WOOHOOO Alaska bound, now need help with list

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Caelma, Oct 23, 2005.

  1. Caelma

    Caelma Well-Known Member

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    Hubby is willing for us to move to Alaska.
    We are making a list of needed things to bring.
    Cheaper to trailer up with supplies than to buy them up there.
    I'm so thrilled hubby is so cool about this (he has even already been looking at jobs up there)
    Thought you all could help us with a list of things to bring.
    I know first on the list is a good chain saw, generator, camping gears and such
    We are also going to work very hard to pay off all debt other than the truck and car before we go.
    We are keeping the place back here for when we come to visit and 'just in case'
    We have a list with many titles.
    1) Outside needs (tools, generator, chain saw, etc)
    2) nside needs (Things we want to replace before going, clothing needs)
    3) animal supplies (things cheaper bought in the lower 48)
    4) For the heck of it list (video cam as ours is ca put, tickets in advance for each son and his family to visit)
    5) Savings and bills paid 3 months in advance (truck, car, auto insur)
    6) Vehical needs (block heaters in both, etc)
    7) Business supplies as the basic componant of my business is 75% more costly up there.

    We would love help with this list, so post away, I find I think of extra and more thought of stuff than the basics. Things are also more expensive up there so we want to go well prepared.
    Thank you in advance for your help with the list.
     
  2. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    Are you going now? Or waiting till spring? (I hope). Where are you going to live?

    BTW, my sister-in-law, who lives in Kenai, says prices on a lot of things are no different in Anchorage than in Texas. It is when you get way out in the tulles there is a big charge for bringing supplies in. And there are no jobs there, so you prob wouldn't be so far out. Your best bet on supplies would have someone in Alaska check prices locally and compare with prices state side.

    If you will be building, there are some things, like pvc pipe that are best bought outside and taken to AK.
     

  3. Caelma

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    We are going up to the interior.
    More snow hehe
    As to more expensive, I already called some of the feed stores in the
    area we are moving and the 50 lbs of flax seed I use
    in my business costs nearly 75% more than here and I called 4 stores so far.

    We may not wait till winter is over, it depends on how long it takes us to
    get the things together we want and to get 3 months min a head in car, truck and other payments.
    I feel like hubby is willing to go so I want to make things more comfortable for him as a respect thing. He will be more comfortable if we go well prepared and with things paid for in 3 or more months in advance (monthly bills)
    I am thinking with all needed and needing to be done 3 to 6 months.
    I also would like to buy an additional trailer, all critters will need
    health certificates and such.
    I've already been comparing prices and even hay is outrages up there.
    What is really cool is we can mac (military) flight back and forth at no cost to visit family back here. Although as retired folks it is space avail.
    One time we got stuck up there an addition week more than planned.
    Oh and he made one condition, most cabins up there are no water, some even no electric. Don't bother me but old city boy says he will only go if the place has water and lights.

    PS: He has already looked into security jobs, I also have my own business (can ship from anywhere) and other sources of income (rentals, etc) and he has his military retirement check monthly.
    So we're fine.
     
  4. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    Will you be near Fairbanks, then? My brother lives there. I was at UA, Fairbanks in 1970. I would not recommend moving there till after the snow is pretty much gone, especially with animals. Sometime around May anyhow. You will want the summer to get set up. Winters are vicious, mean and downright nasty in the interior. Not at all what you are used to.
     
  5. Caelma

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    I want to build which would be next summer.
    But hubbys one and only condition is electric and running water
    so are already looking for a rental. There are quite a few with
    dog lots and barns. Some are generator run, I have a dear friend and she has a nice cabin with heat for only $275 a month but no running water.
    So that is out. If we can find the right place it will be as soon as we can but if I can't find the right place it will be spring,
    Which would most likely be best so I can get a head on thinsg here and stock up on stuff and get through my business Christmas season.
    But I want to get a couple things a week till I have everything no matter when we go.

    PS: I'm use to a lot more than is known lol. No expert by any means but I'm ready, just need to make sure things are comfortable for the city slicker hubby. If he is willing to let me be me, I want to make things easier for him.
    Kind of a I wash your back you wash mine thing :sing:

    anyway if anyone cares to make suggestions with this list, hubby has been with pen in hand most of the morning. Sometimes people don't think of the obvious.
     
