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Old 12-31-2007, 04:27 AM   #1
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has anyone ever had these on their rig and if so what did you think of them and what wasthe cost?
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:27 AM   #2
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has anyone ever had these on their rig and if so what did you think of them and what wasthe cost?
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:43 AM   #3
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These systems were developed for trucks that have nothing surrounding the drive wheels. I would think that there is a good possibility they would tear up a coach.
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Old 12-31-2007, 03:06 PM   #4
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The cost for the Auto Chains is around $2000 to $3000 depending on the set up. You can check out tirechains.com they have them on that site. As far as damaging the coach I guess I dont understand how that would happen, as the chains and equipment are attached to the axle area then lowered so that the chains spin between the ground and the tires. Maybe "Ithrnk" can elaborate on what he is taking about.
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Old 01-01-2008, 06:23 AM   #5
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I think you are correct Poltax. I know they use them on some of the school buses here in Northern Nevada.
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Old 01-01-2008, 08:34 PM   #6
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... and they are approved by the California Highway Patrol for use on school buses in this state.
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Old 01-01-2008, 09:40 PM   #7
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They use them on the public buses on the mountain and they work very well.
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We used to order them on our fire trucks. We have had some damage due to malfumctions. We don't order them anymore, but I do live in TX. and we only need chains a couple of times per year. We use the quick attach cable type with good results.
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Old 03-11-2009, 06:55 PM   #9
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This www.autosock.us might be all you need. Made for trucks, super easy to store (i.e. RV friendly), Colorado chain law approved (what better recommendation), and very easy to install as well as relatively inexpensive.
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:36 PM   #10
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Try this site for info.I don't have them on my motorhome but have wondered, as you have, if they would work .www.onspot.com
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Old 03-12-2009, 01:35 PM   #11
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We have them on a couple of our school busses and our local ambulance. They do indeed work well, as we have some steep hills in SE Minn. I do not remember the price at this time, however I do remember they were not cheap.
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Grumpy Dave's posted link for Onspot is what we have on all our firetrucks. We've found them useful in up to 3" of snow. Anything deeper requires full wheel chains. They make alot of noise in their stowed position however. The jingling of hanging chain is unmistakable and annoying. I do not know their cost but our mechanics tell me they're low maintenance.
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Old 03-15-2009, 12:12 PM   #13
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Like many here, my FD sits in the middle of the Sierra Nevada just North of Lake Tahoe, and we have a station in what is known as Donner Summit at an elevation of 7200'. So we have our share of snow. After 30 years here, I would not drive my motorhome with chains on due to the very real damage caused by broken links on fiberglass bodies. I like my motorhome too much to have the pitting from the gravel they use on the roads they call sand, and the salt mix they use to keep the ice down. Don't fool yourself, they still use what we call "hot" loads.

Now, to the question at hand. We use "on spot" auto chains on everything in conjunction with single chains on the outside wheels up to 5". This is about the point where auto chains have diminished returns. Still nothing that works as good as the old chains. All of our tandem axle vehicles get dual chains on both sets of drivers.

The on spot chains fit nicely under the rig and use air from the on board system of air brake equipped vehicles, or have a air compressor for apparatus that don't. I would caution on any back road campground antics as they hang very low. Very cool watching sparks fly from the on spot's chains hitting the ground when your following them at night. By the way, the chain links are easily replaced.

Cables are an option if wheel clearance is an issue, but don't work as well as chains. Summing it up; motorhomes and chains go together like a pitbull and a poodle! Go South
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