I am in dire need of assistance. Please share your knowledge with me! I am moving from the Dallas area to Glennallen Alaska and with only about one month to prepare! The logistics are a nightmare! I have decided to drive with minimal possesions and buy cheap furniture when I get there. Anyway, here is the lowdown:
I am driving a 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.3 lt. V6 with a luggage pod on top and probably pulling a small Uhaul trailer (approx 1500 lbs loaded). I am leaving on or around the first of August and need to be there by the week of the 8th. Max transit time will probably be 10 days. My concerns are as follows.
I need to find a route that balances expediency, safety, and opportunity to see as much geological and natural beauty as possible. I would like to drive through some parks in the states like maybe Glacier in Montana if there is time and I definitely want to see a lot in Canada. I know there is too much to see in the amount of time I have so I am counting on you guys' knowledge and experience to pick out the best for me. I'm not sure where I want to enter Canada (in the east or west) because we might want to stop and visit some friends in Seattle on the way and I'm not sure what side of the Rockies offers the best natural attractions.
My specific concerns are for the safey of the vehicle regarding all the stress it will have to endure because of road conditions, inclines, climate, luggage and trailer towing etc. and also I am a bit concerned about the security of our property against the supposedly rampant car burglaries in Canada.
Thanks for reading all that and for any help and information you can provide to help make this road trip succesful.
P.S. we do plan on driving some very long distances the first 24 to 48 hours and whenever else it's necessary to expedite our progress north.