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Bummer about the crash.
The pic of that road has convinced us we need a tough 3/4 to van with 16 inch wheels. My front wheel drive Dodge Caravan would not be happy in that stuff. My old belch mobile truck is too stiff, and uses too much gas. A diesel powered van would be nice.
I did my share of driving on metal ( gravel ) roads in NZ. Used to break all kinds of stuff. Headlights the most often. Frame and suspension parts.

It is 2,300 miles from Vancouver BC. Looks like you did about a thousand or so more.

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Word on the street is the highway may not be usable as is, in the future. The perma frost is thawing, which will cause parts of the highway to be too mushy. Two years I heard.

A young couple in a van, were murdered about two weeks ago, on the Alaska Highway. RCMP are asking for any video of a two tone blue Chev van.

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That is what I am hearing, if using a cage. Take something you do not care about. Unfortunately my belch mobile is well past its best before date, and would require too much work to make the trip. It is also too stiffly sprung to be comfortable.

The highways folks use a gravel on our side roads, that sets hard.

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Shirley and I have been talking about camper vans, a pickup with a camper, or using my 006 Dodge Caravan, and tow a small camper trailer. The Dodge is quite comfortable, and has good fuel economy. I have a small utility trailer that I could build a lightweight camper on. I tested it with 2200 pounds of cement. 1500 pounds would be better.

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Rollin. In your opinion, would it be okay to tow my new cargo trailer to Tutoyaktuk with my Dodge Caravan.

Often when the front slides out, it happens so fast you hit the ground before you can do much. With the rear sliding out it is not as dramatic or fast. Those 650 Suzukis are an excellent bike, IMO.
Up here the insurance cost is based on engine size and some other nebulous concept. Even a 400 is too much $$$.
$390 for my 83 XS400, opposition coverage only. A 650 Suzuki would be an all round better bike, but as a back up, I will not pay the extra.

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Sweet. Thank you. My new cargo trailer is 14' 6" overall. 10 X 6 for the box, and weighs 1250 empty. So nothing like the size of that big rig. And it has 16 inch wheels. My tow vehicle is a Dodge Caravan, and has room for spare wheels and stuff. My job now is to install all the camping gear in the trailer. Started planning today. Will take a year, in between building a new place on my Island, and working on the bikes. I will mount the Honda Trail 90 across the front over the hitch. Meanwhile Shirley will be taking a boat cruise up there later this year I think.

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The cruise Shirley had booked has been cancelled. My trailer work is on hold as the new cottage gets built. When we get back to normal, and the cottage is mostly finished, we plan to take the boat to Haida Gwaii. That should in 2021.
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