and they were saying that if I was towing I wouldn't need it, but I feel like you guys have more experience. Any suggestions where I can get one that doesn't involve sticking buttons to the grille? Get a piece of cardboard, sized to cover the rad. Slip it in between the rad and the grille when you notice your heater not keeping the cab warm. Keep an eye on the engine temps, and the exterior temps. Remove as needed. That's some janky stuff but I like it! I will probably do that. I'm going to repack my bearings today as well. Wish me luck. I'm nervous!
Pipsfc 01/28/21 11:37am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

****! Something else to buy. Man! I was asking about this on the silveradosierra.com forums and they were saying that if I was towing I wouldn't need it, but I feel like you guys have more experience. Any suggestions where I can get one that doesn't involve sticking buttons to the grille?
Pipsfc 01/26/21 06:23pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

I'll have a bed made for you too, Grit Dog :) So turns out I have to repack my bearings after all. I went to add the grease to one of my wheels and when I spun it, it sounded not as smooth as the other wheel. I grabbed the wheel on top and bottom and a very slight movement back to front. I called the local RV shop and he said, without hesitation, that I needed to repack the bearings. Glad I checked and called. I'm heading AKSILVEREAGLE in my ear now saying, "told ya"... lol. You were right. Here comes the learning experience. Bit nervous but I got this! Out of curiosity, with the EZ lube fittings, is there additional disassembly required?
Pipsfc 01/25/21 07:03pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

In British Columbia the most popular car parts stores are Lordco, Napa and Canadian Tire. In the smaller towns that don’t have these places sometime just stopping at a service station that does vehicle repair may have parts as well, or know of where to get them. And or ask at a gas station for that type of info in the smaller towns. Soup. Thanks Soup
Pipsfc 01/25/21 08:35am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

Grit Dog, you can ride in the TT... LOL! If I need bearing parts where can I buy them? As for the generator, you have some very valid points. I was thinking Honda or Yamaha as well. Glad we're on the same page here.
Pipsfc 01/24/21 11:43am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

How much wattage would I need from a generator in case of an emergency? Thinking about picking one up just in case. That depends entirely on what electrical stuff you want to be able to use in case of an emergency. If you're comfortable dry camping without the generator in non-emergency situations, I don't see why that would change one bit in an emergency situation. If you want to simply run the converter to recharge the batteries, a thousand watts might be sufficient depending on your converter model. If you want to run a couple space heaters and/or the microwave and electric water heater and...., then a larger generator would be necessary. Personally, I'd instead see about maximizing the battery bank before buying a generator for the trip; being able to run the furnace a night or two off the grid would go a long ways towards being prepared for most sorts of problems that might be expected, such as weather delays or mechanical breakdowns. Regarding the ramps: If you can use the ramp to get a wheel clear of the ground, it would work for changing a tire. Rather obviously it's no easier to change a tire when that tire itself is supported by a ramp than when it's supported on the ground. I'd give it a good check in your driveway before assuming the ramp will be sufficient. After posting the generator question I did some research and realised it really depends on what I run... like you said. I have two batts on the camper and all I'd want to do is run the heat. I have MREs in case of an emergency. I'll be trying the ramps tomorrow. I'm on 72 hour quarters since I was tested for COVID yesterday, so I'm stuck at home. Came back negative though!
Pipsfc 01/22/21 11:18am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Nevada to Alaska in the Middle of Winter

So I forgot that have rhino ramps for my vehicle that are rated up to 12k lbs. I should be able to use one of those to change a tire right?
Pipsfc 01/22/21 01:02am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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