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thomas201

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Posted: 11/05/20 06:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I like wire better than zip ties. You will need it. Couple of cold shuts and a hammer, along with 3 or 4 spare cross chains and chain pliers. For a smooth ride, all the stuff must match in size. An extra chain tensioner is also good insurance. All of this stuff breaks.

Use your ears, if something comes loose, the quicker you stop the less damage.

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Posted: 11/05/20 07:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sounds treacherous to me, although I know many have done it (and regularly do it). How about a nice airplane ride to Idaho and a comfy Resort with a roaring fire in the lobby? [emoticon]

Seriously, hope all works out well for you!


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Posted: 11/05/20 09:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Towing in the snow is not good. You definitely need chains on your TV and the rear axle of your RV. Avoid it whenever possible.

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When are you leaving? Weather is nice for travel next 10 days over there.


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Take an 18" stiff bristle push broom, and long handled flat shovel. Both can be used to clear the chain area in front or behind your tires as you put them on. You can clear diveret or equal water snow slush etc so you have a reasonably clean area to work in.
I have only had to lie down in snow and slush 2 or 3 times when a chain soun off and wrapped itself around an axle.

I clean are in front of tires
Kay down chains,drive combo onto chains.
I then start with driver back truck axle, trailer driver, passenger last truck passenger tire installing chain.
I wear rubber Grunden, jelly hansen rain pants, make sure I have good reasonably waterproof boots on before I take off driving. Put rubber gear on when time to chain up. Pants might stay on depending upon how far I think I need chains on for. Sometimes it's been a mile from ski area to clear interstate, others also down 1500' elevation and 5+ miles. Once 55 mikes home and up the 12%grafe to my house, as a driver chain broke at the bottom of the hill...
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Posted: 11/05/20 01:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When the roads are slippery disable your trailer brakes. when wheels are skidding you go side ways, when they rotate they will track behind the truck. just don't speed.


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4x4 is no insurance policy at all.

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Posted: 11/05/20 03:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I towed snowmobile trailers all over the northeast using mountain roads most times to get to the best trails. Snowmobile trailers can be large and heavy with two to four machines and gear inside. I have never seen one trailer with chains yet thousands of people participate in this activity.





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Posted: 11/05/20 10:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Never really towed in more then an inch of snow. But i have driven trucks in heavy snow. Only other advice is to recheck and tighten your chains after a little while. Sucks to have one blow off because it loosened up on you.


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Posted: 11/05/20 11:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tom/Barb wrote:

When the roads are slippery disable your trailer brakes. when wheels are skidding you go side ways, when they rotate they will track behind the truck. just don't speed.

So the trailer can push you sideways, this is why you chain a drag axle.


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