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Posted: 09/20/11 01:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are brand new RVers. We have a 25 ft. travel trailer and we are wondering if anyone puts snow chains on their travel trailers, are they required, etc. I hope this isn't a stupid question.

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Posted: 09/20/11 02:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have to put 'chains' on your truck....best to put them on at least one set of axles of trailer (rear).

Best to not have to use 'chains' at all......get out before snow/ice OR stay put until roads cleared.
Traveling when 'chains' are needed/required is no fun let alone pulling a trailer under those conditions.

Good that you are thinking ahead....use that same thought process and don't get caught having to tow in snow/ice.

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Posted: 09/20/11 02:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not stupid at all. My personal rule is this... If WA State Patrol deems it necessary for "chains required", I'll postpone RV travel until that restriction has been removed.

WSDOT says that any NON commercial vehicle that exceeds 10,000 lbs combined gross falls into COMMERCIAL rules. Most truck and TT combinations will easily fall into that category.

WSDOT minimum chain requirements.

So, based on the link above. Pretty much EVERY RV traveling in the locations noted traveling between NOV 1 to APR 1 shall carry two sets of chains regardless of weather conditions.

I've NEVER carried chains in 12 years of RV'g.


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Posted: 09/20/11 02:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you plan to be on the road with the TT when chains are required, you will need a set for it as well as the TV. Good luck.


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I don't use them. But then again we don't see much snow in Florida.


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Well, I'm in northern Alberta, Canada. We have lots of times when chains are necessary but I've never seen anyone towing their TT when they have been required.

When road conditions are poor enough to necessitate I certainly would not risk driving towing my TT.

I think rather than forking out $$ for chains I'd just wait until road conditions improve.


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Posted: 09/20/11 03:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have chains for both axles of my truck and one axle of the trailer. So far only used one axle on the truck so far. But if you visit or travel in the snow, conditions can change quickly so be prepared.

I use link chains on the truck and the flimsy cable chains on the trailer.

http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/ChainRequire.pdf

* This post was edited 09/20/11 08:03pm by smkettner *


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We always carry chains into the mountains. As mentioned above, the Calif Highway Patrol requires them. Although I would prefer to just wait it out, there are times when I can't, and I don't want to take any chances. So far, we have never had to use the chains, but it is just a matter of time:




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Posted: 09/20/11 04:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is actually a GREAT topic

Our "new" 77' road ranger is the boys ski lodge by winter.

We'll be towing it VS. my buddies pop up A-frame, very small for 3 peeps, not even contemplating 4.

Big sky would be one of furthest for us 3 hours, The 110 drier I'll pick up Friday, warm DRY ski clothes




Anyhow from Helena to BS is some treacherous icy roads, but when the weather hits, one may or may not be out of work yet....

IF weather is coming in whilst one is skiing fresh tracks staying an extra night or two is fine... start telling mama 3,4,5.... nights when one has been gone for 2 weeks and I for one will be on the road no matter the conditions.

So between going when the WX bad= good skiing, and being forced to drive in conditions to get back to live life.....

IT HAPPENS


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In CA, the CHP requires chains on the axle with brakes on any given trailer as well as the tow vehicle. I've been stopped on the way over the pass with my boat and just waited it out.


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