Appriciate the info. I am not sure where I will be yet, I will find out once I am in my 6 month window. I did consider the Alcan, but with the wife, daughter, two dogs, a cat and god knows how many fish (blame the wife) I will be taking the ferry. Gonna let uncle sam ship most of the stuff, but I will be towing the Jeep up behind the Ram and pack what we can with us. I do plan to drive the Alcan at some point, but the family is going to over rule me this time.
I made the trip up with my ex, german shep and black lab from San Antonio without the ferry. Never tried the ferry
One word of advice is this, if you have ANY mods you will probably want to do, get them done now. Shipping up here is a BITCH. Its insanely expensive and takes forever. I made sure my rig was 99% complete (at least the big stuff) before I made the trip.
There are a lot of things the "lower 48" (as the locals like to call you guys) has that you wont find up here, so be aware. That goes for parts places, food places etc. Hell, they dont even have a Hooters up here. Now dont let that scare you cause there is plenty to do here if you like to get into the city every now and then.
If you get me your address now, and let me know where youre coming to, I can get a welcome pack with all the paperwork, books, etc about Anchorage and send it to you. That way you have an idea on what youre going to be going for.
If youre coming to Anchorage, look towards Eagle River for housing if youre not staying on base(I wouldnt advise doing that because youll make way more money living off base). Also everyone that says the winters are horrible up here, really are over playing it. I made it through the entire winter here without my front diff working cause the gears blew up. So I was rear wheel drive and had only 1 issue if that, and it wasnt anything big. Fairbanks gets COOOOOOOOOOOOOOLD cause youre so far in land. During the summer though, it will get into the 80's and 90's. The winter however will get 20-30 below 0 almost always.
Anchorage is pretty mild. We generally stay from 2/3 degrees to the mid 20's in the winter, and last summer it was mostly 60's.
Depending on your cell phone service, you may want to switch to ATT. Other services will work up here, but its primarily ATT's land here. They have all of the towers and you wont find a sprint/verizon/tmobile store up here.
Anyway, keep me posted and ill try to help out any way I can. Again, its very helpful to know what part of AK youre coming to.