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1L243

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Posted: 11/08/20 11:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Trying to get information on snow chains or cables for rear axle of 10k trailer. I read that snow cables don't use tensioners is that true?


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Posted: 11/08/20 11:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You can have closer clearances with cables over conventional chains. Most cables do not have tighteners, but have scene some cars with them installed. They look like spiders.


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I ‘spider’ the Silverado’s cables and the TT’s chains.


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Posted: 11/08/20 11:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have the cables for the trailer. Link chains for the truck.


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Links or diamond chains only. Don't deal with cables unless on front drive axle with chains on rear drive axle. Or truck is empty and want a bit more traction.
There is a std set, and a heavy duty set that have slightly thinker links etc. For truck, get heavier set. Trailer either will work. Just make sure you have clearance.

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time2roll wrote:

I have the cables for the trailer. Link chains for the truck.


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rhagfo wrote:

time2roll wrote:

I have the cables for the trailer. Link chains for the truck.


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Lots of consternation about this trip. Maybe leave the camper at home.
Botton line , if you’re in conditions where the trailer needs chains pulling with a 2wd truck, and your questions about towing in the snow, you’d be best served to pull over, fire up the camper, turn the heat on, kick back and have a cocktail and wait until the road is better.


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Posted: 11/09/20 09:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have both for the truck, cables for highway use, large link, off-road chains for, guessed it.....off-road. In fact, we had to use the chains about 2 weeks ago!

I have chained the 5th wheel several times..... when off road, on a muddy, dirt road on a hillside, angling toward a steep drop-off. I preferred the trailer to stay on the road! memtb

* This post was edited 11/10/20 06:50am by memtb *


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Posted: 11/09/20 10:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would drop in to a Les Schwab dealer and get their opinion. Also if you buy chains from LS and don't use them they will refund your money.


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