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Postby Chris C » Sat Jul 29, 2006 11:10 am

Someday.............................
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Postby alaska teardrop » Sat Aug 05, 2006 5:36 pm

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    Kim & Dave camped down by the river, but stopped by on their way home for pics.
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    The four young people camped next to me in the background are soldiers with the 172nd Stryker Brigade based at Fort Wainwright. They had just returned in the lead contingent from Iraq. One has finished her commitment. However, the 172nd has been extended and the other three will be returning to Bagdad. All I will say is that it was a privilage to meet them, hear their stories and their veiws.
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    BTW A little damp, but the music & the dancing was just fine!
    Anderson may be a good time & place for teardrop vacationers to meet up. :thinking:
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Sounds great!

Postby KenaiCubs » Wed Aug 09, 2006 1:00 am

We live in Anchorage and this sounds great! My husband and I just got a quote today to build the frame for our TD. We plan on building our own and starting a buisiness making them. What would you all think if there were TDs to rent in AK? (*cough* KenaiCubs *cough*:R)
Make sure you buy a Milepost if you travel in Alaska or Western Canada - it's a must. Every bit of info that you might need written per mile.
http://www.themilepost.com/

We'd love to help put this together.

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Postby alaska teardrop » Wed Aug 09, 2006 5:11 pm

    :shake hands: Welcome Jason & Kristen,
    You are now part of a fairly elite group of teardrop owners in Alaska!
    May I recommend introducing yourselves in the "Newbie" section?
    Your suggestions about a gathering in Alaska will certainly be welcomed.
    Fred :peace:
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Postby KenaiCubs » Thu Aug 10, 2006 4:10 am

:R We're not quite owners yet...but soon, very soon.....we have actually been members of TD&TTT for over a year under the username jasonnilsson but decided it was time to update our username and address ect..
Thanks for the warm welcome though!
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Postby alaska teardrop » Fri Aug 11, 2006 2:10 am

KenaiCubs wrote::R We're not quite owners yet...but soon, very soon.....we have actually been members of TD&TTT for over a year under the username jasonnilsson but decided it was time to update our username and address ect..
Thanks for the warm welcome though!
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    :lol: Well, doggone. Ya could of fooled me! Thought we had two more in the no longer 'missing state.'
    Same trailer plan as before?
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Postby KenaiCubs » Fri Aug 11, 2006 9:09 pm

yup same plans but a lighter frame. when we got the estimate the guy informed us that the frame as designed would be rated for 7000lbs :shock: no need for that kind of overkill.. Can't wait to get it started... now where to find a 5'x16' sheet of diamond plate :?
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Postby alaska teardrop » Fri Aug 11, 2006 9:44 pm

    Jason,
    Have you been to Alaska Steel Co.?
    They list:
    3003-H22 .100" & .125"x60x192 Bright finish sheet
    5086-H34 .125" & .188"x60x192 Semi bright mill finish sheet
    6061-T6 .125", .188", .250" & .375"x60x192 Mill finish plate
    But why? I don't think that you will find tread sheet any thiner & will probably be difficult to bend.
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Postby KenaiCubs » Mon Aug 14, 2006 4:25 am

We are planning to skin the roof of our TD/TDs with diamond plate. Thanks for the info :thumbsup: We will have to check it out on monday
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Postby Toolie » Sun Nov 26, 2006 2:26 pm

Hi All,
I AM SOO LATE!!! Just read all of the Alaska posts - which I thoroughly enjoyed. I too have always wanted to see Alaska. My group has been discussing an AK cruise for 2008.

I'd have to quit designing and build something to make a 2008 gathering :shock: , save for the trip, get to AK and back in two weeks :thinking: From Virginia?

Doesn't Amtrak haul cars? :thinking: :thinking:

I'm not good at posting stuff but I will check on rail hauling partway and post back!
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Postby alaska teardrop » Mon Nov 27, 2006 4:42 pm

    Hi Toolie,
    The Alaska Railroad is a modern passenger train. However, there are no tracks connecting to the Lower 48. www.alaskarailroad.com
      :thinking: Two weeks would mean a long hard drive just to get to the border in time to turn around for home.
      Many tourist fly to Seattle/Vancouver for a boat cruise/train ride and fly home (or some combination).
      The least expensive road trip might be to fly to Anchorage or Fairbanks, bring your tent camping gear and rent a car/suv. Camp independently (most of Alaska is public land) or do a combination of camp grounds, hotel, lodge, bed & breakfast.
      There are also companies that rent equiped motorhomes & pickup campers of various sizes. Example: www.gonorth-camper.com
      Note that some rentals do not allow travel on unpaved highways. While you can visit a large part of Alaska on the pavement, the rule limits your choices.
      I guess these ideas are sort of "unteardrop" like, but consider them as an exploratory expedition for when you have more teardrop time. :)
      BTW. In the near future, passports will be required to enter Alaska and re-enter the U.S.
      Maybe we'll see you on the trail. :thumbsup: Fred
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    Postby Toolie » Sat Dec 02, 2006 6:58 pm

    Thanks Fred,

    I was hoping that (if I could get it built in time) the Tear the car and I could ride the train partway to Alaska on an AutoTrain. It appears that the only one runs from Washington D.C. to Orlando FL - which doesn't help unless I'm rushing to Disney World.

    My military friends don't have many good things to say about auto shippers.

    Still, hope springs eternal! :) Something may work out.
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    Postby Finntec » Fri Jan 12, 2007 11:03 pm

    Toolie,
    Our trip from NY to AK took 8 days. I could have not stopped(MOA, Cabelas, Whitehorse) and made it in 6 days min. Those are long days pulling a TD. The only tough parts are near the end when you get frost heaves.
    The drive would be a big expense for only 2 days in AK. I would highly recommend getting there some other way.

    Heres a suggestion. If you can get the car/TD by rail to Jasper Park it would be a great drive up and give you more time in AK. You could fly & drive.

    Our trip was 5 weeks and I felt rushed most of the time. That kind of took away from the trip of a lifetime feel. I will go back. Maybe in 2008. Have to finish paying for the last trip. :thumbsup:

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    Postby alaska teardrop » Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:37 pm

      Toolie, Ray & Debby,
      A couple of railroad/teardop travel ideas, if you have the time & $. :)
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    tears in AK

    Postby Alaskabear99687 » Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:21 pm

    Hello, my wife and I noticed TD's on an RV show and have started to research building one of our own. We live in PWS and would love to see a get together if not this year(don't have a trailer yet) then next year.
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