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Old 09-27-2011, 10:32 AM   #1
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Tire chains on dually MH

I have 19.5 inch wheels. Do you guys avoid traveling on snowy/icy roads like the plague? I'm wondering if I should get chains or just park the MH when travel weather looks bad. I don't have to worry about freezing too much where I live. If you use tire chains, do you use chains that cover both of the dually tires on each side? Where do you buy chains like that?
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:47 AM   #2
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I live in Oregon and by law required to carry tire chains during winter months. I carry them but have not been in a situation where I needed to install them. If weather is lousy and chains required we lay up until chain restrictions are lifted. I have cable chains that I bought from Les Schwab and they are returnable if unused. They fit one tire - not the both duals. Perhaps your state has a different requirement.
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Park it and wait it out. You have all the comforts of home!
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:01 AM   #4
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I have chains--I go through Oregon a lot and it is a carry chain State in the winter. Even though I hope my chains rust in the bag, because I never have to use them.

I would not want to be caught without.

It is not always possible to predict snow accurately, sometimes it is possible to get "caught" in spite of your best planning and when it happends it is not always possible to wait it out-----so in the very unlikely event I need them I have them.

When we leave for winter I make sure the chains are easily accessible, I have "chain installation" clothing ready---and I have practiced with the chains so I know how they go on for sure. And if it ever happens that I am compelled to pull over and chain up-----

I'm going to look for someone to pay to do it for me----whatever it cost!!!!!
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State Tire Chain Laws and Regulations

Chain laws by state----and explaination of number of chains required on dully tires.

In most cases you only need to chain outside dually tires.
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I actually have had the very personal experience of being behind the wheel of a 40K pound motor home sliding on snow / ice; you instantly become the passenger, trust me! As a result of this, even though we live in a snowy climate, I have come to the conclusion that if you need chains it means you can slide? No way, thank you very much that's why we have batteries, propane, diesel generators, etc.??
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I actually have had the very personal experience of being behind the wheel of a 40K pound motor home sliding on snow / ice; you instantly become the passenger, trust me! As a result of this, even though we live in a snowy climate, I have come to the conclusion that if you need chains it means you can slide? No way, thank you very much that's why we have batteries, propane, diesel generators, etc.??

RV's and snow?----abstinance is the best policy.

Be Prepared is too.
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Park it and wait it out. You have all the comforts of home!
Amen ! Always travel with food and water enough for 3 days stay anywhere, fuel and propane tanks full. I am considering traction tires for the rear , when replacing, after all, the tires rot before they wear out. Or travel 3 weeks earlier in the fall and later in the spring. But then I run into the US length of stay regulations. Trying to do those calculations would drive you to drink; and for me that's a short trip.
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If you get chains make sure they fit and just don't rely on the numbers. If you try them on for size you'll know for sure they fit and if you install them you'll know for sure you can do it. A lot of areas will have guys & gals at a chain up area that will install chains for a fee but it won't do much good if there is a glitch in chain size. Sorry for the rambling lecture.
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I actually have had the very personal experience of being behind the wheel of a 40K pound motor home sliding on snow / ice; you instantly become the passenger, trust me! As a result of this, even though we live in a snowy climate, I have come to the conclusion that if you need chains it means you can slide? No way, thank you very much that's why we have batteries, propane, diesel generators, etc.??
I also have experience driving on snow and ice, more than once and for many miles. The main problem was trying to keep a safe distance from traffic ahead since any time I left a good space three or four cars filled it up. Is it fun? Not really but it's not any more challenging than driving a car in the same conditions. Oh yes, I do have chains, but only because the laws here require them in winter months on some roads even if you never mount them. My owners manual says never to mount chains on our rig and I can see why: just not enough clearance around the rears.
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Always carry & never plan on using them. As far as I know they are only required on the outside tires of the dually in any state. Also, if you tow then the towed needs a set as well.
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Living in Alaska I've used my chains more than a few times. They are actually the cable style so it's not too bad. I've got a little class c and with the cables on the outside tires I've never had any problems. Of course there is a little slip and slide here and there but as long as you are careful and deliberate you should be fine.
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. Also, if you tow then the towed needs a set as well.
On my 06 38L DP there is not clearance for chains on the rear wheels. Would rip the snot out of the compartments. My towed is a flat towed 08 Saturn Vue and owners manual says DO NOT USE CHAINS and when you look at the clearances you can see why. But it is AWD. Not much function when being towed though.
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1ciderdog: Went to Les Schwab yesterday and yes, they do have a return policy for chains.......but not for our 22.5" tires. Auto and truck tires only. Do you have 19.5" tires........or did Les lie to me?
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