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What should I bring when driving my TJ from Alaska to Nevada?

fourpointzero

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The below link was an interesting read. I would have just suggested passport, a tire plug kit, some fluids, blankets, and a spare, as well as testing your Jeep's battery to make sure its healthy. But after reading the write-up, Id def wait till May and or would consider flying to my destination. 😂 Unless the adventure of this trip is something you're looking forward to.

 

fourpointzero

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A portable jumper pack that can also charge your phone, I now have them in every car instead of jumper cables. They are only $40-$60 on amazon, I have jumped my TJ from totally dead a few times and the charge lasts 6 months to a year in the trunk.
I ordered one from Amazon but it was of poor quality so I returned it and haven't looked back. But they are a good tool to have.

Can you please recommend the brand or link you used to purchase yours? Thanks in advance. ✌️
 

TheBoogieman

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These posts amaze me that driving a Jeep requires more crap than any other vehicle that can break down. I drove 16 hours straight to the Florida Keys on Labor Day weekend and the timing belt snapped on my car on the way home, driving through Miami at 90 mph. I sat in West Palm Beach for 3 days before anyone could fix my car. The moral of the story is have credit cards. Only idiots think they can prepare for the unknown.
 

Fughuert

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These posts amaze me that driving a Jeep requires more crap than any other vehicle that can break down. I drove 16 hours straight to the Florida Keys on Labor Day weekend and the timing belt snapped on my car on the way home, driving through Miami at 90 mph. I sat in West Palm Beach for 3 days before anyone could fix my car. The moral of the story is have credit cards. Only idiots think they can prepare for the unknown.
Ultimate preparation vs just winging it.

I’d road trip mine in its daily driver state any day but stupid little things like my suggestion don’t take up space and might save your ass or your one free tow.
 
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fourpointzero

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These posts amaze me that driving a Jeep requires more crap than any other vehicle that can break down. I drove 16 hours straight to the Florida Keys on Labor Day weekend and the timing belt snapped on my car on the way home, driving through Miami at 90 mph. I sat in West Palm Beach for 3 days before anyone could fix my car. The moral of the story is have credit cards. Only idiots think they can prepare for the unknown.
I feel ya, man. I personally think my Jeep would drive from NY to FL without a hitch. And I'd only pack butt wipes, gum and an easy peasy day bag full of clothes.

But if OP is driving the Alaskan Highway, I would think twice. Which is why Id likely not do it. And Ive toured in a van with 4 other idiots and a trailer for 2 years. Learned a lot of what to and not to do.
 

AKwinger

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Bring extra fuel with you. The Milepost book has been mentioned but be aware that some of those gas stops close down for winter months. Have fun and good luck.
 
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Ole_Hopscotch23

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I drove my RV flat towing my TJ in August 2021 to move to Virginia from Anchorage. The ALCAN highway was in the worst condition I've experienced (from driving it twice prior in the past). I've been on off-roading trails in smoother and better conditions than the ALCAN. From what I heard COVID halted road repairs of the ALCAN. The worst part was from Tok, AK to Whitehorse. I actually snapped my flat tow bar in half right at the border (Beaver Creek) and had to detach my TJ and drive to Whitehorse and back with a new tow bar....and that snapped only doing about 40mph max. Once past Whitehorse the roads were a lot better but still not perfect. I would highly recommend a full size spare, extra fluids, tire patch kit, first aid kit, and some survival items if there is a vehicle breakdown. Also not sure if Canada has changed regulations but Americans and outside travelers are not allowed to stop in towns unless its for fuel/food and that's it.

Additionally, not sure if you are traveling with firearms but the Canadian border was way harsher this time around with my firearms than they were the two other times I've crossed in the past so if you have any it might be worth just shipping them to a FFL.
thanks for the info on the road
 

Frankm

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Extra gas, extra vehicle fluids ( oil, atf, antifreeze? Etc), minor repair tools, pliers, screwdrivers, hacksaw, etc, and food/drinks.

As someone mentioned, any maintenance done prior to trip make sure you drive it for a week or two to make sure no problems. Doing or having work done and leaving the next day, untested, is asking for trouble in my mind!! Good luck.
 

Athena

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Sunblock, as someone who has lived in both Alaska and Nevada, Nevada is quite sunny and bright most of the time and I tend to burn easily. Oh and a good pair of sunglasses for Nevada.
 

ArmyRN

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Basic tools, spare U-joint, belts, etc. I got stuck in a town in Canada for a weekend waiting for a NAPA dealer to open Monday morning to buy a U-joint. I was kicking myself - I thought I had a spare (it was in the other Jeep).

I've also driven my Jeep up into Alaska and Canada, and crisscrossed the USA with no issues. I tend to think of my TJ as quite reliable. But tools are by security blanket - don't leave home without them.

Have some warm clothes packed, maybe a sleeping bag, and some MREs too.