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bbeezzz

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Posted: 09/24/19 03:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How many folks carry tire chains or cables for their motor home? Our Winnebago Sunstar is 18000 pounds and we are planning to travel mid October from Calgary to Spokane then further west to the coast and south to California.

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Posted: 09/24/19 04:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you on a schedule ? That is early enough in the season that if you do get hit by a snow storm, just wait it out for a day or 2. Installing chains is quite difficult.

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Not really on a schedule. Have read though that if caught without chains in some States or Provinces you could get a hefty fine. We would not venture on the road if the weather looked bad, and I doubt anyone is out looking for violations if the roads are clear. But we've been through areas where the weather suddenly changes.

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Posted: 09/24/19 04:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cables or chains? Cables to meet the traction aid requirement if you plan to wait out the storm a few days to get the road cleared. If you plan to continue into the snow get the link chains.

Either way test fit them and have the tools to install before you go. You may actually get stuck in something that needs them.


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Posted: 09/24/19 05:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I carry chains - during the winter it's illegal in Oregon to travel mountain passes without them. I buy them from outfit that will repurchase chains at full price if you don't end up using them.


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Posted: 09/24/19 06:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I carry chains for both the TV and TT. I’m ready if I decide not to wait the storm out.


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if you don't plan on using them i would buy which ever Canadian Tire has on sale.

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I bought some cable chains to have with me. Hope I never have to use them. I did practice putting them on just in case.

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I carry link chains, it's required in oregon in the winter, and occasionally they do check. And I have them for the trailer. Oregon requires "drag chains" on at least one trailer axle when chains are required. Now, I've only had to use chains once when towing, it was NOT a pleasant experience. All the other times, I just wait out the weather.

I will never use cable chains, way to many of cable chain pieces laying beside the road after a storm.

My experience in oregon is that by the time they actually have a check stop for chains, you (well I) will NOT be going any further.

But the I-5 summit border into CA can be a different story. Last winter our son going down to San Diego was required to stop just into CA and install chains even though the road was clear of snow. CA state police pulled traffic off the highway at an off ramp and would let anyone without chains back on. He put on chains followed a few trucks and when they pulled over to take of chains he did so as well.


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Posted: 09/24/19 09:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would never put link chains on a motorhome as they could possibly beat the fiberglass to pieces if a link came loose. I have used cable chains and they worked fine with good traction on Oregon pass. Oregon DOT had a check point and gave me the thumbs up. I ran the inside dual onto a 2 by 6, so putting on the cable chains was a piece of cake as there was more than enough clearance to slide the cables under the outside dual.


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