Yup, we are prepping for a trip to Alaska, making our lists and getting things ready! Just call us preppers. I am not new to this; I used to be a preppie. Pressed khakis? Check. Pink, button down cotton shirt? Check. Penny loafers? Check. Izod sweater? Check. Honey, I think we are ready to go to Alaska!
If you know my bride, you know she has been thinking and planning for this trip to Alaska for a year. I, on the other hand, started thinking about it yesterday. Yesterday afternoon. OK, last night. Fine. Are you happy now?
Nonetheless, I have managed to take a few precautions, mostly related to the truck and trailer for this adventure. Will these preparations be effective? I have no freaking idea. But I’m feeling pretty fly right about now!
My goal is to avoid exactly this! I hate clutter, and I hate having to move three things to get to one.
So in order to avoid this situation I have made some accommodations in the truck and have taken some precautions for rough roads for the trailer.
On the truck:
- Oversized fuel tank (total 76 gallon capacity). The truck holds 26 gallons and with this 50 gallon TransferFlow auxiliary tank we can go a long ways between fueling stops.
- Extra spare tire for the truck. This is in addition to the normal spare tire – just in case.
- Extra spare tire for the trailer. Yup, that’s two spare tires in total for the trailer.
- Mud flaps. These things really do catch stuff from the road that you don’t want reaching your trailer.
- Kayaks, hiking gear, bear spray
- 5 gallon water jug
- Generator (for electricity)
- Gas for the generator
- Shelving to maximize space
- Spare parts bin (for trailer parts)
- Ladder (I hope I don’t need this – I hate ladders)
- Shovel (who the hell knows why)
- Beer cooler (we all know why)
On the trailer:
- Wrapped propane gas lines (to help avoid rock puncture).
- Shrink-wrap on the front of the trailer (to avoid road debris damage). Remember kids, always practice safe Airstreaming, and wear white at night!
- Padding under the trailer to help protect the tanks from rock damage
- Blackout curtains in the bedroom (nearly 24 hour sunlight). This was Karen’s idea and I think it will work great.
We have one more special stop next week before we head north and west towards Alaska. For the time being, we continue our prepping!