Very nice set up... You are way ahead of me... I am planning a trip in June to Alaska from New England... yahoo!(I've got a Four Wheel Camper on the Duramax Colorado) It has been a dream for a very long time and time is not on my side at my age so I'm dropping everything and taking off. From where I am I'll head across NY on 90 to Buffalo then Canada to Michigan... straight across to take the ferry across the lake ( I hate going around and through Chicago) I did this a long time ago on my motorcycle. Then across S. Dakota and on thru Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington. On the ferry to Whittier. I'll travel around for a month then drive back to the east coast....
If you have any 'gotta see" info or .....more importantly truck related info (btw I carry 3- 2 gallon rotopax)... please let me know. What extra truck parts/equipment etc did you take? Any off road free camping sites on your route? Any problems with the diesel? Did you do an oil change somewhere? Oh and I will definitely be putting on a superskidz front plate. Great to know there are crazy people out there who don't shy from a big road trip!
Well our trip was our honeymoon, so we decided we'd spend half our time camping and the other half in cities at literally the fanciest hotels we could book on a days notice. One nice thing since we were booking rooms usually the morning we planned to stay there, we got heavily discounted rates. Also all the valets I ran into were in love with the truck.
The most gotta see place I'd say was Banff national park in British Columbia. I've been all over the world and I think it may be the most beautiful place I've ever been. It was also the most crowded park we stayed in, but it's huge and I think there are areas the average tourist never gets too.
Our route took us turning north in Montana and taking the Alaska Highway all the way up. Word of caution if you take this on the way back, The road is extremely dirty and littered in rocks. I got 4 chips in my windshield in 2 days. (Still worth it though)
We took the last week of October and first 2 of November for our trip. Since it was so late in the season there was only 1 other guy camping in Denali when we were there, so it was like having he whole park to ourselves. Also they have sled dogs there they decided to mush them through our campground so that was a pretty cool experience.
As far as spare parts, all I brought was an extra belt. I would definitely suggest you have something that can read and clear engine codes. I have an ultra gauge and a couple times I got pending codes (sorry don't even remember what they were now). That I chalked up to the cold and mountainous terrain. I cleared them and they never came back. I also got a fuel mixture code once after I had nearly run the truck dry on diesel and it struggled to start. Again cleared it and it's never returned. (Also I don't push the limits on my fuel range as much anymore)
Yes I did an oil change en route. Had ordered the filter and oil prior to the trip. Also I had a goal zero solar generator to which I would plug in my block heater. I would definitely suggest something like this. One night in Denali I didn't plug it in over night because I didn't plan on starting the engine early next morning. Well my wife had other plans, it was I think 2 degrees F and the engine struggled a little with the start.
One final suggestion if not on your way out maybe on your way back, instead of the ferry across Lake Michigan think about driving up through the Upper Peninsula. I drove that way outbound last year with a buddy on the way to Moab and it was pretty cool. We camped in the UP in December in a pouring, driving rain. While I don't necessarily suggest that, it was certainly an experience. (And the Mackinac bridge was pretty cool)