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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-01-2018, 03:52 AM
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Re: Louisiana to Alaska Overlanding Rig Suggestions

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I have an ambitious goal for my FJ. I want to meet up with a friend (next year at the earliest) who moved up to Alaska a couple years ago and go camping with him up in his new bayou (we're from Louisiana).

I want to piece my FJ to accommodate this trip from Louisiana > Alaska (some nights camping, some nights visiting family and street parking my rig a night or two), pretty much an overlanding rig set for weather that will progressively get colder (not freezing as I plan to go in the Alaskan summer). That's the ultimate goal for this rig, but I will also be using this rig to head to events and further south to do beach camping as well.

I'm starting with a bone stock 2008 TT with 163,xxx miles. So far I'm planning -

General fluid maintenance -
  • Brake fluid
  • Power steering fluid
  • Radiator fluid
  • Transmission fluid
  • Differential Fluid

General wear and tear items -
  • Brake pads
  • Brake rotors
  • Belts
  • Battery (having trouble cranking in the morning in this 80 degree weather) OEM Toyota again or Odyssey?
  • Tires (waiting on the DTD eBay $100 off $400 deal to come back) 285/75/16 General Grabber ATX or Cooper ST Maxx
  • Spark plugs

Upgrades -
  • Suspension - 2.5 Toytec front, Toytec rear struts with 650 springs, SPC UCA's
  • Headlights - Either just HID bulbs or projectors
  • Roof rack - Waiting for the Expedition One roof rack pre sale
  • Front bumper - Waiting for the Expedition One President's Day sale
  • Winch
  • Roof top tent - ARB for the cost most likely
  • Hi-lift jack
  • Drawer setup in the rear of the FJ cargo area
  • On board air compressor (either under the hood or where the OEM jack is)
  • Snorkel

What I'm mainly looking for are suggestions as to what else should be maintained/prepped/upgraded before driving from Louisiana to Alaska with the end goal of camping? I'm trying to stay in a budget of $10,000 total for everything. I'll be doing all of the labor myself, as I have access to an in ground rack on weeknights and weekends. I don't have the budget for fancy stuff but certain things I'm willing to put more of the budget towards if it's important (like suspension). I also usually buy things on sale so suggestions as to what other sales to hold out for would be great as well.

My Vote is with the suspension lift kit upgrade plus with spares.
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Re: Louisiana to Alaska Overlanding Rig Suggestions

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All really great information! I actually did not know about the no DUI's to get into Canada, never even been out of the country. I have time to mull this over and piece it together as I go, but everything here is laying a great baseline to work off of. Also lots of stuff I didn't even think of, dust covers, pulleys, Canadian money, etc.

Thank you all for the help! I'm mostly a lurker, but if I can get things moving into motion, I'll update this thread. Time to start a spreadsheet with estimated costs and allocating my budget around.
Just to be clear, your American money will be accepted, just that either you'll get screwed on the exchange rate or won't get any... And at 0.75 cdn/1us like it is right now, it starts to show.

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Re: Louisiana to Alaska Overlanding Rig Suggestions

There's a Passport Card, kind of like a drivers license if you don't need a full stamp Passport book, that they issue for a little less money.

The passport card is a limited travel document, valid only for land and sea travel within North America (Canada, the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda). It cannot be used for international air travel.

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Re: Louisiana to Alaska Overlanding Rig Suggestions

I actually have the same trip planned, as a matter of fact, I was supposed to go last year. Elderly parent stuff ...... I am just throwing my thoughts out there as there is no right or wrong ......... generally speaking.

I would stick to stock size tires for this trip. With the 285's you will take what I believe is the biggest hit on gas mileage next to the roof top tent. You will be driving a LOT of miles.

With that said, a "hard shell" RTT will also cut down on the gas mileage loss over a "conventional canvas type", as it is much more streamline.

The gas savings alone over a 10000 (possibly more) mile trip will somewhat offset the higher cost of a hard shell RTT. The "bad" tradeoff with a hard shell tent is the smaller size when it is set up.
Ease of setup and takedown should be considered as, at least for me, it is going to be a daily event. The hard shell tent wins here.

For what it's worth, a friend of mine did this trip 3 years ago. When he got back he made it very clear that he hauled "way to much stuff" and that his next trip up to Alaska would be with a rig "similar" to mine/yours.

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