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Old 04-04-2014, 07:06 AM   #1
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After months of getting our 73 Overlander ready for Our trip to Alaska, I am debating on taking our 17' aluminum canoe. We are trying to travel light and simple, but wondering if the hassle and weight of the canoe would be worth it. We are planning on boondocking, and staying in provincial parks in Canada. Any thoughts on the subject from experienced pros?
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After months of getting our 73 Overlander ready for Our trip to Alaska, I am debating on taking our 17' aluminum canoe. We are trying to travel light and simple, but wondering if the hassle and weight of the canoe would be worth it. We are planning on boondocking, and staying in provincial parks in Canada. Any thoughts on the subject from experienced pros?
Are you kidding……………..you're heading to & through the ultimate canoeing areas in existence. I debate this sometimes too, but don't feel bad when I take it, but don't use it, because when I do use, its so worth it. You will have magic moments on this trip, & they will be sooooo much better out on the lake/river in the early morning, in a dead calm, just listening to nature.
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:33 AM   #3
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I was hoping to hear that answer. Thanks!
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I was hoping to hear that answer. Thanks!
No problem…………..you will be thanking me for years to come
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:42 AM   #5
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Aluminum canoes only weigh about 60lb., unless you have a Grummen. Take it.


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With almost 100% accuracy, our experience has been that any time we have not brought the boats, we have wanted them. Now we did go out west last year and for various reasons they never saw water, but they had a great trip, and they weren't in our way.
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There are many great opportunities to explore with a paddle - take it.


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Old 04-04-2014, 08:24 AM   #8
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Thanks, everyone. Any unforgettable, don't miss this campsite, that come to mind?
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Almost inevitably, you'll spend a night in Smithers, BC. Its a great little town of about 5,000 on Hwy 16 with good restaurants, a number of supermarkets, etc, the biggest town in the region. There are two good places to stay. One is the Par 3 Golfcourse and RV Park. It's best to reserve ahead because lots of RV caravans heading to or from Alaska stop here. Only a half dozen of their sites are full hookups. One good thing about the place is that it's right on the Bulkley River and has nearly exclusive access to a section of the river that has several really good steelhead lies. The other spot is the campground, also on the Bulkley River, operated by the City of Smithers. Lots of nice sites with power and water and a dump location on site.
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Never leave home without it. However on long distance open road hauls put serious thought in your rack, cross winds can be a real problem.
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Ive had trouble with sidewinds moving a car top canoe around, probably depends on your rack. Depends on how much you use it if it's worth the trouble. Rental is another option.
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:38 AM   #12
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Thanks again for advice. We're getting excited about leaving in a few weeks. I looked up the campground in Smithers, and it looks like a great area!
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We strap our canoes around each canoe to the racks side to side in 2 places, and then also front and back to the bumper areas. We have never had an issue with the canoes moving with this method. Yakima and Thule both make systems for canoe carrying. We have Thule. I admit they are not "cheap", but neither are our canoes. I'm sure you could devise a similar method without the name brand stuff also.


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We are planning our first really long tow across the US and Canada this summer. Would some of you who haul a boat post some pics showing how you carry it? And, comment on ease of loading/unloading with one person.
I want to carry along a boat. It would be used for site seeing for my wife and I together, and fishing for me alone. I'm considering a johnboat, canoe, or kayak. I'm also considering a small trolling motor to propel it, but not sure I need or want that?? What ever I choose, it has to accept two people, though DW will not be able to help lift or paddle due to medical issues. So comments on your boat preference would help too.
I'll be hauling the boat on top of my ARE MX bed cover, which I should receive in a few weeks. I ordered the bed cover with factory installed Yakima rail system. I'm wondering if I will need another rail on the cab or possibly need to add a receiver at the front bumper for additional support, due to the length of a two person boat?


I appreciate your photos and thoughts!!
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