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Old 11-12-2013, 06:50 PM   #1
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Moving to AK with an '03 TJ

Just wanting to get some wisdom from you folks. My wife and I are moving to AK next August and I currently have an '03 Wrangler and do not want to get rid of it. We are going to sale the majority of our things and get a small covered trailer to pull behind the jeep on the 4k mile journey. Do yall thank this is a smart move? If so, how much do you think I could pull and not put to much strain on the jeep? Thank you!

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Old 11-12-2013, 06:53 PM   #2
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You're probably better off renting a uhaul to put your stuff in and tow the Jeep. Or drop shipping a crate of your stuff to the new place and driving up with no trailer.

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Old 11-12-2013, 07:25 PM   #3
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What part of Alaska? It might be easier to go to Seattle and take the Alaskan Ferry if you'll be anywhere near the coast. You have to book it early though because it fills up quick.
My daughter did a similar trip last year going to Kodiak for the Coast Guard and the main thing I worried about was what do you do if you have a major breakdown or an accident halfway there with everything you own with you.
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Taking the Alaska Marine Hwy (ferry system) is a great way to make the move and will give you the opportunity to see some unbelievable scenery. The ferry will hit most towns on the coast, but depending on the remoteness of the area trip scheduling could be challenging. Some remote areas only have ferry landings a couple of times each month. Other locations will have stops multiple times each week. If you're moving to a major area you would be able to take the ferry to Whittier which will link you up to the road system. I've been in AK since '91 and would be happy to answer any questions I can for you.
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:50 PM   #5
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Lucky you.. I just got back from a week there.. visited Sitka for the first time.. what a beautiful place. I would also suggest that you ship your stuff there.. Its just a long way to try to haul stuff with a Jeep..Personally, I would ship it all and fly in.. but hey, thats me..
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:10 PM   #6
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You're probably better off renting a uhaul to put your stuff in and tow the Jeep. Or drop shipping a crate of your stuff to the new place and driving up with no trailer.
x2 to this.

I have moved, many, many times in my life. You are far better off shipping everything with a door-to-door container and driving, or trailering the jeep behind a uhaul.

Plus, you aren't going to be able to haul much in the size of trailer that's safe behind a jeep.
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:54 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for the wisdom! It sure does help!
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:46 PM   #8
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We are about a month away from moving from Indiana to Idaho.

We decided to ship everything out in the uhaul type pod containers, and the Jeep is getting flat towed behind my work truck. Should be fun!
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:53 PM   #9
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I'm bout to move from Indiana to Orlando florida. I bought a tow bar to haul it. The mount doubles and a place to hang d rings too!
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Even though it is greatly frowned upon by the renting agencies, in some cases not allowed at all, I do know of people placing their Wrangler inside of a rental van with what little personal possessions and driving the single unit to their destination. The wooden floors of the van box adapt quite well to bolt through tie downs. And there's always a loading dock somewhere to allow drive in/out, if not a dock, a roll back tow truck will work, too.

Now this is only what I heard, I personally would never try this!

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