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Old 08-17-2011, 07:28 AM   #1
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Anyone use "automatic tire chains" ?

Saw a brochure for INSTA-CHAIN where pieces of chain are laid down on the road, in sequence, for the tire to roll over. Pneumatic air powered.

Anyone have this installed?

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Have seen them on EMS equipment. Just like most things that work you have lovers and haters. They are handy until they get stuck under the snow and ice build up that takes place from driving also if your unit happens to stay outside you will have to dig them out to make sure they move freely as a warm building will not melt the buildup.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:54 AM   #3
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When you need snow chains, you are not far enough south!
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I automatically stay away from snow. Actually, it's the cold I stay away from, snow or not.

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Old 08-17-2011, 09:46 AM   #5
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When you need snow chains, you are not far enough south!

Yup, I winterize by the "S" method now days.. What is the "S" method.

Strap a Snow blower to the front of the rig and drive south till someone scratches their head and says "What the blazes is that thing for" and there you park.
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:39 AM   #6
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I was intrigued by seeing those automatic chains on a propane delivery truck. They seemed very handy, but alas we all try to avoid snow if possible. But if you had them and you did get caught in a snowstorm they would be very handy. You do not even need to exit your vehicle; just throw the switch on the dash.


I've had occassion to run smack into a mandatory chain up, fortuantely it was accompanied by a turn around so I could retreat which I did.

The installation cost is about 1500. to 2000. as I recall----a little pricey for the occassional user.

I think if most of us had them they would just rust on the rig (the chains are removable however). But then that is my goal for the commercial chains I carry in my rig---I hope they rust in the bag before I ever have to use them.
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I automatically stay away from snow. Actually, it's the cold I stay away from, snow or not.

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Same here, if it's snowing, we aren't going.
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I think if most of us had them they would just rust on the rig (the chains are removable however). But then that is my goal for the commercial chains I carry in my rig---I hope they rust in the bag before I ever have to use them.
Some school buses around here have them.
We carry a set in the MH in the winter (required by state law in the winter to go over some passes) even if you never have to use them you still have to have them available.
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Old 08-17-2011, 01:10 PM   #9
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Have used "On-Spots " on Emergency Vehicles for a number of years and they have always worked well.

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Old 08-17-2011, 01:54 PM   #10
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I make sure the only snow our motorhome sees is in it's DS/PS mirrors
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Living in So Cal I can say I've never seen such a mid evil device! It looks like it would be really hard on chains and tires. But what do I know, the closest I get to snow is defrosting the old garage frig.
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I still recall visiting the Mt. Charlston Inn (near Las Vegas) The front lot, ploughed and clear, was full so we pulled around back.. One of the sleigh drivers ask if we were sure we wanted to park there, There's snow, you might get stuck.

Yes there was snow. hard pack, perhaps 4" deep or less.. And yes, the woman with the 4wd Lincoln Navigator was indeed stuck.

My daughter's car has "Vally" (Los Vegas means "The Valley") plates, but she purchased it in Redford, MI.... And the tires were purchased by her beau of the time, in Jackson, and he looks at tires like I do (More aggressive the better). Also, she learned to drive in Michigan in the Winter.

Odds of her getting stuck.. about .001 percent, Odds of me being able to get her unstuck, about 70-90 percent.. We really had to work at not laughing in the guy's face.
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We use them on our trucks at work, I have experienced using them twice....they work fine in 3 inches or less of snow, otherwise there is build-up and they don't work very well, they also must be deployed at very low speed (5 mph),and can only be used at low speeds.... 25mph is about the safe max speed
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Clever product. I'll never install them or be anywhere that there is a chance they may need to be used.
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