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    Member akhunter3's Avatar
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    Eagle River

    Question Sea to Sky highway?

    Hi guys,

    I'm currently in the process of moving back to Alaska after being in school in Arkansas. I would really like to do the Sea to Sky (Can 99) highway from Vancouver to Cache Creek on the way up. However, I see it has some very steep grades up and down, and I'll be driving a Ford Fusion that is rather heavily loaded (read...very heavily loaded).

    Has anyone done this recently? Grades as bad as they say? Feasible without burning out brakes/transmission on a car not designed to carry a heavy load over big mountains?

    Thanks all,

    Nurse by night, Alaska adventurer by day!

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    Supporting Member iofthetaiga's Avatar
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    Tanana Valley AK


    My solution to steep grades on isolated Canadian roads has always been to transit them alone, in the middle of the night, in the middle of winter, during ugly blizzards, in deep snow, and near zero vis. Have only damaged a transmission once (the time my vehicle was loaded way over gross). I'm sure you'll be fine.
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    You can avoid lugging your engine by shifting to lower gears on the steep climbs. Avoid low RPM and wide open throttle in favor of downshift and lower speed. Your right foot tells the story. Load the car forward and watch your tire pressure. Cans of "fix a flat" often help slow leaks. Keep your coolant level up and enjoy the ride. Cassiar too?


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