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Old 01-23-2013, 05:18 PM
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Talking X5 on the Dalton Highway in March - am I nuts?

Folks -

it seems that in March I might have some free time on my hands and so I am planning to drive from San Jose, CA all the way up to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

Did anybody drive up there already with an X5?
If so, what was your setup?

I have a 2008 BMW X5 4.8i w/ sport package (original w/ 20" - now 19").

What do you recommend to make my ride safe(r)?

* Winter tires (as 255/55R18 109H XL):
- Dunlop Grandtrek SJ6, or
- Toyo Open Country A/T II
- others ???
- I am thinking to have a set of 6 tires on rims (=2 spare ones)
* Snow chains:
1 pair or 2 pairs? The user manual says to put chains only on the rear axle
* Engine block heater?
* Underride protection / skid plate?
it seems that the BMW original one is no longer available.
Do you know about custom made ones? Who?
* Which spare parts should I take with me in case of a break down?
* Will my extended warranty and maintenance be valid in Alaska?
There seems to be just one dealer in Anchorage. Will they honor it? What about the Canadian dealers?

Any infos / ideas are highly appreciated!

Thanks!
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:46 PM
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:51 PM
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Well - Why not?

I like to do overlanding / road trips!

... the journey is actually the goal ... kind of thing ...

I will be back in April ... at least hope so ...
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:52 PM
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Well - Why not?

I like to do overlanding / road trips!

... the journey is actually the goal ... kind of thing ...

I will be back in April ... at least hope so ...
Haha, ok, fair enough...a road trip for the ages! Have fun man!
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:25 AM
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Folks -

it seems that in March I might have some free time on my hands and so I am planning to drive from San Jose, CA all the way up to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

Did anybody drive up there already with an X5?
If so, what was your setup?

I have a 2008 BMW X5 4.8i w/ sport package (original w/ 20" - now 19").

What do you recommend to make my ride safe(r)?

* Winter tires (as 255/55R18 109H XL):
- Dunlop Grandtrek SJ6, or
- Toyo Open Country A/T II
- others ???
- I am thinking to have a set of 6 tires on rims (=2 spare ones)
* Snow chains:
1 pair or 2 pairs? The user manual says to put chains only on the rear axle
* Engine block heater?
* Underride protection / skid plate?
it seems that the BMW original one is no longer available.
Do you know about custom made ones? Who?
* Which spare parts should I take with me in case of a break down?
* Will my extended warranty and maintenance be valid in Alaska?
There seems to be just one dealer in Anchorage. Will they honor it? What about the Canadian dealers?

Any infos / ideas are highly appreciated!

Thanks!
You are nuts, Dalton Highway is a gravel road, you will destroy the paint at the very least,
plan on bring extra windshields also as you can be assured that it will be cracked, your X will never be the same after the trip, it will be destroyed. Hopefully you plan on getting rid of the X after the trip.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:49 AM
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You're definitely going to want some fuel cans.

One of my favorite car and driver articles ever was the C6 test mule that they took up the dempster highway.

http://www.caranddriver.com/features...ad-to-divorces

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Old 01-24-2013, 04:19 AM
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Have fun. I worked on the pipeline during construction in the 1970's and drove the route from Valdez to Prudhoe Bay a couple dozen times. Alyeska Pipeline Co. provided us with stock Chevy Blazers with no special equipment other than CB radio, snow tires in the winter and a block heater. I never had a flat tire or a breakdown but I did lose 5 or 6 windshields and one back glass. Back then the road was not open to the public and was not state maintained. There was no bridge over the Yukon River in the early '70's and summer crossings were done by giant hovercraft and winter crossings on the ice bridge. The bridge was completed around '75. I didn't miss driving on the Yukon ice bridge during Spring break up when there was a foot of water on top of the ice. Take extra fuel, install a block heater, a couple spare tires, blankets and a few days emergency food and you should be OK. It's a once in a lifetime experience. Take your time and enjoy. Hope you post after the trip and share the experience. Good luck.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:33 AM
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You're going to destroy your X. Isn't it a gravel road?
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:00 AM
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Why is everyone freaking out about gravel roads???

