Road Trip to Alaska? - Mercedes Benz SLK Forum

Spring RoadTrips Hottest destinations, routes and "what's cool" right now!

  • 1 Post By wja96
  • 2 Post By LJ12530
LinkBack Thread Tools
#1 Old 06-02-2015
Registered Users
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Dade City FL
Other Toys: 2014 SL 550
Posts: 280
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Thanks: 34
Thanked 24 Times in 23 Posts
(Thread Starter)
Road Trip to Alaska?

I'm touring the west having left FL a couple of weeks ago.

Has anyone driven an SLK to Alaska? I hear that there a lot of loose stones that get kicked up by other cars and can damage your car. I don't think I'd like that if it's true.
LJ12530 is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 Old 06-03-2015
Registered Users
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Reken, Germany
Vehicle: Audi TTRS MY2017
Other Toys: Whyte Prst-1, MY2017 Audi A6 allroad Competition, 1/50th Twin Squirrel, 2006 Fabia vRS Hybrid
Posts: 1,903
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 619 Post(s)
Thanks: 108
Thanked 230 Times in 217 Posts
I've not driven an SLK in Alaska, but I have driven in Alaska and, while some roads are indeed little better than tracks the major routes are pretty much the same as you'd find anywhere else in the USA. Vehicles clean the roads by picking up or kicking away debris so anything that is reasonably well trafficked should be fine.

One good thing about the SLK is that all the forward panels just unbolt. The front bumper/fender is very cheap (in the UK at least) and comes pre-painted from the factory if required. And it's the whole nosecone - all the way to the bonnet/hood. Likewise, any stone damage to the hood or front wings should be relatively cheap to repair. The roof glass could be damaged by a BIG stone but so long as you're driving with the roof down (and wearing a helmet) you'll be fine, get a white helmet and tell everyone you're the Stig's Yupik brother
McSLK likes this.
wja96 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to wja96 For This Useful Post:
#3 Old 06-03-2015
Registered Users
Beekster's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Hillsboro, OR
Vehicle: '06 SLK280, 6-speed, Premium package, Bilstein B12 suspension
Other Toys: '00 C230 Kompressor Special Edition
Posts: 1,260
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 164 Post(s)
Thanks: 9
Thanked 131 Times in 103 Posts
I've not driven in mainland Alaska, either, though I have in the Aleutians! Highway 97 up through British Columbia all the way to Dawson Creek is paved, and I've been on it as far as Prince George--very good road. The Alaska Highway (or Alcan, for those of a certain age) is now paved all the way through as well. Check out the website for The Milepost, which is the authoritative guide to road travel in Alaska at The MILEPOST: Alaska Travel Guide and Trip Planner., which as they say is the bible of north country travel.

One thing to bear in mind is that "paved" doesn't mean autobahn-smooth in the far north, as any guidebook will tell you. It ranges from great to terrible, and since the harsh environmental conditions necessitate frequent rebuilding, there's a great likelihood of encountering stretches of gravel in areas being worked on. I want to drive it as well, but not with the SLK. If we get a GLK diesel in the next few years, that will be the car of choice for us.
Beekster is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Beekster For This Useful Post:
#4 Old 07-09-2015
Registered Users
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Alaska
Vehicle: 2008 SLK 55 AMG / 2009 SLK 300
Other Toys: '69 BMW slash2, '23 board tracker, '93 Vmax
Posts: 20
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I've done the trip in/on everything from a Goldwing motorcycle to an eighteen wheeler. It is certainly doable in a SLK. If you come now you'll be fine so long as you don't push your fuel reserve, they don't joke when they say 300 miles to next gas station. I wouldn't recommend it earlier in the season for the mentioned reasons of debris on the road way. The Milepost guide is a must! Some of trip is monotonous, some of it is spectacular; it is an endurance test anyway you cut it. If you make it as far as anchorage, look me up; there are some wonderful sights and eats.
Blurr is offline  
#5 Old 07-10-2015
Registered Users
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Dade City FL
Other Toys: 2014 SL 550
Posts: 280
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Thanks: 34
Thanked 24 Times in 23 Posts
(Thread Starter)
I didn't make it to Alaska, but I did manage to drive 10,000 solo miles.

Dade City to Ohio, back to Lexington KY, westward on I-40 to Amarillo TX, up through Death Valley to Yosemite, Reno, northward to Glacier National Park, Moose Jaw, Winnipeg, Sioux Falls SD, St Louis MO.....and then back to Dade City.

Oops.....I almost forgot the highlight of the trip.

....and my trip theme song....

Many times I would return to the car and find folks standing around it. I just figured they were wanting to see me..........until I saw the Cowboy sign in a store.

It was a great trip.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Trip Highlight?.jpg (45.6 KB, 3 views)
File Type: jpg Durango to Silverton.jpg (60.2 KB, 3 views)
File Type: jpg Yosemite.jpg (90.6 KB, 4 views)
File Type: jpg Glacier National Park.jpg (40.1 KB, 2 views)
File Type: jpg I thought it was me.jpg (50.7 KB, 3 views)
jbanks15 and hasontour like this.
LJ12530 is offline  
Sponsored Links

  Lower Navigation
Go Back   Mercedes Benz SLK Forum > General Discussion about Mercedes Benz SLKs > SLK Road Trip Section > Spring RoadTrips


Quick Reply
Upload your files to MEGAUPLOAD
Upload your images to ImageShack

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes Benz SLK Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Road trip September 2012 - Europe (Italy-France) Ahelos RoadTrip Field Reports 4 02-24-2013 08:24 AM
Alberta road trip July 2011 to Radium Soelas Canada Region 13 08-10-2011 06:53 PM
Feech's 2010 Road Trip 5428 RoadTrip Field Reports 27 07-08-2010 05:30 PM
Kuwait-Saudi Road trip alroumi SLK R171 General Discussion 27 02-10-2009 10:55 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome

Clubs, Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.