  6. Cyngbaeld

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    Well, I wish you luck!
     
  7. Helena

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    Have you folks been to Alasks before and looked around and made plans or know for sure where you are going to be. Jobs..husband or you have a trade or profession ?? I don't think I saw anywheres that you have children..right?? I would agree that you wait until the spring. Never being in Alaska and only living in the mountains here in PA..it probably is a different world. But..yet again when you are young and adventurous..Life holds no fear. People said that about us moving with kids, no job, no house little money 25 years ago also..and we loved it and have done well in the process. A lot of changes..yes..hard times double yes..but wouldn't.. not have done it..in fact wish we had done it sooner...so I wish you the best..!!!
     
  8. Explorer

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    There are only two inexpensive (assuming air freight is out) ways to get animal to Alaska by Ferry and through Canada. I don't know about the Ferry, but the state has a WEB site. Best to check the quarantine laws before you start crossing Canada. If you are taking guns through Canada check those laws also, tough but do-able
     
  9. charlie929

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    Responding caused she signed out and needs to get work done,she already checked into critter transport but AMH Ferry you can take critters at 25 bucks each. Just the cost alone of the vehicles alone on the ferry, we will be driving :rock:
     
  10. Jan in CO

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    You might want to save for trips home, too as I just read in our base paper that the stateside space available flights are going to be discontinued for all but active duty folks. Bummer. We've been talking here about Alaska lately, as my father and uncle traveled up there in about 1946 or 47. They built a cabin and filed a homesteading claim, with the intention of moving their families up there. They ran out of money or low on food or something and went to Fairbanks to work. Never returned to the cabin. I've always wanted to go up and see if there is anything there, although of course, the land was never deeded to them. I need to call Fairbanks and see if the old claims were ever put on microfisch so that MAYBE I could get a copy just for grins for each of us to frame and put on the wall. I'd vote to wait until spring, too. Good luck on your adventure, tho. Jan in Co
     
  11. Frontierpoultry

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    Hi there Ranchlady,
    My family and I live in Alaska. We are in the interior now, a small place called Tok. The winters in the interior are cold. We have long stretches of -10 through -20. Often times -40 or colder for weeks. The snow levels are rarely deep in the interior: 18-24 inches by mid winter with more in the mountains. The snow is always powder, drifting at times. Right now we have about 9-10 hours of daylight. In December we have about 5-6 hours of daylight. The summers here are great, dry and warm for the most part. Wild fire and lots of mesquitoes are not uncommon. I spent 14 years living in bush communities from Dutch Harbor to Fort Yukon. Prices in the bush are very high compared to fairbanks or Anchorage. Anchorage produce, meat, and dairy products are for the most part more expensive than Seattle but not by much. I shop in Fairbanks which is booming right now. They have all the major retailers now, Sam' Club, Wall-Mart, Fred Meyer, HD, Lowes, Safeway..etc. all of which have good prices. Some current prices: Honda generators, EU20001 $1049.00 EB3000CKAG $1395.00. If you live near Anchorage or Fairbanks retail prices are very reasonable but where I am a gallon of milk is 4.30 and a doz. eggs are 1.99 (I sell mine for 3.00 a doz.) Fresh produce in our small town is brought in weekly and expensive. When we go to Fairbanks to shop we load the truck with all that it can hold. Heating fuel was at 2.74 gal. yesterday.
    I have never bought hay but I do buy straw for my hen house litter. At times it can be very hard to come by so having lots on hand helps. I paid 5.00, 6.25, and 4.00 a bale this last season depending on the source. Feed prices are a killer....20% layer feed is 12.50/50lbs right now. If you are in need of any winter apparal I suggest spending the extra money and get the best. I have spent many days on the trapline and know the value of good gear.

    What kind of animals would you bring with you? There are several feed stores in the state. Do you plan on buying A place or property? Raw property here goes for about 1500.00-2500.00 acre. I will keep an eye out for any questions that you may add to your post.
    Take Care
     
  12. tobo6

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    Since you are driving...I'd throw in spare tires. Moving even close to Fairbanks you better wait until the ice breaks.

