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Old 12-06-2015, 12:35 AM   #15
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We use to go to Yosemite Valley every year for Thanksgiving (22 years), but now go every other year. Occasionally, we would get snow, but would wait it out. I still carried chains as requested, but actually carried the tire cables. They were much easier to keep in the coach.

Now reading the Auto Sock info above, that sounds like the way to go for easy storage, infrequent use and less likely to do any wheel well damage.
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Old 12-06-2015, 12:52 AM   #16
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Did you see they are approved up to 30kph? Thats school zone speed.
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I drive over the Rockies, Cascades,and Costal mountains (including the Snoqualmie) every winter. I carry a set of cables. I put one on once when I bought them. In a parking lot on a nice warm day, took me over an hour. On a motorhome you don't have the clearances you do on a truck, and it is just plain a miserable thing to do.

Yes they are only good to 30 mph. You can go faster but you also get to pay for the body work!

You only need one officious officer to fine you and stop you even if it is a nice day in the mountains. It's the law and I comply. Having said that, I plan my driving around periods of good forecast. I don't take chances. Some of the mountain passes don't have a place to pull off - although the interstates are pretty good.
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Old 12-06-2015, 02:06 PM   #18
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I drive over the Rockies, Cascades,and Costal mountains (including the Snoqualmie) every winter. I carry a set of cables. I put one on once when I bought them. In a parking lot on a nice warm day, took me over an hour. On a motorhome you don't have the clearances you do on a truck, and it is just plain a miserable thing to do.

Yes they are only good to 30 mph. You can go faster but you also get to pay for the body work!

You only need one officious officer to fine you and stop you even if it is a nice day in the mountains. It's the law and I comply. Having said that, I plan my driving around periods of good forecast. I don't take chances. Some of the mountain passes don't have a place to pull off - although the interstates are pretty good.
Good post and I could not agree more.
I have chained up trucks for many years and tried my cable chains once on the coach in favourable weather conditions in a parking lot. Not fun and I never intend to do so in foul weather on the side of the road.
I watch the weather and road reports and it has served me well. The cable chains I carry is just to be legal if I am stopped, or mistakenly misjudged the road and have to use them.

Traction tires will help but when going over the mountain passes you still would be required to use chains if the road gets bad. Traction tires are also noisier and will pick up small stones and fire them back out causing damage to coach and toad.
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Chain requirement for Dually

Question; On motor home with DUALLY, does both tire need to chain?? or just the outside tires need to be chain?.
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Old 12-06-2015, 06:05 PM   #20
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Between Nov 1 and April 1 some WA passes require you to carry chains if going over them. And they have to be the correct size and number as spelled out. Here's the link to their web page. Note, it isn't just for commercial trucks, it's for every vehicle with a GVWR of over 10,000#'s.
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One other small point, I don't think you can get traction or "knobbed" tires in some of the common RV sizes. When I was buying for mine I'd have bought knobbed tires if they were available.

I just did a quick search, and there seem to be more choices now than when I bought mine.
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Question; On motor home with DUALLY, does both tire need to chain?? or just the outside tires need to be chain?.

Just the outsides.
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In 2004, I went to a larger size tire on our coach. I had the tires sipped, which left them with a cross cut every 1/2" on all of the ribs. The tires had far superior traction on hard snow packed or icy roads. The difference was remarkable. Tests have shown that the tire runs cooler and will dissipate water better too. It does not replace the requirement for chains, but sure provides an extra margin of safety in adverse conditions. I decided then that the next time I have to replace tires on our MH, they will be sipped.
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Interesting issue is the tires, whether they be ribbed or lug, make the best fuel economy when well worn.
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