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Tee Jay

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Posted: 08/28/14 04:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You will likely get 6-7 mpg north of Dawson Creek, as there are a few steep climbs and a lot of rolling hills. It will improve once you pass Teslin, and drop again between the US Border and Tok.

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Also gas and diesel are about the same price here. If you get west of Anchorage or Glenallen you might want a little more oomph.

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I found that travelling at 55 mph gets me about 6.5 mpg. I am towing a ford e-150 conversion van. at 60 mph I only got 5.1 mpg Speed is a big deal. I don't worry about speed on the hills...when I am doing 28 at the top I am happy to be in my gas powered RV!!


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trcgolf,

The Alaskan Highway and the main Alaska roads do not go over mountains, just some rolling hills and a few low passes, basically not high elevations.

So your mileage might be a little less than your local travel. But what you should expect is to pay for costly fuel. In 2013 gasoline was about 20 cents more per gallon than diesel in Canada and that is not a typo.

Our diesel average cost in 2013 was $4.35/gallon and we have a long range and could bypass the $6/gal fuel. If you don't plan ahead for fuel then expect to sometimes pay $6/gal. For 10,000 miles at 7MPH and $4.50/gal the fuel cost is $6,428.

But the trip is an adventure.


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We are going to add a yet to determined auxiliary tank so I can have an option and by pass the expensive stations.
Thank you one and all for the information. We are getting excited and it's 9 months away.


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Because the Canadian government "encourages" the use of diesel by Canadians, you will find a far larger percentage of diesel-powered vehicles--both trucks and cars--than in the U.S. There may be several factors creating that difference--a desire by the government and oil companies to ship more gasoline to the U.S., the ability to produce diesel more cheaply than gasoline from Alberta's tar sands, and government taxes. Unlike the U.S., therefore, diesel is readily available at every fueling station along the major NW Canadian highways no matter how small the station or the community. Interesting in a place where nighttime temps get to 50 below zero--so low that older diesels would have to be left running all night or they wouldn't start the next morning.

Once you get to Alaska, you will be back to U.S. prices, with gasoline somewhat more expensive than the Lower 48, but generally cheaper than diesel. That may be due to the fact that most of Alaska's refineries have been shut down for environmental reasons in the past 20 years. So now, Alaska ships Alaska Pipeline crude to the Lower 48 and gets much of its fuel shipped in from Lower 48 refineries. Makes a lot of sense, huh?


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So glad we stayed north long enough to see this! It was absolutely amazing!! More pictures on my blog page!

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Beautiful pictures soos (your blog was great). Even when you live up here, you still look forward to and enjoy the northern lights. Could you hear and feel them? The hair on the back of my head stands up in awe while viewing them.


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MORSNOW wrote:

Beautiful pictures soos (your blog was great). Even when you live up here, you still look forward to and enjoy the northern lights. Could you hear and feel them? The hair on the back of my head stands up in awe while viewing them.


Thanks! It was an amazing show! Our whole trip to Alaska was awesome but the Northern Lights was probably one of the top few things we've seen in our 5 years of fulltiming!

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We are in Tok for the nite, heading south in the morning. Diesel is $4.32 here but still cheaper than Canada.

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