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Old 07-21-2013, 11:08 PM   #1
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Dually in snow country

I just upgraded to a 3500 dually Duramax from a srw truck. We travel year round and have had to use tire chains while towing and traveling. I read in the new truck manual that chains cannot be used on the dual wheels. Since tire chains are not recommended on dual rear wheels, what other options are there while traveling in snow country?
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:30 PM   #2
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Duallies in snow , ... your doing it all wrong. Oct. first, load the RV. Oct 3rd. hook up and point south. Proceed till no local you meet knows the meaning of the term " wind chill ". Do not think of proceeding north till your neighbors call and tell you, your grass needs to be mowed.

Seriously, radial tires don't like chains , dual rear radials , I carried cable chains for my 4x4 3/4 P/U for 4 years while towing my 5er. and never needed them. Rules where I towed said every braked axle needed to be chained up; to keep control ; so I would have had to chain up both axles on the 5er too. Always had 3 days of supplies on board, the 5er, figured if they don't clear the road and lift the chain up regulations, sometime in 3 days, .. so be it. I guess I'll starve.
I would only use the chains , if I was not able to drive to the next rest area, without them , where I could wait out the storm.
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:29 AM   #3
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Use the newer cables instead of chains. They fit tighter and most are made for ABS clearances. You should have no problem with a dually. Yes, I know the chains will last longer, but there are some very good cable sets out there now.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:04 AM   #4
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I'm sure that the recommendation against use of chains has to do with the clearance between the duals , with the chain/cable in place.
At the bottom of the tires, where the radials squat down under load , the duals can pinch the cable/chain and cut the sidewalls.
On an unloaded DRW truck, I've seen the outer tire removed and the truck driven with a chain on the inner. Not something you could get away with loaded.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:42 AM   #5
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Well,I use them on my truck.Don't know why you would not.There is also a dually chain(goes accross both tires)available.HOWEVER,I would not tow with chains on,like said no towing in snowey weather.Chain are used off road.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:33 PM   #6
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Thank you for the feed back. I will look to see if I can find chains for dual wheels or at least cables. We use our truck for traveling without towing out of state during the winter and had to chain up numerous times in the past so it will be cheap insurance having them.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:56 PM   #7
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Just be aware . If you need chains on the TV while towing you also need chains on a trailer.
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