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    Default Drive Time to Deadhorse?

    We are planning to fly out of Happy Valley in early August for Caribou. Could anyone give me an estimate on the drive time from Fairbanks to Happy Valley?

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    10 hours minimum. I'd plan on it taking longer if there is construction or fog/snow/rain.
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    10 to 12 hours,

    All depends on how bad you want to tear your truck up.

    The haul road was Miserable last year. I made 5 trips up & back to pick up caribou & a pair of shocks a new tire, Front end alignment & new windsheild on my 2010 pickup & we are ready to go again this year.

    The paved parts are actually worse than the gravel.


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    Add 2 hour for this summer you have major construction up there this year. 10 to 12 is normal
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    Thanks for the info everyone !!!!

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    Fairbanks to Happy Valley would be 9-10 hours normal driving. I drove the road 8 times last year, no flats, no vehicle damage and no bad rock chips. I'm heading up today on my third round trip of the year. Slow down when you pass and come up on truckers, and try to pass trucks only on uphill climbs when they are slowed way down. When you pass the big rigs at higher speeds (40mph+) you will get pelted with rocks.

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    Awesome info, and thanks for the tips Jerod. Wasilla to Fairbanks should be about 6 hours comfortably. Add the 10-12 with construction and that puts the trip to 16-18 + any construction. Plan on taking my time so I don't cause myself any delays. Been up there twice, and the end of October was definately better than mid August. Travel day this year will be the 25th of August on the way up. Will probably hit this thread again closer to departure to get road condition/construction updates. Thanks again...

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    Having traveled on the haul road for years (for work), I'll say the previous replies are spot on. In addition to this, I'll share a few tips for making the trip better. Follow all of the usual recommendations for an extra spare tire, fuel, etc. While you'll be tempted to take in the scenery, stay focused on the road. If it is dusty, you'll be able to see big trucks coming from a long way off by their dust cloud. Be prepared for them by slowing down and getting to the side of the road if possible (but not too close or you'll go over the side). By slowing down, you'll prevent big rock chips to your windshield and get to a speed where you don't kill yourself when you're blinded by a long dust cloud. Same goes when it's wet only then it is mud and water flung up at you. For this, you'll want to be ready with the windshield washer. Might want to have an extra gallon or two of that.

    Be careful about slowing down like this if there is traffic right behind you.

    If you have a CB radio, keep it on channel 19. As you get near the pump stations, you can switch to the channel that the station is on. Pump Station 5 is on channel 5, Pump 4 is on channel 4, etc.

    Good luck!

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    Great advice oakman. Thanks for that.

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