I've lived my entire life in rural midwest and spent lots of time on gravel roads, none of my vehicles have ever fallen apart because of gravel.

Will he come back with more rock chips on his paint then what he started with... yup... Is it possible that he'll end up with a chipped/cracked windshield... yup... is it a huge deal on a 5-6 year old mass produced vehicle.... probably not.

I'd invest in a good set of mud-flaps as well, to keep your own thrown rocks to a minimum, and the thickest front-end wrap you can find to give you a little barrier if you are worried about the rock chips.

Have fun and enjoy the peace and serenity for a while.

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Old 01-24-2013, 07:03 AM
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jashearer,

That Car and Driver article was an interesting read

Sounds like something that I'd like to do too but there is no way I'd do it in my "pristine" E70...
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:16 AM
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Why is everyone freaking out about gravel roads???

I've lived my entire life in rural midwest and spent lots of time on gravel roads, none of my vehicles have ever fallen apart because of gravel.

Will he come back with more rock chips on his paint then what he started with... yup... Is it possible that he'll end up with a chipped/cracked windshield... yup... is it a huge deal on a 5-6 year old mass produced vehicle.... probably not.

I'd invest in a good set of mud-flaps as well, to keep your own thrown rocks to a minimum, and the thickest front-end wrap you can find to give you a little barrier if you are worried about the rock chips.

Have fun and enjoy the peace and serenity for a while.

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See the article about the Dalton Highway
http://fairbanks-alaska.com/dalton-highway.htm
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:40 AM
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Yup, I know what it is, the Dempsey has been on my bucket list for a while, and I'm guessing the Dalton is very similar.

I would of course take my truck over my X5 on it, but driving smart and taking your time you shouldn't "destroy" a vehicle on that road.

What gets me is people equating it to a "gravel road" its the pot holes and the truck traffic that are issues, not the fact that its a gravel road, if you take your time and avoid the major pot holes while not getting run over by and 18 wheeler, you should be fine.

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Old 01-24-2013, 03:35 PM
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:46 PM
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Thank you for all your feedback!

Scott, you really changed my mind! The Dempster it is now! And the ice road!

I have posted the same question also here:
http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...arch-am-I-nuts
http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-foru...am-i-nuts.html

I am currently contacting BMW North America and Germany to see what they think about such a trip.
Depending on BMW's feedback, I might change the vehicle to a Toyota Tacoma or FJ Cruiser.
Once, it is a go, I will let you know and post from the road whereever wifi will be available ;o)

Thanks again for the great feedback!
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:04 PM
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We've already driven to Alaska in the summer and are planning the same trip in a couple of years but we're only going as far as the Arctic Circle with plans to be there on the winter solstice.





Your X5 will handle it just fine.

http://www.europeancarweb.com/news/0..._winter_rally/

More info on the subject:

http://explorenorth.com/library/howto/ht-akwinter.htm

http://milepost.com/

http://www.northernrockieslodge.com/

http://www.northtoalaska.com/planning.aspx
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:03 PM
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We've already driven to Alaska in the summer and are planning the same trip in a couple of years but we're only going as far as the Arctic Circle with plans to be there on the winter solstice.





Your X5 will handle it just fine.

http://www.europeancarweb.com/news/0..._winter_rally/

More info on the subject:

http://explorenorth.com/library/howto/ht-akwinter.htm

http://milepost.com/

http://www.northernrockieslodge.com/

http://www.northtoalaska.com/planning.aspx
Thank you - this is good stuff!

I just recently contacted BMW North America and Germany to see, what they think about my trip ...

will keep you posted ...
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:40 PM
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Have a great time.

I'm also planning a trip up -- but on two wheels...
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:13 AM
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Thank you - this is good stuff!