    Might want to stock up on bluing agents for your wash then if you are planning on a well, lol. Easier and cheaper, and you get better water if you transport it from a water station.

    Good Luck! We will be going up there to live in a few years. I spent my childhood up there in the interior and want to go home. :clap:
     
  13. kasilofhome

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    Get a "MILEPOST" You will really make your trip nicer and be better prepared. Please note that the Ferry is charging a fuel surcharge right now. Winter prices are cheaper only because of the total lack of riders. Could it be because some of the roads are CLOSED in the winter. DO NOT DRIVE IN THE WINTER WITH OUT KNOWING IF THE ROAD WILL BE OPENED. ;)

    With the price of gas why load up with heavy supplies buy up here any item that is very heavy --- it might cost you a bit more but remember the money spent transporting it might make for some pretty expenive feed.
     
  14. Cabin Fever

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    Two snowmobiles...either Polaris or Arctic Cat...with the long track and the rear basket to hold extra gasoline.

    I'd also recommend a set of Carhartt ArcticWear bibs and coat for you and the hubby, as well as a good pair of Sorel, Rocky or LaCrosse snow pacs.
     
  15. peanutgreen

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    Just a thought on the feed cost, are you sure with the cost of transporting it that it wouldn't be cheaper in the long run to buy it there? If you're only saving a couple of bucks per bag, it seems like it would be better to save space to haul something else.

    I'd get lots of long underwear if I were you. In fact, I think most of the things I'd take would be things to keep me warm-I'm not a cold weather person. lol Good Luck!
     
  16. DrippingSprings

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    WAIT TIL SPRING

    I was living in Egegik for awhile and no matter how cold you "think" its gonna get trust me it will feel ten times colder.
     
  17. Caelma

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    Explorer, you can't take guns through Canada at all, I've called, we'll have to pay a lisc gun dealer to ship any we take to a lisc gun dealer up there and pick them up in AK.

    Frontier, Hubby and I'll email you later this week, but to answer your question about critters, dogs, goats, over 100 rabbits, cats, etc. Want to bring some of the sheep up with me, need to call the AK state vet and check to see what they require and also to inquire about their state scrappie program.I've already touched base with a spinner guild.

    Funny you mentioned Tok, the friend with the cabin? They and the cabin are in Tok. And I think it's best we are closer to Fairbanks.

    Hubby has experienced the 30 and 40 below (hehe) in Willow about 2 yrs ago,
    he hated it. But the circumstances were not so great. I think he was more upset getting stuck on base up there when the mac flight got canceled
    Him and another guy finally flew to Calif and rented a car to drive home to Wa.
    Here's my sentimental look >>> :shrug: :dance:
     
  18. Explorer

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    Guess they changed the law. I went through Canada in 2002 and you could declare guns at Canadian customs, they sealed them in plastic bag for transport through Canada. You had to check with Canadian customs on the way out and if the seal was broken you were in big trouble. I was told at the time you could transport guns on the Alaskan State Ferry, but never checked with the authorities.

    As I remember the speed limit from Tok to Fairbanks is 50 MPH and it takes about six hours to drive. Most obeyed the speed limit and lots of animals on or near the that spring.
     
  19. mpillow

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    An inverter so you can use your vehicle for power....the power goes out often if you are lucky enough to have it.

    Store everything in wooden crates....you can burn the wood for heat when you get there or build animal shelter with it.

    Personally I would either live in town and work and save $$$ and move out to the bush come Spring (after breakup and flooding).

    If you are taking your critters you want to be able to protect them and yourselves so guns are a must....grizzlies have learned to come to gunshots thinking "sounds like a free meal"

    Living there is no picnic, no is it cheap or for the faint of heart.....people with "cabin fever" kill each other and themselves regularly....not to mention all the other risks living in the cold present.

    Part of me envies you.....but part of me doesn't.
    Goodluck!
     
  20. Pony

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    How exciting!

    I'm with the "wait for Spring" folks, but for another reason. The two of you just started rebuilding your relationship, and it might be a good idea to take advantage of the support and fellowship you have right now as you go through the process of establishing a healthy marriage.

    At the very least, don't forget to find a like-minded fellowship of believers up there.

    Best Wishes on your excellent adventure!

    Pony!