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Old 01-25-2015, 08:01 PM   #15
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From what I've heard, the roads in Alaska are pretty rough. Might be better to drive the old truck there so as not to damage a new vehicle.
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Old 01-25-2015, 08:55 PM   #16
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The roads in Alaska are in amazingly great condition. However, the ALCAN highway is rougher than a cob for the last 100 miles through Canada. It's built on permafrost and the thawing and freezing roadbed is impossible to maintain during the short summer repair season. I experienced pot holes 8-10 inches deep every foot or so. I mean it is really rough, really rough. Thank God formy airride. Now, the only Alaskan road that is rough is the road to Prudo Bay from Fairbanks. It is the "ICE Trucker's" road. I did not take it because an Airstreamer who did said my traveling buddys' F-150 Ford/ Airstream combination would not withstand the roughness. He said my 2500HD was OK.
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:41 AM   #17
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I have a 1999 GMC pickup with about 180000 mi on it and I pulled my 31' AS from Barrie ON to Whitehorse YK and return about 8000 mi, last summer had no problems at all.
Just have good reliable roadside asst. I use Good Sam.
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PS. guskmg; I don't know when you went but last July I travelled from Edmonton AB to Whitehorse YK on the Alaska Highway and except where a bit of road construction was going on it was very good.
You have to go thru Whitehorse to get to AK and a lot of people come there from AK to shop and the ones I talked to said the road in AK was really rough.
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:04 AM   #18
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a Canadian vehicle will probably not meet US requirements so that is a really bad option for you. normally, you will be given a trip permit allowing you to take the vehicle back to your home state to get a title and registration, pretty simple and commonly done.
I'm sure a vehicle Canadian vehicle will pass US requirements. My soninlaw bought a US p/u trk from a Canadian dealer and it had to have changes made to meet Can standards EG: running lights and passing the emissions test every 2 years. However the milage will show in kilometers and everything will be in metric so getting even minor repairs done in US may be frustrating, lol
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Old 01-26-2015, 11:07 AM   #19
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Buying a vehicle in another state is the same as buying it in your own state.You are only taxed on where you live and you will pay that when you get home unless you finance it with the selling dealer then it is collected there in most cases. .The selling dealer will provide you with the necessary paperwork to take home with you.The only thing he will not provide is your states emission testing (if required in your state) or your states motor vehicle inspection (if required).This only applies to USA as Canada has their own rules.I have done this for a living for almost 40 years so I am well versed on this subject.
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:53 PM   #20
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Not familiar with a 3.5 gas engine, it's either a 5.4 V-8 or a 6.8 V-10. At any rate, with those miles on the vehicle, I wouldn't be as concerned with the engine (assuming you have kept up with the normal maintenance items; spark plugs, fuel filters, etc), as I would be with the transmission. If you have an automatic tranny, you should get it serviced completely and with the pan off, have them add a Transgo Tugger Shift Kit, which will replace many of the Ford plastic parts with HD parts. Also, you should have your brakes checked and have really good 10 ply tires. Gas engines, well taken care of should last 250,000 miles without much problem
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Many of the new trucks have electronic dash board displays, and switching from metric to English measurements is a simple choice from the menus. The registration information should be given at the sale, but, make sure emission testing met US standards, otherwise, you may have an issue retiring to the states. The temp plate might expire, depending on the province which issues it, but, you will have you sale paperwork, old vehicle plates, insurance information showing the new vehicle is covered (fax works across borders), and, you can contact your state about the need to switch vehicles, and they may fax needed documents....

You can check ahead of time, too, asking the state and insurance companies the 'what if' questions....


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Head on over to your BMV and ask them!
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Old 01-26-2015, 05:44 PM   #23
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The only problem with Canadian vehicles is when you talk to them, you always have to say "Aye" , after every sentence, or they won't recognize what you are saying.
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The only problem with Canadian vehicles is when you talk to them, you always have to say "Aye" , after every sentence, or they won't recognize what you are saying.
Now that's Funny right there , I don't care who you are ! Aye.
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