I just recently contacted BMW North America and Germany to see, what they think about my trip ...

will keep you posted ...
I would love to hear what they have to say. I included some more info for you:

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSeder...s?query=dalton

This is our goal:

Attached Files
File Type: pdf dalton-vg2011.pdf (2.24 MB, 38 views)

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Old 01-29-2013, 11:37 AM
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Have a great time.

I'm also planning a trip up -- but on two wheels...
You will have an absolute blast. We saw a lot of GSers on our summer trip. The nice thing about an Alaska trip is once you get on the ALCAN Highway you meet a ton of wonderful, like minded, people but none will ever ask you why you're there.

When we told folks here at home we were driving up they made smart ass comments like "Why?" and "You do know they have planes that go there."
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:46 PM
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I'm not sure what the fuss is about. I think the trip would be much worse in the summer with all the gravel. I live in Wasilla, Ak and work in Prudhoe Bay. Up north past Fairbanks, all the roads are gravel in the summer and snow/ice in the winter. Our roads on the slope are much more friendly in the winter. I wouldn't worry about the windshield during that time of year, but the weather will likely be very cold to a Californian. Plus, your BMW windshield is pretty touch compared to many others. Its about 250 miles from Fairbanks to Coldfoot, where you can get gas, and another 250 to Deadhorse where you can get gas as well. I wouldn't carry spare fuel, but a few gallons may not hurt if you're worried. Pay close attention to the weather before you leave as the storms in the pass and north of the Brooks Range commonly result in white out conditions with blowing snow (like you couldn't imagine). I would strongly recommend renting a satellite phone from "The Surveyers Exchange" (http://www.tse-ak.com) in Anchorage. It is super valuable to have while you're remote as there is very llimited cell service all over Alaska (pretty slim north of Fairbanks). I think they will even mail it to you if you need it.

For tires in the winter, I can highly recommend Blizzak DM-V1. I run the 255/55/18's all winter long and they work great.
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...Just watch Ice Road Truckers and figure about 80% of it is bull and over exaggerated. Just realize the weather can and will bite you in the butt if you aren't prepared.
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Thank you for all your feedback!

Scott, you really changed my mind! The Dempster it is now! And the ice road!

I have posted the same question also here:
http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...arch-am-I-nuts
http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-foru...am-i-nuts.html

I am currently contacting BMW North America and Germany to see what they think about such a trip.
Depending on BMW's feedback, I might change the vehicle to a Toyota Tacoma or FJ Cruiser.
Once, it is a go, I will let you know and post from the road whereever wifi will be available ;o)

Thanks again for the great feedback!
There's a couple guys over on the FJ Forum that have taken their FJs up there, but most of them have built them as expedition rigs. I'd love to do it but just don't have the time. Good luck, I like that you're going to make it like an ED delivery and do 24 hour updates when you have internet.
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I would of course take my truck over my X5 on it, but driving smart and taking your time you shouldn't "destroy" a vehicle on that road.


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I wonder which one would be the most planted on those roads at a decent speed; long wheelbase, heavy Silverado, or X5 with a maybe better xDrive system and electronic nannies? I'm consistently impressed at the speed, steering and braking all of my X SAVs have offered on washboard, loose gravel roads.
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I wonder which one would be the most planted on those roads at a decent speed; long wheelbase, heavy Silverado, or X5 with a maybe better xDrive system and electronic nannies? I'm consistently impressed at the speed, steering and braking all of my X SAVs have offered on washboard, loose gravel roads.
Good point, the X would probably feel better, but the ground clearance, 33" tires, locking diffs and 6.6 liters of turbo diesel would be hard to beat if things got nasty.

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Good point, the X would probably feel better, but the ground clearance, 33" tires, locking diffs and 6.6 liters of turbo diesel would be hard to beat if things got nasty.

Jay
LOL! And you'd definitely be more likely to scare up parts or even a replacement 33" tire if needed.
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